The 80th annual Poly Royal rodeo was the first time the rodeo was back in two years. The team is competing for a spot at nationals and a handful of athletes are either pro or plan on going pro after graduation. The team is led by head Coach Ben Lando, a professional rodeo rider and […]
How an 11 year old had her wish granted at Cal Poly Royal Rodeo
The 80th annual Poly Royale Rodeo took place last weekend at the Cotton Rosser Rodeo Complex and featured events including saddle bronc riding, calf roping and break away roping –– and a surprise. The Make-A-Wish foundation and the Cal Poly Rodeo team partnered up to grant 11-year-old Maddie Owens’ wish during the event. Maddie was […]
Vendor booths at Poly Royal Rodeo burglarized, vandalized
Two vendor booths at the Poly Royal Rodeo were allegedly broken into and burglarized early Friday morning, according to Cal Poly spokesperson Matt Lazier. One of the vendors, Cattaneo Bros, announced they were one of the victims on Instagram. “The perpetrators stole almost everything and what they left behind was destroyed,” Cattaneo Bros wrote in […]
The unspoken loneliness in college
Declan Molony is a 2021 Cal Poly graduate. The views expressed do not necessarily reflect those of Mustang News. My senior year of high school I attended the Cal Poly Rodeo. It was filled with horseback jumps, obstacle courses, drunk college students stumbling about the ring, and an incredible half-time show with motorcycle flips off of massive […]
Coronavirus canceled the 80th Poly Royal, but the work that went into it was a labor of love
Child development senior Kassidy Hamer has ridden horses since before she can remember. Following in her parents’ footsteps of riding, farming and ranching, she continued the legacy as a part of the renowned rodeo team at Cal Poly. “[Riding is] just kind of part of my lifestyle,” Hamer said. This year would have been Hamer’s […]
Headliner announced for 80th annual Poly Royal Rodeo
The nation’s largest collegiate rodeo is celebrating its 80th anniversary with country superstar Carly Pearce headlining the second night. Pearce was nominated for Country Music Association’s Artist of the Year in 2019 and her hit “Every Little Thing” was number one on the Billboard Country Airplay in 2017. On Friday, April 17, the Poly Royal […]
New civil engineering-construction management minor to begin fall 2019
Cal Poly announced the new heavy civil construction minor, courtesy of a $5 million donation from the Granite, Caterpillar and Beaver Charitable Trust.
The 79th annual Poly Royal Rodeo is right around the corner
The highly anticipated rodeo event is almost ready to shine during this Open House weekend.
Cal Poly Rodeo Team hosts benefit for Jack’s Helping Hand
In 2017, two Cal Poly seniors used their connections to create an event to give back to the San Luis Obispo community. Their successful senior project has now turned into an annual charity event helping the local non-profit, Jack’s Helping Hand. The Cal Poly Rodeo Team, in collaboration with the University Police Department (UPD), hosted […]
Country artists Casey Donahew and Chancey Williams to perform at Poly Royal
Country musicians Casey Donahew and Chancey Williams and the Younger Brothers Band will perform at Cal Poly in April during the 79th annual Poly Royal Rodeo. Casey Donahew Donahew will headline Poly Royal with a Saturday, April 13 performance. The musician started gained popularity in the early 2000s while playing in bars around his home […]
Students learn to wrestle bulls, tie cows in rodeo class
Cal Poly’s Theory and Practice of Rodeo class (AG 243) does not meet in the classroom — not even once. The students gather at the rodeo grounds and spend each class working with Ben Londo, the coach of Cal Poly’s rodeo team.