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National Finals Rodeo

Unflinching Peek targets summit

Josh Peek seems to be one of those cowboys who believes that timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance. He’s big on faith, on a higher being guiding our destiny.

Bill Engvall

Bill Engvall has spent 11 Decembers in Las Vegas for the National Finals Rodeo. To him, one image sums up the strange confluence of cowboys and casinos.

NFR Highlights
NFR Highlights: Day 10
Well we talk all the time that the Wranglers National Finals Rodeo is ten rounds, it's more of a marathon than a sprint. But round number ten always feels like a 40-yard dash. (CBS Sports Network / PRCA)
NFR Highlights: Day 8
Bright lights of Las Vegas, round number eight of the Wrangler's National Finals Rodeo. It did not disappoint we had some co-champions in terms of rounds, but you know lots to talk about. (CBS Sports Network / PRCA)
NFR Day 6 Highlights
Highlights from day six of the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.
NFR 2019: Round 5 Highlights
Highlights from Round 5 of the 2019 National Finals Rodeo at the Thomas & Mac Center in Las Vegas. (PRCA)
NFR Highlights: Day 3
Las Vegas Nevada home of the Wranglers National Finals Rodeo. Round number three, and what a round it was. (CBS Sports Network / PRCA)
NFR Day 3 With Dakota Eldridge - Video
Six-time WNFR Qualifier and Steer Wrestler from Elko Nevada Dakota Eldridge goes over his preparation for NFR and being a married man.
NFR Highlights: Day 2 (CBS Sports Network / PRCA)
Las Vegas is once again a cowboy town as they return for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. (CBS Sports Network / PRCA)
NFR Highlights: Day 1
Las Vegas is once again a cowboy town as they return for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. One round down and nine rounds still to go. (CBS Sports Network / PRCA)
NFR 2018 Highlights
NFR 2018 highlights from every round of this years rodeo.
NFR 2018 Round 10 Highlights
NFR 2018 Round 10 Highlights of the 2018 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo from the Thomas & Mack in Las Vegas, Nevada. (CBS Sports Network/PRCA)
NFR Day 9 Highlights
Highlights from round 9 of the 2018 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo from the Thomas & Mack in Las Vegas, Nevada. (CBS Sports Network/PRCA)
NFR 2018- Will Lummus Leads in Steer Wrestling
As NFR 2018 enters day nine, steer wrestler Will Lummus continues to see his name at the top of the standings. Las Vegas Review Journal host Cassie Soto speaks with the Mississippi native about his excitement to be participating in his first ever NFR.
NFR Highlights Day 3
NFR Highlights Day 3
NFR Features
NFR Highlights: Day 10
Well we talk all the time that the Wranglers National Finals Rodeo is ten rounds, it's more of a marathon than a sprint. But round number ten always feels like a 40-yard dash. (CBS Sports Network / PRCA)
Exceptional Rodeo held for Las Vegas special-needs kids - Video
For the 37th year, Exceptional Rodeo was held to allow dozens of Las Vegas-area special-needs children the chance to experience the world of rodeo. The children were brought to Cowboy Christmas at the Las Vegas Convention Center and were able to participate in a series of rodeo events from roping to bull riding.
NFR hosts Golden Circle of Champions for kids fighting life-threatening illnesses - Video
The National Finals rodeo, alongside the Santa Maria Elks Rodeo and Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation, honored local families and those from around the country who are fighting life-threatening cancer and other illnesses.
NFR Day 3 With Dakota Eldridge - Video
Six-time WNFR Qualifier and Steer Wrestler from Elko Nevada Dakota Eldridge goes over his preparation for NFR and being a married man.
Justin Boots, Miss Rodeo America Parade - Video
Partnering with Miss Rodeo America, Justin Boots gave each of the 27 contestants their own pair of boots to style and decorate to their liking. On Saturday, the contestants paraded through Cowboy Christmas to show off their flashy footwear.
NFR Highlights: Day 2 (CBS Sports Network / PRCA)
Las Vegas is once again a cowboy town as they return for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. (CBS Sports Network / PRCA)
NFR Day 2 with Dale Brisby - Video
Social media influencer and legendary bull rider Dale Brisby joins the Las Vegas Review-Journal at the Grant a Gift Autism Foundation. Brisby discusses his personalized blackjack table at a Las Vegas casino as well as the advice he gave to this year's NFR bull riders.
2019 NFR Qualifier Kyle Lockett returns after a 14 year hiatus - VIDEO
He last qualified for the National Finals Rodeo in 2005, but somewhere between continuing to travel those long, dark stretches of road littered with trailers hooked to unfilled dreams, Lockett directed his horse on another, more stable journey. Lockett has returned to the NFR, the team roping heeler and partner Erich Rogers finishing in the money in the first go-round Thursday night at the Thomas & Mack Center.
NFR World Champions Give Back to Grant a Gift Autism Foundation - Video
NFR World Champions Tim O'Connell and Caleb Smidt took a break from the rodeo to spend some time with the children at Grant a Gift Autism Foundation. O'Connell and Smidt helped the kids ride a horse, as well as made arts and crafts.
Day 1 NFR at 5:45 - Pat Christenson
The NFR is celebrating its 35th year in Las Vegas and the Review-Journal will be live every day at 5:45 pm with special one-on-one interviews. Kicking off Day , we are joined by the President of Las Vegas Events, Pat Christenson.
Cowboy Boots 101 - Video
With the NFR rolling into town for the 35th year, an influx of cowboy boots will be seen around town. But what makes a good cowboy boot? The LVRJ went to Cowtown Boots on Flamingo, near the Thomas and Mack where the NFR is taking place, to discover what makes up a sturdy boot.
2019 NFR Gold Carpet - VIDEO
2019 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifiers Sage Kimzey and Rusty Wright walk the gold carpet at the South Point casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
NFR History
NFR Highlights: Day 10
Well we talk all the time that the Wranglers National Finals Rodeo is ten rounds, it's more of a marathon than a sprint. But round number ten always feels like a 40-yard dash. (CBS Sports Network / PRCA)
NFR Highlights: Day 8
Bright lights of Las Vegas, round number eight of the Wrangler's National Finals Rodeo. It did not disappoint we had some co-champions in terms of rounds, but you know lots to talk about. (CBS Sports Network / PRCA)
NFR Highlights: Day 3
Las Vegas Nevada home of the Wranglers National Finals Rodeo. Round number three, and what a round it was. (CBS Sports Network / PRCA)
NFR Day 3 With Dakota Eldridge - Video
Six-time WNFR Qualifier and Steer Wrestler from Elko Nevada Dakota Eldridge goes over his preparation for NFR and being a married man.
NFR Highlights: Day 2 (CBS Sports Network / PRCA)
Las Vegas is once again a cowboy town as they return for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. (CBS Sports Network / PRCA)
The Top 35 Las Vegas Most Memorable NFR Moments: Ty Murray
As a tiny tike Ty Murray set his sights on breaking the six strong world all round title record held by his hero Larry Mahan. (ProRodeoTv.com)
The Top 35 Las Vegas Most Memorable NFR Moments: Sage Kimzey
Sage Kizmey set his sights on Don Gay's record of eight bull riding titles. (ProRodeoTv.com)
The Top 35 Las Vegas Most Memorable NFR Moments: Ryder Wright
The Wright family legacy in saddle bronc riding is unmatched. (ProRodeoTv.com)
The Top 35 Las Vegas Most Memorable NFR Moments: Kristie Peterson
How do you follow a dynasty like Charmayne James and Scamper who won ten straight barrel racing titles? (ProRodeoTv.com)
The Top 35 Las Vegas Most Memorable NFR Moments: Lane Frost
The movie "8 Seconds" is all about the life of and death of world champion bull rider Lane Frost. (ProRodeoTv.com)
The Top 35 Las Vegas Most Memorable NFR Moments: Driggers And Nogueira
"Where there's smoke, there's fire," that phrase sums up team ropers Kaleb Driggers and Junior Nogueira. (ProRodeoTv.com)
NFR dirt is the most important part of the rodeo
NFR has bull riding, saddle bronc, barrel racing, tie down roping, steer wrestling, team roping, and bareback riding but one of the most important part of the rodeo according to construction maintenance manager Allen Rheinheimer is the dirt that they all take place in. Review-Journal sports writer Ed Graney chats with Rheinheimer and ground man John Jamison to get an inside look at the dirt in Thomas & Mack at the National Finals Rodeo.
NFR Introduces Golden Circle Of Champions
For the first time, the National Finals Rodeo has partnered with the Santa Maria Elks Rodeo to offer the Golden Circle of Champions. The event brings in 20 children and their families from around the country that have previously or are currently fighting life-threatening cancer.
NFR Time Lapse 2018
Watch Thomas & Mack Center transform from a basketball court to an arena fit for the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas. Video courtesy of Las Vegas Events.
THE LATEST
Trio relish rodeo tradition

