History of the Program

Utah Valley University's rodeo program was the first athletic program the school experienced. The rodeo program was founded in 1968. UVU has had World Champions such as Lewis Feild and Wesley Silcox participate in the rodeo program. National Champions have participated on our team such as Dustin Durfee (team roping), Elisa Nielson (barrel racing), "Stormy" Lance Sagers (bronc riding), Kaycee Feild (bareback riding), Ben Carson (Steer Wrestling), and Tag Elliott (Bull Riding).

In 2016 UVU had three region champions, Wyatt Caldwell won the Steer Wrestling and the Men’s All Around and Brady Pitchford won the Tie Down Roping.  Wyatt Caldwell ended up 15th in the nation in the Steer Wrestling and 21st in the nation in the Tie Down Roping. 

In 2015, Riley Clyde won 2nd in the bareback riding in the region.  Riley broke his wrist a couple of weeks before the college finals.  He got on his first horse at the finals with a cast on.

In 2014, Utah Valley University women’s team was reserved region champions. Jacalyn Walker won the goat tying and qualified in the breakaway roping, BayLee Kuchar and Shaylee Thacker both also qualified in the breakaway roping to represent UVU at the College National Finals. On the Men’s team Dallin Kemp won the region in the tie down roping and Jace Austin placed 3rd in the steer wrestling to represent UVU at the College National Finals also. Jacalyn, Shaylee, and Jace all made the short go, Shaylee ended up 10th in the breakaway, Jace was 11th in the steer wrestling, and Jacalyn placed 3rd in the breakaway roping and 5th in the goat tying. Placing in two events helped Jacalyn win the Women’s Reserved All Around Champion along with Horse of the Year awards. UVU Women’s team placed 7th in the nation.

In 2013, Utah Valley University rodeo team was represented at the College National Finals by Jamie Christensen, Jace Austin, and Mckay Taylor. Jamie was 2nd in the region in the breakaway roping, Jace won the region in the steer wrestling, and Mckay Taylor was 2nd in the team roping. Both Jamie and Mckay made the short go at the College National Finals, with Jamie ending up 12th in the nation in breakaway and Mckay placing 9th in the team roping.

In 2012 our men's team qualified along with Mckenzie Zollinger representing our women's team. Two of our men's team made the short go. Ben Carson end up the National Champion Steer Wrestler, while Tag Elliot ended up National Champion Bull Rider. As a team we ended up 3rd in the Nation.

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In 2011 our men's team qualified, with three of them making the short go. Brock Winn ended up Reserve Champion Bronc Rider, while Ben Carson ended up 3rd in the Steer Wrestling.

In 2010 our men's team qualified for the CNFR again and two of our women qualified individually. We had five of our eight athletes make the short go. Hilary Bair was 3rd in the nation in the Goat Tying, with our women's team ending up 12th in the nation again.

In 2009 both our men's and women's teams qualified for the CNFR, with our women's team ending up 12th in the nation.

In 2008 the men's team placed 5th in the nation.

In 2007 the men's team placed 2nd in the nation. Taylor White placed 3rd in the nation in bull riding and reserve all-around cowboy. Bud Munns placed 2nd in the nation in bareback riding.