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How to Watch College National Finals Rodeo 2022 CNFR: Live Stream, TV Channel, Start Time


The CNFR is the best of the best in college rodeo.

400 of the nation’s top college rodeo athletes representing more than 100 institutions of higher learning from 11 regions will compete in nine rodeo events at the College National Finals Rodeo.


🔴✅👉 College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR) 2022 Live


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It's where the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) crowns individual event champions in saddle bronc riding, bare back riding, bull riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, team roping, barrel racing, breakaway roping, and goat tying. National team championships are also awarded to both men and women’s teams.


Over 400 cowboys and cowgirls from more than 100 universities and community colleges compete in Casper, WY each year at the CNFR. Contestants compete all year in one of NIRA’s 11 regions for a chance to rope or ride at the CNFR. The top three students in each event and the top two men and women’s teams from NIRA’s 11 regions will qualify for the CNFR.


The College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR) kicked off on Sunday at the Ford Wyoming Center in Casper. Events will be held through Saturday, Jun. 18 with approximately 400 of the country's top student athletes representing more than 11 regions and 100 different colleges and universities.


The CNFR has been held annually in Casper since 1999, except for 2020, when the rodeo was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


“This is our home,” said Jim Dewey Brown, Commissioner of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA), which oversees the CNFR. “Casper, Wyoming has been a great home for the CNFR. And, you know, the community embraces this [rodeo].”


Prior to its long-time tenure in central Wyoming, it was held in Rapid City, South Dakota for two years, and Bozeman, Montana for 26 years. When Casper was selected to host the event, it beat out larger cities in more populous states, including Fort Worth, Texas. It’s slated to stay in Casper until at least 2027, Brown said.


“It’s fairly centrally located to our geographical area for the regions and the weather’s nice generally and the community is really behind this rodeo,” Brown added.


About 3,500 student athletes participate in rodeo at colleges and universities nationwide, Brown said. This number is eventually narrowed down to the sport’s top performers that make it to Casper.


The cancellation of the rodeo in 2020 due to COVID-19 saw some competitors already qualify for the CNFR, though they had to qualify again the next year as there was no automatic qualification for the following year's event. It’s estimated that the cancellation cost Casper about $2 million.


Brown, who became Commissioner of the NIRA in January, is seeking to market the sport as well as expand its reach.


“With high school rodeo and pro rodeo, college rodeo sits right in the middle,” he said. “We want to continue growing the sport of rodeo and growing our participation. That’s always [our] number one priority.”

Wyoming will be hosting another national finals rodeo event when the National High School Finals Rodeo comes to Gillette again next month.


For more than twenty years, the College National Finals Rodeo has made its home and legacy in Casper, Wyoming. Nowhere else in the world can you find the most elite college athletes and animals going head to head in the dirt, competing to be crowned the best. More than a rodeo, CNFR is a celebration of our western tradition and athletic excellence that once you’ve experienced, you’ll never forget.


The CNFR is the best of the best in college rodeo. It is where the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association crowns individual event champions in saddle bronc riding, bareback riding, bull riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, team roping, barrel racing, breakaway roping, and goat tying. National team championships are also awarded to both men’s and women’s teams. Over 400 cowboys and cowgirls from over 100 universities and colleges compete in Casper each year. Contestants compete all year in one of the NIRA’s 11 regions for a chance to rope or ride at the CNFR.


The top three students in each event, and top two men’s and women’s teams from the NIRA’s 11 regions will qualify for the CNFR.


CNFR EVENTS:

Men compete in saddle bronc riding, bareback riding, bull riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling and team roping. Women compete in barrel racing, breakaway roping, goat tying and team roping.


CNFR FORMAT:

Each individual competes in three rounds with the top 12 returning for the final championship round. That’s where the individual event champions, men’s and women’s all-around champions and national championship teams are crowned. While scores and times are very important, the all-around and team titles are based on a point system.