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Bull rider Sage Kimzey earned his second straight gold buckletonight, making him the first man in the event’s history to win the world title in his first two years as a PRCA card holder.

Kimzey’s 84-point ride on Smith, Harper and Morgan’s Maverick was good for second place in Round 9 of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER.

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With the $20,731 he earned tonight, Kimzey can finish with no less than a total of $304,755, while Cody Teel – the only man close enough to overtake him entering the night – can finish with no more than $300,749, even if he wins Round 10 and the average crown.

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“It was tough,” Kimzey said of fighting off Teel. “Luckily, I rode good enough all year long to have a big enough lead. Cody rode phenomenal all week long. He’s a world champion (2012) for a reason. It’ll be fun for years to come to ride against him.”

The 21-year-old Kimzey held a large lead throughout the season, but says having the bull-s-eye of the defending champion on his back made his second world-title season a bit more difficult than his first.

“It was harder,” Kimzey said. “There were a lot more ups and downs throughout the year. There were more expectations. Now it was more, ‘Can he do it again?’ I was looked at as the top bull rider in the world, and I had to prove it again.”

Trevor Brazile has done it all during his time at the 2015 WNFR. He clinched his 13th world all-around title and 23rd overall gold buckle, and is the favorite to win the tie-down roping gold buckle as well.

Tonight, he and team roping partner Patrick Smith won their second round in three nights with a 4.0-second time. It allowed Brazile to surpass the $6 million mark in career earnings – no other cowboy has earned more than $3.5 million.

“It just shows how much this sport has changed and grown,” Brazile said of the milestone. “I never take winning and records for granted. I’ve been blessed beyond my wildest dreams in my career.”
Smith says that there was an expectation for he and Brazile to win tonight, and it came from a special person.

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LAS VEGAS –One round after losing his world lead, Ty Erickson got back on track Thursday night at the National Finals Rodeo, while Lisa Lockhart suffered another blow.

Erickson put up a 4.0-second run in Round 8 of the steer wrestling competition, good for fifth place and $6,769.  More importantly, it kept the Helena cowboy fifth in the NFR average race with just two rounds to go.

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Clayton Hass and K.C. Jones took third and fourth, respectively, in Round 8 to technically up their world leads over Erickson, but neither is in position to earn any money in the average race.  Hass leads the standings with $184,296.  Jones is second at $174,062, while Erickson jumped up to third with $164,087 on the year.

https://encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQlGrBIestQDVqEsJKuLlitoIx85h2stSBOCWSrx3MSbt_if1RHfgDakota Eldridge overtook Wheatland, Wyoming’s Seth Brockman for the average lead with a 3.6-second run in Round 8, while Brockman could only post a 5.7.  Eldridge’s average total is 36.3 seconds on eight head.  Brockman is now at 37.4 on eight.

If the rodeo ended Thursday night, Eldridge would would have claimed the title thanks to the $67,269 check awarded to the average winner.  Hunter Cure, who is currently fourth in the world and the average, would finish second, while Erickson would finish third.

The top eight average placers win money.

News was not as good for Lisa Lockhart in the barrel racing competition.

The Circle cowgirl knocked over a barrel for the second straight night, taking her from fourth to seventh in the average race.  Sarah Rose McDonald didn’t win a go-round check in Round 8 either, but stayed in third in the average which would represent about a $22,000 jump over Lockhart should things stay the same.  McDonald leads Lockhart by just $214 in the world standings currently.

Callie duPerier, who came into the NFR leading the world, earned $8,884 for splitting fourth and fifth in Round 8, and also kept hold of the average lead.  If the rodeo ended today, she would win the gold buckle thanks to that $67,269 payout.

Elsewhere, Seth Hardwick earned $20,731 Thursday for a second-place 80.5-point ride in the bareback competition.  Hardwick jumped Kaycee Feild to second in the average race.  That would be a $54,577 bonus on top of an already fantastic year from the Laramie, Wyoming cowboy who spent much of his childhood in Montana.

Clay Tryan and Jade Corkill again failed to cash in Round 8 of team roping.  Corkill only hooked one leg, a five-second penalty that took them out of the money.

