CNFR's Companion Event Special Olympics Rodeo Gears Up for 2017
This is a tradition that started with the first CNFR in Casper. The Special Olympic Athletes are contacted by the Wyoming Special Olympics and are paired up with rodeo contestants and coaches who escort them through the several rodeo events.
Special Olympic Athletes participate in events including horseback rides, roping on roping dummies, barrel racing with stick horses and bucking bull and bronc rides on barrels held by the rodeo contestants. The Special Olympic Athletes also get a chance to meet the courageous bull fighters and the barrel men who protect the rodeo bull riders.
All Special Olympic Athletes are given t-shirts and other prizes donated by generous sponsors. Each of the CNFR contestants and Special Olympic Athletes receive a photo of him or herself with the person with whom they were paired with for the event, as well as a group photo.
The nation's best college cowboys and cowgirls from eleven different regions will enter into the College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR) arena June 11 - 17, 2017 at the Casper Events Center. The CNFR is the best of the best of college rodeo. It is 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's and women's teams.
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