This is the moment that we have all been waiting for! The first performance of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, Nevada has come and gone and it is only just the beginning. Cowboy Lifestyle Network is excited to be able to give you the full day in review including the Round Winners for each performance, daily entertainment, and places you need to check out. Make sure to follow us on your favorite social media platform for all the behind the scenes fun.
Events Around Town
Junior World Finals
The Junior World Finals, presented by YETI, will be held in the Las Vegas Convention Center Dec. 5th-14th. Over 700 young contestants are competing in the same rodeo events that their professional counterparts are. The competition will heat up this year as there will be an all-around prize of a new trailer by RodeoRigs.com. You can go see the champions of tomorrow by going to www.nfrexperience.com/juniorworldfinals/ for the qualifier, schedule, and producer information.
World Series Team Roping
The World Series of Team Roping, presented by Ariat, produces the largest team roping event in the world. Not only has the finale become the richest event in roping, but it has also been acknowledged as the second richest equestrian related event in the world. Catch the action Dec. 7th-15th at the South Point Arena.
Bullfighters Only Las Vegas Championship
Dec. 5th-14th live at 2pm daily, the Tropicana will host the Bullfighters Only Championship. The world’s top freestyle bullfighter face off with the best bulls out there. Only one athlete can be crowned the 2019 BFO World Champion and claim his share of over $150,000 in prize money. Tickets available at troplv.com/entertainment/rodeo-week
NFR After Party
The party doesn’t stop after the rodeo ends. The MGM Grand Gold Buckle Zone offers free live music and viewing parties every night. The Buckin’ Bash hosted by Justin Rumford also hosts a free party over at The Orleans starting at 9 p.m. But something you need to see at least once is an NFR buckle presentation. Every night you can go see the champions get their winning round buckles and then stay for the free concert at South Point Hotel.
There are plenty of great concerts in town, and a large number of them are free. But you can’t miss some of the legends that will be performing during this year’s WNFR. Shania Twain at Planet Hollywood, George Strait at T-Mobile Arena, and Gary Allan at Hard Rock are just a few of the artists that will be in Vegas during the rodeo. To see the full list and get more information go to nfrexperience.com.
It wouldn’t be the NFR without a trip to Cowboy Christmas. The Las Vegas Convention Center will host the grand scale shopping event again this year. With over 300 exhibitors the shopping and entertainment options have something for everyone. Cowboy Christmas is free admission and open all ten days from 9 a.m to 5 p.m. You can stop in for some food and drinks at the Coors Rodeo Saloon or get an autograph from your favorite athlete. For more information go to nfrexperience.com/cowboychristmas/.
NFR Round 1 Winners
Congratulations to all of the Round Winners for the first night of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo!
Bareback Riding: Richmond Champion
Steer Wrestling: Dakota Eldridge
Team Roping: Tyler Wade & Cole Davison
Tie-Down Roping: Shane Hanchey
Saddle Bronc: Zeke Thurston
Barrel Racing: Emily Miller
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Wearing high heels (thanks for the loan @dustaleekimzey) and a dress at the NFR back number ceremony, probably made me more nervous than running barrels out here will 😂🙈 but what an experience! I’m so thankful my fiancé, parents, and many friends were there. What a night! And to the other 14 barrel racers, we should clean up more often 👏🏻😍 such an amazing group to share this experience with. #nfrbarrelracer #2019NFR #backnumberceremony thanks Avery & Emma for beauty makeover! 🙌🏻
Bull Riding: Stetson Wright
A huge congratulations to all the winners from last night’s performance, we can’t wait to see what everyone brings to the table for night number two. See y’all there!
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