Craig Begay, Devyn Dennison qualify for College National Finals Rodeo

CASPER, Wyo. - Craig Begay from Many Farms and Devyn Dennison from Tsaile have qualified for the upcoming College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR).

Begay will be competing for Central Arizona College in the bull riding at the Casper Events Center June 15-21. Dennison will be competing for New Mexico Highlands University in the breakaway roping category.

At stake are National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association titles and over $207,000 in scholarships from U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company.

This is the 60th Annual CNFR and the 10th anniversary of the event's home in Casper. The CNFR features nine rodeo events, bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, bull riding, tie-down roping and steer wrestling for the men, barrel racing, goat tying and breakaway roping for the women. In addition, team roping is held which can feature male and female competitors. Along with individual titles, many of the competitors are hoping to be part of the men's or women's team that takes the team championship back to their college or university.

Each contestant has three preliminary rounds of competition prior to the final round on Saturday night, June 21. Scores and times from those three rounds will be added up and the 12 contestants with the fastest total times or highest total scores will advance to the finals.

At the conclusion of the final round national event champions along with men's and women's all-around and team champions will be crowned. In addition several special awards will be presented throughout the competition. Complete results will be available at


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