Spring is coming so it must be rodeo time at West Hills College Coalinga

From West Hills College
File photo from previous West Hills College rodeo event.
File photo from previous West Hills College rodeo event.
Photo Courtesy West Hills College District

Spring is coming, and that means rodeo time in Coalinga. From March 19 to March 22, West Hills College Coalinga’s rodeo arena will host competitors from teams from across California and Nevada for its annual spring rodeo.

The weekend will also feature other rodeo performances, including Bad Girls Breakaway Roping and Junior Breakaway Roping.

The WHCC men and women’s rodeo teams will face off against some of the best teams in the West Coast Region of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association in nine different events ranging from bronc riding to barrel racing.

“WHCC Spring Rodeo is a great event for our institution, community, and region as it brings us all together in support of our WHCC Falcon Rodeo Team which will be competing for a chance to qualify to the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyoming in June,” said Justin Hampton, head coach of the West Hills College Coalinga Rodeo Team.

The action will kick off Thursday, March 19, at 6 p.m. with team roping.

The fun will continue Friday, March 20 with a slack round at 9 a.m. and rodeo performance at 6:30 p.m. On Saturday, March 21, slack will be held at 8 a.m.; West Hills College Rodeo Boosters team roping at 1 p.m.; and a calf dressing event and championship finals at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, March 22, will feature Bad Girls Breakaway Roping and Junior Breakaway Roping at 11 a.m.

Admission is $8 for adults; $5 for students 17 and under; active-duty military; senior citizens; and veterans; and free for WHCC students with ASB cards. Children 10 and under are free with paid adult admission. The concession stand will be open, with sales benefitting the WHCC Rodeo Boosters.

WHCC is competing against a wide variety of college competitors from schools, including Cal Poly SLO, Fresno State, Cuesta College, Feather River College, Lassen College, UNLV, UNR, Western Nevada College, UC Davis, Clovis Community College and College of the Sequoias.

The rodeo arena is at 31402 W. Gale Ave. in Coalinga. For more information, visit westhillscollege.com or contact Coach Justin Hampton at (559) 934-2702.

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