Dakota Eldridge back to NFR After Injuring Knee

Dakota Eldridge was a resident of Nevada nit too long ago, however, he now calls Clovis, California home. The steer wrestler does still have a Nevada driver’s license though.

Eldridge is 28 years old and he is very excited that he is back in Nevada for the National Finals Rodeo. He is very happy to be enjoying these ten days in the place he lived in for so long. He may not live in Nevada full time anymore, but he is still a native from the state.

Eldridge is competing in the steer wrestler event at the Thomas and Mack Center. This will be the sixth time he is competing. Last year he missed out on the National Finals Rodeo due to a knee injury.

On Thursday, Eldridge took down a steer in his event in 3.6 seconds. This won him the first go-round and $26,231. However, Friday was different for Dakota. He finished out of the money slots by recording 7.1 seconds in this round.

Dakota strives to do well at any competition and this rodeo is one that he wants to be his best at every year. He has a lot of supporters and family that are watching him and cheering him on here in Las Vegas.

Dakota Eldridge actually grew up in Elko, Nevada, where he began growing to love rodeo events and eventually participating in them in high school. His school had a lot of rodeo competitions and Dakota Eldridge was one of the best in the school and around the area.

He did very well in rodeo competitions, and he did not frequent Vegas often, however, when he did, it was for the Nevada High School Rodeo Association competitions. Dakota won three all around titles. He also won two steer wrestling titles and one tie-down roping title. His career blossomed into the star that he is today.

Eldridge rides his horse named Rusty, who is a 20-year old Sorrel Gelding horse. Rusty has been raised by Dakota and his family. The horse has competed at the NFR before, so this is nothing new to this great horse.

If you have missed out on the first few rounds of the National Finals Rodeo event, there is still time to catch up and watch the excitement unfurl. Coverage begins at 7:00 pm Eastern standard time. The broadcaster is CBS Sports Network, where the pre-show starts at 6:30 pm EST.

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