(Casper, Wyoming, June 12, 2018) – The College National Finals Rodeo is underway in Casper, Wyoming, for the 70th annual CNFR. The first competition round began June 10 with  “Bulls, Broncs and Breakaway” matinee and evening performances, followed by the first round of slack on June 11 featuring all nine events.  The competition will continue Tuesday, June 12, with another morning slack section and then the first evening performance of the Finals.

Taylor Rivera of the University of Nevada – Las Vegas, topped the first section of the barrel racing  with a 14.51 aboard a borrowed horse. One month prior to the CNFR Rivera’s main mount Pritzi Maker (Pritzi Dash x Secret Maker x Raise A Secret) aka “Barney,” suffered an injury, which removed him from competition at this year’s CNFR. In search for a mount  Rivera tried a pro rodeo of Danyelle Campbells’, however that horse  also suffered an injury taking it out of the running. Again in search for a horse Rivera called upon the Asam family. Parker Asam, a fifth-grade barrel racer, to whom Rivera gives lessons offered up “Bob,” a new horse in the young competitor’s arsenal.  Rivera gladly accepted and Bob and Rivera made their trek to Casper. Bob and Rivera’s first run together was in the first round of the CNFR. 

Information provided courtesy College National Finals Rodeo.

CNFR 061118 TaylorRivera DanHubbellTaylor River and “Bob” – CNFR photo by Dan Hubbell

The following are results after Monday slack at the 70th annual College National Finals Rodeo, June 11, 2018, courtesy of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association. Complete results are available at www.collegerodeo.com.

Barrel Racing: (first round leaders) 1, Taylor Rivera, University of Nevada – Las Vegas, 14.51 seconds. 2, Katie Jo Boyd, Texas A&M University, 14.53. 3, Rickie Engesser, Gillette College, 14.58. 4, Maddy Dickens, Odessa College, 14.72. 5, Kynzie McNeill, Texas Tech University – Lubbock, 14.79. 6, Anna Barker, New Mexico State University, 14.82. 7, Cassidy Webster, Missouri Valley College, 14.90. 8, Madison Rau, South Dakota State University, 14.92.


Bareback Riding: (first round leaders) 1, Bronc Marriott, College of Southern Idaho, 76.5 points. 2, Tristan Hansen, University of Montana- Western, 75.5. 3, (tie) Colton Onyett, McNeese State University, and Jesse Pope, Missouri Valley College, 75. 5, Wyatt Johnson, Odessa College, 74. 6, (tie) Colby Fedor, Hill College, and Colton Clemens, New Mexico State University, 72. 8, Rowdy Moon, Chadron State College, 71.


Breakaway Roping: (first round leaders) 1, Teisha Coffield, Colorado State University – Pueblo, 2.2 seconds. 2, (tie) Savanah Johnston, Black Hills State University and Rickie Engesser, Gillette College, 2.5 each. 4, (tie) Carlee Johnston, Black Hills State University and Abigayle Hampton, West Hills College, 2.6. 6, Nichole Lake, Cochise Community College, 2.8. 7, (tie) Shelby Spielman, Texas Tech University – Lubbock, and Shaye Jessee, Southwestern Texas Junior College, 3.0.


Steer Wrestling: (first round leaders) 1, Cody Devers, Northwestern Oklahoma State University, 3.8 seconds. 2, Cord Barricklow, University of Tennessee – Martin, 4.0. 3, (tie) Tristan Martin, East Mississippi Community College; Wyatt Caldwell, Utah Valley University; and Hazen Smith, College of Southern Idaho; 4.2 each. 6, Wyatt Jurney, New Mexico State University, 4.5. 7, Colton Matthews, University of Tennessee – Martin, 4.7. 8, Will Powell, Montana State University, 4.8.


Team Roping: (first round leaders) 1, Cole White, Blue Mountain Community College and Calgary Smith, Walla Walla Community College, 5.7 seconds. 2, (tie) Lexis Andrade and Ethan Awa, Walla Walla Community College; and Case Hirdes, West Hills College and Dalton Pearce, Feather River College; 6.5 each. 4, (tie) Maverick Harper and Tanner Nall, Northwestern Oklahoma State University; and Clay Elkington and Cole Sherwood, Central Arizona State College; 6.8 seconds. 6, Cyle Denison and Clay Sieber, Hill College, 6.9. 7, (tie) Jordan Tye and Trey Recanzone, Central Washington University; Will Centoni, Cuesta College, and Wyatt Adams, Clovis Community College; 7.6.


Saddle Bronc Riding: (first round leaders) 1, Jake Clark, Treasure Valley Community College, 77. 2, Carter Elshere, Gillette College, 76.5. 3, Dawson Dahm, Panhandle State University, 74. 4, Parker Kempfer, Sam Houston State University, 73. 5, Will Centoni, Cuesta College, 70. 6, Tyler Turco, University of Montana, 69.5. 7, Calvin Shaffer, Northwestern College, 68.5. 8, Keenan Reinhardt, Montana State University, 67.


Goat Tying: (first round leaders) 1, Emmalee Dubois, Utah Valley University, 6.2 seconds. 2, Karissa Rayhill, Eastern Wyoming College, 6.3. 3, (tie) Carlee Johnston, Black Hills State University, and Jacie Sullivan, Southern Arkansas University, 6.4 each. 5, Maddee Doerr, Cochise College, 6.5. 6, (tie) Taylour Latham, Gillette College, and Mia Manzanares, McNeese State University, 6.6. 8, (tie) Shiann Henderson, Southeastern Oklahoma State University; Lariat Larner, South Plains College; and Jimmie Smith, Texas A & M University; 6.7.


Tie Down Roping: (first round leaders) 1, Brushton Minton, West Hills College, 8.8 seconds. 2, Ty Harris, Cisco College, 8.9. 3, Joshua Pool, Northeastern Oklahoma A & M University, 9.6. 4, (tie) Maverick Harper, Northwestern Oklahoma State University; Roy Lee, Missouri Valley College; and John Douch, Hill College, 9.7 each. 7, Preston Pederson, Blue Mountain Community College, 9.9. 8, Haven Meged, Western Oklahoma State College, 10.8.


Bull Riding: (first round leaders) 1, Dustin Martinez, Panhandle State University, 77.5 points. 2, Garrett Wickett, Mid Plains Community College, 74. 3, Kelly Murnion, University of Montana – Western, 69.5. 4, Koby Radley, Panola College, 63.


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