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2018 National Finals Rodeo: Benny Binion’s Horse and Bull Sale

One of the most entertaining and intriguing events at the 2018 National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas is the Benny Binion’s World Famous Wrangler NFR Bucking Horse & Bull Sale. The event features the live sale of the world’s best horses and bulls from all around the United States. The event takes place December 6th and 7th at the South Point Arena in Las Vegas. It is the perfect warm-up event for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo and a great event for all rodeo fans.

Benny Binion's Horse at WNFR

The event is sponsored by the Binion family in honor of Benny Binion. Binion was essential in bringing the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo to Las Vegas in 1985 and without him the move might have never happened. After the move, the WNFR became one of the premier sporting events in Las Vegas with a large increase in the pots that the cowboys were competing for. The move was also very lucrative for Las Vegas as the rodeo lasts for 10 nights which helps out many of the hotels and casinos. The Binion family donates a portion of the proceeds to the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame which Benny Binion was inducted into in 1988. The event has incredible rodeo history behind it and it is a must see if you are a fan of rodeo.

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One of the best events is on December 6th, the first day of the rodeo, called the PRCA Permit Holder of the Year Challenge. It is a two-round final that features the top five PRCA permit money earners from the 2018 rodeos. There are six events in total that the cowboys compete in. The events are bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, bull riding, steer wrestling, tie-down roping, and team roping. Each event features the top permit money earners from that event which means it will be a very interesting competition that anyone could take home.

On Friday December 7th, the sale kicks it up a notch when the bull riding sale begins. This is no ordinary sale, the PRCA bull riders that are ranked 16th through 66th will compete against each other for a cash prize. The most interesting part is that the bulls are being sold while the cowboys are doing their best to stay on top of them. Generally, there are about 55 bulls that are sold during the event. The event also gives the riders a head start on next year’s season as the event counts towards their total for the 2019 season.

This sale gives you a behind the scenes look at how bulls and horses are exhibited and bought. You also get to see some of rodeo’s next best horses and can check out if any of your favorite cowboys purchase a new horse. Rodeos all around the country get some of their bulls for their rodeos at this event so watch closely and you could see a familiar face the next time you go to a rodeo.

This is one of the most interesting and fun events in Las Vegas during the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. If you are a fan of the rodeo then you should definitely check this event out and enjoy the festivities. You could even go ahead and buy a horse or a bull if you choose to do so. Benny Binion would be proud of this event and its continued significance at the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.

Bull Riding – 2018 National Finals Rodeo

Bull Riding; when the average person thinks of the rodeo this is the event that most people think of. It is arguably the most famous event in Pro Rodeo and the most famous for many different reasons. This year’s National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas will feature the top 15 bull riders in the world, each going against the 2,000 lb beast and trying to stay atop of him for as long as possible. The NFR runs from December 6th to the 15th and there is bull riding every single night so get ready to enjoy watching the world’s best!

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Let’s go over the basics of the sport for those who have been living under a rock for the past 30 years. The main goal of the sport is to stay on the bull for as long as possible. The rider can only use one hand to stay on the bull; if the other hand so much as grazes the bull or himself then the rider will no receive any points for that ride. To stay on the bull, the rider grabs a flat braided rope that is attached to the bull by wrapping around the bull’s chest and then tightened around the bull to ensure that the rope does not come loose during the ride.

NFR Bull Riding

The extra slack in the rope is known as the tail and the rider uses it to hold onto the bull and try and stay on as long as he can. The ride begins as soon as the gate opens and the rider tries to stay on the bull for as long as he can. Every bull has a different bucking pattern and it is impossible to tell what the bull is going to do before he is let out of the gate, which is one of the many reasons that people find bull riding so exciting.

Sage Kimzey has been absolutely dominant in 2018, winning almost double in prize money than the rider in second place. Kimzey is the current star of bull riding and there is no one that can hold a candle to him currently. He became the youngest millionaire in the history of rodeo at the ripe age of 22 and now he is looking to win his 5th consecutive bull riding world championship title at the WNFR.

There is a good chance he will break his own personal earnings record and break over $500,000 in prize winnings for the year. Kimzey had an eight-second ride at the last finals a year ago which was enough to give him his fourth golden belt. He is already only four golden belts away from the all-time leader, Don Gay, who won eight titles and won his last at age 31. Kimzey could already be in the double digits by the time he is 31 years old.

Parker Breding is the greatest threat to Kimzey’s title in 2018. He is a young gun as well at only 26 years old he has really come into his own this year. He had the best year of his career so far pulling in over $180,000 for the 2018 season. Kimzey would have to have an awful final for Breeding to have a chance at the title but crazier things have happened.

Relevant article: WNFR All Around Predictions

Regardless of who ends up taking home the title, this event is always a fan favorite and will continue to be a staple of the NFR for decades to come. Make sure that you get your tickets now before the event sells out or if you are watching from home enjoy every single night of bull riding that you can before the event ends on December 16th.

