national finals rodeo 2016 dates las vegas rodeo stream.The arena is graded and the chutes are ready. Stock contractors have picked their finest specimens and Indian Country’s best cowboys and cowgirls are psyched and anxious to show their best. Its Indian National Finals Rodeo time, November 8-12, at South Point Arena in Las Vegas where some 400+ Native ropers and riders will compete for more than three quarters of a million dollars in cash and prizes.
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Though he was unceremoniously dumped by his final-round bull at the Professional Bull Riders World Finals, Cooper Davis clinched the 2016 world title and earned a $1 million bonus check.
Davis, 22, who is from the East Texas town of Buna, entered the final round on Sunday in a close race with Brazilian Kaique Pacheco of Decatur after both men made qualified rides against their fifth-round bulls early in the performance at the T-Mobile Arena.
Davis gained momentum as the result of winning Round 5 with a score of 91 on a bovine named Catfish John (Dakota Rodeo-Chad Berger/Clay Struve/Miller). When Pacheco was bucked off in the final round (Round 6), Davis mathematically clinched the title regardless of his performance in the finals.
After the last bull had bucked, Davis edged Pacheco in the world race 5,930 points to 5,441.58. Two-time world champion J.B. Mauney, who was bucked off in both the fifth and sixth rounds, finished third with 4,822.50 points.
Oklahoma cowboy Ryan Dirteater finished fourth in the world title with 4,547.91 points. Dirteater finished as the World Finals Event Champion, meaning he earned the most world standings points after competing in six rounds.
“Once again, this year will be even better than last year with an additional increase in prize dollars — $350,000 in cash along with saddles, gold buckles, coats, horse trailers, and other product prizes —increasing the total value of the winnings to over $800,000,” says INFR General Manager Donna Hoyt. “As the payouts continue to increase, the popularity of the event continues to grow, and as more people hear about us, we’re hopeful of setting new record numbers of fans this year as well.”
Rex (Wambli Sapa) Carolin, a Lakota artist and member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, will be displaying a fully painted tipi telling the prophecy of the black snake. The title of the tipi is “Water is Life” (Mni Wiconi). He is asking if anyone would like to be a part of this tipi by leaving their hand print on it. The tipi will be displayed at the Indian National Finals Rodeo on November 7th through the 9th and then moved to the Gene Autry Museum in Burbank, California for display on November 11-12.
InterTribal Buffalo Council (ITBC), a sponsor of the Indian National Finals Rodeo, supports the “Water is Life” tipi display.
A new addition to the pageantry is a Parade of Nations where tribes sponsor their flag in the Grand Entry. “A lot of our top athletes come from reservations that don’t have casino gaming to help sponsor them,” says Commissioner Bo Vocu (Oglala Sioux), “so displaying their tribal banner shows support for INFR and the members who make it all possible.” And, if one of their members wins a Go-Round, they get to display their tribal flag at the victory lap and the buckle ceremony.
Not sponsored by INFR, but under the support umbrella of the organization, are two more new features, a return of the powwow and a hand/stick game tournament that both offer cash purses. “Historically, Indian rodeos used to include a powwow and we’re glad to see that return of tradition,” says INFR Commissioner Frank Whitecalfe (3 Affiliated Tribes, North Dakota).