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Iowa Farm Boy wins Steer Wrestling World Championship – Round 10, WNFR

By KMG | December 13, 2020

Steer Wrestler Jason Edler from Iowa won the 2020 World Championship and Average title in Arlington, Texas.  In his debut Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (WNFR) he entered the finals in ninth position. The top 15 contestants in the world standings qualify.   The WNFR rookie, from State Center, finished the 2019 season in 23rd position.…

Cooper knocks it out of the park, in the 9th inning – Round 9 WNFR

By KMG | December 11, 2020

Tuf Cooper from Decatur, Texas tied his calf in 6.9 seconds to win Round 9.  Is there a significance with Round 9?  Maybe….he’s wearing back number 9 for the 2020 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (WNFR).  The four-time world champion added $26, 230.77 to his WNFR earnings tonight taking it to $67,961.54. Barrel Racer Hailey Kinsel…

Bar T Rodeo’s Angel’s Landing strikes Gold – Throwback Thursday to Round 3 WNFR

By KMG | December 10, 2020

Fritzlan cashes in during bull riding win Bull rider Colten Fritzlan is making his Wrangler NFR debut in 2020. The 20-year-old will never forget Round 3. The Rifle, Colo., cowboy captured his first victory with an 89-point ride on Bar T Rodeo’s Angel’s Landing. More importantly, he earned $45,058 including ground money and moved up…

Utah’s Bar T Rodeo Company at the NFR since 1959 – Round 6 WNFR

By KMG | December 8, 2020

The very first National Finals Rodeo (NFR) was held in Texas, 1959.  The Bar T Rodeo Company was there, and seven decades later they continue to be selected.  They are among an elite class of stock contractors like Iowa based Barnes PRCA Rodeo Company and Colorado’s Harry Vold Company.   Today the Bar T Rodeo Company…

Kinsel sets arena record, 16.92 seconds – Round 5 WNFR

By KMG | December 7, 2020

Three of five rounds for barrel racing are won by Hailey Kinsel from Cotulla, Texas. She is halfway through her 2020 WNFR, earning $109,423.08 to date.  During Round 5 she broke the 17-second mark clocking a 16.92 run.  Kinsel leads the Top Gun standings ahead of other contestants.  The RAM Top Gun Award goes to…

Iowa bull, bucks off Idaho cowboy – Round 4 WNFR

By KMG | December 6, 2020

Iowa based stock contractor Barnes PRCA Rodeo’s bull #211 Pot Licker was no match for Roscoe Jarboe from Idaho.  Two jumps and Jarboe bailed off to the right.  Stock Contractor Marty Barnes said, “The Charolais and Brahma crossbred bull usually does two jumps then turns back.”  A ProRodeo history nugget is Barnes PRCA Rodeo had…

Wright Brothers load the bases at Texas Ranger stadium – Round 3 WNFR

By KMG | December 5, 2020

Saddle Bronc Riding and Bull Riding is All Wright.  The winners for the first two rounds of saddle bronc riding and bull riding are all from the Wright family.  Three brothers Rusty, Ryder, and Stetson have found gold in Texas.  Stetson Wright won the first two rounds in bull riding, while also competing in saddle…

Awesome ride for Tanner Aus, SD Gov. Noem carries the American Flag – Round 2 WNFR

By KMG | December 4, 2020

Deep in the heart of Texas, the second round of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (WNFR) kicked off in Arlington.  South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem carried in the American Flag, following an oath of enlistment.  The bright ballfield lights of Texas Ranger stadium are substituting for the bright lights of  Las Vegas, which traditionally hosts…

Let’s Play Ball, Richmond Champion hits a homerun – Round 1 WNFR

By KMG | December 3, 2020

Let’s Play Ball!   Globe Life Field, home to the Texas Rangers stepped up to the plate to host the 2020 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.  While there wasn’t the first pitch, the arena did resemble a baseball diamond, probably a 62 carat with 12 bucking chutes adoring the cut. Since 1985, Las Vegas has hosted the…

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Wrangler National Finals Rodeo – 2020

By KMG | November 22, 2020

Gretchen Kirchmann will be covering the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (WNFR) from Arlington, Texas between December 3-12, 2020.  This marks her 12th consecutive year as a credentialed journalist. In 2020 her work will be featured on Alpha Media.  Gretchen is once again collaborating with Britt Bailey from 93.3 The Country Moose in Mason City, Iowa…