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Everything You Need to Know About the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo
 

For 10 days every December, Las Vegas becomes cowboy town during the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.

The WNFR is where world champions are crowned for the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and the Women's Professional Rodeo Association. It is where dreams are realized, hard work comes to fruition, and new rodeo fans are born every year. 

On December 1-10, the WNFR returns to the Thomas & Mack Center on UNLV's campus -- the site of the PRCA and WPRA finale each year since 1985. Featuring more prize money than ever before, this year's WNFR promises to be its most exciting edition.

Watch the 2016 WNFR International Stream LIVE Dec. 1-10 (not available in the U.S.)


The top 15 contestants in the world standings for bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, barrel racing, and bull riding are qualified to compete at the WNFR, and the world champions are determined based on total season earnings.


The WNFR consists of 10 grueling rounds over 10 straight days, matching the best cowboys and cowgirls against the top livestock available. Contestants earn money by placing in the top six in any round and pick up more money by placing in the top eight in the average (the cumulative points or times earned during the 10 rounds). 


The average title is one of the most coveted in rodeo, trailing only a world championship. At the end of each WNFR, there are two champions in each event (four for team roping). 


Average winner, who won the Wrangler NFR by having the best cumulative time or score in his or her event over the 10 rounds.

World champion, who finished the year with the most money (including what he or she earned at the WNFR).

For each event, the average winner and world champion may be the same person or different people.

The WNFR never fails to deliver a thrilling finale to the rodeo season. Stay tuned to FloRodeo on December 1-10 to see who walks away from Las Vegas with a gold buckle and world championship!
 

How to Watch
NFR EXPERIENCE

WHEN: December 1-10
ON TV: Now available on Roku and Apple TV 4 via the FloSports app
STREAMING: Available only on FloRodeo - $20 monthly or $150 yearly. Yearly FloPro access is to ALL FloSports sites. 

2016 WNFR All Around Champion Race

Nov 22, 2016

 

Race for All-Around Cowboy Title Far from Over Ahead of WNFR
By Megan Hanchey


Over the past 14 years, not many cowboys have gotten the chance to say they are a Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association all-around champion at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.

In fact, only two have captured the all-around gold buckle in that time span. 

Watch the NFR Experience in Las Vegas LIVE on FloRodeo from Thursday, Dec. 1, to Saturday, Dec. 10.


Since 2002, Trevor Brazile has held a stranglehold on the title with 13 wins -- the lone exception coming in 2005 when the Decatur, Texas, cowboy and PRCA world record holder for most championship victories was unseated by Ryan Jarrett. 


Junior Nogueira heads into the Thomas & Mack Center atop the standings with $123,786.02 in earnings. Also the leader in the team roping heeler category, Nogueira is in position for his first all-around title in Las Vegas, Nevada, on December 1-10. 


But it won't come easy. 


Although Nogueira is favored to win the title, there will be stiff competition from eight other cowboys. Josh Peek is sitting in the second position with $116,603.15 and will be competing in the steer wrestling, which may be a shock to some fans. Peek is more commonly known as a tie down calf roper, and he has multiple WNFR qualifications in the event. Jarrett is still in the top 10 for the all-around title as well, and he is hoping to leave Las Vegas with a second title.  


In years past, Brazile was often a two-event qualifier at the WNFR, giving him a considerable advantage at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. However, this year none of the cowboys are competing in multiple events at the WNFR, which will considerably level the playing field. Nogueira added tie down roping event to his well-known team roping expertise throughout the year to be able to compete for the all-around title. 


With the money up for grabs, it could be anyone's game as Nogueira hopes to walk out of the Thomas & Mack with two coveted world titles.


All-Around World Standings
1. Junior Nogueira, $123,786.02
2. Josh Peek, $116,603.15
3. JoJo LeMond, $112,623.01
4. Dustin Bird, $109,693.86
5. Clay Smith, $104,808.56
6. Russell Cardoza, $100,232.90
7. Clayton Hass, $97,319.29
8. Caleb Smidt, $89,968.84
9. Ryan Jarrett, $85,127.29
10. Shay Carroll, $84,075.53
11. Rhen Richard, $81,497.06
12. Ryle Smith, $72,798.31
13. Paul David Tierney, $64,003.77
14. Morgan Grant, $61,963.36
15. Jordan Ketscher, $54,009.92
 

How to Watch: NFR EXPERIENCE

WHEN: December 1-10
ON TV: Now available on Roku and Apple TV 4 via the FloSports app
STREAMING: Available only on FloRodeo - $20 monthly or $150 yearly. Yearly FloPro access is to ALL FloSports sites
SIGN UP HERE

2016 World Championship Calf Roping Race

Nov 22, 2016

 

Marcos Costa Eyes Calf Roping Title at Wrangler National Finals Rodeo
By Megan Hanchey


Thousands of men started out, 15 moved on, but only one will stand above the rest at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. 


This year's calf roping standings are tightly packed heading into Las Vegas, Nevada, on Dec. 1-10. Three NFR rookies made the final cut along with 12 NFR veterans, two of whom are previous tie-down world champions.


