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Six Former Aggies Qualify for WNFR

Submitted by Kashly Schweer on 12/06/2017 Six former Aggies are competing in the NFR December 7-16. Pictured here at the Back Number Ceremony from left to right: Taos Muncy, Audy Reed, Orin Larsen, Joe Frost, Clay Elliott, Hardy Braden. —Photo by Shelbie WeederSix former Aggies are competing in the NFR December 7-16. Pictured here at the Back Number Ceremony from left to right: Taos Muncy, Audy Reed, Orin Larsen, Joe Frost, Clay Elliott, Hardy Braden. —Photo by Shelbie Weeder

Goodwell, Okla. — Each year the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (WNFR) is dotted with former Oklahoma Panhandle State University athletes. This edition of the WNFR is no exception with six cowboys hailing from Goodwell.

The WNFR will take place December 7-16 with performances each night at 9 p.m. CST on CBS Sports or streamed on demand at ProRodeoTV.com.

Kicking off the finals will be Orin Larsen, who earned just shy of $100,000 during the regular season to cash his ticket to Las Vegas in the 10th position of the bareback riding. The newlywed is no stranger to the bright lights and will be a force to be reckoned with over the ten days.

Hardy (Chad) Braden is hot off his Prairie Circuit Finals Championship in the saddle bronc riding, qualified for the Ram National Circuit Finals and is headed to his first WNFR. The Oklahoma cowboy is heading into the Thomas and Mack in seventh place with $102,000 earned this season.

He is joined in the saddle bronc riding by Clay Elliott, Taos Muncy and Audy Reed. Elliott finished the season in 11th position last year and is returning to Vegas in the same spot. He is just a few dollars ahead of former world champion and 8-time WNFR qualifier, Muncy. The New Mexico native will go for the $26,000 rounds with his all-out style. This is Reed’s first trip to the big dance. He slid into the WNFR in the 15th slot.

Rounding out each performance will be Joe Frost in the bull riding. This will be Frost’s fourth trip to the WNFR. Last year, he placed in five of the ten rounds and will be a consistent performer throughout the event.

These former Aggies will be vying for their share of the $1.2 million payout. Don’t miss any of the action by tuning in nightly to CBS Sports or ProRodeoTV.com.