Troy rodeo competes in Stampede

Published 12:00 am Thursday, October 15, 2009

The annual Trojan Stampede got under way on Thursday at the Pike County Cattleman’s Association Facility.

While the results from Thursday night’s activities were not available by the paper’s deadline, head coach Josh Simmons said things were going smoothly so far.

“It has been a good day, we have seen a lot of action from all of the schools here so far and expect more of the same in the next couple of days.

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“I’m feeling pretty pumped about it,” the coach added.

In attendance for the night’s festivities was Trojan Athletic Director Steve Dennis.

“[Rodeo] is a part of our culture in this part of the country,” Steve Dennis said.

“To watch these kids compete is such a spectacle. These kids do things that are really amazing.”

Dennis said this is a time where Troy University can separate itself from other universities around the South.

“For the University itself, this is a great opportunity to showcase what we do here.

“Not many universities can say they have a rodeo team and this is something that we are really proud of.”

This is the seventh time Troy University has been able to play host for the colligate rodeo.

“I am really excited about it and have enjoyed watching it grow through the years. We want to make sure that this is something that continues here for years to come,” Dennis added.

The Stampede itself is a part of the Ozark Region of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) and is one of five rodeos that take place from September to October Show times for the remaining events are Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m.