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CNFR returns in 2021

by Wyoming Livestock Roundup

The College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR) returns to Casper June 13-19 at the Ford Wyoming Center.  

Wyoming college rodeo athletes have made the Cowboy State proud throughout the fall and spring rodeo seasons. In fact, two Wyoming-raised athletes top the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association leaderboards.  

Donny Proffit of Kemmerer leads the nation in bareback riding, and comes to the CNFR with a total of 1,479 points. Big Piney native Karson Bradley is first in the nation in barrel racing with a total of 1,140 points. Both Proffit and Bradley rodeo for the University of Wyoming (UW).  

 The top three athletes from each region qualify to compete at the CNFR. In the saddle bronc riding, Central Rocky Mountain Region qualifiers include Garrett Uptain from UW, and Quinten Taylor and Jack Skavdahl from Casper College. Bareback riding qualifiers are Proffit, Rowdy Moon from Chadron State College and Josh Parker from Otero Junior College. Qualifiers in the bull riding include Quinten Taylor, Coby Johnson from Sheridan College and Stefan Tonita from Laramie County Community College (LCCC).  

Qualified tie-down ropers are Jase Staudt and Seth Peterson from UW and John Jensen from Eastern Wyoming College. In the steer wrestling, Cauy Pokorny from LCCC, Seth Peterson and Caden Camp from Gillette College qualified.  

Jase Staudt, Jon Peterson of Gillette College and Kellan Johnson from Casper College are qualified headers, while J.C. Flake and Trae Smith of Gillette College and Carson Johnson from Casper College are qualified heelers.  

In the barrel racing, Karson Bradley, Lake Mehalic of Colorado State University (CSU) and Manchi Nance from Sheridan College qualify. Qualifying breakaway ropers include Brandy Schaack and Hailey Hardeman from UW and Quincy Segelke from Chadron State College. In the goat tying, Faith Hoffman and Taylour Latham from UW and Quincy Segelke qualified.  

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