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College National Finals Rodeo 2021

The College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR) takes place at the Casper Events Center from June 13 through June 19 in Casper, Wyoming. Each year, the CNFR brought thousands to the Wyoming community to witness the excitement of the top students from 11 different regions compete in the array of traditional rodeo events for a chance to win the finals.

CNFR History

More than 400 Western athletes from more than 100 colleges and universities compete each year for the chance to enter the finals. At the end of the season, the top students in each event along with the top men’s and women’s teams earn the chance to compete in the finals. The National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association awards NIRA students scholarships each year. Qualifications include an accumulation of NIRA points, a 3.5-grade average, and nominations by individual rodeo coaches. In 2017, more than 100 students received scholarships. “Preserving Western heritage through collegiate rodeo”, has been a theme repeated over the course of fifty years. Today these efforts are being made through over 100 college rodeos a year, over 3,500 student members annually, and 137 member schools and universities.

Check out the current college standings (as of 5/10) for the 2021 College National Finals Rodeo:

  1. Missouri Valley College – 8,605.00 points
  2. Treasure Valley Community College – 7,520.50 points
  3. College of Southern Idaho – 6,999.50 points
  4. University of Wyoming – 6,818.50 points
  5. Montana State University – 6,471.00 points
  6. Blue Mountain Community College – 5,380.50 points
  7. Panola College – 5,189.00 points
  8. University of Montana, Western – 5,095.50 points
  9. Utah State University Eastern – 5,068.00 points
  10. Gillette College – 4,952.00 points
Central Arizona Rodeo Team Qualifiers

Schedule of Events

June 11

7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. – Goat Tying
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. – Steer Wrestling
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Team Roping
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Tie Down
12:30 p.m. – Finish – Breakaway
Location: Ford Wyoming Center
Closed Event

June 12

8:00 a.m. -10:00 a.m.
Pancake Breakfast
Location: City Park
Public Event – Free Admission

4:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.
Arena Time
Location: Ford Wyoming Center – Arena
4:00-4:30 – Barrel Racers
4:30-5:00 – Goat Tyers
5:00-6:00 – Open
Closed Event

June 13

10:00 a.m.
Cowboy Church Service
Location: Fairgrounds

1:00 p.m.
“Bulls, Broncs & Breakaway” 
Location: Ford Wyoming Center

4:00 p.m.
“Bulls, Broncs & Breakaway” 
Location: Ford Wyoming Center

*Admission Ticket is good for BOTH performances

June 14

7:00 a.m. | Slack
Location: Ford Wyoming Center
$10 General Admission

June 15

7:00 a.m. | Slack
Location: Ford Wyoming Center
$10 General Admission

7:00 p.m. | 1st Performance
1st Go-Round Ring Presentation after Steer Wrestling
Location: Ford Wyoming Center
Casper Night – All tickets are $10

June 16

9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Softball Tourney
Location: Softball Field

7:00 p.m.
2nd Performance
2nd Go-Round Ring Presentation after Steer Wrestling
Location: Ford Wyoming Center

June 17

7:00 p.m. | 3rd Performance
Location: Ford Wyoming Center
Local Heroes Appreciation Night &
Ribbon Night at the Rodeo – Cancer Awareness
“Give Cancer the Boot!”

June 18

7:00 p.m. 4th Performance
Location: Ford Wyoming Center
Military Night

FREE Post-Rodeo Concert
featuring Lucas Hoge
in the Parking Lot at the Ford Wyoming Center

June 19

1:30 p.m. | Cinch Style Show
Location: Ramkota Hotel & Conference Center

2:00 p.m. | Cowboy Church Service
Location: Fairgrounds

7:00 p.m. | Championship Round
3rd Go-Round Ring Presentation after Steer Wrestling
Championship awards immediately following the rodeo
Location: Ford Wyoming Center

Things to Do

There is something for everyone at College National Finals Rodeo! Make sure to check out their annual vendor tradeshow. Over 25 vendors will be on-site showing and selling their products and services. You can expect to find a variety of western hats, clothing, and accessories for men and women, along with leather works, jewelry, belt buckles, metal works, decor and so much more.

Tradeshow admission is included with your performance ticket. The tradeshow opens for Sunday’s Bulls, Broncs & Breakaways at 12 pm; Monday & Tuesday morning Slack rounds at 6:30 am; Tuesday through Saturday’s nightly Performances at 5:30 pm. Other events that will be taking place during CNFR week include a Special Olympics rodeo, a Cinch Style Show, golf and softball tournaments.


Standard performance ticket prices range from $10 to $25 each night for general admission to reserved box seats. Tickets for the entire week or season tickets are also available.

Championship Night Tickets

$15 Upper Reserved
$20 Lower Reserved
$30 Box Seats

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Peter the "Cowboy" is a gunslinger style writer from Bismark, North Dakota. Controversy is his middle name. He loves the cowboy lifestyle and being an American.

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