For the first time in school history, the Southwest Texas Junior College Rodeo has been voted the top rodeo in the Southern Region of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA).
Held annually in October for fifty years, the event is one of ten rodeos sanctioned each school year by the NIRA's Southern Region, one of twelve regions throughout the U.S.
Members of the SWTJC women's team, which finished third overall during the recently concluded the 2012-13 Southern Region rodeo season, along with county and college officials, gathered at the Garner Museum on Wednesday afternoon to mark the milestone.
"We've always prided ourselves in putting on a great rodeo and it is certainly nice to finally be recognized for our efforts," SWTJC rodeo coach Roy Angermiller said. "We share this recognition with all the individuals and businesses in town and across the region whose generous support has made it possible for us to keep college rodeo alive and well in Uvalde."
Angermiller and SWTJC President-Elect Hector Gonzales, Ph.D., offered special thanks to Uvalde County for allowing the event to find a new home at the Uvalde County Fairplex Arena.
"There is no doubt that being able to use the fantastic new facility the county recently built was a big reason we received this recognition," Angermiller said. "We can't thank Judge Mitchell and all his staff enough for their support of our rodeo. We hope this will be our home for many, many years to come."
In addition, president-elect Gonzales thanked the entire SWTJC staff for their work in securing the top rodeo award.
"Roy and his wife Pam deserve most of the credit, but everything we do at SWTJC is a team effort and the success of our rodeo is no different," Gonzales said. "I want to personally thank all the SWTJC staff for working together to put on the best rodeo in the Southern Region."
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