National Finals Rodeo (NFR) is the most prestigious and richest Rodeo that has been around for the last three decades, since 1985.
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It’s the event for both the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association as well as the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association.
Are you planning to visit Las Vegas anytime soon? Do you want an end-year vacation that’s worth remembering and full of entertainment? If that’s you, then mark your calendar that the first week of December, and a total of 10 days, that you’ll be attending the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.
When and Where is the Wrangler NFR Held?
NFR is the season-ending championship where you can have some of the funniest times ever. If you have never attended a Rodeo, and most probably, you only watch it on television, then you’re missing a lot.
You need to attend it in person and see how much its more exciting than you could have imagined. What can you expect? Never will you see more super cool cowboys’ hats, cowboy boots, big shiny buckles, and not forgetting the tight-fitting jeans elsewhere apart from the Wrangler NFR.
- Dates – 5th Dec – 14th Dec 2019
- Venue – Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, NV
Let’s all come and mark the 35th year of the Wrangler NFR in style with 10 days full of entertainment and competitions. See you there.
Who qualifies for the Wrangler NFR?
There are a total of 120 contestants in seven events who compete every night, and only 15 of them make it to the final. The top 15 contestants are chosen according to the PRCA world standing for each event held.
Some of these events include:
- Bareback riding.
- Steer wrestling.
- Saddle bronc riding.
- Tie-down roping.
- Team roping (headers and heelers)
- Barrel racing and bull riding (chosen according to the money earned during the regular seasons).
- The Justin Boots Playoffs and Championships.
- PRCA Xtreme bulls tour.
How are champions determined?
For the 10 consecutive days, there are 10 rounds where cowboys and barrel racers earn money depending on their positions in each round.
The first-place slot through sixth in any round, the contestant earns a significant amount of money, and those who earn more are placed first through the eighth round (average points earned or cumulative times during the 10 rounds).
At the end of the Wrangler NFR, the champion is selected depending on the total season earnings. These earnings include what they won before the Wrangler NFR and what they win during the Wrangler NFR.
So, we can have at least two champions in each event, the average winner (one with the best cumulative score or time over the 10 rounds), and the world champion (one who earned the most money in that year).
However, in some instances, the world champion and average winner can either be the same person or different people for each event.
If you want to enjoy your December holiday while in Las Vegas, the Wrangler NFR must be on your bucket list. But make sure to plan ahead and get your tickets as early as possible since things may get pricey and sell out fast as we approach the D-day of Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.