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ACU students to compete in all-school rodeo Tuesday

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April 9, 2005

Abilene Christian University students will get a chance to try their hand at roping and riding at the annual all-school rodeo, scheduled for Tuesday, April 12 at 6 p.m. in the Abilene Expo Center horse barn. 

The men's events in the rodeo include chute dogging, wild cow milking, steer saddling, and steer branding.  The women's events include barrel racing, goat milking, goat dressing, and a calf scramble.  In addition to the main contests, a Rodeo Queen will be crowned at the end of the evening. On average, about 100-150 students usually participate in the rodeo and about 500 students attend the event as spectators.

 "Some of my friends did it last year and said it was fun, so I decided to take part by doing goat dressing," said Elizabeth Billingsley, sophomore interior design major from Austin.

ACU's Aggie Club sponsors and plans the rodeo each year.  Funds raised from the ticket sales help cover the expenses of the rodeo, and the profit is donated to charity or scholarship funds, said Stuart Bozeman, president of the Aggie Club.

Students are encouraged to wear western attire throughout the day Tuesday. Bozeman hopes that having a Western day on campus will promote awareness. 

"We chose to have this day just to generate a little more excitement on campus about the rodeo and Western life in general," Bozeman said.  

Tickets for the rodeo may be purchased at the McGlothlin Campus Center ticket windows this week for $2 or at the door for $3.

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