Nine members of the 2009-10 Northwestern Oklahoma State University rodeo team will represent the University at the 62nd Annual College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyo. at the Casper Events Center on June 13-19. Five cowboys and four cowgirls will compete in seven different events.
With 10 rodeos under their belt, Kody Woodward, Dawson McMaster, Tanner Braden, Chancy Lovinggood, and Clay Cudmore have earned the honor to represent Northwestern at the CNFR. Both Woodward and Lovinggood participated in the 2009 CNFR Rodeo.
McMaster, a junior from Beattie, Kan., and Braden, a sophomore from Dewey, will compete in team roping as heelers. The duo is currently ranked third and fourth in the region standings, with Braden in third and McMaster in fourth. Both cowboys have won rodeos, while McMaster placed first at Fort Hays and Braden took the title at the Ranger Rodeo in Alva. Currently, Braden is ranked 18th in the national standings.
A junior from Dupree, S.D., Woodward will compete in steer wrestling. He has won two steer wrestling titles, at Garden City and at the Ranger Rodeo. Woodward is ranked third in the region and 22nd in the nation. Last year at the CNFR, Woodward finished 17th.
Lovinggood, who ranks second in the Central Plains Region in bareback riding with 805 points, is ranked 19th in the nation. He finished first in the Northwestern Rodeo. Lovinggood took home 19th place last year at the CNFR.
Cudmore, a senior from nearby Cherokee, will be the Rangers only bull rider. He ranks third in the region, just 50 points shy of the lead, and is 21st in the nation. Cudmore won the Oklahoma Panhandle State Rodeo.
The four cowgirls competing are Toya Vogt, Brooke Bouleware, Janise Blanton, and Haley Nida.
Vogt, a junior from Corn, will make her second appearance at a CNFR. Last season she turned in an eighth place performance in goat tying. Currently, she ranks sixth in the region in goat tying. Vogt won the goat tying events at both the Colby and Garden City rodeos.
Joining Vogt in goat tying, is Scott City, Kan. junior, Brooke Boulware. Boulware is right behind Vogt in the regional standings, ranking seventh.
Blanton, a freshman from Lamont, will compete in breakaway roping. She ranks second in the region with 395 points. Blanton won breakaway at the Colby Rodeo.
Nida, an Alva native, makes her second appearance at the CNFR in barrel racing. Last year at the finals, Nida placed 36th in the event. The senior is ranked fourth in the Central Plains Region.
“Both of our teams worked very hard this year,” stated Rodeo Coach Tim Kolb. “We had several that were very close but just fell short. I feel we will be very well represented at the CNFR.”
The CNFR is the “Rose Bowl” of college rodeo. It is where the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association crowns individual event champions in saddle bronc riding, bareback 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 the event 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 competitors in each event, and top two men’s and women’s teams from the NIRA’s 11 regions qualify for the CNFR.
For more information about the CNFR, log on to www.cnfr.com.
2009-10 Central Plains Region Standings | National Standings
Tue, June 15, 2010
by Ryan Hintergardt