Edgar bull rider Parker Breding got back in the winning column Thursday night, scoring 77.5 points aboard Celebration.  That’s $6,769 added to his yearly total, which still has him at third in the world.  Sage Steele Kimzey and Cody Teel continue to battle for the gold buckle well ahead in first and second.

Trevor Brazile just keeps outdoing himself at the 2015 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER.

Brazile earned his 23rd gold buckle in Round 6 two nights ago when he clinched the world all-around title by winning the tie-down roping title with a 6.6-second run.

Tonight, he one-upped himself with a 6.5 to tie the arena record and nearly take the lead in the tie-down roping world standings. He trails brother-in-law Tuf Cooper by just $537, and trails only Caleb Smidt in the WNFR average race.

“That’s big,” Brazile said of tying the arena record. “I feel like I’ve made some great team roping runs here, and never had an arena record before (in that event). To think of all the guys who have got it on right here in this arena, to be able to say arena record, that’s special.”

The 6.5 tied Cody Ohl’s time from Round 10 of the 2003 WNFR. The previous Round 8 record was 6.7 by Ryan Jarrett in 2013.

If the rodeo ended right now, Brazile would win his fourth tie-down roping world title – and first since 2010 – which would make him a 24-time world champion. This was Brazile’s 63rd National Finals go-round win, in all events combined.

“I made up three seconds in the average, but I could’ve just as easily made up 2.8 seconds with two wraps (instead of one),” he said. “It’s just one of those things where we’re in Vegas and that’s (taking risks) part of it. It doesn’t matter if you’re at the blackjack table or the Thomas & Mack on the dirt, you have to know when to gamble.

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Wrangler National Finals Rodeo Live Streaming On CBS Sports (Day 9/Round 9), Results The National Finals Rodeo is held at the Thomas & Mack Center. The address is 4505 S. Maryland Pkwy, Las Vegas, NV 89154. This is approximately 1.5 miles East of where Las Vegas Blvd. and Tropicana Ave meet. You can click on the link below for a Google street map showing the exact location of the Thomas & Mack Center.

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You bet! This is the reincarnation and modern evolution of the famed honky-tonk, cowboy (and cowgirl) saloon and dance hall from Texas.

Gilley’s Saloon, Dance Hall & Bar-B-Que is open for lunch and dinner featuring a show kitchen, views of the world-famous Las Vegas Strip, custom saddle seats at the bar, live entertainment, line dancing, mechanical bull riding, and of course, the world-famous Gilley Girls.

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The NFR runs each December at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. The Thomas & Mack Center is located at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Each of the ten days, you’ll see the top fifteen money winners in each of seven different events compete in: bull riding, bareback riding, calf roping, saddle bronc riding, team roping, steer wrestling, and barrel racing.

The victory put the Redmond, Ore., cowboy $8,235 behind Kaycee Feild in the world standings with two rounds remaining, and Peebles’ lead in the NFR average standings has him poised to win his first gold buckle.

“Sitting in the hospital this summer, six months ago, I wanted to be in this situation. It’s all I dreamed about doing,” Peebles said after his winning ride. “In reality, it was probably a far-fetched thing to do. But standing here doing exactly what I wanted to do is a feeling I can’t describe. It’s pretty awesome.”

Peebles, 26, has been nothing short of spectacular at the NFR, climbing from 14th place in the world to second while placing in all eight rounds to earn an NFR-best $145,913 and push his total winnings this year to $225,999.

“I’m just finally feeling good. I’m not hurting,” Peebles said of the key to his success. “It seems like my whole career I’ve always been hurting. I’ve been riding through injuries. Now to not be riding through an injury, I’ve just been trying to have fun and not overthink anything and let the chips fall where they may.

“I’m loving my chances right now.”

Peebles suffered broken ribs at a July rodeo in Livingston, Mont., that punctured an artery and filled his chest with blood. He barely made it to the hospital in time to save his life thanks to his traveling partner, fellow bareback rider Brian Bain, who wisely decided to postpone their planned drive to Billings, Mont., and take Peebles to the nearest hospital.

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Watch Wrangler National Finals Rodeo Live Streaming Online, Results of Round 10 On Thursday The Wrangler NFR is the richest and most prestigious rodeo in the world and an event like no other, an extravaganza for fans to enjoy the roping and riding activity of today’s cowboys. It is the culmination of the rodeo season where the top 15 contestants in bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, barrel racing and bull riding compete to take home top honors and their share of a multi-million dollar purse.

