Wrangler National Finals Rodeo for sponsorship reasons), organized by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA), is the premier championship rodeo event in the United States. The NFR showcases the talents of the PRCA’s top 15 money-winners in each event as they compete for the world title.
The NFR is held each year in the first full week of December, at the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. (UNLV) and is aired live on CBS Sports Network. Cowboy Christmas, a cowboy gift show, is held concurrent with the rodeo at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
Wrangler NFR is the richest and most prestigious rodeo in the world and an event like no other, an extravaganza for fans to enjoy the roping and riding activity of today’s cowboys. It is the culmination of the rodeo season where the top 15 contestants in bareback riding, steer wrestling
Three-time world champion Tuf Cooper of Weatherford, TX will wear the number 1 back number at the National Finals Rodeo 2017. He’ll enter the year ended Las Vegas NFR 2017.
The 27-year-old is ranked No. 1 in the PRCA’s 2017 world all-around title race with $214,131. Tuf has qualified nine times for the WNFR in 2008-2017 and this is the first time he will wear No. 1 back number in both world all-around and tie-down roping title races. In the meantime, Trevor Brazile, 40, wore the No. 1 back number.
Moreover, Cooper was a world title contender only in tie-down roping when he earned his first eight NFR berths. Tuf earned Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association’s tie-down roping world titles in 2011, 2012 and 2014
The all-around event usually gets referred to a couple different ways. However, at this time on the PRCA’s web site, it now called the PRCA World All-Around Champion. It is also acceptable to say World All-Around Cowboy Champion or World All-Around Champion. The title is awarded at the end of the NFR to the highest-earning cowboy who has regularly competed in more than one event during the year.
In addition to world championships, an average winner is crowned in each event.
Since this event is extremely popular, it sells out all seats for all of the events. Many casinos carry the events live in their sports books or host special parties to accommodate all of the fans in town who can not get tickets for the events. Most of the major hotels and casinos book special entertainment into their showrooms with a country theme offering many of the regular shows an extended break