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May, 2015

COLLEGE RODEO AWARDS NEW RAM TRUCK

Walla Walla, WA – Devon Vondette, from Rifle, Colorado, was the lucky recipient of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association’s 2015 Dodge Truck award. Vondette is a student at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, Colorado.
The drawing was held at the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association’s national office the morning of April 30th. The NIRA’s Commissioner, Roger Walters, Northwest Faculty Director, Buster Barton, and the entire national office staff witnessed the drawing.
Commissioner Walters delivered the good news to Vondette’s rodeo coach, Kevin Bates, immediately following the drawing, so Ms. Vondette could verify the award. Ms. Vondette said, “When I answered the phone and Mr. Walters told me the great news, I didn’t believe him at first. There was no way that I won something like that. Once I realized it was true, I began crying and jumping up and down. I have been borrowing my mother’s truck since I was in high school. Now I will have my own truck.”
Vondette will pick up her new Ram 2500 truck during the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyoming. The truck presentation will take place in the arena on Saturday, June 20th in the CNFR arena.
“This new truck is an amazing gif that I will be forever grateful for. It hasn’t quite sunk in yet, but I think it might when I drive it out of the arena!”
Ms. Vondette is studying kinesiology, and plans to complete her bachelors and move on to dental school.
“I would like to thank my first rodeo coach, Jed Moore for giving me my start in college rodeo. He gave me the ability to rodeo, and to get an education at the same time. I would also like to thank my family for supporting me through college rodeo. Trying to rodeo while in school has a huge financial burden attached to it and without them I couldn’t have been a member for the last three years. Finally, I would like to thank Freemont Motors and the NIRA for giving me the opportunity,” said Ms. Vondette.

 

March, 2015

Rachel Hendrix Memorial Scholarship Announced


The family and friends of Rachel Hendrix, a former NIRA member and student at Southern Utah University, who passed away in 2014, have created a memorial scholarship to honor Rachel. Two $1,500 scholarship awards will be donated to one boy and one girl for the 2015-2016 school year.
Rachel Hendrix excelled in all aspects of her life; school, church, social circles, extra-curricular activities and especially in her passion of life – Rodeo. She was not successful due to her skill and intellect, but her drive, determination, and passion for the sport and her beloved horses. In an effort to preserve and sanctify Rachel’s passion for rodeo the committee of the Rachel Hendrix Memorial Rodeo Scholarship ask for applicants that share a similar love and commitment to the sport of our western heritage. Regardless of skill level, experience or prestige, any high school rodeo competitor with a love of rodeo and that exemplifies commitment to the work required and the fervor of preserving our western roots is a worthy applicant of this special scholarship.
The scholarship is open to college students who have completed their first year of college and have at least one year of college remaining. Students must have a G.P.A. of 3.2 – 3.7, and been a member of the Nevada or Utah State High School Rodeo Associations.
Applicants are to include official transcripts, resume, and a 300 word, or less, essay on their enthusiasm and zeal for the sport of rodeo. Please include any western heritage or lineage, as well as extra-curricular activities, religious activity involvement, and other hobbies. Please submit three separate copies of the application, and return to: Rachel Hendrix Memorial Rodeo Scholarship Fund, c/o DFM, PO Box 5611, Fallon, Nevada, 89407.
For more information feel free to contact Ms. Kenra Sagers at (435) 851-0868.

 


January, 2015 

COLLEGE RODEO GAINS NEW LOOK WITH CINCH AS A NATIONAL PARTNER


CINCH and the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association sign a five-year partnership agreement


