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Chukars rope first wins in home arena

There was plenty of bucking and roping Friday night at the regional and Chukar rodeo that showcased local college talent. (The Enterprise / Kristine de Leon)

ONTARIO – The Treasure Valley Community College Rodeo teams got their seasons off to a strong start over the weekend at the Regional and Chukar Rodeo held at the Malheur County Fairgrounds, with both the cowboys and cowgirls winning the team titles.

Friday night was the season-opening rodeo for the Northwest region of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association, which includes 13 colleges and universities. 

“This is the first of five rodeos in the Northwest,” said Drew Pearson, TVCC rodeo coach. “In college rodeo, there’s no conferences. Everybody competes against everybody.”

“Each year our program has taken off,” Pearson said. “We give out several scholarships each year for rodeo. I think . . .