Rodeo member practicing barrel racing
The new seven-acre property will have ample space for the rodeo team to practice for competition events.


Rodeo team moves to new facility

After five months of searching, the Colorado Mesa University rodeo team has a new home.

“The process included analyzing multiple properties across the Grand Valley and choosing the one that best met the needs of the team and the university,” said CMU Vice President of Intergovernmental and Community Affairs Derek Wagner.

The seven-acre property on east Orchard Mesa is equipped with a residence, two barns, a dozen outdoor stalls and runs, three large paddocks, two pastures and an arena. The only thing missing are bucking chutes, which the rodeo team already owns and will install over the next year, said Rodeo Club Advisor Kevin Bates. He added that the property has been properly maintained so the team can get to work right off the bat.

For the past four years, the CMU rodeo team has leased a property near 22 Road but continually had to make upgrades as they outgrew the facility. The new location is the first CMU-owned property to serve as a home for the rodeo team since it was sanctioned in 1976.

The new property provides ample space and facilities for the co-ed rodeo team to practice for bucking and timed events. CMU rodeo members’ horses along with practice cattle will be housed on the seven-acre property starting this spring semester.

Even more than a permanent place to call home, the new property is a recruiting tool.

“A lot of schools don’t have a place to practice,” Bates said. “So now when prospective student-athletes visit, we have a place to show them.”

The land may also be used for future Western Colorado Community College sustainable agriculture projects and initiatives.

“At the former property where CMU rodeo was located, the sustainable agriculture program also utilized that property to conduct growing experiments and to raise crops,” Wagner said. “The new property at 3106 C Road will now be available for joint projects as they develop between the two programs.”

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