DENVER, Colo. (January 16, 2015) – CINCH JEANS & SHIRTS is proud to announce that it is the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association’s (NIRA) official apparel sponsor through 2019. This marks CINCH’s first partnership with an intercollegiate association, and adds to the portfolio of youth rodeo sponsorships that includes the International Finals Youth Rodeo and the National High School Rodeo Association, whose partnership was extended last year.
NIRA is a non-profit organization with Washington headquarters and includes membership at 137 schools and universities. Since 1949, NIRA has been committed to preserving western heritage through collegiate rodeo and now boasts membership in excess of 3,500 students. Commissioner Roger Walters states that NIRA is dedicated to student success both in and out of the rodeo arena. And with the help of CINCH, he is confident college rodeo will be able to make this a reality for many more students and rodeo programs. “It is a true blessing to have sponsors, but to be selected by the good people at CINCH is tremendous. CINCH is making a real effort to support collegiate rodeo, for which we are honored.”
CINCH is no stranger to advancing rodeo, including endorsement deals with dozens of professional rodeo athletes, many of whom began their professional career during or following their college rodeo career. CINCH’s commitment to youth rodeo increased dramatically six years ago with the sponsorship of the NHSRA, and CINCH continues to believe that fostering young talent and leadership is important for the western industry. Sponsorship Manager Meg Scales states, “College rodeo bridges the gap between where rodeo starts and where professional rodeo goes. Whether our college athletes go on to compete in the professional ranks or impact their communities as a leaders, we have no doubt this move will grow rodeo as we promote our future western lifestyle ambassadors.”
CINCH’s commitment will support the eleven NIRA regions and the College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR), including the addition of the “CINCH TO WIN” cash bonus program. CINCH will also assist with the judges program, and provide fashion pieces for the annual CNFR style show where proceeds benefit scholastic and leadership development for student athletes.



Aug, 2014 

COLLEGE RODEO ON NATIONAL TELEVISION


Walla Walla, WA – College Rodeo will be in the television spotlight this August. The best action from the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association’s premiere event, the College National Finals Rodeo, will be featured on ESPN U.
The college rodeo action begins airing on Friday, August 15th at 7:00 p.m. EASTERN Time. The second show will begin at 8:00 p.m. EASTERN Time.
ESPN U will be airing two hours of collegiate rodeo competition from the 2014 College National Finals Rodeo, held in Casper, Wyoming, this June.
The exciting action of the finals also includes interviews and features from the entire finals week and portions of the awards ceremony.
The Wyoming Division of Tourism is the presenting sponsor, with fellow supporters; Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, RAM, Busby Quarter Horses, the Casper Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Foundation, Casper Area Economic Development, and Cactus Gear, Cactus Ropes, Cactus Saddles, and Heel-O-Matic.

College National Finals Rodeo on ESPNU
Show #1 - Premieres
Friday, August 15th, 7:00 p.m. EASTERN Time

Show #2 - Premieres
Friday, August 15th, 8:00 p.m. EASTERN Time

Additional airings of each show will air throughout the month of August.


Oct, 2013

COLLEGE RODEO: THEN AND NOW


Las Vegas, NV - Come kick back with us at the NIRA Alumni Hospitality Room in Las Vegas during the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo!
. The National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association Alumni want to celebrate the traditions, the history, and the future of college rodeo by inviting rodeo fans, parents, faculty, coaches, all those who participated in college rodeo at any level to come to the Monterey Bay Room at the South Point Hotel and Casino on Thursday, December 12, 2013 from 1 pm to 5 pm. Just drop in. No reservations needed! No agenda other than visiting and having a good time. No one twisting your arm to join our group although we would welcome you and the dues are less than the cost of a tank of gas (but isn’t everything nowadays!). There will be refreshments and a no host bar. Meet your friends! We would love to have people from every decade of college rodeo.
We would especially like to invite the current contestants, student and faculty directors and coaches meeting in Las Vegas to come across the hall and get acquainted with the Alumni. We are a group who want to support college rodeo and you can give us some ideas of how best to do that.
The theme of this gathering is “College Rodeo Then and Now” because we believe that some important changes have taken place in College Rodeo but some vital aspects of the college rodeo experience have not changed an iota! Sure, every college kid has an electronic gadget but the livestock is just as rough, the competition is just as challenging and the need to balance the classroom and the arena is still as important as it ever was.
Why come to this gathering? Come for the people and the purpose. The people who make up the Alumni are folks who care about rodeo and know that college rodeo made a difference in their lives. The purpose is to promote college rodeo, preserve its history and make sure that college rodeo will be there in the future for your kids and grandkids.
So mark your calendar!
Thursday, December 12, 2013, 1 to 5 p.m.
The Mission Bay Room at the South Point Hotel and Casino.