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Each year the Wrangler NFR transforms the look and feel of the “Entertainment Capital of the World.” Rodeo fans decked out in jeans, boots and hats fill hotels, casinos, restaurants, shopping malls and showrooms. Hotel marquees will be splashed with the names of the brightest stars in country and western music for 10 straight days.

The Wrangler NFR features an impressive list of entertainers to sing the national anthem & perform on stage in Cowboy Corral prior to and after each rodeo performance. Past performers include Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert, The Eli Young Band, Reba McEntire and Lady Antebellum.

In addition, fans can enjoy the ProRodeo Zone, the exclusive fan interactive area of the Wrangler NFR. Sponsors provide interactive activities in tents adjacent to the arena. The NFR Sponsor Hotels also have interactive tents set up in the NFR Village, on the plaza in front of the arena.

The Cowboy Christmas Gift Show, the longest running and ONLY “Original” gift show of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo boasts over 300,000 square feet of show floor hosting 400 plus vendors from across the United States and Canada. Each year these vendors showcase their unique products which include: customized jewelry, western wear, boots and spurs, furniture, original art, handmade crafts and pottery.

Treasure State fans didn’t have much to cheer about Wednesday during the seventh go-round of the rich rodeo, which pays go-round winners better than $26,000. The average, or aggregate champion, in each of the seven events will earn more than $60,000.

There are three rounds left, Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m., and all will be televised live on the CBS Sports Network.

On Wednesday, steer wrestler Ty Erickson of Helena, team roper Clay Tryan of Billings and barrel racer Lisa Lockhart, a Montana native who lives now in South Dakota, all failed to earn a check. All three are still in solid contention to win world championships.

It would be the third consecutive gold buckle for Tryan, the header who was born in Shepherd and now teams with Jade Corkill on one of the sport’s best roping tandems. Erickson, the former Helena Capital and Montana State star athlete, and Lockhart, who finished second in the 2014 world standings after winning the average at the NFR last December, are seeking their first world championships.

Bull riders Parker Breding of Edgar and Kody DeShon of Helena also failed to earn checks. Breding, a former Joliet High basketball player making his second NFR appearance, is currently third in the world bull riding standings.

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The Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, coming up in Las Vegas … French bareback rider Evan Jayne, both making their first trips to the NFR in 2015.Sulphur residents Shane Hanchey and Casey Martin will call the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada home for the next week and a half as they compete in the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.

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Hanchey, the 2013 WNFR world champion tie-down roper, is making his sixth consecutive appearance while Martin, who was fourth last year in steer wrestling, is making the trip to Las Vegas for the fifth consecutive year.

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Hanchey’s season didn’t start well, as he didn’t punch his ticket for the WNFR until his final rodeo of the 2015 season when he tied for first with Trevor Brazile at the Justin Boots Championship in Omaha, Nebraska in late September. Since then, he won at the All-American ProRodeo in Waco, Texas and claimed his second Canadian National Finals Rodeo tie-down championship.

“I was pressing so much because I wanted to make the national finals and was not roping how I normally roped,” Hanchey said. “I went back to the way I learned how to rope and did my own deal and it started working out.

“Ever since then it has been the best 90-days of my career. Since September I have won a little over 82, 000 counting the Canadian Finals Rodeo and I won Waco.”

This was supposed to be the time for exposure, for showing off. Man, I had a fight. That was the toughest horse I’ve had so far out here, and that was supposed to be the easiest pen of horses.”

This was supposed to be the time for exposure, for showing off. Man, I had a fight. That was the toughest horse I’ve had so far out here, and that was supposed to be the easiest pen of horses.”

Instead, Darth made Jayne work for an eight-second ride. Nonetheless, it marked the second time the cowboy from Marseille, France, has placed in a go-round – he finished second on Thursday’s opening night; he has now earned $26,231.

“I’m known for getting by riding some of the rankest horses,” said Jayne, the first European-born qualifier in NFR history. “The rank pen is usually where I shine, but, man, tonight I wanted a hopper. I was ready for a break.”

