Smokin Reata

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 […]

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Exceptional Rodeo

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 […]

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Elevation Sunday

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 […]

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Grand Entry

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 […]

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Teel wedding

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 […]

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It’s Time to Rodeo! NFR Preview

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 […]

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