From West Hills College

The coronavirus has reared its ugly head again. West Hills College Coalinga announced Thursday that its annual Spring Rodeo has been canceled.

Governor Gavin Newsom, to thwart the virus, limited public gatherings to 250 people or less.  Several competing colleges announced that teams would not be competing due to concerns specific to student travel to large events.

On that note, West Hills College Coalinga has made the decision to cancel its Spring Rodeo this year scheduled to occur at the college’s rodeo grounds between March 19 and March 22. 

Cancelation decisions were made out of an abundance of caution due to concerns over COVID-19.  

“These two factors lead us to the decision to cancel,” said Brenda Thames, President of West Hills College Coalinga.  “We understand how disappointing it is for our community, coaches, staff, spectators, and most importantly, the student-athletes. Although we share in the disappointment, the safety and health of our students and community are of utmost importance to us.  I apologize sincerely to everyone who will be impacted by this cancelation.  West Hills College Coalinga has a deep respect for our community, and we look forward to hosting community events in the future.”

Justin Hampton, Coach of the West Hills College Coalinga Rodeo team, expressed his appreciation to all those involved with the planning and coordination of the event and communicated the importance of following State-driven directives to keep students and our community safe from harm.

“Our rodeo program and the community have worked hard to plan the event, and we appreciate everyone’s efforts. It’s unfortunate the spring rodeo has been canceled, but to ensure the safety of our students and the surrounding public, West Hills must follow the guidelines and restrictions put out by Governor Newsom.”

Dr. Stuart Van Horn, Chancellor of the West Hills Community College District, emphasized that the health and well-being of the community and the student-athletes is the priority.

“The priority of West Hills and our member schools is the health and well-being of our student-athletes, campus communities, working and volunteer event personnel, and all those who attend our intercollegiate athletic events and other campus events,” said Van Horn.

“With guidance from California State Governor Gavin Newsom and in collaboration with state and county entities, a decision has been made to cancel the West Hills College Coalinga Spring Rodeo.”