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.
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 the country. Cowboys descend on the city and country music abounds when the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo returns.
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.
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.
Welcome to watch National Finals Rodeo (NFR) 2019live on CBS Sports Network. Wrangler National Finals Rodeo will be held on Dec. 5 – 14, 2019 at the Thomas & Mack Center Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. This is the final rodeo event of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) season and the CBS Sports Network will air NFR live from Las Vegas. The National Finals Rodeo consists of 10 rounds on 10 consecutive days and CBSSN is going to broadcast full 10 round rodeo.
The 10-day Wrangler National Finals Rodeo will start Dec. 1 and will continue Dec. 10 with all the qualified cowboys, cowgirls, barrel racers, rodeo princesses, and flag girls. This is an event you will find action and entertainment in all respects to look so if you’ve never been to the NFR in Las Vegas, you should attend at least once in a lifetime. Moreover, you also can enjoy the NFR with the help of cable TV or online streaming through CBS Sports Network.
Wrangler NFR Events:
1) Bareback riding: Bareback riding is a feature of horseback riding without a saddle. The top fifteen participants in bareback riding qualify, based on money won throughout the regular season, various types of bull riders, the PRCA Xtreme Bulls Tour, the Justin Boots Playoffs and Championships, to participate at the Wrangler NFR. Fifteen Cowboys just have finished the season in the top 15 of the PRCA bareback riding standings. The 2019 qualified participants are – Tim O’Connell, Orin Larsen, Caleb Bennett, Tanner Aus, R.C. Landingham, Winn Ratliff, Yvan Jayne, Clayton Biglow, Jake Brown, Jake Vold, J.R. Vezain, Ty Breuer, Richmond Champion, Jessy Davis, and Wyatt Denny. Congratulations cowboys to Vegas NFR.
2) Steer wrestling: The event is also known as bulldogging where a steer and two horse-mounted cowboy rider running after a steer, along with a number of supporting characters. The steer wrestler endeavors to catch up to the running steer falling it on the ground to grab its horns and make the running steer off-balance to pull the steer to the ground. The top 15 participants in steer wrestling qualify to participate in the National Finals Rodeo. This year 15 Cowboys have already been selected by the PRCA selection board. Congratulation the qualified cowboys – Ty Erickson, Jason Thomas, Tyler Waguespack, J.D. Struxness, Clayton Hass, Dakota Eldridge, Josh Peek, Jacob Talley, Nick Guy, Baylor Roche, Billy Bugenig, Matt Reeves, Riley Duvall, Trevor Knowles, and Cody Cabral.
3) Team roping: It’s a Wrangler NFR events where two mounted riders go ahead to pull a running steer. First roper ropes around the horns of the steer than the second roper ropes by its back feet. This year top 15 cowboys are selected of which 15 Team Roping Headers and 15 Team Roping Heelers after qualification. The Cowboys will perform at the Las Vegas show. The top 15 Team Roping Headers are: Kaleb Driggers, Clay Smith, Luke Brown, Kolton Schmidt, Dustin Bird, Colby Lovell, Riley Minor, Erick Rogers, Garrett Rogers, Zac Small, Matt Sherwood, Cody Snow, Tyler Wade, Levi Simpson and Coleman Proctor. Top 15 Team Roping Heelers are: Junior Nogueira, Paul Eaves, Jake Long, Russell Cardoza, Brady Minor, Travis Graves, Shay Carroll, Cory Petska, Dugan Kelly, Dakota Kirchenschlager, Jake Minor, Jeremy Buhler, Quinn Kesler, Billie Jack Saebens and Wesley Thorp.
4) Saddle bronc riding: A Wrangler NFR event that involves a rodeo participator riding on a horse that endeavors to throw or buck off the rider. The top 15 cowboys are qualified by the PRCA’s saddle bronc riding standings. It’s an eight seconds game! The horse rider tries to stay eight seconds on the horse without touching the horse. The top 15 qualified participants of 2019 Wrangler NFR are – Jacobs Crawley, CoBurn Bradshaw, Rusty Wright, Zeke Thurston, Jake Wright, Heith DeMoss, Cody DeMoss, Clay Elliott, Allen Boore, Jesse Wright, Cody Wright, Sterling Crawley, Chuck Schmidt, Ryder Wright, Jake Watson, Jake Watson.