Watch the NFR Experience in Las Vegas LIVE on FloRodeo from Thursday, Dec. 1, to Saturday, Dec. 10.


Marcos Costa, who is the first Brazilian cowboy to qualify for the NFR in tie-down roping, sits atop the world leaderboard heading into the Thomas & Mack Center with $125,523.11 in earnings this year.


Timber Moore is second to Costa and has the honor of owning the Tie Down Roping Horse of the Year MFO Harvey, aka "Colonel." Hunter Herrin is sitting in the third place and is coming off big wins at San Antonio and Reno this year. Shane Hanchey kicked his season off by breaking the record for most money won during Cowboy Christmas by a single event cowboy and hasn't slowed down since. Tyson Durfey came down to the wire to qualify for his ninth NFR by capitalizing big time at the end of the season. Caleb Smidt is the reigning world title holder and plans to add a second championship to his accolades.  


While the ropers outside of the top 15 are not able to vie for the title, 15th-place cowboy Marty Yates is still within striking distance of Costa and trails by around $62,000. With each round paying a little over $23,000, wins in three rounds can put them neck and neck.


The talent level of each cowboy combined with the quality of the cattle that will be brought in sets the stage for an unpredictable end result, and the No. 1 position could easily change each night.


One thing is for certain, though. The end of the 10th round will usher in a life-changing victory for one of these cowboys.


Tie Down Roping World Standings
1. Marcos Costa, $125,523.11
2. Timber Moore, $108,539.17
3. Hunter Herrin, $93,399.86
4. Cory Solomon, $87,392.01
5. Shane Hanchey, $85,932.14
6. Cade Swor, $81,739.09
7. Reese Riemer, $78,499.69
8. Caleb Smidt, $76,469.08
9. Riley Pruitt, $74,547.32
10. Ryan Jarrett, $73,399.73
11. Matt Shiozawa, $71,601.83
12. Blane Cox, $70,127.25
13. Ryle Smith, $67,321.96
14. Tyson Durfey, $64,733.92
15. Marty Yates, $63,847.09
 

How to Watch: NFR EXPERIENCE

WHEN: December 1-10
ON TV: Now available on Roku and Apple TV 4 via the FloSports app
STREAMING: Available only on FloRodeo - $20 monthly or $150 yearly. Yearly FloPro access is to ALL FloSports sites. SIGN UP HERE

Riley Pruitt Pursues Family Tradition at WNFR

Nov 28, 2016

Tie-Down Roper Riley Pruitt Pursues Family Tradition at WNFR

By Hope Sickler



First-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier Riley Pruitt has a lot to be thankful for this year. 


After his past few seasons ended short of a WNFR berth, the 25-year-old is finally heading to Las Vegas to show the rodeo world what he is capable of achieving at the Thomas & Mack Center on December 1-10. 

Watch the 2016 WNFR International Stream LIVE Dec. 1-10 (not available in the U.S.)



While Pruitt can't remember a time when his life didn't involve rodeo, winning a tie-down roping title at the WNFR would be the culmination of a lifelong dream. 


Both of Pruitt's parents, Troy and Martee Pruitt, qualified for the WNFR during their careers and are still well-respected on the rodeo trail. Troy won the world title in the PRCA tie-down roping in 1990.


"When I was young, I was always on the road watching every performance and every slack cheering my parents on," Pruitt said. "My parents taught me everything that I know about rodeo. They taught me the art of entering and the right rodeos to enter. They also made sure that I was always mounted on a great horse."


Pruitt has had what he defines as a "dream season" with win after win in 2016.


Pruitt enters the WNFR sitting in ninth place in the tie-down roping world standings with $74,547.32 won. The Gering, Nebraska, native knows that a world championship is well within arm's reach if he can have consistent showing in Las Vegas. 


"2016 was amazing for me," he said. "I started off great, won a couple of major rodeos early on in the winter that got me rolling and it was much easier having that much more won going into the summer rodeos. It took away the stress of having to win every time I nodded my head. I was able to ease around and stay healthy and keep my horses fresh and working, which was imperative for me this year."  


While the hard hauling is done, that doesn't mean the hard work is done. Pruitt, who is quick to credit his horse for helping him make the WNFR, has been putting in countless hours in the barn perfecting his roping before he leaves for Las Vegas.


"My dad has helped me a lot here lately, telling me what it is like to back in that corner and go rope against the 14 best calf ropers that are there roping for the same thing," Pruitt said. "Every night it is hard to go to bed, because I am ready to run that first calf of my first NFR, which is something that I have thought about since I was 7!" 
 

How to Watch
NFR EXPERIENCE

WHEN: December 1-10
ON TV: Now available on Roku and Apple TV 4 via the FloSports app
STREAMING: Available only on FloRodeo - $20 monthly or $150 yearly. Yearly FloPro access is to ALL FloSports sites. SIGN UP HERE

WPRA Rookie Cayla Melby-Small Looks towards First WNFR

 

2016 WPRA Rookie of The Year Looks towards Her First WNFR! 
By: Hope Sickler

Burneyville, Oklahoma Cayla Melby-Small has had a year that she will never forget. She was named 2016 WPRA Rookie of the Year, qualified for her very first NFR and just recently married the love of her life, Zac Small, who will also be competing at the NFR in the team roping. 

