Pearce national champ on fifth trip to rodeo finals

June 25, 2015

Loni Pearce SAU National Rodeo Champion 2015

As if earning a spot in the College National Finals Rodeo five years in a row for Southern Arkansas University’s Loni Pearce was not enough, she became the goat tying national champion in her final trip to Casper, Wyoming, on June 20, 2015. Pearce entered the short round in first place. Her final run of… Read More

SAU Story Arena to host Bull Jam on May 30

May 18, 2015

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Southern Arkansas University’s Story Arena is hosting an inaugural SAU Bull Jam at 8 p.m. on May 30, 2015. “This will be bull riding action at its best,” said Rusty Hayes, SAU rodeo coach and director of farm operations. “There is going to be ‘danger zone’ seating, a shark cage for the bull fighters and… Read More

Grand Opening for $4.4 mil. Story Arena

November 5, 2014


The official Grand Opening for the $4.4 Story Arena at Southern Arkansas University was held Thursday, Nov. 6, on the opening night of the 2014 SAU Intercollegiate Rodeo. Festivities kicked off with a grand entry of distinguished guests and members of the Mulerider family, including President David Rankin and the Story family. “This SAU Rodeo is… Read More

Big boots to fill for Mulerider Baird as Maye graduates from SAU

May 14, 2014

Muleriders Megan Maye (Left) and Payton Baird

Megan Maye took the Mulerider mascot to new heights and helped Southern Arkansas University reach record enrollment numbers before she graduated on May 9, 2014, leaving some big boots to fill for the new Mulerider Payton Baird. Baird, a freshman pre-nursing major from Fouke, will have the reins officially passed to her from Maye during… Read More

SAU receives first contribution for the new second phase arena Reception Center

July 24, 2012

As the first phase moves toward completion, the new Southern Arkansas University Rodeo Arena’s second phase gets a boost toward the same reality. The SAU Foundation received its first contribution for the second phase of the arena facility – the Reception Center. Ann Reeves Eddy of Magnolia, has made the initial contribution to kick off… Read More

More stolen items recovered, search continues for five horses

November 11, 2011

Law enforcement officials in Oklahoma have recovered some of the items stolen from Southern Arkansas University’s Mulerider Stables on Wednesday, Nov. 2. Deputies from the McCurtain County Sheriff’s Department recovered some of the saddles, blankets and other tack yesterday evening. A livestock trailer that was taken during the theft was recovered on Thursday, Nov. 3…. Read More

Search continues for stolen horses

November 7, 2011

Police are continuing an investigation into the theft of five horses, a livestock trailer, and other equipment from Mulerider Stables at Southern Arkansas University. The theft took place in the overnight hours of Wednesday, Nov. 2. The trailer was recovered in Tom, Okla., on Thursday night, but none of the five horses have been found…. Read More

SAU Trustees approve $6.5 million bond issue for Agriculture Center

November 4, 2010

MAGNOLIA – Construction of a new Agriculture Center at Southern Arkansas University is one step closer to reality after the SAU System Board of Trustees gave administrators the green light for a $6.5 million bond issue for the project. The vote came during the trustees’ quarterly meeting on Thursday at the SAU Tech campus in… Read More

SAU receives $2 million gift from Magnolia couple

April 15, 2010

Therral and Jan Story, center, present a check for $2 million to Dr. David Rankin, the SAU rodeo team, and other administrators.

MAGNOLIA – Construction of a new rodeo arena at Southern Arkansas University is much closer to reality after a $2 million donation from Therral and Jan Story of Magnolia. The gift, made through the SAU Foundation, is the largest ever received by the University from an individual donor. “Through their extraordinary generosity, Therral and Jan… Read More