UMW out of the gate at CNFR

J.P. Plutt
Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Montana Western sophomore bareback rider Trevor Kay fires out of the chutes aboard Felicity at the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyo. Kay scored a 72.5 during this Sunday ride and followed with a 70 on Tuesday to sit 16th in the world standings. Winnett Cowgirl/Jackie Jensen photo





The University of Montana Western rodeo team opened the 2022 College National Finals on Sunday with two of the five men’s team members covering their rides in the traditional Bulls, Broncs & Breakaway performance to start the week of college rodeo. The CNFR concludes on Saturday with the top 12 contestants in each event battling for championships in the short go scheduled to start at 7 p.m.

Western’s men’s team qualified for the CNFR, with five hands competing in six events. On the women’s side, Kaycee Rogers made the CNFR as an independent. Dillon area fans will also be following BCHS graduate and Glen resident Hailey Garrison, a senior star on the Montana State team that returns to Casper, Wyoming as the defending women’s national champions.

UMW sophomore Trevor Kay spurred his bareback horse to a score of 72.5 points to place 15th in the opening round. On Tuesday, he scored a 70 to place 19th in the round and sit 16th overall in bareback standings with one round to go on Thursday during the evening performance.

Sophomore saddle bronc rider Carson Klingler placed 10th in the first round on Sunday with a score of 74 points. His second round ride during Tuesday slack had not been posted at the Dillon Tribune press time. He drew the Tuesday night performance for his third round ride.

Two of Western’s top hands had disappointing first round slack runs. Bryce Harrison, a steer wrestler who placed sixth in the nation a year ago, had his steer cross in front of his horse and started the CNFR with a no time. Harrison will pursue round wins and cash with a slack run on Tuesday and a performance run Friday night.

UMW senior James Ramirez missed his calf on Monday in tie-down roping, but bounced back during Tuesday slack with an 11.9 second run to tie for tenth in the second round. Ramirez drew the Tuesday performance for the third round.

Ramirez and UMW’s Jake Cerini are in the thick of it in team roping. The posted a solid 12.7 run in the Monday slack of team roping to sit 20th. They were set for a Tuesday slack run for the second round and a third round run during the Wednesday performance.

On the UMW women’s side, Kaycee Rogers timed a solid 6.7 second run during Monday’s slack performance in the goat tying to sit tied for 20th after one round. She was scheduled to take her second round run during Tuesday slack and her third round run during the Friday night performance.

It is the final college rodeo for Glen’s Hailey Garrison, a Montana State senior. Garrison set herself up for a potential all-around contention with success in both of her events in the early going of the CNFR. During Monday’s slack, Garrison timed a barrel racing run of 14.6 seconds to tie for 11th. She came back in Tuesday’s slack to improve to 14.34 on her second run which was good for ninth in the round and moved her to sixth place in the overall barrel racing standings. She needs just a solid third round time during the Thursday night performance to advance to Saturday’s short go.

Garrison timed a 6.4 second run in goat tying during Monday slack to tie for tenth in the round. She made her second round run during Tuesday slack after the Tribune deadline and will make her third run during the Wednesday performance.

For Western, by the end of Tuesday, they were aware of how things were going to shape up for the 2022 CNFR. Of the 18 runs or rides team members were scheduled to make through the first three rounds, 14 were complete after the Tuesday night performance.