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.
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.
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.