2017 NFR Experience: Watch National Finals Rodeo Live Streaming PRCA Broadcast

The Las Vegas NFR is back. It’s been a long, arduous journey through the PRCA regular season, but on December 7 it comes to an end. The National Finals Rodeo gears up to turn the city into a hardcore “Cowboy Town.”

The Wrangler National Finals Rodeo takes place a 10-day event for the 33rd consecutive year in Las Vegas at the Thomas & Mack Center. The Super Bowl of rodeo features competitions in bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, barrel racing and bull riding, with 20,000 of Western-clad visitors expected to pull for their favorite athletes at the world’s richest rodeo.

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The cowboys and barrel racers will kick up dust and pick up more money at the Thomas & Mack Center in a quest for gold buckles and glory. Thousands of Western-clad visitors will be the witness with roaring crowds at the world’s richest rodeo.

Each December, Las Vegas goes a little crazy for country. Cowboys descend on the city and country music abounds when the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo returns.

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In addition, fans can enjoy the ProRodeo Zone, the exclusive fan interactive area of the Wrangler NFR. Sponsors provide interactive activities in tents adjacent to the arena. The NFR Sponsor Hotels also have interactive tents set up in the NFR Village, on the plaza in front of the arena.

Cowboy Christmas, the longest running and ONLY “original” gift show of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo boasts over 300,000 square feet of show floor hosting 400 plus vendors from across the United States and Canada. Each year these vendors showcase their unique products which include: customized jewelry, western wear, boots and spurs, furniture, original art, handmade crafts, and pottery.

The San Angelo Roping Fiesta has held a special place in the hearts of thousands of roping fans for well over half a century. Not only is it a time that roping fans look forward to each year, but the Roping Fiesta marks a reunion of the best competitors in the world as a pre-game show to the NFR just a few short weeks behind this event in December.

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The shopping will be great with all the vendors at the Cowboy Christmas Gift Show in the coliseum and cattle barn. Vendors will be open 10 a.m.-6:30 Saturday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. If you are looking for a unique gift, this is the place to shop.

Argyle’s nine-year-old Lealond Henderson, whose nickname is Lelo, got into the rodeo business just before his third birthday.

“Actually, Lelo got into rodeo by accident,” Mom Deborah said. “We went for fun and thought he might get a charge out of riding a sheep. For the fun of it he rode a sheep at the North Texas Fair in Denton, got a face full of dirt, but loved the experience.”

Live entertainment by cowboy pickers, singers, songwriters, storytellers and poets will fill each hour on the stage, as visitors stop by to learn more about donating to Help Thy Neighbor and enjoy the variety show. Hopefully some great rodeo film will be shown when loud events from the other arena tend to drown out the musicians.

Workshops and talented artisans will also entertain and wow.

Dec. 8 from 9-5, Bob Park will show onlookers how to draw western floral patterns.

Dec. 9, he will show how to tool leather.

Dec. 10, he will demonstrate leather antiquing, drying and finishing in the morning and then burnishing edges in the afternoon.

Dec. 11 he will present gun leather design and contruction.

Dec. 12, onlookers can learn to make a small leather notebook.

Dec. 13, learn to make a wallet cover.

Dec. 14-15, learn to carve, tool and scuplt orchids.

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One Step Behind The 2017 National Finals Rodeo

National Finals Rodeo (NFR) fans are waiting to learn the top 15 contestants after ending the regular season on September 30. The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) and Women’s Professional Rodeo Association (WPRA) stand knock at the door to conclude their regular season at Stephenville, Amarillo and Apache, Oklahoma.

The top 15 cowboys will be qualified by PRCA/WPRA’s standings for the December 7-16 National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas. The Cowboys have only chance to in the National Finals at Stephenville, Amarillo and Apache rodeos. Tuf Cooper, three-time tie-down roping world champ, entered the Stephenville rodeo with ranked No. 16. Cooper is now focusing his eyes to earn his first National Finals steer roping berth.

The PRCA Steer Roping Slack was held Thursday, Sept. 21, at Lone Star Arena. Cooper has earned $4,077 in Stephenville steer roping and picked up a $798 check at the Apache rodeo grabbing the second position in the steer roping.

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Moreover, Tuf Cooper may have earned more in this season at Stephenville, Amarillo, and Apache which may bring a National Finals steer roping back number for him. Cooper is also ranked No. 1 in tie-down roping and he has the chance to be more fierce in the all-around race at Las Vegas NFR 2017.

Trevor Brazile, 13-time world all-around champ, confirms his berths in the tie-down roping (sixth) and steer roping (fifth) as well as ranked second position in the 2017 world all-around standings.

In the 2017 world all-around race Cooper is currently ranked No. 1 earning with $211,927 and Trevor holds the second with $174,045.

Trevor Brazile wins the all-around title at the Tri-State Fair Rodeo on September 21-23. The 23 world title holder in the PRCA has earned $7,560 in team roping and steer roping at the Amarillo National Center.

Will Lowe, three-time world champion, scores 86 in the bareback riding but he has to share the title with Steven Dent.

The Amarillo steer wrestling ended with a tie between Chason Floyd, Jason Thomas, and Blake Mindemann due to turning same times of 3.6 seconds.

In the Amarillo saddle bronc riding, Cort Scheer clinched the title with an 85 point. Riker Carter and Garrett Tribble have shared their title scoring 86.5 at Andrews Rodeo. Christine Laughlin finished No. 1 with a 16.74 in the barrel racing.

We have a day in hand to find the top 15 qualifier cowboys for 2017 NFR. Check out the standings here after 30th September.

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