**For Immediate Release** CNFR to Start Sunday Submitted by OPSU Rodeo on 06/09/2013

Casper, Wyo.—Excitement fills the Wyoming air inside the Casper Events Center as cowboys and cowgirls from across the nation gather for the 2013 College National Finals Rodeo June 9-15.

More than 400 collegiate athletes from 11 regions and over 100 colleges and universities have earned the right to compete at the "Rose Bowl of College Rodeo" and have their chance at a national championship, not only as an individual but for their respective schools as well.

Among the elite group of athletes are six Oklahoma Panhandle State University cowboys. After a superb sophomore season, Joe Frost found himself in a common position: first. The Utah native captured the Central Plains Region All-Around Championship as well as the Bull Riding Championship for the second consecutive year. At the ripe age of 20, Frost is a veteran in the rodeo arena. He will put his professional career on pause for the week-long event in Casper where he will compete in the bull riding and steer wrestling events.

Allen Boore, recent OPSU graduate, made his mark in the saddle bronc riding throughout the season as he claimed the regional title. Now Boore will sport the red and blue for one last time with the hopes of adding another title to his resume.

Also competing at the bucking chute end of the arena will be Jake Watson and Joe Harper in the classic event of rodeo, saddle bronc riding. Jeff Bertus makes his second CNFR appearance in bull riding, and sophomore Dusty Moore will be the final cowboy riding for OPSU in steer wrestling.

The action kicks off Sunday with the "Bulls, Broncs and Breakaway" performances where the Panhandle cowboys competing in the saddle bronc riding and bull riding will undergo their first round of competition. The week will continue with slack Monday and Tuesday.

For updated results from the CNFR see Oklahoma Panhandle State University Rodeo Team on Facebook.