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Ranger College hosts rodeo at Earl Q. Wilson Arena in Brownwood

Published On: Mar 01 2013 03:32:20 PM CST

Thursday night the Ranger College Rodeo made it's grand debut in Brownwood at the Earl Q. Wilson Rodeo Arena.

This is the first year the college has hosted the competition in Brownwood.

More than 400 college students from across West Texas and eastern New Mexico are competing in the 3 day rodeo.

Rodeo competitions aren't your average collegiate sporting event.

"It's completely different than anything else that I've done. It's just a whole new experience, and it's a lot tougher than a lot of other sports that you try," said Ranger College rodeo teammate Dillon Wooten.

Rodeo announcer Ben Clements said, "I really support college rodeo. I think it's a good deal not only for the contestants, but for students as well. It's a way for them to seek an education, but yet do something that they love, and that's rodeo."

To these more than 400 college students competing this weekend, rodeo is everything.

"My whole family pretty much rodeo'd. My parents were really involved with is, so when I was little they always had me with them and brought me up into it," said Ranger College rodeo teammate Kelsey Landolfi.

Ranger College students involved in rode stay busy with 10 competitions every year.

"At school we practice everyday and we work hard everyday just to try to improve ourselves and our horses as much as we can," said Wooten.

All that hard work is sure to be seen throughout the competition.

The Ranger College Rodeo continues Friday and Saturday night starting at 7:30. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for kids 12 and under.

Tickets are available at the gate and are also available at the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce, Wendlee Broadcasting, KOXE, Scott's Western Wear, and Citizens National Bank.