May, 2013

COLLEGE RODEO AWARDS NEW DODGE TRUCK

Walla Walla, WA – Micah Samples, from Abilene, Kansas, was the lucky recipient of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association’s 2013 Dodge Truck award.
The drawing was held at the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association’s national office the morning of May 2nd. The NIRA’s Northwest Regional Faculty Director, Buster Barton, and the entire national office staff witnessed the drawing.
Micah Samples is a junior at Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva, Oklahoma, in the Central Plains Region. Samples is studying agriculture science.
Samples said, “I was completely shocked with the news of winning a truck! I have never won anything from a drawing, and don’t even consider myself a lucky person, so what a surprise.” She added, “I look forward to receiving it at the College Finals and making my way back to Kansas with it.”
NIRA Commissioner Roger Walters told Ms. Samples the good news over the phone that afternoon.
Commissioner Walters said, “The National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association is lucky to have such a wonderful relationship with Ram. With their support and that of the student membership this award is possible.”
Walters added, “It is always a pleasure to contact one of our members each spring and share the good news. They are always shocked and doubtful. When the truth hits home the excitement in their voices is wonderful!”
“A huge thanks to the NIRA for having such an awesome drawing and giving students like myself the chance of having a very exciting phone call at the end of the year,” Samples said.
The 2013 Dodge truck will be presented during the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyoming. The presentation will take place in the arena on Saturday, June 15th.
 


August, 2012

Fall Rodeo Schedule by Close Date (2012 - 2013)
 

Rodeo Name
Northwest College #1 at Cody, WY
Northwest College #2 at Cody, WY
Southern Utah University at Cedar City, UT
Montana State University, Northern at Havre, MT
Central Wyoming College at Riverton, WY
University of Wisconsin, River Falls at River Falls, WI
Missouri Valley College at Marshall, MO
Colby Community College at Colby, KS
Eastern New Mexico University at Portales, NM
Miles Community College at Miles City, MT
Chadron State College at Chadron, NE
Dine College at Tsaile, AZ
Utah Valley University at Pleasant Grove, UT
Panola College at Carthage, TX
Sul Ross State University at Alpine, TX
University of Montana, Western at Dillon, MT
Cochise College at Douglas, AZ
Eastern Oregon University at La Grande, OR
Sheridan College at Sheridan, WY
Utah State University at Logan, UT
Murray State University at Murray, KY
Southwest Texas Junior College at Uvalde, TX
Southeastern Oklahoma State University at Durant, OK
Idaho Sate University at Pocatello, ID
Iowa Central Community College at County Fairgrounds
Iowa State University at Ames, IA
Lamar Community College at Lamar, CO
Feather River College #1 at Quincy, CA
Feather River College #2 at Quincy, CA
Northeast Texas Community College at Mt Pleasant, TX
University of West Alabama at Livingston, AL
Pratt Community College at Pratt, KS
Vernon College at Vernon, TX
Laramie County Community College at Cheyenne, WY
Mesalands Community College at Tucumcari, NM
Northwest Region #1 at Ontario, OR
Treasure Valley Community College at Ontario, OR
Lassen College #1 at Susanville, CA
Lassen College #2 at Susanville, CA
Texas Tech University, Lubbock at Lubbock, TX
North Dakota State University at Fargo, ND
McNeese State University at Lake Charles, LA
Southern Arkansas University at Magnolia, AR
Clarendon College at Clarendon, TX
Northwestern Oklahoma State University at Alva, OK
Sam Houston State University at Conroe, TX
Troy University at Troy, AL
 
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9/20 - 9/22/2012
9/21 - 9/23/2012
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8/31/2012
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10/26/2012
11/1/2012
11/8/2012
 
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9/4/2012
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9/11/2012
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9/17/2012
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11/2/2012
11/9/2012
 

August, 2012

COLLEGE RODEO ON NATIONAL TELEVISION

 

Walla Walla, WA –  College Rodeo will be in the television spotlight this August.  The best action from the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association’s premiere event, the College National Finals Rodeo, will be featured on ESPN U.

       The college rodeo action begins airing on Friday, August 10th at 7:00 p.m. EASTERN Time.  

       ESPN U will be airing two hours of collegiate rodeo competition from the 2012 College National Finals Rodeo, held in Casper, Wyoming, this June.           

       The exciting action of the finals also includes interviews and features from the entire finals week and portions of the awards ceremony.

