barrel racing during rodeo practice

Intercollegiate Rodeo

Cal Poly Rodeo, coached by Ben Londo, is one of the most successful programs in the history of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA). Cal Poly sent six men to the inaugural College National Finals Rodeo in 1949. Since then, our student-athletes have gone on to win six national championships — more than any other school in the NIRA competition — and 44 national titles. The program is open to all Cal Poly students.

Annual Poly Royal Rodeo

The Poly Royal Rodeo is held during Open House weekend and is one of Cal Poly’s favorite traditions. Athletes from all over the West Coast compete for a championship title in events such as barrel racing, team roping, breakaway roping, tie down roping, saddle bronc riding, bareback riding, bull riding and steer wrestling. The rodeo also include stunts, clown acts, calf dressing and more.