Rams at the rodeo

Ag students volunteer at the stock show

By Travis Hunter
On January 25, 2018

Photo by Kaitlin Trujillo
A saddle bronc rider tries his best to stay on for the remainder of his eight second ride. Saddle bronc riding is just one of the events at the San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo.

Students and faculty of the Agriculture Department will volunteer in various ways at the San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo this February.

Many ASU students will offer their services at the annual event, which will allow them to gain experience, give back to their community, and potentially create opportunities in the future, said Senior Instructor and Research Associate for the Department of Agriculture Corey Owens, who also sits on the Board of Directors for the event.

"Students like to volunteer, as it allows them to give back to an industry that provided them many good times and valuable experiences growing up," Owens said. "As a result of their volunteering as students, many of my committees are comprised of former ASU Ag students."

Students volunteer in a variety of areas including livestock shows and an event called Mutton Bustin’, where volunteers help children ride sheep. Students also help out at the rodeo, with agriculture mechanics and by judging contests, Owens said.

Cassady Pennington, junior Natural Resource Management major, enjoyed her time volunteering at the stock show and rodeo last year and looks forward to repeating that experience in February.

"This year, I will be helping again with the Mutton Bustin’ and with the livestock judging contest," Pennington said. "It’s a lot of fun being able to see the smile on the kid’s faces after they’ve ridden a sheep!"

Taryn Titsworth, senior Agriculture Science and Leadership major, had experience with the event as a contestant in the show arena years ago and has continued to participate in various ways since coming to ASU.

"I have served as ring help in multiple market goat shows, along with both a breeding goat and breeding sheep shows," Titsworth said. "I have even gotten the opportunity to take Dominic VIII down into the rodeo arena when they were recognizing ASU."

Faculty members of the Agriculture Department are also heavily involved in the event, said Reagan Mitchell, Graduate Advisor of the Block and Bridle Club.

"Overall, almost all of the faculty members in the department, as well as a large number of students and graduate students, are involved with the Stock Show and Rodeo as committee members and volunteers," Mitchell said. "I love being out at the fairgrounds during the various shows, and getting to watch all of the rodeo performances."

The San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo began in 1932 and has grown into a staple of the region, having the largest economic impact on San Angelo of any event held throughout the year, Owens said.

The event will begin February 2 at the San Angelo Coliseum Fairground.

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