       Hosting the ESPN U College Rodeo series are Boyd Polhamus and Bob Tallman.  The Wyoming Division of Tourism is the presenting sponsor, with fellow supporters; Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, Copper Spring Ranch, RAM, the Casper Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the ProEquine Group, including Cactus Ropes, Cactus Saddles, Heel-O-Matic, and ProEquine.

      

College National Finals Rodeo tc "College National Finals Rodeo "on ESPNU

Show #1 - Premieres

Friday, August 10th, 7:00 p.m. EASTERN Time

 

Show #2 - Premieres

Friday, August 10th, 8:00 p.m. EASTERN Time

 

Additional airings of each show will air throughout the month of August.

 


July 24, 2012

 

SCHOLARS ALL-AMERICAN HONORS ANNOUNCED

 

Walla Walla, WA – The National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association is pleased to announce the 2012 Academic All-American recipients. The honor is bestowed on NIRA members that have a 3.5 cumulative grade point average and qualified for the 2012 College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyoming.  This year over 50 contestants received the honor.  They are as follows:
 

Austin Alvernaz Feather River Community College
Bailey Bates Mesalands Community College
Brianne Baty  Treasure Valley Comm. College
Cassidy Boggs  Vernon College
Bryan Boyle  South Dakota State University
Casey Breuer  Gillette College
Shay Carroll  Northeastern Junior College
Kyle Carson  Ranger College
Kelsie Chace  Southwestern Okla. State Univ.
Lydia Coe  University of Wyoming
Bailey Corkill  University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Megan Crist  University of Montana, Western
Morgan Defty  Cal Poly State University, SLO
Mallory Driscoll  Brigham Young University
Jessica Duncan  Southern Arkansas University
Bradley Dyck  College of Southern Idaho
Jessica Ehlers  Northwest College
Kyla Foster  McNeese State University
Macy Fuller  Mesalands Community College
Rayann Fuller  Southern Arkansas University
Wyatt Gregg  Panhandle State University
Bailey Guthrie  Texas Tech University, Lubbock
Clayne Haight  Treasure Valley Comm. College
Traci Hinman  Central Wyoming College
Quin Hundsdorfer Feather River Community College
Taylor Jacob  Texas A&M University
Leslie Jennings  Southern Arkansas University
Wyatt Kammerer  Gillette College
Heather Knerr  Northwest College
Riley Knoll  Dickinson State University
Emily Miller  Garden City Community College
Trenton Montero  New Mexico State University
Hayden Moore  Mesalands Community College
Kaylee Moyer  Panhandle State University
Layne Norton  Odessa College
Fran Orozco  Mesalands Community College
Joey Painter  Black Hills State University
Twyla Reid  South Dakota State University
Rachel Richards  Walla Walla Community College
Sierra Ridley Treasure Valley Comm. College
Cheyanna Robinson University of Montana
Danielle Schubert  South Dakota State University
Bo Simpson  New Mexico State University
Brooke Smith  New Mexico Highlands University
Lacey Tech  Central Wyoming College
Mercedes Trenary  Garden City Community College
Bill Tutor  Sam Houston State University
Cassie Vierstra  Tarleton State University
Katie Vierstra  Tarleton State University
Callie Whitney  Cal Poly State University, SLO
Will Woodfin  Weatherford College

 


