Cowboy Up at the College National Finals Rodeo

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Tickets are on Sale Friday for Annual Event at Ford Wyoming Center in Casper, Wyoming


March 23, 2022—Casper, Wyoming—The biggest college rodeo event in the country – the College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR) – is returning to the Ford Wyoming Center, with live performances June 12 – 18, 2022.


“We can’t wait to be back in Casper this June,” said Jim Dewey Brown, Commissioner for the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA). “There’s nowhere else in the world that you can find the most elite college athletes and animals going head-to-head in the dirt, competing to be crowned the best.”


Each year, CNFR welcome 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, with NIRA crowning both individual event champions and the top teams for men and women. To qualify for CNFR, competitors must rank in the top three for their event during the season, while the top two men’s and women’s teams from NIRA’s 11 regions also qualify.


“Casper has been the home of CNFR for more than 20 years,” said Kendra Ziler, Director of Marketing for the Ford Wyoming Center. “For the Ford Wyoming Center, Casper and Wyoming, it’s more than just a rodeo. It’s a celebration of western tradition and athletic excellence, and we look forward to welcoming athletes, their families, locals and rodeo fans to experience this year’s action.”


Season tickets are on sale starting Friday, March 25 at 10 a.m., while individual tickets go on sale Friday, April 29 at 10 a.m. All tickets – and pricing information – are available online at, in person at the box office at the Ford Wyoming Center or by calling 800-442-2256.


The schedule for this year’s CNFR includes:

  • Bulls, Broncs and Breakaway – Sunday, June 12 at 1 p.m.
  • Slack – Monday, June 13 and Tuesday, June 14 at 7 a.m.
  • Evening performances – Tuesday, June 14 – Saturday, June 18 at 7 p.m.


For more information about CNFR, visit Learn more about NIRA at  To plan your trip to Casper, check out


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About NIRA

NIRA is the governing body of college rodeo. One of the primary goals of the NIRA is to establish and maintain standards for conducting intercollegiate rodeo competition. It seeks to promote intercollegiate rodeo on a national scale by bringing national recognition as an organized and standard collegiate sport and to promote interest, understanding, and appreciation, and vigilance over Western life and culture. NIRA student members are offered the opportunity to bring national recognition to their colleges and universities through rodeo competition. The NIRA is divided into 11 regions with over 135 colleges and universities having a recognized rodeo organization on their campus. Many other colleges and universities who do not have rodeo clubs are represented by independent members. Members compete in approximately 10 rodeos a year trying to earn a trip to the College National Finals Rodeo. More information:


About Visit Casper

Visit Casper is the official destination management organization for Natrona County and is dedicated to enhancing the county’s economic base through tourism. Casper is Wyoming’s second-largest city and is known for world-class fly-fishing on the North Platte River; is the annual host for the College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR); and has been named one of the top mountain towns in the country by Men’s Journal. More information can be found at You can also follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter or discover images and content with #VisitCasper.

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