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