June, 2012

Newly Crowned College Champions Represent Rodeo’s Rising Stars


CASPER, Wyo. --- A lot of hard work, dedication and love for the sport of rodeo paid off for 11 member of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) during the College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR).
The 63rd annual CNFR was held at the Casper Events Center June 10-17 with athletes representing 11 regions of the NIRA competing for national championships, scholarships, saddles, buckles and bragging rights.
Each region hosts 10 rodeos during the school year. From there, individuals and teams work to earn points to qualify for the CNFR. This year champions from schools in Missouri, South Dakota, Wyoming, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, Colorado and Washington were crowned.
When they arrived in Casper, they had three rounds of competition to look forward to. Then, the twelve contestants with the highest total scores of fastest times advanced to the finals. There were 367 athletes competing in bareback riding, breakaway roping, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, barrel racing, goat tying, team roping and bull riding. Additionally men’s and women’s all-around champions were crowned.
All three of the champions in the scored events were four-time qualifiers for the CNFR. In the bareback riding, it was Tanner Aus from Missouri (Marshall) Valley College who emerged at the top with 315 points. Aus placed in the first two rounds, came back and won the third round and was leading going into the finals. A 76.5 score sealed the deal for him.
Tyrel Larsen from Southwestern (Weatherford) Oklahoma State University came into the final round of saddle bronc riding in third place. Larsen scored 79 points, then watched while the men ahead of him stubbed their toes. Larsen, who lives in Inglis, Manitoba earned the championship with 301 points.
Tag Elliott from Utah Valley University has probably ridden as many bulls at the CNFR as anyone. The first year he qualified, 2007, he rode four bulls and finished as the reserve champion. He qualified twice more and finished in fourth and third place before winning the title this year. He won the first and third rounds and in tough bull riding, lead the field with 167.5 points on two head. As he watched competitors fall, Elliott knew that he was the champion regardless of what happened in the final round. He still gave it a valiant effort, but bucked off at 7.94 seconds.
“I really wanted to ride that last bull,” Elliott said. He qualified for the CNFR his first three years for the College of Southern Idaho at Twin Falls. “I had come so close (to winning) before. This means so much to me and my family.”
The only repeat winner was Liz Combs who has won back-to-back barrel racing titles for Sam Houston State University. Combs, from Eltopia, Wash., has ridden her great horse Boogie around the barrels eight times in the Casper Events Center. Her final round time of 13.91 seconds was the fastest of the whole rodeo and gave her a total time of 57.47 seconds.
The goat tying win was especially rewarding for Lacey Tech from Fairfax, S.D., who is attending Central Wyoming College (CWC). Tech is the first woman from CWC to earn this title since her coach Lynn Smith won it in 1998. She tied her four goats in 26.4 seconds for the title. Tech’s coaches, Lynn and Rick Smith have accepted positions at Cochise College in Douglas, Ariz. Tech helped their women’s team finish in second place behind Texas (Lubbock) Tech University.
Another South Dakotan, Joey Panter from Buffalo won the breakaway roping in 13.0 seconds for Black Hills State University in Spearfish, S.D. In steer wrestling, it was another Utah Valley University athlete that earned the title. Ben Carson from Orem, Utah had three runs totaling 17.9 seconds. The tie-down roping was won by Chant DeForest from Wheatland, Calif., who competed for Western Oklahoma (Altus) State College. DeForest had a total time of 36.2 seconds on four runs.
Team ropers Tyler Schnaufer and Shay Carroll made the most of their last opportunity to rope together in the college ranks by winning the championship with a total time of 24.9 seconds on three runs. Schnaufer competed for the University of Wyoming at Laramie where he will return next fall. Carroll made his last appearance for Northeastern Junior College at Sterling, Colo. He is transferring to Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas, next fall so they will be in different regions.
“We’ve roped together since we were about eight-years-old,” Carroll said. “This was our last opportunity here. I guess it was a perfect ending to the story.”
The men’s team championship went to Walla Walla (Wash.) Community College for the second time in four years. Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas, who won the title finished in second.
Helping Walla Walla Community College win the men’s team title was Bryce Palmer who earned the men’s all-around title competing in tie-down and team roping. Freshman Haden Segelke won the women’s title earning points in barrel racing and goat tying.
Plans are already underway for the 2013 CNFR which will be held 8-15 at the Casper Events Center.


May, 20122

Sonny Hansen Named 2012 NIRA Coach of the Year


The National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association Board of Directors unanimously voted to award the 2012 Coach of the Year to Sonny Hansen. Sonny was the embodiment of the award title. It is painful to use the verb “was” as Sonny won’t be able to accept the award himself, as college rodeo lost this cowboy in September of 2011.
Sonny Hansen lost his life in a tragic horse accident during a rodeo practice. Sonny was protecting the lives of his cowboys as a pick-up man.
Sonny was the rodeo coach at Treasure Valley Community College in Ontario, Oregon, for over fifteen years. He was a college rodeo competitor, sat on the NIRA’s board as a student director, student president, and a faculty director for the Northwest Region. He was a volunteer at the College National Finals Rodeo for years, been known to sing the National Anthem when needed, and has been one of the elite pick-up men since 2009, sharing the job with one of his dearest friends, Billy Ward.
NIRA Commissioner, Roger Walters said, “This award, though given posthumously, is proof that Sonny’s spirit and legacy lives on in college rodeo. We are lucky to have such an outstanding individual to be named NIRA Coach of the Year.”
Sonny’s family, wife Jackie, and sons Clayton and Chase, are planning to be in Casper for the presentation of the buckle.

