Garden City Community College celebrated 50 years of Broncbuster Rodeo, Friday, March 31, through April 2, at the Broncbuster Horse Palace. Around 400 contestants represented 20 schools of the Central Plains Region trying to qualify to compete in Casper, Wyoming, June 11-17 at the College National Finals Rodeo.
The rodeo had a packed crowd for all performances. GCCC bronc rider Tanner Hayes, led the Broncbuster team, winning the event, and sparked the GCCC men to a second place finish behind Oklahoma's Panhandle State University. Garden City native, Jayme Flowers, was the top finisher on the women's side for GCCC placing 9th in the average in barrel racing.
The GCCC Rodeo Team donated the proceeds of rodeo ticket sales to the Fire Relief Fund for the farmers and ranchers who suffered tragic losses in the recent Southwest Kansas wildfires.