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NFR toasts 30 years in Vegas

In 1985, the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo arrived in Las Vegas, moving from Oklahoma City. And Pat Christenson was here for it. As the event prepares to kick up its heels for the 30th time at the Thomas & Mack Center, he’s still here, gearing up for another raucous, sold-out, 10-day bonanza of riding, roping and wrestling.

Bull riders made eight seconds last 21 years

Breakaway leagues usually end up as broken dreams. But the Pro Bull Riders started 21 years ago in an Arizona motel room with $12,000 in a cowboy hat, and this week the riders compete for $2.2 million in the World Finals at the Thomas & Mack Center.

Rodeo cowboy gored, still wins event

Rodeo cowboy Frank Koloski has been gored before, but never at an event he sponsored. The founder and co-owner of Rodeo Alaska on Saturday was promoting and participating in the Alaska Sales & Service Bear Paw Rodeo Round-Up and took a steer horn to the abdomen.

After bluffs are called, of course NFR is staying

He is from Wisconsin, and if truth be known, his sports uniform of choice probably would be a wrestling singlet, given he once was an All-America grappler at the university in Madison. But come the first week of every December, Las Vegas Events president Pat Christenson dons a cowboy hat to celebrate the National Finals Rodeo coming to town. He has been donning that cowboy hat for so long that he almost looks good in it.