He is the horse that was never supposed to be. Smokin Reata, a little sorrel blaze-faced gelding ridden by tie-down roper Shane Hanchey is like the little engine that could. At 17 years old, he is making his sixth appearance in the Thomas and Mack Center at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. When a 20-year-old […]Read more "Smokin Reata"
When there is a good story, it doesn’t matter how many times it’s told, it’s still a good story. Such is the case with the Exceptional Rodeo held in conjunction with the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR). It is an event that has brought rodeo contestants and special needs children together for the past 34 […]Read more "Exceptional Rodeo"
On Sunday morning, after the third round of competition at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR), fans and contestants gathered in the Copperfield Theater at the MGM Grand. There was plenty of magic there, but it didn’t happen on stage, it happened in the hearts and souls of attendees. Charlie Kingsbury, a long-time tie-down roper […]Read more "Elevation Sunday"
Bob Tallman should be the national or even international ambassador for rodeo. He never met a stranger, always has time for a hand shake or hug, and a warm hello. After announcing the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR) for 25 times since joining the PRCA in 1972, he may have stepped away from the mic, […]Read more "Watching the rodeo with a legend"
It’s a little bit like Las Vegas traffic, you know about your own car and driving skills, but you sure can’t control what the other drivers are going to do. It is the grand entry at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR) and some contestants say it is more nerve-wracking than competing. Having contestants ride […]Read more "Grand Entry"
Saying “I do” On Wednesday night, in front of close friends and family, Cody Teel said “I do,” and married his fiancée Kaitlin McDonald. Thursday, he will nod his head in front of 18,000 fans at the Thomas and Mack Center. Outside of the hustle and bustle of the city, in the Primrose Court Wedding […]Read more "Teel wedding"
When the 2016 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR) starts in the Thomas and Mack Center on Thursday, it promises to be filled with upsets, thrills, spills and the most exciting rodeo action in the sport’s history. It’s been a long travel-filled year for the 120 contestants that made it and many more that didn’t. Rodeos […]Read more "It’s Time to Rodeo! NFR Preview"