EMCC to host intercollegiate rodeo

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (EMCC Media Relations) - East Mississippi Community College will host its 7th Annual Intercollegiate Rodeo Feb. 21-23 at the Lauderdale County Agri-Center in Meridian.
Gates open at 7 p.m. nightly during the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) sanctioned event sponsored by HMR Veterans Services, Inc.
Tickets are $10 at the door and $5 for students. Admission is free for children age 5 and younger. This will be the third year EMCC has hosted the event at the Lauderdale County Agri-Center.
“We have had a really good turnout the last two years and encourage everyone to come out again this year to support our athletes and enjoy a night of good family fun,” EMCC head rodeo coach Morgan Goodrich said.
About 250 cowboys and cowgirls are expected to compete in bareback riding, tie-down roping, breakaway roping, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, goat tying, team roping, barrel racing and bull riding. The rodeo will also feature a calf scramble for children ages 6-10 and a pig scramble for children 5 and younger.
EMCC’s rodeo team competes in the NIRA’s Ozark Region, which is comprised of teams from 10 colleges and universities in Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Tennessee and Missouri.
The rodeo is the spring opener for the Ozark Region and it is the seventh of 10 rodeos slated for this season. The contestants compete for points in hopes of making it to the College National Finals Rodeo to be held in June in Casper, Wyo.
EMCC’s rodeo team has earned Top 10 national finishes the last three years.
Going into the rodeo, EMCC rodeo team member Carli Hodges is ranked first in barrel racing in the Ozark Region, while Jadi Gibbs is in the number two spot in breakaway roping. On the men’s side, the tandem of Clay Green and Weston Pender are among the top contenders in team roping and Myles Neighbors, a transfer from Northeast Texas Community College, is the reigning Junior Ironman Champion.
“We have a talented group this year and they keep getting better so we are hoping for another good finish this year,” Goodrich said.

BREAKOUT BOX
Want to go?
What: EMCC Intercollegiate Rodeo
Where: Lauderdale County Agri-Center,
When: Feb. 21, 22 and 23 at 7 p.m. nightly
Cost: $10, $5 for students, age 5 and under free