First-place Rodeo Teams Compete for Regional Titles at 58th Tarleton Stampede


STEPHENVILLE — Rodeo action returns to Lone Star Arena this Thursday-Saturday for the 58th annual Tarleton Stampede.

Performances get underway at 7:30 p.m. each night with slack scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday mornings.

The Tarleton Stampede marks the season finale for the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association’s (NIRA) Southwest Region ahead of the 2024 College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR) June 9-15 in Casper, Wyo.

A total of 17 colleges and universities are set to compete in nine NIRA events, including bareback riding, tie-down roping, breakaway roping, steer wrestling, saddle bronc riding, goat tying, team roping, barrel racing and bull riding.

Entering the last week of the season, Tarleton State tops the leaderboard on the men’s and women’s sides of the Southwest Region. With 4,050 points, the men lead second-place Western Texas College by more than 800 points. For the women, Tarleton has compiled 2,120 points to lead second-place Cisco College by nearly 800 points.

Award-winning rodeo announcers Ben Clements and Ferron Lucero will call the action, with TNT Rodeo Company, Stace Smith Pro Rodeos and Dakota Rodeo serving as the stock contractors.

Friday is Team Sponsor Night, with Hall of Fame and Tarleton Night slated for Saturday.

Admission is $10 for adults, with children under 12 admitted free. Tarleton State students, faculty and staff are free with a Tarleton ID. Tickets may be purchased at the gate.

Lone Star Arena is located at 4696 U.S. Highway 377 N. in Stephenville.

Additional information, including results and live broadcasts of each event, can be viewed at

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