CNFR kicks off this weekend in Casper; several TSU athletes to compete

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Tarleton State University Rodeo had several athletes qualify for the 2021 College National Finals Rodeo scheduled for this month in Casper, Wyoming. They are: Sarah Angelone, Southwest Region Champion Breakaway Roper; Maddy Deerman, SW Region Reserve Champion Breakaway Roper; Rickie Engesser, goat tying; Cullen Telfer, SW Region Champion Bull Rider; Jake Barnes, saddle bronc riding; and Walt Arnold, SW Region Reserve Champion Steer Wrestler. Also pictured are Assistant Rodeo Coach Brittany Stewart, at far left, and Head Coach Mark Eakin, at far right.

While coronavirus caused its cancellation in 2020, the College National Finals Rodeo is returning to Casper, Wyoming, from June 13-19, at the Ford Wyoming Center.

“Last year was tough for so many, including the rodeo community, and we were devastated to cancel CNFR,” said Roger Walters, Commissioner for the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association, in a news release from Visit Casper. “This year CNFR — and our student-athletes, coaches, parents, fans and supporters — is returning and we cannot wait to see this event back in Casper.”

Each year, CNFR welcomes 400 of the top collegiate rodeo athletes to compete in saddle bronc riding, bareback riding, bull riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, team roping, barrel racing, breakaway roping and goat tying. To qualify for CNFR, competitors must rank in the top three for their event, while the top two men’s and women’s teams from NIRA’s 11 regions also qualify.

“CNFR and Casper go hand-in-hand,” said Brook Kaufman, CEO of Visit Casper in the news release. “It really is the best of the best in college rodeo and we’re so thrilled to have this event and all of its competitors return to Casper this June.”

The largest event center in Wyoming, Ford Wyoming Center has been the host facility for CNFR since 2001. With comprehensive cleaning standards, increased sanitization, plenty of space and an HVAC system that cycles the air six times each hour (completely renovating current airflow and replacing it with fresh air), the Ford Wyoming Center is ready to host CNFR as safely as possible.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit cnfr.com.

CNFR 2021 schedule of events

Sunday, June 13

• 10 a.m.: Cowboy Church Service at the fairgrounds

• 1 p.m.: “Bulls, Broncs & Breakaway” matinee performance at Ford Wyoming Center; $10 general admission; $20 reserved; $25 box seats. Admission ticket is good for BOTH performances.

4 p.m.: “Bulls, Broncs & Breakaway” evening performance at Ford Wyoming Center. $10 general admission; $20 reserved; $25 box seats. *Admission ticket is good for BOTH performances

Monday, June 14

7 a.m.:  Slack at Ford Wyoming Center; $10 general admission

Tuesday, June 15

7 a.m.: Slack at Ford Wyoming Center; $10 general admission

7 p.m.: First Performance; First Go-Round Ring Presentation after steer wrestling; at Ford Wyoming Center; Casper Night, all tickets are $10.

Wednesday, June 16

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Softball Tourney at the softball field

7 p.m.: Second Performance; Second Go-Round Ring Presentation after steer wrestling; at Ford Wyoming Center; $10 general admission; $15 reserved; $25 box seats

Thursday, June 17

7 p.m.: Third Performance at Ford Wyoming Center; Local Heroes Appreciation Night &

Ribbon Night at the Rodeo – Cancer Awareness “Give Cancer the Boot!”

Friday, June 18

9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.: NIRA Alumni Reunion at Ramkota Hotel and Conference Center

3:30-5 p.m.: NIRA Alumni Reunion Hospitality Suite, informational gathering at Ramkota Hotel and Conference Center

7 p.m.: Fourth Performance at Ford Wyoming Center; Military Night; $10 general admission; $15 reserved; $25 box seats

Free post-rodeo concert featuring Lucas Hoge in the parking lot at the Ford Wyoming Center

Saturday, June 19

8 a.m.: Short-go leaders TV head shots at Ford Wyoming Center

11:30 a.m.: Cinch Style Show at Ramkota Hotel & Conference Center

2 p.m.: Cowboy Church Service at the fairgrounds

7 p.m.: Championship Round; Third Go-Round Ring Presentation after steer wrestling; championship awards immediately following the rodeo at the Ford Wyoming Center; $15 upper reserved; $20 lower reserved; $30 box seats