The Helena steer wrestler led the PRCA World Steer Wrestling standings heading into the 2016 National Finals Rodeo, but struggled in Las Vegas – placing in only three of 10 rounds – to finish seventh in the year-end standings.
Las Vegas, Nevada and will feature the top 15 contestants in everything from bull riding to steer wrestling. Contestants are seeking $10 million in prize money at the Thomas & Mack Center.
Just one year later, Erickson will head back to the NFR with an even bigger world lead in chase of his first gold buckle. Erickson finished the 2017 PRCA regular season, which ended Sunday, with $163,151.94, well ahead of second-place Olin Hannum with $110,951.16. Erickson, the 2011 PRCA Resistol Rookie of the Year, is making his fourth consecutive trip to the Finals.
He’ll have company from the Treasure State. Two-time world header champ Clay Tryan heads into his 15th NFR in ninth place in the Team Roping header standings, earning $81,355.62 after getting a late start to his season.
National Finals Rodeo, Las Vegas hosts an informal citywide country-music and comedy festival, with a variety of artists performing at venues large and small. These performances draw nearly as many people to Las Vegas as it does for championship competition, and this year’s lineup includes some of the biggest stars from the ’60s to now.
The Route 91 Harvest tragedy affected him deeply, so it’s a safe bet the most hard living of the Blue Collar comedians plans to help heal with humor and will likely give some of his most heartfelt performances ever this December
The 10-day event begins Thursday and runs through Dec. 16 and CBS Sports Network (CBSSN) will cover all of the rounds each night from the Las Vegas arena. Rodeo fans can watch full WNFR 2017 real-time TV coverage exclusively on CBS Sports Network at 10 p.m. ET
Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR) 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