Melby-Small is going into the NFR in 10th place with $87,763.36 won and if you were to ask the very talented jockey if she thought she would be making the NFR her first year turning pro, her answer would be yes. "When I was 3 years old, I told everyone that I was going to qualify for the NFR when I was 18. I knew in my heart that I was going to do exactly what I set my mind to when I was just a kid. Winning Rookie of the Year was just an added bonus and icing on the cake," explained Melby-Small. 

Melby-Small grew up in a rodeo family with her old brother Colton and credits her parents for their love for the sport. Their father Ryan is a Great Lakes Circuit Qualifier in the steer wrestling and the team roping while their mother Jane has 2 World Titles in the International Pro Rodeo Association (IPRA) and National Barrel Horse Association (NBHA) and also qualified to the NFR twice.

Melby-Small had a special horse in mind before she turned pro that she thought was going to take her to the top. Unfortunately though, things don't always turn out as we'd hope for them to. "Eyema Rare Bug was my ticket to the NFR and to full-fill my dreams but unfortunately she got hurt in the first round at San Angelo last spring. I was devastated because I thought I had maybe lost my chance but like most things in life, there always seems to be a silver lining."

The silver-lining was another horse. Melby-Smalls mother, Jane had always wanted to buy a horse by the name of Shameon U "Gator". So she tracked the talented horse down and made her daughters dream a reality again. "My mom tracked "Gator" down and bought him from NFR barrel racer Annessa Self in the middle of February. Then we bought Docs Frosty Blue Bar "Whitey" from Lindsey Hayes Banks the end of April. My last horse that helped me qualify for the NFR is Brookstone Jo, who we bought from John Read Foster when he was 3. All three horses have been paramount in helping qualify me for the NFR this year," Melby-Small said. 

Melby-Small is anxious for Vegas and has been keeping her horse's health and well-being her number one priority. 

"My preparation for the NFR is making sure that my horses are feeling their best and ready to endure over 10 days in Vegas. My goal for myself is to ride the best that I can and to also win more rounds then my mom did when she made the NFR. She won 3 rounds, so I need to win at least 4 rounds to trump her!"
 

How to Watch: NFR EXPERIENCE

WHEN: December 1-10
ON TV: Now available on Roku and Apple TV 4 via the FloSports app
STREAMING: Available only on FloRodeo - $20 monthly or $150 yearly. Yearly FloPro access is to ALL FloSports sites
SIGN UP HERE

Will Sage Kimzey become a Three Time World Champion?

Nov 28, 2016
The bull riding event at the Wrangler National Finals has been dominated the past two years by a young gun by the name of Sage Kimzey , the 2014 and 2015 World Champion Bull Rider. This year is looking to be no different as Sage leads the world standings by over $55,000. In such a short career Sage has quickly become a house hold name. 

Watch the 2016 WNFR International Stream LIVE Dec. 1-10 (not available in the U.S.)



The cowboy that has the best chance of standing in Kimzey's way of becoming a three-peat champion is Joe Frost with seasons earnings totaling $116,494.24. 

The Bull riding is loaded with new faces in the world title race in Las Vegas. 

Jeff Askey currently number three in the world standings races is one of the rookies looking to make a name for himself in his first WNFR Qualification. 

This is will be J.W. Spears second trip to the Bright lights of the Thomas and Mack Center. Spears heads to Las Vegas sitting fourth in the world. 

Sitting number five in the world is Brennon Eldred, headed to his second WNFR qualification. 

There are a few PRCA veterans but only one true veteran to the WNFR. It is going to be an exciting ten rounds to
watch as 2012 World Champion Cody Teel enters Las Vegas with the most WNFR qualifications with four sitting in Sixth place in the world.

Rounding out the top fifteen is Shawn Procter who has been a PRCA Card holder since 2005, however this is only his second WNFR qualification. It will be exciting to watch how his WNFR plays out. 

This year the Bull Riding in Las Vegas will be an event where new faces will be a common topic of conversation. 

Another topic that will be discussed is Sage Kimzey's mission to be a three-peat champion at the young age of 23. Sage is well on his way
to being part of a very small group of cowboys who have earned the title of three-time World Champion Bull Rider. 

Standings Before Las Vegas 

1. Sage Kimzey $171,989.72
2. Joe Frost $116,494.24
3. Jeff Askey $109,339.24
4. J.W. Spears $104,147.98
5. Brennon Eldred $103,707.14
6. Cody Teel $102,194.16
7. Roscoe Jarboe $100,207.35
8. Rorey Maier $99,401.85
9. Scottie Knapp $98,098.62
10. Garrett Smith $ 94,428.93
11. Cody Rostockyj $88,568.77
12. Garrett Tribble $82,592.44
13. Tim Bingham $81,321.20
14. Tyler Smith $80,814.15
15. Shane Procter $80,300.48