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The Cal Poly Rodeo Team has had an extremely successful year in and out of the arena. From selling out Spanos Stadium for the 79th Poly Royal to sending 10 Cal Poly Rodeo athletes to the College National Finals in June of 2019.

Cal Poly Rodeo Hero Passed July 2019

The Cal Poly Rodeo team has recently came to the attention of a former Cal Poly Rodeo member that has passed away a true hero, a Vietnam Special Forces Veteran. Please read more about this amazing Cal Poly Rodeo Alumni and American Hero. 

Head Coach Ben Londo 2019 NIRA Coach of the Year

After Londo's 6th year of coaching the Cal Poly Rodeo Team, he was named the 2019 National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) Coach of the year. The 79th Poly Royal Rodeo was also named the NIRA West Coast Region Rodeo of the year for the third time in a row.


Cowboys & Indians Magazine Feature Poly Royal Rodeo

C&I Magazine highlighted the Cal Poly Rodeo Team and the transition of Poly Royal into Spanos Stadium. Featuring Ben Londo, Seth Niederhauser, Jane Wood, and Cal Poly Rodeo Alumni JoAnn Switzer.


Cal Poly Rodeo Team Welcomes Inspired Teen, James Ray Jr.

James Ray Jr. became a star at the 79th annual Poly Royal Rodeo! 


Cal Poly Rodeo Team and Jack's Helping Hand

The Cal Poly Rodeo team partnered with local non-profit, Jack's Helping Hand to raise money while putting on a children's rodeo at the Oppenheimer Family Equine Center in February of 2019.


The 77th Annual Poly Royal Rodeo

For the first time ever, the Poly Royal Rodeo was held at Alex G. Spanos stadium, on the campus of California Polytechnic State University, in San Luis Obispo. It’s one of the biggest college rodeos in the nation, and the athletes performed before a highly energized, sold out crowd of around 15,000 in the new venue, for its 77th Annual edition.


Impacts of Cal Poly Rodeo

Agricultural communications major and senior Katie Rice's take on the growth of the rodeo program during her four years at Cal Poly. 


Poly Royal Rodeo Surpasses Expectations In Front of More Than 10,000 Spectators 

Poly Royal sells out and makes history in Spanos Stadium, the latest achievement in the success of the Cal Poly Rodeo Program.


Cal Poly and Cuesta College Rodeo Grab Top 15 at CNFR

The Cal Poly and Cuesta College Rodeo Club men's team finished in the top 15 at the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyoming. 


Cal Poly Rodeo Program Receives $1 Million Endowment

In 2016, Mark and Jessie Milano made the largest donation in the program’s history to provide scholarships to enhance the performance of the student athletes in the classroom and the arena. See The Tribune's article for more information on the generous donation.


This Cal Poly Cowgirl Has Her Flirty Fashions in 200 Stores — and a Wrangler Clothing Line

Cal Poly grad and past rodeo member Quincy Freeman has hit success with her unique brand of western fashion. 


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