 


March 19, 2012

Riding Against Child Abuse gets an unexpected gift

The National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association’s Dakota Eldridge recently donated rodeo earnings to the Walla Walla Exchange Club for their work with child abuse prevention. The Walla Walla Exchange Club has partnered with the Walla Walla Community College rodeo for 43 years to help prevent child abuse.
Eldridge is a timed event cowboy attending the Northwest Region’s Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton, Oregon. Eldridge, from Elko, Nevada, won the all-around, tie-down roping, and team roping events at the Walla Walla rodeo March 10-11. Eldridge is also a two-time qualifier to the College National Finals Rodeo.
“I have led such a blessed and fortunate life, with rodeo bringing me some of the greatest opportunities, friends, memories and experiences. I thought it would be neat to see my winnings go towards helping someone achieve such opportunities, experiences and memories as well,” said Eldridge. He added, “My parents and family members have given my rodeo career tremendous support, and I will be forever grateful for that. I want to give back to others who might not have the amount of support that I do.”
Walla Walla Community College Rodeo Coach, Buster Barton, said, “It’s great to see young adults give back to a community. Dakota couldn’t have picked a better cause, we are very happy to have the support.”
The proceeds from the rodeo will go to the Walla Walla Council for the Prevention of Child Abuse.
Eldridge said, “I actually want to start helping good causes such as the ‘Riding Against Child Abuse’ much more throughout my rodeo career. I really admire Buster Barton and Ted Milgard, assistant rodeo coach, for the work they put into the cause and rodeo, they are great role models for young rodeo cowboys, such as myself.”
Last summer Eldridge was able to spend time with a local boy who had not been fortunate enough to attend rodeos. “This boy doesn’t really have the opportunity to go to rodeos like I do and I could not believe how much it meant to that little guy to be able to go to a rodeo and get a hot dog, it was like he as in 7th heaven, and those types of experiences are something I took for granted all my life. Looking back, I can’t believe how fortunate I was to have had rodeo, family and friends so strongly in my life. He was one of the biggest influences for me to start giving back to others as much as I can. I really want to help others who aren’t as fortunate to create memories, and achieve their dreams, like I have.”
 


May 3, 2011

College National Finals Rodeo Chooses Casper for Another Decade!

Casper, WY –  The City of Casper, Natrona County, and the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) are proud to announce the signing of a ten year contract to host the College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR).  A public signing ceremony will be hosted at City Hall on Wednesday, May 4 at 9:00 am.

NIRA Commissioner, Roger Walters states, “We could not be happier to be signing this extension.  The City of Casper, Natrona County, and the State of Wyoming have created an exceptional home for the College National Finals Rodeo.  We are honored to partner with these great entities, and the great people of Wyoming.”  

The CNFR proves to be a signature event for the state of Wyoming generating approximately $1 million dollars in economic impact annually.  In 2009, the CNFR was voted and honored by the Sports Travel Magazine as the “Best Multi-Sport or Multi-Discipline Collegiate Event.” 

We welcome the nation’s best college cowboys and cowgirls in an effort to win national titles in saddle bronc, bareback, bull riding, steer wrestling, calf roping, team roping, barrel racing, breakaway roping, and goat tying.  

The new ten year contract will be effective beginning in July 2012 through June 2022.

 CNFR DATES

2011          June 12-18
2012          June 10-16
2013          June 9-15
2014          June 15-21
2015          June 14-20
2016          June 12-18
2017          June 11-17
2018          June 10-16
2019          June 9-15
2020          June 14-20
2021          June 13-19
2022          June 12-18

More CNFR event information at www.caspereventscenter.com and at NIRA’s web pages: www.collegerodeo.com and www.CNFR.com

 


   
  Rule Book Book
The NIRA 2011-2012 Rule Book is now available online.
 

  The NIRA national headquarters is located in Walla Walla, Washington.
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