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2020 College National Finals Rodeo Cancelled

It is with very heavy hearts that the NIRA and the CNFR Committee announce the cancellation of the 2020 College National Finals Rodeo, June 14th – 20th.  As everyone involved with this event can testify, this is not the outcome we were hoping for, but public safety during the COVID-19 Pandemic is our most important concern. 

We know that every student athlete, coach, school administrator, parent, and fan, grieves the loss of this special event. This is devastating for all of us, but mostly for the NIRA athletes.  We share your grief.  This is unprecedented.  May we all heal, extend grace, and recover to a better world. 

We are all in this together and are praying for our rodeo families.

NIRA Commissioner Roger Walters said, “We are devastated to be making this announcement.  We wanted to be competing in Casper this summer, but we have to do the right thing to combat this Pandemic and keep our contestants and the State of Wyoming safe.”

The NIRA National Office continues to be on a “Stay at Home” order from the Washington State Governor until May 4th.  This means that the staff is working off-site checking email and voice mail daily.  You are invited to visit the NIRA’s web page: www.collegerodeo.com for more info on the NIRA.


VOID OF 2019-2020 MEMBERSHIP ADOPTED

The National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association is happy to announce that all 2019-2020 members will have a void of their NIRA membership year due to the Coronavirus Disease.  The specific rule adoption is as follows:

Because of the limitations in competition as a result of the cancellation of numerous NIRA rodeos in 2020 due to the Coronavirus Disease, the NIRA membership of all NIRA student members who were eligible to compete during the 2019-2020 rodeo season shall be void effective July 1, 2020. NIRA student members whose membership was voided pursuant to this Rule shall have an additional year of eligibility, SUBJECT HOWEVER, to other eligibility rules set forth in the NIRA Rulebook for 2020-2021. This Rule is not intended to affect any other NIRA eligibility rules.


NIRA NATIONAL OFFICE TO WORK VIRTUAL

The NIRA National Office will be working on a “virtual” basis until April 8th due to a stay at home order from the Washington State Governor.  Our goal is to answer all emails and voicemails daily.  Our sincerest apologies for this break in service.  We will get to your questions as soon as possible!  Please feel free to email our normal email addresses and national office number (509) 529-4402.   Honestly, we hope to be available as much as possible throughout this process through email and voicemail.  We hope you won’t even notice a lapse in service!


3/18/2020
COVID-19 Update:

With this tragic pandemic, the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association has finalized spring rodeo season. Unfortunately, this is very difficult for us to navigate on a technical level.

The 2020 College National Finals Rodeo is planned for June 14-20, 2020.  We will be working with the State of Wyoming, the Casper Events Center, and the recommendations from the CDC to continue with this plan.  Should any changes to that schedule occur, we will let you all know immediately.

Please continue to stay safe and adhere to the best practices from all of the State Public Health entities and the CDC.  We will get through this together!


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, 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. 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.

2019 CNFR Position Draw

2019 CNFR Order of Events

2019 CNFR Watch ESPN

Casper, WY –  Looking for a place to stay while at the CNFR? A detailed map along with distance to the Casper Events Center can be found HERE.

Events

14June 2020

Bulls, Broncs & Breakaway

Sunday, June 14 at 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm
Tradeshow opens at 12:00 pm

15June 2020

Monday Slack Round

SLACK ROUND #1
Monday, June 10
Tradeshow opens at 6:30 am
Tickets: $8.00 General Admission

16June 2020

Tuesday Slack Round

SLACK ROUND #2
Tuesday, June 11
Tradeshow opens at 6:30 am
Slack Start at 7:00 am
Tickets: $8.00 General Admission

16June 2020

Tuesday Evening Performance

Performance #1 at 7:00 pm
Tradeshow re-opens at 5:30 pm

$10 General Admission
$20 Reserved
$25 Box Seats

17June 2020

Wednesday Evening Performance

Performance #2 at 7:00 pm
Tradeshow opens at 5:30 pm

$10 General Admission
$20 Reserved
$25 Box Seats

18June 2020

Thursday Evening Performance

Performance #3 at 7:00 pm
Tradeshow opens at 5:30 pm

$10 General Admission
$20 Reserved
$25 Box Seats

19June 2020

Friday Evening Performance

Performance #4 at 7:00 pm
Tradeshow Opens at 5:30 pm

$10 General Admission
$20 Reserved
$25 Box Seats

20June 2020

Saturday – FINALS

Performance #5 – Championship Round at 7:00 pm
Join us for the finals as individual event champions are named.

Special Olympics Rodeo at 9:00 am (Free Admission)
Foundation Style Show at 11:30 am (Ramkota Hotel)
Tradeshow Opens at 5:30 pm