2016 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER. International ProRodeo fans this year will be able to watch the Wrangler NFR live and on-demand by visiting WNFR.TV and following the link to the paid viewing platform.
The 58th annual Wrangler NFR, which will run Dec. 1-10 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, this year features an international field, including French bareback rider Evan Jayne, who last year became the first European-born cowboy ever to qualify for the WNFR in any event, and world leaders in three other categories of competition. Brazilian Junior Nogueira leads the world all-around race, and also the pack of team roping heelers in his trademark event. Nogueira’s countryman Marcos Costa leads the world tie-down roping race.
This year’s Canadian contingent — at eight strong — is the largest to ride for the Maple Leaf in 15 years, and is comprised of bareback riders Orin Larsen and Jake Vold; saddle bronc riders Zeke Thurston, Clay Elliott and Jake Watson; and team ropers Kolton Schmidt, Levi Simpson and Jeremy Buhler.
cowboy from Yeppoon is the hottest priced favourite going into The Carlton Dry Warwick Rodeo National Finals starting Thursday at the Warwick Showgrounds. (Oct 27-30)
For the second year in succession, the Warwick Show and Rodeo Society has secured the Finals for Warwick and finals rounds will be at 6pm Thursday, Friday and Saturday and at 2pm Sunday.
Errol Frain from Yeppoon was the only rider in the 2015-2016 year to win twice as much prize money in any event as the runner up in pro tour standings.
He heads the steer wrestling standings from Victorian star Terry Evison, Pine Grove. Queensland cowboy Shane Iker, Alton Downs, is third in the standings.
Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. All parties involved were trying to hammer out a deal to keep the event in Las Vegas, but the prospect of a cross-country move to Orlando, Fla., loomed thick.
As it turned out, there was indeed change. But as the cliche goes, the more things change, the more they stay the same — and in this case, very much for the better.
The 2015 WNFR flies out of the chute tonight at the Thomas & Mack Center, marking the venue’s 31st year as host of the 10-day Super Bowl of Rodeo. More important, it marks the start of a new 10-year contract that will keep the cowboys and cowgirls coming back to Vegas at least through 2024.
“That was probably a difficult year for everybody,” PRCA Commissioner Karl Stressman said of the 2013 negotiations. “There was lots going at the time, and it served its purpose. Through the whole process, the idea of moving the WNFR was real. But the choice for everybody was to come to a sensible solution and keep it in Vegas.