National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association
The National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association, based in Walla Walla, WA, (NIRA) was established in 1949. NIRA sanctions more than 100 college rodeo
Rodeo is a competitive sport which arose out of the working practices of cattle herding in Spain, Mexico, and later the United States, Canada, South America and Australia. It was based on the skills required of the working vaqueros and later, cowboys, in what today is the western United States,...

s every year in the United States, and represents over 3,500 student athletes attending more than 135 member colleges and universities. As well as regional rodeos, NIRA sponsors the College National Finals Rodeo
College National Finals Rodeo
The College National Finals Rodeo is held every June. Since 2001 the CNFR has been hosted in Casper, WY at the Casper Events Center.. The CNFR is an event where men and women involved in Rodeo come to compete in order to obtain the honor of national champion in their event...

(CNFR) every June.


These are past years' champions

1949-1951: Sull Ross State College

1952: Colorado A&M

1953: Hardin-Simmons University

1954: Colorado A&M

1955: Texas Tech

1956: Sam Houston State College

1957-1958: McNeese State University

1959: N/A

1960: Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

1961: University of Wyoming

1962: Sull Ross State University

1963-1966: Casper College

1967: Tarleton State College

1968: Sam Houston State College

1969: Eastern New Mexico University

1970-1971: Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

1972: Montana State University

1973: Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

1974: Eastern New Mexico State University

1975: Montana State University

1976-1980: Southeastern Oklahoma State University

1981: Dawson Community College

1982-1983: Sull Ross State University

1984: Southwest Texas State University

1985: Southwestern Oklahoma State University

1986: Western Texas College

1987: Blue Mountain Community College

1988: Montana State University

1989: Odessa College

1990-1991: Montana State University

1992-1993: Southwestern Oklahoma State University

1994: Vernon Regional Junior College

1995: Montana State University

1996: College of Southern Idaho

1997-1998: Panhandle State University

1999: Southwestern Oklahoma State University

2000: Panhandle State University

2001-2002: College of Southern Idaho

2003: Vernon College

2004: Panhandle State University

2005: Tarleton State University

2006: West Texas A&M University

2007: Ranger College

2008: Walla Walla Community College

Note: From 1970-1996 the National Finals was hosted by Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana. Since 2001 the Finals have been hosted by Casper College in Casper, Wyoming.

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