By Phillip Kitts
As the 2017 PRCA Rodeo season comes to an end, the excitement is fueling up for what could be one of the hottest contested Wrangler National Finals Rodeo ever. Wrangler National Finals Rodeo is the super bowl of pro rodeo. This 10-day event held in Las Vegas every December has become a vacation destination for many diehard rodeo fans. The first National Finals Rodeo was in 1959 in Dallas and stayed there until 1961. Throughout the next several years the event went to a couple different venues to include a long stretch of time where NFR called Oklahoma City home.
In 1984 Las Vegas won the bid to host the biggest rodeo in the business. Since then both the top competitors in the world and every rodeo fan mark their calendar to attend this event. The growth of NFR has become so significant that the event draws fans from several countries that include Canada, Brazil, Mexico, and Australia as well as nearly every state across the United States.
For a competitor to get to the WNFR, they will run up and down the roads of America getting to every rodeo they can fit in to their schedule. Throughout the year they accumulate winnings from each specific rodeo. These winnings are added up throughout the season and on Sept. 30, the 15 competitors who have earned the highest amounts of money are invited to the WNFR in their respective event or events that will close out the season.
The top 15 individuals of each event invited to Las Vegas will compete in the famous Thomas and Mack arena on the campus of the University of Nevada Las Vegas.
To read more pick up a copy of the December 2017 NTFR issue.