College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR) 2017

Casper, Wyoming

December is considered to be one of the most exhilarating months to cowboys, cowgirls and western enthusiasts, as it is the month of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, but to the collegiate cowboys and cowgirls the month of June is unquestionably their favorite. The College National Finals Rodeo starts on June 11 and ends June 17.

The National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association will award national team championships to both the the top men’s and women’s teams and also individual championships in the saddle bronc riding, bare back riding, bull riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, team roping, barrel racing, breakaway roping, and goat tying. There are over 400 contestants from over 100 universities and colleges competing at the CNFR in Casper, Wyo. The rodeo athletes compete all year in one of NIRA’s 11 regions for a chance to win a championship at the CNFR. The top three men and women from each event and the top two men’s and women’s team in each region get the chance to compete.

Along with the nerves, the stakes are high during the 6-day event. Some of the contestants travel many of miles to earn their spot at the CNFR. Throughout the week the competitors will also participate in a softball tournament, a golf tournament, Cinch’s style show, TV interviews, banquets, cowboy church and they will also assist with the Special Olympics Rodeo.

The collegiate rodeo athletes must be in good standings with their college or university in order to compete at the NIRA level. Most of the athletes competing receive scholarships to compete for their represented college, therefore these athletes dedicate many hours to practicing and studying. Be sure and keep your eye out for these contenders during the WNFR and RFDTV’s the American as well, because their goals don’t stop at the CNFR.