If you didn’t live around Las Vegas before it had an Eiffel Tower and New York City skyline dotting the Strip, then you might be surprised that Southern Nevada’s roots are buried deep in western culture.

Brazile eyes more all-around success

Trevor Brazile started the National Finals Rodeo a year ago with an overwhelming lead in the all-around race and won his sixth championship as the world’s best cowboy.

NATIONAL FINALS RODEO: 1985-2009

The 2009 National Finals Rodeo marks the 25th year that the event has been held in Las Vegas and at the Thomas & Mack Center. The 10-day rodeo remains the biggest in the world, with the best rodeo athletes, but much of the landscape has changed around the event. Following are facts and figures comparing the 1985 NFR with the 2009 NFR:

NFR success runs in the family

Lewis Feild left the 1985 National Finals Rodeo with his first two world championships, in the first year the world’s richest rodeo was held in Las Vegas.

Home-field edge may help Brazile

Trevor Brazile will feel right at home tonight when he rides into the Thomas & Mack Center for the opening of the National Finals Rodeo — and not just because the 33-year-old Texan has competed in the event every year since 1998.

Imitation spurs success

Growing up in a remote village in Brazil in the middle of the Amazon rain forest, Robson Palermo taught himself how to ride bulls by watching videotapes of fellow countryman and three-time Professional Bull Riders world champion Adriano Moraes. … Palermo successfully rode seven of his eight bulls in last year’s World Finals in Las Vegas en route to the title, and he scored 92.25 points Sunday on Black Pearl to win the third round of this year’s Finals at the Thomas & Mack Center.

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