• PCC softball hosts Barton CC in a double header for Alumni Weekend on April 1. First pitch is set for 1 pm.

Patterson captures fourth steer roping gold buckle

21 November 2016

For the first time in Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) history a world champion was crowned in Kansas and it went to a Kansas native.
 
Pratt Community College Head Rodeo Coach, Rocky Patterson, won his fourth world championship at the 2016 Clem McSpadden National Steer Roping Finals in Mulvane on Nov. 8.
 
 “It’s big,” said Patterson, 50, about his latest accomplishment. “It isn’t as easy for me to get out there and practice as it was 25 years ago. It probably has not sunk in yet, but this is big.”

PCC rodeo head coach qualifies for nationals

16 August 2016

Rocky Patterson, current Head Coach for Pratt Community College’s Rodeo Team, finds himself in first place standing in Steer Roping for the 2015-2016 season. Patterson, who has qualified for 2016 Nationals, will be one of the 15 steer ropers invited to compete in Mulvane, Kan. in November for the Title.
 

PCC Hires World Champion as Head Rodeo Coach

29 April 2015

This April, Pratt Community College welcomes World Champion Steer Roper Rocky Patterson as the new head coach of the men’s and women’s rodeo program. Patterson stepped in as interim head coach earlier in the semester, and accepted the permanent position after forming good relationships with the current students and seeing potential in the incoming team.

“Rodeo is all I’ve ever known,” said Patterson. “I’m here to help the students every way I can in what is traditionally a very expensive and demanding sport.”

PCC Seeks Rodeo Coach, Welcomes Former World Champion as Interim

10 March 2015

The Pratt Community College rodeo team is more than two-thirds of the way through the 2014-2015 season, a year that has brought many changes to the program.

The rodeo team is currently seeking a full time men’s and women’s head coach. The coach will organize, instruct and promote the team, as well as recruit for the next year. If the coach has experience in farrier science, they will also take over coordination and instruction of that program. The search is nationwide search and PCC hopes to announce a new coach by the first week of April.

PCC Rodeo Makes Strong Showing in Oklahoma

26 September 2014

On Sept. 19, the Pratt Community College team traveled to Cherokee, Okla. for their first competition rodeo of the season.

"Our team had a strong showing on both the timed event and rough stock end of the arena, with two qualifiers advancing to the short round," said Head Coach Ryan Vander Pluym.

Sophomore Ryan Whetham placed in the average in the steer wrestling, while standout freshman Laramie Mosley clinched third overall in the bullriding.

Accident prone bull rider hopes to stay accident-free this season

22 September 2014

Even knowing that he is accident prone, Brogan Naylor, Pratt Community College sophomore still says one of his favorite things to do is ride bulls and he has no intentions of quitting anytime soon.

Naylor, of Lucas, Kan., has had three surgeries due to bull riding and four due to accidents not related to bull riding.

His latest surgery happened last year after the Fort Scott Rodeo, when he got bucked off and the bull ran over him.

“I knew right away that something happened,” Naylor said. “It sounded like an elastic band popping and it hurt.”

Whetham uses stereotypes to motivate him

15 September 2014

“Most people who rodeo have been doing it since they were young and have been on horses all of their lives. I’ve only been doing it for four years,” said Ryan Whetham, sophomore. “At first knowing that information was intimidating, now it helps to motivate me.”

Whetham came to Pratt Community College on a rodeo scholarship to team rope and steer wrestle. Last year he received an Associate of Applied Science in Farrier Science, which is a one year horse shoeing school and this year he is pursuing a degree in Ag Business.

Kids Rodeo

All area elementary school students are invited to this special preview of the 45th Annual Pratt Community College Stanion Wholesale Electric Rodeo.

Simon strives for good health to accomplish goals

08 September 2014

After missing the National College Finals Rodeo by a few short points the last two years, Tish Simon came back to Pratt Community College this year to try her hand at it one more time.

Simon, of Mankato, Kan., is a third year student at PCC and a barrel racer on the rodeo team.

The past two years she and her horse named Mare have done well before illnesses interrupted the ends of the seasons. As a freshman, Simon was sitting in fifth when the placing's were announced, with the top three going to the NCFR.

PCC Celebrates 45 Years of Rodeo

25 August 2014

The 2014-2015 school year marks the 45th anniversary of the rodeo program at Pratt Community College. It began in 1969 as an extracurricular club through the efforts of a handful of students and faculty members, and has since become one of the largest programs on campus.

Dorothy Huffman is a resident of Pratt and shared this about her husband Herb Huffman, who was a member of the PCC agriculture faculty and a PCC alumnus himself:

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