CASPER, WYOMING–Sitting on top of 2,000 pound bulls is a thing of the past for Casper native Pete Martinez. But that does not keep the talented cowboy from reminiscing about his experiences in the rodeo arena.
"As a former contestant, I feel a closeness to the competitors," says Martinez, a Nashville recording artist who has just released his second album to audiences nationwide. That closeness shows in more than just his music. It shows in his support of the up and coming rodeo athletes of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association.
"I want to be a part of the CNFR. I really want to help in any way I can, and if that's by simply sharing my music, I'm glad to be able to do it."
At the 2005 CNFR, Martinez performed for the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Foundation style show. This year, his show will make the trip up the hill to the Casper Events Center where he will kick off the 2006 CNFR during the Sunday Bulls and Broncs competition. His song, "Bull Rider", will be featured in the opening ceremonies. In addition, Martinez will put on a half hour concert during the intermission between the two Sunday performances.
NIRA Commissioner, John Smith, appreciates what Martinez has to offer. "Pete is a talented individual, and we couldn't be more pleased to have him come and perform at our marquee event," says Smith.
In addition to his performance, Martinez will also be donating a custom-designed electric guitar to the national All-Around champions upon the CNFR's completion.
According to CNFR Openings Production Manager, Marty Campbell, "Pete is an extremely talented individual. I discovered that last year when he did our tribute to the late Chris Ledoux. I was glad to be able to secure him for this year's CNFR, and I really look forward to the opening and concert in which he will be performing."
The College National Finals Rodeo will kick off on June 11 at the Casper Events Center.