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September 23, 2005

Cyclone Stampede returns to Ames

by Anne Krapfl

It's rodeo time in Ames again.

Contestants from 13 schools in five Midwestern states will compete in the annual "Cyclone Stampede" rodeo Oct. 1-2, hosted by the ISU Rodeo Club. (Club members won't compete.) The rodeo is sanctioned by the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association and part of the annual circuit in the Great Plains region. The points riders earn at this event help them qualify for the College National Finals rodeo next June in Casper, Wyo.

The Cyclone Stampede features nine events. Men will compete in saddle bronc riding, bareback riding, bull riding, tie-down roping and steer wrestling. Women will compete in barrel racing, breakaway roping and goat tying. Both will compete in team roping. The top finisher in each event earns national points.

Performances start at 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday, and 1 p.m. Sunday. The Saturday matinee will feature a kid's calf scramble, and the Saturday evening rodeo will be followed by a dance. Sunday is military appreciation day; service men and women and their families get half-price admission. There aren't preliminaries or finals; competitors simply draw for performance times. Admission is $10 (students $8, children 6-10 years $5, under 5 years are free).

The rodeo arena is on State Avenue, about two miles south of campus. Signs will direct traffic to the arena.

Breakaway roping

Breakaway roping is one of four events women will compete in at the Cyclone Stampede Rodeo Oct. 1-2 at ISU's rodeo arena. Photo from the University Photo Database.