Students and faculty involved in the rodeo program at the local community college are becoming excited about the arena and large-animal facility opening in October.
The facility, located on the north end of Sheridan within the Wrench Ranch, will be home to the college’s men’s and women’s rodeo teams. Overseeing the facility will be long-time college employee Zane Garstad.
He said the center could eventually be the venue for a variety of different events.
He said the entire facility will cover 45,000 square feet and will include a clear-span arena, horse stalls, stabling areas and pasture for rodeo and other ag-program related animals.
This is Garstad’s 25th year at the college. He said he started in 1990 as a rodeo coach, coaching for nearly 3 years, before becoming director of admissions in 1992, a position he held until taking over this new position the first of last month. In his new post, he said, he will also be overseeing food services and the book store.
The 48 acres on which the facility sits was donated to Sheridan College by local artist and philanthropist Neltje, according to information provided by the college. In addition to the donation of land from Neltje, major donors for the project include the Watt Foundation and Karen and Torrey Moody.