He won’t get one for a few days. Monday’s pen of bucking horses are the most electric in the game, with highest scores of the season being posted on the group of animals that appear in the fifth and 10th go-rounds. It’s a good time for the cowboy to become comfortable with the high-paced action that is Las Vegas.

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National Finals Rodeo is definitely not for the faint of heart. It’s a battle royal to live to ride another day, but sometimes it doesn’t work out that way.

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How Steven Peebles and Kaycee Feild managed to stay atop their bucking horses in bareback riding can’t be fathomed. They split Round 4 in what Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association commentators called a heavyweight toe-to-toe fight. Here’s a YouTube video of their high-stakes battle:

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It was nearly a record-breaking night with steer-wrestler Dakota Eldridge scoring in 3.3 seconds and just missing the 3.1-second record by Dean Gorsuch in 2013. Dakota, 24, of Elko moved up to fifth in world standings with $112,669.

He won the fourth NFR go-round buckle of his career Sunday when he clocked the fastest steer-wrestling run of this NFR. Our home-state cowboy told PRCA: “I knew I could catch that steer fast enough to win something. That steer was slow enough where I could catch him quickly.”

It’s Dakota’s third-consecutive appearance at NFR. He finished fifth in world standings the past two seasons, and having a lot of familiar faces here is helping him compete well.

The reigning world champion bull rider, Sage Kimzey, shattered records last year as only the second rookie bull rider in the history of rodeo to win a world title. This year, his dominance at the top of the standings has continued, and he’s well-positioned to be a repeat champion. Kimzey is no rookie anymore.

It’s only fitting that Kimzey’s travel partner and fellow Oklahoman, bull rider Brennon Eldred, would pace him in season earnings. They call themselves the #580 crew for their area code, and with Eldred, Oklahoma stands a good chance of having another world champion bull rider, even if it’s not Kimzey.

With a father and three uncles breaking a record for the number of brothers to qualify for the same NFR, Rusty Wright knows that world titles in saddle bronc riding are plentiful on his family tree. This year, he’ll qualify for his first trip to the Thomas & Mack Center and might just take home a title of his own.

Looking to defend their 2014 world championship will be team roping powerhouses Clay Tryan and Jade Corkill. Perhaps they know best that you can’t do it alone when it comes to hitting the rodeo jackpot in Vegas.

You couldn’t miss 2014 Barrel Racing World Champion Fallon Taylor if you tried. The always-colorful cowgirl will no doubt be lighting up the arena with personality and perseverance in her quest for back-to-back championships.

But Taylor will not be without competition in the form of two NFR first-timers, Sarah Rose McDonald and Callie duPerier. These girls have held strong in the standings this year and likely won’t let unfamiliarity daunt them in the finals.

Rodeo success is a passport to Vegas for Canadian saddle bronc rider Zeke Thurston and French bareback rider Evan Jayne, both making their first trips to the NFR in 2015. Jayne keeps his fans updated in both French and English via social media, so how do you say world champion in French?

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The tide continues to roll in the right direction for team roping header Coleman Proctor, a former Miamian now living in Pryor.

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After sharing the victory in Round 5 of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo on Monday, Proctor and heeler Jake Long of Coffeyville, Kansas, posted another solid run on the sixth night of ProRodeo’s championship event to earn their third paycheck. Their Round 6 run of 4.3 seconds was good enough for a tie of fifth place, worth $5,500.

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They have now earned nearly $45,000 each with four rounds remaining in the 10-day championship. Proctor has pushed his 2015 earnings to $124,764 and sits fifth in the world standings – he remains more than $56,000 behind the leader, Derrick Begay.

But that gap can be closed in a hurry with go-round winners pocketing more than $26,000 a night through the 10-round finale.

Just as importantly as the go-round checks is the tandem’s place in the average race, which will pay out an end-of-the-Wrangler NFR bonus to the top eight teams that have the fastest times in the 10-run aggregate. Proctor and Long sit third with a total time of 33.9 seconds on six runs; they are just 3.5 seconds behind average leaders Erich Rogers and Cory Petska.

Those average checks paid out after Saturday’s 10th go-round – the final night of the 2015 season – will make a huge difference in who is crowned world champion in both the heading and heeling disciplines. The average champions in each event will add $67,269.

