CASPER, Wyo. -- Chance Madsen preached consistency.
That practice paid off for the Casper College bareback bronc rider as he won the Central Rocky Mountain Region title and finished fifth in the national standings.
Entering the College National Finals Rodeo, which begins Sunday at the Casper Events Center, Madsen doesn't plan on changing his approach.
"The ultimate goal is to be consistent," Madsen said. "Everything will fall into place if you're consistent. If you do your part, the rest will come."It certainly worked for Madsen, who covered all 20 of his horses during the CRMR season and finished in the top four at all 10 rodeos.
Madsen's consistency helped him hold off teammate Justin Moldaschel and Gillette College's Casey Breuer for the regional crown. And he'll compete in college rodeo's showcase event with the same mindset.
"It could work out where I don't have a good draw my first couple horses," Madsen said. "But as long as I ride 'em I can't complain.
"You always hope for the best and always shoot for No. 1."
Madsen has stayed busy preparing for the CNFR. He won a rodeo in Ten Sleep and was to compete at the Cody Nite Rodeo on Thursday.
And even though he punched his ticket to the CNFR early in the season, Madsen admitted that he hasn't given the upcoming national finals much thought.
"I don't know if it's sunk in yet," Madsen said. "It's kind of a weird spot to be in because you know you're going to be there, but it probably won't hit me until I get up there."
The fact that the Pine Bluffs native will be competing in front of family and friends as a member of Casper College's regional championship team -- the Thunderbirds' first in nearly 25 years -- will definitely add to the excitement.
"Just being able to have all my family come and watch will be pretty cool," Madsen said. "And going to school at Casper College it would be pretty neat to win it as a team and as an individual.
"There probably wouldn't be any better feeling in the world."
Information from: Casper Star-Tribune - Casper, http://www.trib.com