The 2016 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo rides into Las Vegas Dec. 1-12, and Treasure Island serves as the event’s official sponsor hotel with room packages, food and beverage specials and live entertainment.
Head over to Gilley’s Saloon, Dance Hall & Bar-B-Que nightly Dec. 7-12 for shows from country musicians LoCash. The duo, who wrote “Truck Yeah” for Tim McGraw and “You Gonna Fly” for Keith Urban, sing their own songs “Keep in Mind” and “I Love This Life” during shows after the rodeo finishes each day. Special guests Rainey Qualley joins them Dec. 7-9, and Olivia Lane opens Dec. 10-12 for these $10 shows.
LAS VEGAS –
Steven Peebles nearly died just five months ago. On Saturday, he left the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER with a haul that he only could’ve imagined in his wildest dreams.
The 26-year-old from Redmond, Ore., captured the bareback riding world title, the WNFR average championship and the RAM Top Gun award.
Peebles rode for 83.5 points on Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s Good Time Charlie to split the Round-10 win and move ahead of four-time World Champion Kaycee Feild by $10,523 after Feild failed to earn a check aboard Frontier Rodeo’s Times Up.
“I tried not to get any butterflies before I got on my horse, and I wanted to have a lot of energy and fight,” Peebles said. “I stared at the horse and just kept saying to myself, ‘He isn’t faster than me. He isn’t faster than me.'”
The horse was just the right speed for Peebles, who was simply thankful to be alive and competing in Las Vegas. He almost lost his life in July after suffering a broken rib that nicked an artery and filled his lungs with blood at the Livingston (Mont.) Roundup. He was rushed to the hospital and made it without a moment to spare as doctors were able to drain his lungs and save his life.
The long weekend starts with the sponsor dinner, provided by Mano and the Red House BBQ gang, Thursday evening, Aug. 18, when we acknowledge and show our appreciation to our many valued sponsors and committee members. This year members of the public are invited to attend with a pre-purchased $13 ticket. Friday, Aug. 19 evening brings our first PRCA performance into the arena at 7 p.m. Saturday the 20th is another fun-filled day with entries in the parade, a 6 p.m. rodeo performance, and big rodeo dance that follows the rodeo featuring a live band. Dance tickets are available at the gate.
All rodeo performance tickets are available throughout town at ticket outlets at a discount price. Rodeo gates will open two hours before the performance start time so come early and browse “vendor’s row” where our fans can get their rodeo “bling” on. Items from jeans to jewelry and for horse to house will be available, along with food and drink for all ages. And don’t forget the popular dollar dig for kids 8 and under, with paid admission, will happen during each performance.
This year the rodeo athletes will be competing for a total purse of more than $30,000. The dollars and the need to earn points toward the “Ram Rodeo California Circuit Finals” and the “Wrangler National Finals Rodeo” berths will again bring top rodeo cowboys and cowgirls from near and far to our community to compete in our rodeo.
Gilley’s also gets in the cowboy spirit with the Naughty Cowgirl, a cocktail with Crown Royal Regal apple whiskey, amaretto liqueur and cranberry juice. Order up two-for-one Crown Royal, Crown Apple and Bulleit or $20 buckets of Bud Light and $4 14-ounce draft beers from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. during the rodeo.
Fans can meet NFR bull riders and nab their autographs at Gilley’s on Tuesday, Dec. 8, at noon.