Should Proctor remain in third place in the average through the rest of the week, he would add $43,154 to his total.That means it is vital for he and Long to continue their hot streak. A year

This year’s Black Hills Roundup Committee hosts the annual NFR Sendoff Saturday, Nov. 21, at the Branding Iron.

Committee Chairman Justin Tupper said the Roundup’s celebration of rodeo and top area rodeo competitors opens at 6 p.m. with a social hour followed at 7 p.m. After the autograph signings and informal fun, there will be live music featuring the Wilt Brothers.

The sendoff celebrates area riders qualifying for this year’s NFR that runs Dec. 3 through 12 in Las Vegas. Also on hand are other top rodeo competitors from the area to celebrate the region’s top professional sport.

Miss Rodeo South Dakota, selected at competition in Belle Fourche annually with the Roundup, will compete in Miss Rodeo America pageant events.

Along with rodeo activities, the Roundup Committee is among top professional rodeo committees attending PRCA convention activities.

The “no-host” event is free and open to the public to celebrate the sport and the Belle Fourche role as the oldest ongoing professional rodeo in the state.

the same cowboy with whom he has roped since childhood. The cowboys – who live just 70 miles from one another – began roping together at age 12. Now they’re closing out their second straight Wrangler NFR qualification together and hope to do so with a bang.

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Watch 2015 National Finals Rodeo Live Streaming Online – Day 6 Round 6 Results, Watch Live In USA, Brazil, Canada, Mexico – Monday By the Numbers this week turns to the land of steers, tears and beers. That is, naturally, the 2015 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.

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Tears for the fantastic renditions of the national anthem during this edition of the rodeo, and never is the anthem more anthemic than when recited for 18,000-plus at the Thomas & Mack Center.

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The rodeo wraps Saturday after 10 days. Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association chief Karl Stressman is due for his annual news conference Tuesday from NFR Press Room, which at this writing serves as The Kats Report Bureau.

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Wrangler National Finals Rodeo 2015 Live Streaming Online In USA, Brazil, Canada, Mexico Results : After clinching the world steer roping title at the Nov. 6-7 Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping in Mulvane, Kan., Trevor Brazile will enter the Dec. 3-12 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas with a commanding lead in the 2015 world all-around race. Brazile, an Amarillo native who lives in Decatur, earned $62,390 throughout the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association’s NFSR. After faring so well at Mulvane championships, Brazile is ranked No. 1 in the world all-around title race with $282,241, more than twice as much as No. 2 ranked Tuf Cooper has pocketed this season. Cooper, a Childress native who lives in Decatur, will enter the Las Vegas NFR with $140,686 in all-around earnings.

Brazile will attempt to clinch a record 13th world all-around title at the NFR. Meanwhile, Cooper will attempt to wrap up a fourth world tie-down roping title at the Las Vegas championships. He’s ranked No. 1 in the world standings with $130,803. Timber Moore of Aubrey is No. 2 with $112,798.

Cooper is the son of eight-time world champion Roy Cooper, a former Childress resident who lives in Decatur. He also is a grandson of Clifton and Judy Smith of Childress. Clifton Smith qualified for the National Finals Rodeo in 1960 and 1962. He’s also a nephew of 2008 PRCA tie-down roping world champion Stran Smith of Childress.

Last December the Wrights of Milford sent four cowboys to the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas — a family record in the saddle bronc event. This December they’re sending four more. But not the same foursome. In 2014 it was brothers Cody, Jesse, Jake and Spencer. This year Spencer and Jake return, along with their nephew, Rusty Wright, who is Cody’s oldest son, and CoBurn Bradshaw, who married their sister Rebecca — which not only makes him Spencer and Jake’s brother-in-law but also Rusty’s uncle.

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Lisa Lockhart won a round check for the sixth straight night at the National Finals Rodeo Tuesday, extending her world lead as she closes in on her first world title.

The 50-year-old who grew up in Circle turned in a 13.92-second run, just .01 behind the top ride of the night.  Lockhart won $15,654 to put her yearly total up to $246,982.  She leads second-place Sarah Rose McDonald by $26,017.  McDonald split first and second in Round 6, but is just fourth in the NFR average after knocking a barrel over in Round 1.

