The College National Finals Rodeo was cancelled due to COVID-19 last year, so Tarleton athletes had a year to train and perserve through trying times. According to the Empire Tribune, each year, CNFR welcomes 400 of the top collegiate rodeo athletes to compete inEach 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.
Roger Walters, commissioner for the National Intercollegiate Rodeo, said in a press release, “Last year was tough for so many, including the rodeo community having to cancel such a big event. This year our student-athletes, coaches, parents, fans and supporters are returning and we cannot wait to see this event back in Casper.”
For Tarleton bull rider Cullen Telfer, success in rodeo for him is a matter of putting his hand in the rope and staying in the middle of the ride for eight seconds. Telfer holds the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association Southwest Region title and will be competing in bullriding in Casper this weekend along with Sarah Angelone and Maddy Deerman, SW Region champion Breakaway ropers, Rickie Engesser-goat tying, Jake Barnes-saddle bronc riding and Walt Arnold-SW Region Reserve champion steer wrestler. For more information and to follow along with your favorite college rodeo athlete, go to cnfr.com