The Top 15 Bull Riders in the 2018 National Finals Rodeo:

1          Sage Kimzey
2          Parker Breding
3          Dustin Boquet
4          Roscoe Jarboe
5          Chase Dougherty
6          Jeff Askey
7          Boudreaux Campbell
8          Garrett Tribble
9          Tyler Bingham
10        Trey Benton III
11        Cole Melancon
12        Koby Radley
13        Joe Frost
14        Eli Vastbinder
15        Trevor Kastner

2018 WNFR: All Around

The All Around champion is to honor the best and most versatile cowboy in the sport for the entire rodeo season. The PRCA cowboy that wins the most prize money by competing in at least two events, while earning at least $3,000 for each event, will be given the all-around champion title for the year. The NFR in Las Vegas from December 6th to the 15th will determine the all-around world champion this year.

Most of the cowboys that compete for the all-around title compete in both steer roping and tie-down roping, which makes sense because both events complement each other very well and they can easily be done at the same rodeo. The Cowboys are not limited to a certain number of events, they can compete in as many as they wish but most cowboys are limited to these two events if they want to win the all-around world championship.

Brazile tops All Around

One of the most interesting storylines at the National Finals Rodeo this year will be that two brother-in-laws battling it out for the all-around title. Tuf Cooper and Trevor Brazile have been brother-in-laws since 2001 when Brazile married Cooper’s sister Shada. They have been great friends ever since then and great competitors when Cooper joined the PRCA in 2008.

“It’s unique because I’ve watched him grow up,” Brazile said. “I’ve tried to help him any way I can, and to see his work ethic develop the way it has – nobody’s outworking him in the event that he does… in my opinion” That is an incredible endorsement from the amazing champion Brazile.

Tuf Cooper is the son of Roy Cooper who is one of the greatest cowboys of all time. Roy was the first cowboy to break $2 million in career earnings and he has cemented his legacy as a legendary cowboy. Tuf has followed in his father’s footsteps by becoming one of the bright young talents of his generation.

The 29-year-old already has four world titles to his name including three tie-down roping and one all around world championship. The all-around world championship came last year when he was able to best Brazile by over $20,000 to take home his first all-around championship.

Trevor Brazile is the greatest cowboy of all time. There is no discussion, he without a doubt has become the best ever over the past 20 years since he joined the PRCA. Brazile has won 23 world championships which is 14 more than the next closest competitor. He won 15 all-around titles out of 16 years from 2002 until 2015 which is simply incredible. He is one of the greatest competitors of all time and the fact that Cooper was the one to defeat him makes for an absolutely incredible story.

Look out for an all-star matchup between Brazile and Cooper in the WNFR. They will not hold anything back as both of the Cowboys try and win another all-around championship.

This storyline adds a lot to this year’s NFR and every single rodeo fan will be excited to see how the event pans out and who takes home the all-around world championship. Make sure that you watch Brazile and Cooper every single night at the National Finals Rodeo from December 6th to the 15th.

The Top 15 All-Around Cowboys in the 2018 National Finals Rodeo:

1          Tuf Cooper
2          Trevor Brazile
3          Rhen Richard
4          Ryle Smith
5          Steven Dent
6          Curtis Cassidy
7          Paul David Tierney
8          Jordan Ketscher
9          Marcus Theriot
10        Dakota Eldridge
11        Clayton Hass
12        Seth Hall
13        Tanner Green
14        Russell Cardoza
15        Chance Oftedahl

2018 National Finals Rodeo Personnel

The 2018 National Finals Rodeo is taking place again in Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas this year for the 34th year in a row. The PRCA announced the personnel lineup for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo this year. The finals are taking place from December 6th through the 15th with events taking place every single night.

Randy Corley, of Silverdale, Washington, and Wayne Brooks, of Lampasas, Texas, will be announcing every single night for ten nights in a row starting on December 6th. Corley and Brooks have announced the event for the past five years and they will make it six in a row this December. Roger Mooney, of Ellijay, Georgia, will be joining the pair for the first time which should add some extra excitement to the announcing personnel.

National Finals Rodeo Personnel

Corley was inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame last year. Corley has announced at the National Finals Rodeo 17 previous times and this makes this year number 18, which is a number that a lot of sports announcers cannot even come close to. Brooks is reaching number eight of his career and a lot of fans are excited to see the pair back together again this year.

John Barnes is making his 13th consecutive appearance as the livestock manager. The chute bosses this year are Tony Amaral and Tom Neuens. Benje Bendele is going to be the music director this year. John Barnes is excited to get back to Las Vegas where he has been a visible landmark for the event for over a decade now.

Sunni Deb Backstrom is the official Wrangler National Finals Rodeo once again. This will be the 13th year in a row that she has been selected to do so and her 16th appearance overall. Dollie Riddle will be the assistant secretary. Jayme Pemberton is a timer that will be making her third appearance at the event. The other timers include Kim Sutton and Toby Dunlavy.

The personnel that is at the event can make a big difference to the overall feel of the event and how competitive the event ends up being. Thankfully, this is a very experienced crew that will ensure that the event goes off without a hitch and that will be incredibly fun for fans at home watching and fans that are in Las Vegas watching the event. The riders should be excited that such an accomplished crew will be taking control of the biggest event in rodeo. They will do an amazing job and Vegas will be a great event just as it is every single year.

The 2018 National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas is shaping up to be one of the best championships that we have seen in years. All of the entertainment and options that are available in Vegas make this one of the best rodeos in the world to attend for fans. Fans at home should also be ready to get turned into 10 straight nights of the best rodeo run by the best personnel in the business.

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