At the Spring Meeting, Western Junior College Athletic Conference has adopted Men's and Women's Rodeo as a WJCAC Conference Sport. Within the conference six of the ten conference colleges participate in rodeo. The six colleges include Clarendon College, Frank Phillips College, Howard College, New Mexico Junior College, Odessa College, South Plains College and Western Texas College who compete within the Southwest Region.
WJCAC Conference Commissioner, John Green said "the Athletic Directors were in unanimous support to bring this forward to the WJCAC Presidents for approval. The rodeos will still be conducted under the rules and guidelines of the NIRA." The Southwest Region conducts 10 events each year. The schedule, standings and other information in regards to the collegiate rodeo programs can be found on the NIRA website www.collegerodeo.com.
As an official sport of the WJCAC, the rodeo teams will compete for a Western Junior College Athletic Conference Championship as well as individual honors being named to the WJCAC All Conference Team. "The sport of collegiate rodeo has great tradition and the WJCAC has such strong teams, this decision by the conference will allow us to highlight this great sport in a bigger, better way. The talented cowboys and cowgirls from across the world will make for fierce competition to claim the title of WJCAC Conference Champ" remarks Commissioner Green.