SC Rodeo

Marc Gilkerson was one happy rodeo coach on Friday.

Sheridan College’s head rodeo coach watched as the SC women’s and men’s rodeo teams practiced for the first time inside the college’s AgriPark, escaping the cold air.

“I’m excited. It’s kind of hard to believe it’s here,” said Gilkerson, in his seventh year helming the SC rodeo program. “The student-athletes love it. We put in a lot of time, a lot of work, on it.”

Under the director of Gilkerson, the SC men’s rodeo team finished fourth at the 2014 College National Finals Rodeo.

“Having this facility is a huge benefit to the rodeo teams,” Gilkerson said.

Construction workers for GH Phipps of Wyoming are nearing completion of the AgriPark, Sheridan College’s new indoor arena and large animal science facility, which is located on the north end of Sheridan, within the Wrench ranch.

“I like the setup; we can get around in it really easily,” said Kash Deal, a sophomore rodeo athlete from Dupree, South Dakota. “We can use it for anything, from roping events to barrel racing.”

Deal, studying agriculture business, competes in saddle bronc and team roping events.

The AgriPark, designed by CTA Architects, is a 45,000 square-foot facility that features a 122’x226’ indoor arena, as well as an outdoor arena. The AgriPark will hold an open house on Wednesday, Nov. 19, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Sheridan College president Dr. Paul Young will host the ceremony, recognizing the donors and community support that helped shape the facility, from 12:15-1 p.m., according to college officials.

The SC rodeo teams will provide a demonstration rodeo at 1:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.