College National Finals Rodeo

After a hard week of rodeo competition, national champions have emerged from the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyoming that ended June 16.

The women’s team of Texas Tech University in Lubbock won the women’s national championship, while the men from Walla Walla Community College in Washington earned the men’s national championship through the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association. Hometown Walla Walla resident Bryce Palmer represented the community college by winning the men’s all-around title. Bryce competes in team roping and tie-down roping.

Hayden Segelke of Snyder, Colorado, represented Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, Colorado, while winning the women’s all-around title.

The 2012 CNFR timed-event champions are:

Tie-down roping – Chant J. DeForest, Western Oklahoma State College in Altus
Steer wrestling – Benjamin T. Carson; Utah Valley University in Orem
Team roping – Shay D. Carroll, Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, Colorado; and Tyler Schnaufer, University of Wyoming in Laramie
Barrel racing – Liz Combs; Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas
Breakaway roping – Joey Painter, Black Hills State University in Spearfish, South Dakota
Goat tying – Lacey Tech, Central Wyoming College in Riverton

Liz was last year’s barrel racing champ as well on her homebred Bogies Lil Skeeter (Bogie Biankus-Street Royale by Harley Street (TB)).

Ceri McCaffery of Wayne, Oklahoma, placed second in breakaway roping and was first in the short go representing Southwestern Oklahoma State University. She also placed 12th in barrel racing. The former AQHYA standout was third at the 2011 Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show in breakaway roping and is a three-time youth world champion in pole bending.

Taylor Langdon of Aubrey, Texas, is a two-time AQHA world champion in amateur barrel racing who also competes for the Texas Tech team. In addition to the national championship, Taylor was fifth in barrel racing on BB Frenchgirl, her 2004 mare by PC Frenchman-Miss Shanaar (TB) by Shanaar.

Photo: Liz Combs and Bogies Lil Skeeter captured their second barrel racing championship June 16 at the College National Finals Rodeo. (Dan Hubbell photo)