Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Annual NIRA Rodeo February 29-March 1

KINGSVILLE - February 27, 2006

Contact: Julie Navejar
kajam03@tamuk.edu or 361-593-2590

Texas A&M University-Kingsville will sponsor the 14th annual National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association Rodeo Friday and Saturday, Feb. 29 and March 1, at the J.K. Northway Exposition Center in Kingsville. Preliminary performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, with the finals at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Each performance and the finals will feature nine different events – bareback riding, barrel racing, breakaway roping, bull riding, calf roping, goat tying, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling and team roping.

Tickets are $5 at the door.

The NIRA is comprised of 11 regions. Texas A&M-Kingsville is in the southern region, which has the largest membership in the nation with 600 students representing 33 academic institutions.

The southern region is comprised of Louisiana and the eastern half of Texas. The region will host 10 rodeo events during the 2007-2008 school year.

Points accumulated at this and other rodeos are added to determine who qualifies for national competition.

Texas A&M-Kingsville is the only university in the state south of Uvalde with a rodeo team. For more information about the rodeo, call 361-522-1463.

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