About the NIRA
The NIRA is the governing body of college rodeo. One
of the primary goals of the NIRA is to establish and
maintain standards for conducting intercollegiate
rodeo competition. It seeks to promote intercollegiate
rodeo on a national scale by bringing national recognition
as an organized and standard collegiate sport and
to promote interest, understanding, and appreciation,
and vigilance over Western life and culture. NIRA
student members are offered the opportunity to bring
national recognition to their colleges and universities
through rodeo competition. The NIRA is divided into
11 regions with over 135 colleges and universities
having a recognized rodeo organization on their campus. Many other colleges and universities who do not have
rodeo clubs are represented by independent members.
Members compete in approximately 10 rodeos a year
trying to earn a trip to the College National Finals
Rodeo. For general information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Often dubbed the "Rose Bowl" of college
rodeo, the College National Finals Rodeo hosts over
350 cowboys and cowgirls each year. These college
athletes come together each June to compete for college
national titles and over $200,000 in scholarships
through the U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Co. Scholarship
Awards Program (SM).
RAWHIDE is a program of the National Intercollegiate
Rodeo Association. The goal is to challenge rodeo
athletes to make positive choices in and out of the
college rodeo arena.
Created in 1994, RAWHIDE is dedicated to encouraging
fitness, goal setting, education, and positive choices
regarding the use of alcohol and drugs among the membership
of the NIRA.