2017 PRCA standings are dotted with big individual improvements: cowboys returning from injury, rookies continuing their upward trajectories, and stars soaring higher than ever imagined. The National Finals Rodeo is less than two months away, held December 7-16 in the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas.
National Finals in Las Vegas ranked No. 1 in both the world all-around and tie-down roping title races. He also will enter the Nov. 10-11 National Finals Steer Roping in Mulvane, Kan., ranked 13th in the steer roping world standings.
Cooper is ranked No. 1 in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association’s 2017 world all-around title race with $214,131 in regular season earnings.
Cooper has earned nine trips to the Las Vegas-based National Finals (in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2017). When Cooper competed at the NFR in 2008-2015, Trevor Brazile wore the No. 1 back number.
National Rodeo Finals in Las Vegas he has a work ethic and discipline beyond most adults.
Third-grader Lealond Henderson has spent the first half of this year as the number one ranked mini-bareback rider in the world. But being on top of the Pee Wee Division has come with some hard hits — even mild concussions.
“And I had a big ol’ rainbow across my head where a horse kicked me when I landed on my hands and knees
The contract personnel for the Dec. 7-16 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER have been announced, and the lists feature some familiar names.
For the fifth straight year, the trio of announcers for the WNFR remains the same. Boyd Polhamus of Brenham, Texas, Randy Corley of Silverdale, Wash., and Wayne Brooks of Lampasas, Texas, will be on the microphone for the 10 nights in Las Vegas. It marks the 19th consecutive year Polhamus will announce the WNFR and his 22nd overall. It’s Corley’s 17th WNFR appearance, and the seventh of Brooks’ career.
Livestock superintendent John Barnes of Sutherland, Iowa, makes his 12th consecutive WNFR appearance and is joined by chute bosses Tony Amaral of Marysville, Calif. (timed event) and Tom Neuens of Powell, Wyo. (roughstock). Benje Bendele of Dublin, Texas, is the music director.