It was not a good night for Montana’s other world title hopefuls.

Helena steer wrestler Ty Erickson broke the barrier on his run, turning in a 16.1-second time that took him from first in the average to eighth.  Erickson also fell out of the world lead as Hunter Cure finished second in Round 6 to make up the $20,000 deficit he faced coming into the night. Cure is now seventh in the average race.

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There’s an old entertainer’s joke: Put three magicians in the same room and they’ll start a convention. Put three ventriloquists in the same room and they’ll start a fight.

The Strip proved to be big enough to hold the small niche’s biggest stars, Jeff Dunham and Terry Fator.

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But even a three-night run by Paul Zerdin, the recent winner of “America’s Got Talent,” continues to draw objections to his victory from a ventriloquist who headlined Las Vegas for years.

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“I feel very righteously ripped off and plagiarized,” Ronn Lucas said this week, echoing comments he has made since Zerdin won the NBC talent show Sept. 16. “He had some damn good material. I’ve been breaking it in for a while.”

“It’s a shame we all can’t get on and support each other,” says Zerdin, who headlines “America’s Got Talent Live!” Thursday through Oct. 24 at Planet Hollywood Resort. “There are loads of magicians, but there aren’t many ventriloquists, and we’re all doing stuff in our own way and we want to be friends.”

The British entertainer will be teamed with two other “Talent” finalists for the shows that fulfill the TV promise of becoming “a Las Vegas headliner.” Drew Lynch, the comedian known for his vocal stutter, came in just behind Zerdin in the viewer’s final vote.

And Piff the Magic Dragon is the Las Vegas-based comedy magician and fellow Brit, who already knew Zerdin before they both became top-10 finalists. They have performed during the same summers at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Zerdin is in his 40s, so he didn’t put quite as young a face on his genre as last year’s winner (and current headliner at The Linq), 27-year-old Mat Franco. But Zerdin did appeal to the show’s younger viewers, if only for being a ventriloquist in an era when Dunham and Fator have re-energized and legitimized the field.

“You used to have an image when you say the word ‘ventriloquist.’ It used to be some old odd-looking bloke, with a dodgy-looking scary doll, which they’ve seen in the movies, becoming some psycho killer,” Zerdin says of flicks such as the British classic “Dead of Night” and Anthony Hopkins’ breakout role in “Magic.”

“But now it’s become cooler,” he says. “I can’t tell you how excited I am, not just for the art but just generally for myself.”

But Lucas and David Strassman — a ventriloquist who seldom plays Las Vegas — have been vocal about saying Zerdin went too far with routines that go beyond the natural overlap of the format.

“To me he’s like a ventriloquist’s version of a cover band,” says Lucas, who had resident shows at the Rio, Excalibur and Luxor in the 2000s. “He comes on and does four or five other ventriloquist’s bits and leaves letting the audience think he wrote the songs.”

It gets down to hard-to-parse differences between the method and the material, the restrictions of the format, and whether it’s OK to have a similar routine if the jokes aren’t line for line the same.

“We’re all thinking along the same lines, but just trying to do it in a different way,” Zerdin says. “Nobody’s stealing anything. Because of the nature of the act and what we’re doing, we’re all going to think along similar lines.”

“You’re limited, because you’re standing there creating the illusion that the voice is coming from somewhere else,” he adds.

Lucas says he was the first guy to make an audience-participation bit of a mask controlled by the ventriloquist, as Zerdin did with Howie Mandel on TV. Terry Fator paid Lucas a licensing fee to use the bit in his show at The Mirage.

“There are ventriloquists all over the world doing the mask, but they’re all doing their own version of it,” Zerdin says. “I had mine specially made.”

Lucas says he essentially gave up trying to protect the routine when it became so popular. But after a corporate booking two weeks ago, “the people who hired me came up and said, ‘We just saw that routine on ‘America’s Got Talent.’ ” They didn’t know (Zerdin’s) was remote controlled or a different face.”

Zerdin has so far worked different markets than the American ventriloquists and said he first auditioned for “Talent” to test a new market and see if his British humor translated.

