If you’re a bull rider, and you’re last name is Frost, it’s not enough to just compete. You’ve got a namesake to live up to, and you’ve got to ride every bull as if it were your last.
The eyes of the rodeo world will be upon the Thomas & Mack Center starting tonight as 119 of the sport’s biggest stars battle for big-time money and nightly go-round buckles.
When the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association spurned the advances of Orlando, Fla., and Dallas last winter and agreed to a new 10-year deal to keep the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas through 2024, Elko native Dakota Eldridge felt like he had won a gold buckle.
Following are breakdowns of each championship on the line at the 2013 National Finals Rodeo, with the list of qualifiers in each event, along with overviews of each title race and event descriptions.
A listing of events going on during the 2014 National Finals Rodeo in Las 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.