College rodeo is a team sport. But not every teammate is a fellow student. Many riders at the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper forged their closest partnership with animals. Morgan Tyree photographed CNFR competitors and spoke with them about
College National Finals Rodeo
The most ambitious competitors will want to ride on the college and Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association circuits at the same time. And many of those may follow some of Wyoming’s top young cowboys to Texas, where the pro rodeo season is longer and richer than in the Northern Rockies. “I do hear kids say they want to go to Texas and pro rodeo,” said Dan Mortensen, a world champion saddle-bronc rider and the interim head rodeo coach at Northwest College in Powell.