Tyrel Larsen has worked long and hard to win the first of what I suspect to be many major championships.
The Inglis, Manitoba, cowboy sealed his first College National Finals Rodeo title with a big-time short-round ride on Saturday night in Casper, Wyo. It was an important night for Larsen, his family and those who have been around him.
Now in his fifth year of eligibility and wearing the vest of Central Plains Region rival Southwestern Oklahoma State, Larsen is a big part of the Oklahoma Panhandle State rodeo legacy; he was actually attending graduate level classes online through Southwestern, while living in Goodwell, Okla.
Larsen was tied for second place in the average heading into Saturday’s finale, then posted a winning 79-point ride, bettering second place by six points. That gave him the win.
Oh, and he was one of two Larsens to win the CNFR’s short go-round: Tyrel’s brother, Orin, won the final round of bareback riding with an 80; Orin attends the College of Southern Idaho. Tanner Aus, of Missouri Valley College, won the bareback riding national championship. More on him later.