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Official Wrangler NFR 2021 Recap: Day 8

Performance recap for December 9th and event schedule for December 10th, 2021.

As the athletes start competing in the second half of the NFR 2021, the stakes get higher and higher. For eight days now, we have been blessed with the opportunity to watch the best of the best in the rodeo world compete for their shot at the number spot in each event. The eighth performance of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, Nevada has come and gone but the cowboys and cowgirls are working harder than ever. 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 host more than 850 contestants within the Wrangler Rodeo Arena over the 10 days in December. Located in the heart of Las Vegas each contestant competes at the Las Vegas Convention Center. These young athletes will compete for more than $1 million in combined cash and prize payout on their quest to claim a coveted Montana Silversmiths championship buckle. The Junior World Finals break their events into sections so starting today, you can catch all the young cowboys and cowgirls competing in the timed events.

World Series Team Roping

Starting today, you can experience the Ariat WSTR Finale, which is the second largest equestrian event in the world and is focused on the sport of amateur handicapped team roping. Held each year at the South Point Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, “The Finale” has continued to be the premier team roping event since its inception in 2006. Currently, the Ariat WSTR Finale pays out over $13 Million Dollars to eight divisions over eight days. The event hosts over three thousand contestants and horses from all over the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazile, and many other countries. The Finale is perfectly timed alongside the National Finals Rodeo so team ropers get to not only experience the life-changing money at the South Point but also enjoy watching the nightly performance of the top cowboys and cowgirls in the world down the road at the Thomas and Mack Arena.

Bullfighters Only Las Vegas Championship

Bullfighters Only (BFO) is pleased to officially announce its new partnership with Resorts World Las Vegas.  Since 2015, Vegas crowds have been thrilled with the unmatched adrenaline-pumping action of Bullfighters Only, plus the fun party that accompanies the event.  On Dec. 3-4 and Dec. 9-11 at 1:30 PM, the bravest athletes in the world take on the most feared fighting bulls for over $75,000 in cash and the ultimate prize, the title of BFO World Champion. Eighteen (18) athletes will compete in a tournament-style format trying to earn their way to the Hooey Championship Round.

Cowboy Christmas

It wouldn’t be the WNFR 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 is 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

WNFR 2021 Autograph Session — Saddle Bronc Riders

• 12 p.m. — 2 p.m.
• Harrah’s — The Piano Bar
• Free Admission/Open to the Public
• First come/first served; contestants depart at 2 p.m.

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.

Recurring NFR 2021 After Parties

Gary Leffew’s Bucking Ball

• December 2 — 11
• 5 p.m. — midnight
• December 2 — 11
• 4:30 p.m.
• Live viewing party followed by Gary Leffew’s Bucking Ball
• Free live music on December 2 — 4 and 9 — 11
• Downtown Las Vegas Events Center
• Free Admission/Open to the Public

The Mirage Presents Rodeo Vegas

• December 2 — 11
• 5:45 p.m. — 12:30 a.m.
• Live viewing party followed by free concerts nightly from Country Music’s Biggest Stars.
• Daily drink specials and giveaways
• Must be 21+ to enter
• The Mirage Race & Sports Book
• Free Admission/Open to the Public
• For more information, click here

MGM Grand Gold Buckle Zone

• December 2 — 11
• 8 p.m. — 2 a.m.
• Level Up
• Live entertainment featuring free concerts nightly!
• Free Admission/Open to the Public
• For more information, click here!

Wrangler NFR 2021 Go Round Buckle Presentations hosted by Flint Rasmussen

• December 2 — 10
• 9:30 p.m. (with live broadcast on The Cowboy Channel)
• Free Admission/Open to the Public
• South Point Showroom
• Free concerts to follow each night in the South Point Showroom: Aaron Watson, Dec. 2-5 / Chancey Williams, Dec. 6-8 / Randall King, Dec. 9-10


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 2021. 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 

Concerts for December 10th

  • Reba, Brooks & Dunn | Caesar’s
  • Journey | Virgin Hotels
  • Riley Green | Resorts World
  • Rodney Carrington | MGM Grand
  • Josh Ward & Randy Brown | Silverton
  • Jason Aldean | Park MGM
  • Dierks Bentley | The Cosmopolitan
  • Ian Munsick | The Mirage
  • Randall King | South Point

Call Me Cowboy NFR Morning Show

Welcome to the NFR Morning show with hosts Kaitie and Hannah as they chat with special guest, Marijka Hunsaker. Catch the show live, or anywhere you listen to podcasts.

WNFR Round 8 Winners

Congratulations to all of the Round Winners for the eighth night of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo!

Bareback Riding: Kaycee Feild | 87.5-point ride on Hi Lo Pro Rodeo’s High Heels

World Standings Update for Bareback Riding Top 5

  1. Kaycee Feild | $278,460.63
  2. Jess Pope | $244,267.84
  3. Tilden Hooper | $192,417.55
  4. Tim O’Connell | $191,456.46
  5. Clayton Biglow | $171,743.39

Steer Wrestling: Will Lummus | 3.4 seconds

World Standings Update for Steer Wrestling Top 5

  1. Jacob Talley | $217,391.47
  2. Tyler Waguespack | $198,567.24
  3. Dirk Tavenner | $170,925.64
  4. Will Lummus | $163,258.58
  5. Riley Duvall | $148,132.04

Team Roping: Clay Smith and Jade Corkill | 3.7 seconds

World Standings Update for Team Roping Headers Top 5

  1. Kaleb Driggers | $205,096.10
  2. Dustin Egusquiza | $200,406.13
  3. Clay Smith | $190,675.24
  4. Erich Rogers | $173,818.89
  5. Clay Tryan | $172,395.91

World Standings Update for Team Roping Heelers Top 5

  1. Junior Nogueria | $219,481.20
  2. Jade Corkill | $190,675.24
  3. Travis Graves | $179,759.47
  4. Jake Long | $173,371.43
  5. Paden Bray | $168,738.67

Tie-Down Roping: Hunter Herrin | 7.1 seconds

World Standings Update for Tie Down Top 5

  1. Caleb Smidt | $233,545.77
  2. Shane Hanchey | $225,574.91
  3. Westyn Hughes | $215,401.19
  4. Haven Meged | $206,027.43
  5. Shad Mayfield | $195,909.77

Saddle Bronc: Stetson Wright & Layton Green | 91 points

World Standings Update for Saddle Bronc Riding Top 5

  1. Stetson Wright | $288,658.73
  2. Ryder Wright | $284,641.37
  3. Brody Cress | $229,514.42
  4. Zeke Thurston | $177,948.07
  5. Chase Brooks | $173,356.31

Barrel Racing: Jordan Briggs | 13.45 seconds

Bull Riding: Parker Breding | 92.5-point ride on Stace Smith Pro Rodeos’ Let’s Gamble

World Standings Update for Bull Riding Top 5

  1. Sage Kimzey | $334,175.59
  2. Stetson Wright | $310,331.48
  3. Josh Frost | $248,180.01
  4. Parker Breding | $237,248.28
  5. Creek Young | $210,336.04

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 nine at the WNFR 2021. See y’all there!

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