“My plan was, if it hadn’t gone well, I could have got on a plane home and nobody would have been any the wiser, and if I’d been humiliated on national television in America it didn’t matter, because it’s a different country. What I forgot about was social media. There’s no escaping it,” he adds with a laugh.

Zerdin says it isn’t lost on him that the “Talent” show is in the same Planet Hollywood theater where Jeff Dunham worked for almost 11 months, before deciding to go back on the road again after his wife gives birth to twin boys. Zerdin and his girlfriend made a side trip to Las Vegas just to see Dunham after auditioning for “Talent” in Los Angeles.

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Round 5 National Finals Rodeo Live stream NFR 2015 cbs TV info.

The CFR showcases the 2015 season’s top 12 rodeo athletes in seven events in the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association. They’ll battle for almost $1.6 million in purse money and exemption invitations to the Semi-Finals of RFD-TV’s THE AMERICAN, presented by Polaris RANGER, Feb. 17-21 in Texas. Nearly 100,000 rodeo fans are expected to fill Edmonton’s Rexall Place, the home of the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers.

Round 5 National Finals Rodeo Live stream

The broadcast, aired in partnership with 840 CFCW and cfcw.com, will include CFCW’s veteran broadcast team:  sportscaster Tim Ellis; three-time Canadian All-Around Champion and 1991 Canadian Saddle Bronc Riding Champion Duane Daines; rodeo reporter Dianna Finstad and 2008 Miss Rodeo Canada Jenna Verhun.

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“CFCW has been covering the CFR since it started back in 1973,” said Ellis. “We’re excited that Rural Radio has come on board this year to provide our live broadcast to rodeo fans throughout North America.”

National Finals Rodeo Live stream

Listeners can also catch news from the Canadian Finals before, during, and after the rodeo with Rural Radio’s Steve Kenyon on Western Sports Round-Up, a daily radio program highlighting the best in Western sports at 6 p.m. (ET) every weeknight.

“Rural Radio is in the middle of covering the three biggest Western-sports events in North America,” said Kenyon. “We just got back from the PBR World Finals, this week it will be the Canadian Finals Rodeo, and next month we’ll provide live coverage of every performance of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.”

The reigning world champion bull rider, Sage Kimzey, shattered records last year as only the second rookie bull rider in the history of rodeo to win a world title. This year, his dominance at the top of the standings has continued, and he’s well-positioned to be a repeat champion. Kimzey is no rookie anymore.

It’s only fitting that Kimzey’s travel partner and fellow Oklahoman, bull rider Brennon Eldred, would pace him in season earnings. They call themselves the #580 crew for their area code, and with Eldred, Oklahoma stands a good chance of having another world champion bull rider, even if it’s not Kimzey.

With a father and three uncles breaking a record for the number of brothers to qualify for the same NFR, Rusty Wright knows that world titles in saddle bronc riding are plentiful on his family tree. This year, he’ll qualify for his first trip to the Thomas & Mack Center and might just take home a title of his own.

Looking to defend their 2014 world championship will be team roping powerhouses Clay Tryan and Jade Corkill. Perhaps they know best that you can’t do it alone when it comes to hitting the rodeo jackpot in Vegas.

You couldn’t miss 2014 Barrel Racing World Champion Fallon Taylor if you tried. The always-colorful cowgirl will no doubt be lighting up the arena with personality and perseverance in her quest for back-to-back championships.

But Taylor will not be without competition in the form of two NFR first-timers, Sarah Rose McDonald and Callie duPerier. These girls have held strong in the standings this year and likely won’t let unfamiliarity daunt them in the finals.

The MGM Grand’s Gold Buckle Zone will host free concerts by the likes of Scotty McCreery, Blackberry Smoke, Craig Wayne Boyd, and other musical acts. Don’t miss this epic show at the MGM Grand Las Vegas put on the by the former co-founders of Gypsy Soule. Tanya Tucker, Trace Adkins, and Merle Haggard are a few of the big-name acts performing at the Golden Nugget Las Vegas during the NFR. Reba and Brooks & Dunn have an eight-night stand at Caesars Palace, and Gary Leffew’s Legendary Buck’N Ball, Charlie Daniels Band, and the National Finals Tonight Show at The Orleans Hotel and Casino aren’t to be missed either.

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