Bobbi Grann, Sheyenne, N.D., will be the lone returner to the big show of college rodeo, having competed in barrel racing and goat tying at the College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR) last year. This year, Grann will compete solely in goat tying, again representing the region as the runner up in that event behind Black Hills State University's goat tying champion and regional all-around cowgirl, Joey Painter.
Jordan Pelton, Halliday, N.D., will make his first trip to the CNFR having led the region in the bareback riding from start to finish. Pelton placed in all 10 rodeos of the season, winning three. Cody Hilzendeger Bismarck, N.D., bounced around the top five of the tie down roping standings throughout the season before landing in second place following a dominant performance at home where he won both rounds.
Michaela Kathrein, Dickinson, N.D., placed in the barrel racing at every spring rodeo with the exception of Hastings. Sitting in fourth coming into the final rodeo, Kathrein and her horse Scooter scored 170 points to lead past South Dakota State's Taryn Sippel and season-long leader Cally Worth from Northern State.
Dalton Rixen, Richardton, N.D., tied for second in the region with South Dakota State University's Ross Odde at 770 points apiece. The freshman won an incredible six go-rounds in his rookie season.
Both the men's and women's DSU rodeo teams finished the year in third place. The top three in the men's team standings were South Dakota State University (6,173 points), Iowa Central (4,378 points) and Dickinson State (4,365 points). Black Hills State University won the women's team title with 4,215 points, followed by South Dakota State (2,808 points) and Dickinson State (2,435 points).
The College National Finals Rodeo will take place June 9 -15 in Casper, Wyo.