The College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR) is nothing new to 21-year-old breakaway roper Cassidy Boggs. A member of the Tarleton State rodeo team, the junior has qualified for the event all three years that she’s been at Tarleton.
“I’ve been to the CNFR twice before this year and the best I’ve finished is fifth. I really hope I can improve this year and compete well,” Boggs said.
Rodeo is not something new to Boggs either. She has been competing since she was 10.
“My dad trains calf horses so I was just always around it growing up,” Boggs said.
The Cyril, Okla. native came to Tarleton knowing she would be competing with the best in the area.
“I came to Tarleton because it’s the biggest rodeo school in this region,” she said. “It also helped that they gave me a scholarship to come here too.”
The CNFR is held every year in June in Casper, Wyoming. More than 400 cowboys and cowgirls compete in the event from over 100 different colleges across the country.
“The thing I’m looking forward to most is actually competing. It’s a fun thing but the competition is what I really like about it,” she said. “A lot of people probably say the events and seeing new people is their favorite thing about it, but the rodeo in general is my favorite thing about going.”
Boggs isn’t one to waste time. When she isn’t roping, she plays basketball and focuses on her studies.
The CNFR will take place from June 9-15. Tarleton will be represented by 11 student-athletes that will compete in the event.