Garden City, KS-It has been a staple of Western Kansas for half a century, and this year it turns 50 years old.
The Garden City Community College Rodeo opens Friday inside the Broncbuster Horse Palace Arena.
"It's one of the better rodeos around," Garden City Rodeo Coach Jim Boy Hash said. "It is a lot of fun for these kids to perform in front of their home fans."
The rodeo begins Friday night at 7:30 and concludes on Sunday. Colby, Fort Hays State, Dodge City, Northeastern Oklahoma A&M, Fort Scott, Kansas State, Northwestern Oklahoma State, Pratt, Western Oklahoma State, Oklahoma State, Southeastern Oklahoma State, Oklahoma Panhandle State, Southwestern Oklahoma State, Coffeyville, Connors State and Bacone, representing the Central Plains Region, will all participate.
The Broncbuster women's team are the defending champs, beating out Kansas State by 150 points last year while the men's team came in eighth. Southwestern Oklahoma State took home the team crown.
"There are some really good teams coming in again this year," Hash said.
The Broncbuster men's team enters this weekend seventh in the region standings behind Western Oklahoma State; the women are sixth. Saddle bronc rider Tanner Hayes sits in third place in the region. If the season ended today, the sophomore would qualify for the College National Finals.
"I'm steadily improving," Hayes said.