5) Tie-down roping: An NFR event that features a calf and a rider mounted on a horse to catch the calf by throwing a loop of rope from a lariat around its neck, run to the calf and bend It’s three legs together. Every year 15 participants are selected by the PRCA tie-down roping standings. The 2019 qualified participants are Marcos Costa, Timber Moore, Hunter Herrin, Cory Solomon, Shane Hanchey, Cade Swor, Reese Riemer, Caleb Smidt, Riley Pruitt, Ryan Jarrett, Matt Shiozawa, Blane Cox, Ryle Smith, Tyson Durfey, and Marty Yates.
6) Barrel racing: The most popular National Finals Rodeo girl’s amateur high-speed competition open to riders of all ages and abilities. The top fifteen barrel racing contestants compete at the Wrangler NFR. Barrel racers earn money by placing 1st through 6th in any round and can enhance more money by placing 1st through 8th in the average competition. The top 15 WPRA Barrel Racing ladies are selected for the Wrangler NFR events in Las Vegas and Mary Burger grabs the top qualifying position, the others are Jackie Ganter, Mary Walker, Ivy Conrado, Kimmie Wall, Stevi Hillman, Lisa Lockhart, Sarah Rose McDonald, Michele McLeod, Cayla Melby, Pamela Capper, Sherry Cervi, Carly Richardson, Jana Bean, and Amber Moore.
7) Bull riding: A Wrangler NFR event where a rider getting on a bull and attempting to stay on the atop the bucking bull for eight full seconds while the bull attempts to buck off the rider. It’s the riskiest event of the Wrangler NFR called “the most dangerous eight seconds in sports.” The top 15 cowboys of the PRCA bull riding standings are qualified for the Las Vegas National Finals Rodeo. The qualified contestants of the NFR 2016 are – Sage Kimzey, Joe Frost, Jeff Askey, Jordan Spears, Brennon Eldred, Cody Teel, Roscoe Jarboe, Rorey Maier, Scottie Knapp, Garrett Smith, Cody Rostockj, Garrett Tribble, Tim Bingham, Tyler Smith, and Shane Proctor.
History of National Finals Rodeo (NFR):
The Wrangler National Finals Rodeo organized by the PRCA is the premier championship rodeo event held annually in the United States. The NFR showcases competency of the PRCA’s top 15 money-winners cowboys competes for the world title in the consecutive 10 days events. Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) founded the National Finals Rodeo (NFR) in 1958. The first National Finals Rodeo (NFR) was held in Dallas in 1959 and the venue was used till 1961. Los Angeles hosted the National Finals Rodeo through 1962-1964. In 1964, however, Oklahoma City effectively bid to be the host city. In 1965 the first Wrangler NFR in State Fair Arena drew 47,027 fans and was remained since 1978. Thereafter, the world event was moved to Myriad Convention Center through 1984. In 1984, Las Vegas, Nevada, bid for the “National Finals Rodeo” event and successfully bid to be the host city. The National Finals Rodeo (NFR) has been taken place in the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas since 1985 to continue time period.
The National Finals Rodeo (NFR) has become the biggest client of the Thomas & Mack Center arena. NFR has brought more than 170,000 fans during the 10-day event. Wrangler became the first title sponsor of the National Finals Rodeo in 2001 with a landmark sponsorship agreement and in 2014 they have made another contract for the National Finals Rodeo to remain in Las Vegas until 2024.
The National Finals Rodeo (NFR) was formerly broadcasted by ESPN, then NFR’s broadcast authority moved to GAC in 2011 and finally, CBS Sports Network (CBSSN) has taken the live broadcast authority.
The National Finals Rodeo has become the biggest arena for fans and tickets are highly sold out of the market. So, fans have to ensure his/her ticket within a few days of ticket release. NFR fans can book ticket online right here.
Enjoy the most anticipated rodeo show with your friend and family. Wish a good luck for all the cowboys at Las Vegas.