Wrangler National Finals Rodeo

Downtown Las Vegas Events Center throws ultimate viewing party, WNFR

By: Gretchen Kirchmann The Downtown Las Vegas Event Center transforms into an ultimate viewing party during the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (WNFR).  The outdoor venue located across the street from The D Las Vegas (S. 3rd Street and E. Carson Avenue) is on the edge of Fremont Street.  The venue organizers including Truman Talley, added…

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Great Lakes Circuit sends seven to the 2021 WNFR

By:  Gretchen Kirchmann The Great Lakes Circuit is being represented by seven cowboys including three bareback riders, two saddle bronc riders and a pair of team ropers. Leading the pack is 2018 World Champion Saddle Bronc Rider Wade Sundell with his ninth qualification, and nearly two million dollars in career earnings. Wade enters the Wrangler…

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Buffalo PRCA Championship Rodeo planning for 2022, save the dates June 23-25

The Buffalo PRCA Championship Rodeo wrapped up last month crowning event champions from across the United States.  Three performances allowed a post-covid event to fill the grandstands and parking lots.  The Montrose Fire Department reached the parking lot capacity on Friday night.  The rodeo committee lead by Executive Director Greg McDonald is already planning for…

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Buffalo Rodeo under new leadership with Greg McDonald

The Buffalo PRCA Championship Rodeo is under new leadership with Executive Director Greg McDonald at the helm. McDonald, a resident of Buffalo is a former rodeo contestant, past president of Minnesota High School Rodeo Association (MHSRA) and a seasoned rodeo producer. “Greg with his passion and knowledge of rodeo brings the production of events to the…

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

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.…

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

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…

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

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…

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

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…

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Kinsel sets arena record, 16.92 seconds – Round 5 WNFR

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…

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Iowa bull, bucks off Idaho cowboy – Round 4 WNFR

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…

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