You wouldn't know it from his name, or from the songs he sings, or from the way he styles his hair that Chadwick Johnson is a singing cowboy.
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Well, that didn't take long. A day after the Professional Bull Riders circuit held its final event at Thomas & Mack Center, a bucket of PBR World Finals dirt from that arena on the UNLV campus was ceremoniously dumped Monday afternoon in front of the new Las Vegas arena being built on the Strip.
After winning his second Professional Bull Riders world title in three years, J.B. Mauney didn't hoist the championship trophy over his head when he was presented with the hardware following Sunday's final round of the PBR World Finals before a crowd of 15,500 at the Thomas & Mack Center.
Veteran bull rider J.B. Mauney has spent the past decade riding bucking bulls at the Professional Bull Riders World Finals at Thomas & Mack Center every fall. But this weekend will be the last time Mauney and his fellow PBR competitors climb aboard the powerful animals inside Thomas & Mack.
J.B. Mauney rode Wicked Stick to a winning score of 91.00 on Wednesday during the first go-round of the PBR World Finals at the Thomas & Mack Center.
With the Professional Bull Riders in town to decide their championship at the Thomas & Mack Center, I asked J.B. Mauney, one of the best, how his sport would be different if a guy was required to ride for seven seconds, or for nine, or for some other arbitrary length of time, instead of for eight seconds.
En route to becoming arguably the best bullfighter in Professional Bull Riders history, "Fearless" Frank Newsom overcame drug addiction, a fight that was as fierce as any of the 1,800-pound beasts he's battled to protect riders.
The Professional Bull Riders organization and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority have agreed to extend their partnership to stage two annual events in Las Vegas for another three years through 2018.
Sean Gleason wants people to know one thing about the Professional Bull Riders' decision to leave Thomas & Mack Center for the new arena on the Strip starting in 2016.
Professional Bull Riders Inc., which stages two annual bull riding events in Las Vegas, has appointed a new CEO as it transitions under its new owner, WME-IMG.
Ric Griffith keeps an Old West tradition alive in Northwest Las Vegas where he runs UNLV’s rodeo team and still rides his horse in the neighborhood. Griffith is being inducted into the Southern Nevada Sports Hall of Fame.
The renegade PBR still blazes its own trail, bringing a pool party, bikini contest, high-voltage concerts and, of course, tough cowboys trying to ride angry bulls to Las Vegas this weekend. The audacity even surprises the PBR founders.
PBR (Professional Bull Riders), the bull riding organization based in Pueblo, Colo., is pushing the marketing envelope for this weekend’s Last Cowboy Standing event in Las Vegas by giving it a spring-break theme in hopes of driving new and young fans to the sport.
They divvied up the last of the $6.3 million purse at the record-setting National Finals Rodeo following Saturday night’s final performance. Load up the livestock and alfalfa bales, pardners. Y’all come back again, ya’ hear?
The National Finals Rodeo has set an attendance record at Thomas & Mack Center, drawing 177,565 fans during the 10-day run and breaking the record of 176,558 in 2013.
The loud crowds and big-name cowboys were over at the National Finals Rodeo. But the business of rodeos and horses was being conducted in places such as the South Point arena, where rodeo stock contractors scouted for that next great bucking horse.
Kaycee Feild became the only cowboy ever to win four straight bareback riding world titles and National Finals Rodeo average championships. As the rodeo wrapped up Saturday, Feild also became only the second man ever to win four consecutive average crowns, joining team roper Leo Camarillo.
Americans started paying attention to Western wear was during the 1930s, says UNLV associate professor Deirdre Clemente. The modern interpretations get shown off in Las Vegas during the National Finals Rodeo.
It has been said that champions are made, not born. But Richmond Champion might beg to differ.
When you call Luke Branquinho on his cellphone, rather than hearing the typical ring in your ear, you get the Tom Petty classic “I Won’t Back Down.”
Well, folks, we’ve come to the culminating day of the 2014 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. The 30th installment of the world’s richest rodeo has been quite the ride, full of thrills, spills, surprises and heartbreak. So, pretty much your typical Wrangler NFR.
Before each round of the National Finals Rodeo, rookie bull rider Joe Frost has called his college coach — nine-time NFR qualifier Craig Latham — who has been battling cancer since 2011.
The animals that are part of the Wrangler NFR — from the bucking stock and the steer wrestling, tie-down roping, team roping and barrel racing horses, to the steer wrestling and team roping steers and tie-down roping calves — help make the rodeo the best of its kind. If they don’t perform well, the event suffers, and if they suffer, it hurts the sport even more.
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