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NTCC Rodeo Competes in Uvalde

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By: Justin Hargrove, Assistant Athletic Director

The Northeast Texas Community College Rodeo team made the long trip down to Uvalde, Texas for the Southwest Texas Junior College Rodeo October 6-8th. This was the 60th Annual Rodeo put on by the SWTJC Rodeo team, which also had a special tribute to the victims of the tragic Uvalde School shooting this past spring.

Garrett Fields led the way for the Men’s team competing in Steer Wrestling. Fields was second in the long round, and finished third in the short round to place him third in the average for the Rodeo and bring in 115 points for the Men’s team.

On the Women’s team NTCC sent three to the short round (finals). Taylor Eastridge was fifth in the long round of Women’s Barrel racing, improving to fourth in the short round and average to earn points for the women’s team.

Makenzie Mayes also joined Eastridge in the Barrels with a seventh-place finish in the long round and finished seventh in the average.

Harley Jo Chaffin competed in Goat Tying placing seventh in the long round and also in the average.

NTCC will host the third NIRA Southern Region Rodeo of the fall season October 21-22nd here in Mount Pleasant at the Mount Pleasant Rodeo Association Arena located on Greenhill Road.

NTCC competes in the Southern region of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association with Hill College, Louisiana State University-Alexandria, McNeese State University, Panola College, Sam Houston State University, Southwest Texas Junior College, Stephen F. Austin University, Texas A&M University, Texas A&M University-Commerce, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, Trinity Valley Community College, and Wharton County Junior College. The Eagles will compete in ten total College Rodeo’s in hopes of qualifying for the College National Finals Rodeo.

Look for more information soon about the NTCC Rodeo, or go to for more information about NTCC Rodeo.


  1. Eric Mills, coordinator, ACTION FOR ANIMALS on October 16, 2022 at 4:54 pm

    With good intentions, no doubt.

    But be aware: EVERY animal welfare organization in North America condemns rodeo due to its inherent cruelty. For most of these exploited and abused animals, the rodeo arena is merely a detour en route to the slaughterhouse. Most of rodeo is bogus from the git-go, with almost nothing to do with ranching. Working cowboys/girls never routinely rode bulls, or wrestled steers, or rode bareback, or barrel raced, or practiced calf roping as a timed event (terrified BABIES!). Rodeo is not a “sport”–that term denotes willing, equally-matched participants. Rodeo does not qualify. Rather, it’s mostly hype, a macho exercise in DOMINATION. And it needs to end. The United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales) outlawed rodeos back in 1934, followed by Germany and the Netherlands. Can the U.S. be far behind?

  2. Eric Mills on October 29, 2022 at 6:04 pm

    See prize-winning anti-rodeo documentary, “BUCKING TRADITION” – Available on YouTube.

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