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UW’s Clark Opens CNFR on Successful Ride

June 16, 2014

One down, two to go. But three is even better.

University of Wyoming bareback rider Wyatt Clark covered his first horse during the opening round of the College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR) Sunday afternoon at the Casper Events Center.

The Wellfleet, Neb., senior rode his horse to 73 points during an afternoon matinee performance that featured only bareback, saddle bronc and bull riders, along with women’s breakaway ropers. Clark’s effort put him in a tie for eighth place in the average.

“He was a little nervous coming in, but once he settled in, you could see the confidence on his face,” UW Coach George Howard says. “This will make it better for him the rest of the week.”

Clark has two more chances this week to reach Saturday’s short go round. Four successful rides would put him in contention for a national title.

Each CNFR contestant competes three times this week in his or her specialty event(s); the top 12 individuals gain bids for Saturday’s championship round.

Two slack rounds are scheduled for Monday and Tuesday; and the first of five straight nightly performances begins Tuesday at 7 p.m. The short go is Saturday, also at 7 p.m.

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