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Texas A&M University-Commerce is reviving their rodeo program from its former glory days in the mid 1980’s. Texas A&M University-Commerce started their rodeo program with 10 National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) card holding student members in the Fall 2013. Despite their small number of “new” members, four transfer students have previously qualified to the College National Finals Rodeo.

Rodeo program coach Mr. Dameon White and the rodeo team utilize the new and improved amenities at the Equine Center, which includes a new covered riding arena, stalls, wash racks, saddle racks, and handicap accessible restrooms. In addition, an existing roping and riding arena is on the grounds along with a number of barns and improved teaching classroom.

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Scholarships

Scholarships

To college rodeo while attending Texas A&M University-Commerce is a privilege. Rodeo scholarships are available for those who have the ability to do college level coursework and who are competitive in the rodeo arena. Students are evaluated in a holistic manner and thus student information such as SAT and/or ACT, GPA, and success in and outside the arena will be considered. For timed event participants, horses being ridden will also be considered in the holistic process. Scholarships amounts may vary per academic year. You are also strongly encouraged to apply for university-wide scholarships as well. Please check with the Financial Aid Office.

You will be considered for scholarship if:

  • You have been competing in the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) but have smaller rodeo scholarships (or no scholarship) and meet the holistic criteria, both academically and competitively. You will be given first priority for larger scholarships.
  • You are not competing in NIRA rodeos and meet the holistic criteria both academically and competitively in rodeos outside of the NIRA collegiate rodeos.
  • You are a transfer student or high school graduate with outstanding records (i.e. Year-End Champions, Regional Champions, National Champions).

Application instructions

1. Complete and gather the following:

  • Lions Rodeo Scholarship Application (include short answer responses)
  • Current Resume (required)
  • Unofficial Transcripts (required)
  • Video, DVD or website URL highlighting your talents in the rodeo arena (required)
    • Include the URLs in your application. Make sure they are not broken. Your application will be considered incomplete if the links are broken.
  • Letter of Recommendation (optional)

2. Mail or email the packet to:

  • Dameon White Coach, Lions Rodeo
    Texas A&M University-Commerce
    P.O. Box 3011, Commerce, TX 75429-3011
  • [email protected]

Incomplete files will not be considered until all items above have been received. No exceptions! If you are attending in the fall semester, you should submit your scholarship packet as soon as possible due to limited scholarships.

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Rodeo Results

Rodeo Results

You will find up-to-date regional NIRA standings in all of the rodeo events, including the Men’s and Women’s Team results for rodeos in the Southern Region.

Southern Region

Texas A&M University-Commerce is in the Southern Region of the NIRA. The Southern Region provides in-depth information about coaches, schools, entry information and more.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What do I need to do to be considered for a Rodeo Scholarship?

Initially, send a resume, copy of your grade transcripts, and a video highlighting your talents in the rodeo arena to the address below. In lieu of sending a hard copy video or DVD, you can provide links or URL’s to videos on the web. A resume and transcripts are mandatory.

Please mail complete packet to:
Lion Rodeo
Mr. Dameon White – Rodeo Coach
P.O. Box 3011
Commerce, TX 75429-3011

You can also email electronic or digital files of the ENTIRE packet to: [email protected]. Please follow up with a phone call to ensure the email was received if no confirmation response was received within a couple of days.

Incomplete files will not be considered. No exceptions!

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If I am on a Rodeo Scholarship do I need to attend all of the College Rodeos?

Yes, as with any student athlete who makes a commitment to compete on scholarship, there are expectations and requirements. Students must attend all college rodeos. Understandably, extenuating circumstances arise from time to time due to injury to students or horses, family emergency, or illness. Should extenuating circumstances occur, the coach should be notified immediately to ascertain appropriate steps to take. Failure to notify the coach could seriously jeopardize your scholarship to the point of withdrawal.

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If I am a transfer student who wants to attend A&M-Commerce to Rodeo, what should I do?

Contact Mr. Dameon White at [email protected] to discuss options as soon as possible. Let him know you are interested. The earlier you let Mr. White know your intentions of considering transferring, he can share some tips to ensure your transfer process is as smooth as possible. He will ask you a series of questions to ascertain next steps in your transfer process. Each student scenario is dealt on a case-by-case basis. If you are interested in applying for scholarships, transfer students are encouraged to follow the scholarship process outlined on our Rodeo website.

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How many Rodeos are held throughout the academic year and where are they located?

There are typically 5 rodeos in the fall and 5 in the spring, but that can change from year to year. Most rodeos begin on Friday and end on Saturday, with a few exceptions where they may start on Thursday evening.

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How many individuals can be on the Rodeo team?

The team will consist of 6 men and 4 women, which is determined by points accumulated at the collegiate rodeos. The team can be different from week to week. Those not on the team can also accrue individual points, but they will not count towards team points. Team members receive travel money.

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How can I get on the Texas A&M University – Commerce Lion Rodeo team?

We look for well-rounded individuals who will represent Texas A&M University-Commerce well in the classroom, the community, and in the rodeo arena. Everyone who wants to rodeo is required become a member of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) which comes with a membership card. The 2018-2019 cost of the NIRA membership is $260 if you’re attending a member school.

Rodeo is a privilege at A&M Commerce. If NIRA dues are paid, you maintain appropriate academic hours, grade point average and follow team rules you can be considered to be a part of the A&M Commerce rodeo program.

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Does the Rodeo team travel together to and from Rodeos?

Each student is responsible for their own transportation to and from rodeos, including lodging accommodations. It is customary for students to travel together to help save on expenses and develop the camaraderie that is necessary as part of a winning team.

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Does the Rodeo Team practice together?

Due to the nature of starting the program, we currently do not have organized practices. However, beginning with the Fall 2014 semester, practice will be available for NIRA members on scholarship during designated times. Individuals on scholarship are expected to be in attendance and practice during designated practice times. Failing to be in attendance could jeopardize your scholarship.

Students must have primary insurance in order to practice and also compete.

Students are expected to care for Texas A&M University-Commerce equipment and livestock. Any rough treatment of equipment and facilities or inhumane treatment of livestock can call for disciplinary action or fines.

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Does A&M-Commerce offer Rodeo Scholarships?

Yes, rodeo scholarships are available for those who have the ability to do college level coursework and who are competitive in the arena. Students are evaluated in a holistic manner. Student information such as SAT or ACT, GPA, and success in the arena will be considered. For timed event participants, horses being ridden will also be considered in the holistic process. Scholarships may vary per academic year.

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Contact CASNR

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  • P.O. Box 3011
  • Commerce, TX 75429-3011
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