LAS VEGAS, Nev. – In order to enhance public safety and make venue access more efficient at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, Las Vegas Events recently announced it will implement a new security policy regulating the size and type of bag that may be carried into the Thomas & Mack Center.
National Finals. Mandan’s Ty Breuer left on Monday for Las Vegas, and the NFR begins Thursday.
This is the second time Breuer has qualified for the Finals. In 2013, Ty was in the top-15 after the regular season. Some injuries and a couple of years in between, but he goes into the NFR ranked 12th in the World in Bareback Standings which was a little close to the cut line.
“I don’t like i – I’d rather be higher that’s for sure. It was one of the years when I was healthy all year, but it’s probably one of my tougher years too. When I went to a lot more rodeo’s and didn’t win any big rodeos this year, just kind of placed at quite a few and there was some that were major points like Reno at the beginning of the year but other than that it was kind of a long year, and I’m excited to go to the Finals,” says Breuer.
The clear bag policy will begin Dec. 7 and continue for the duration of the event, which culminates Dec. 16.
“Following the NFL’s lead, along with other professional and collegiate programs, we believe it is prudent to implement the clear bag policy,” said LVE President Pat Christenson. “Fan safety, security and enjoyment is a top priority for us. We believe this policy is an important enhancement to the security measures already put in place at the Thomas & Mack Center
Teens like Dillon Jacobs and Kaycie Ahlstrom were climbing on horses when they were still in diapers, and that passion may pay off in the form of state titles this week.
“I started riding as soon as I could walk,” said Ahlstrom, a senior from Rush Valley. “My dad and his parents, they all did it. I just kind of grew up around it.
She rode in peewee rodeos from the time she was five, while Jacobs, an Emery High junior was learning the art of riding a bucking horse when a lot of boys his age were contemplating a bike without training wheels.
Both teens are among the 365 participants in this year’s Utah State High School Finals Rodeo that begins Wednesday and runs through Saturday at the Wasatch County Fairgrounds.
Dillon is in fourth place headed into the state finals, which means he has a very good shot at not only a state title, but also at making the Utah team that will compete at Nationals in July. He’s so close to his first trip to Nationals that he’s not going to participate in bull riding, even though he’s qualified to do so.
“Because I’ve been spending my time practicing riding barebacks, I felt like I didn’t want to jeopardize that by riding bulls,” he said.