What is 2020? It was a year of ups and downs with more valleys than peaks. I read a Facebook post that encouraged us to enjoy 2020 instead of moaning, and believe me, I`ve done a lot this year. I am a woman of faith and I believe that this is all part of God`s greater plan, but I question this plan on a daily basis. So many rodeo committees and the communities that support them have participants, contract staff, warehouse contractors, and the list goes on. There is a group of participants this year who have waited their whole lives to compete in Las Vegas for the first time. Now they need a second Wrangler NFR qualifier to get there. Happy New Year 2020. When restrictions made it impossible to hold the 2020 Wrangler NFR in Las Vegas with fans, alternatives were sought and Texas literally walked the record. This year`s competition will take place at the home of the Texas Rangers professional baseball team, Globe Life Field in Arlington.
Jill Wilson of Snyder, Texas, knew she had the power in Blue Dean, a gray gelding, to take her to the NFR. Last year, she set a goal to earn enough to qualify for the big rodeos of 2020. It worked and she finished second at the San Antonio Rodeo. Ryann Pedone of Sunset, Texas, has always been competitive, but not at the level of 2020. She starts in 11th place. According to the PRCA media guide, 78 warehouse contractors were allowed to supply dollar inventory at Rodeos 2021. Last year, 59 of them brought animals to Globe Life Field for NFR 2020. After 100 rodeos from October 2020 to September 2021, after horse changes, injuries and unexpected obstacles that forced flexibility and endurance, and after nine grueling rounds of the Super Bowl of Rodeo, Round 10 of the National Rodeo Finals begins tonight. There are also rules that a breeder must follow before they can name animals.
It`s a process managed and monitored by a group of people who want NFR to be the best. And when the animals are presented on the biggest stage of the rodeo, it`s worth it. “As a warehouse contractor, being selected as an animal for the NFR is one of the highest honors,” said Binion Cervi of Cervi Championship Rodeo and The Cervi Brothers. “We dedicate years and years to every animal we raise. In many cases, these efforts go back decades and affect generations of stocks. Can Stetson Wright win the PRCA World Championship at Bull Riding? What about ox fighting? After Round 7 there was a big shake-up and former world champion Tyler Waguespack is in the expected lead – but there are a number of great competitors right behind him within striking distance. The Barrel Racing race continues to heat up thanks to an abundance of rugged Lauf 7 barrels, but former reigning world champion Hailey Kinsel is back in control! Alden`s father also entered the profession and his mother made a legacy for herself as a needle prostitute, creating large horses ready to be crowned (or ridden). A needle prostitute is someone who takes a weaning and replicates/forms it into a yearling or a yearling into a two-year-old. Alden worked as a needle prostitute. The warehouse operators who supply the animals are always thinking about NFR. For many of those who raise bucking stock, this is the ultimate goal, and when that goal is achieved, it`s an honor. Just picking up animals for the NFR and seeing their animals rank among the best rodeo animals is a thrill like no other.
Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and TikTok for more information on Western lifestyle and rodeo. Kim`s background with the Western lifestyle stems from a long-standing love for cattle and horses. Kim`s need for speed and adrenaline has created a new passion in the world of cow horses, where she and her great mare Stevie have won countless awards. However, as part of this passion, Kim is learning more and more about the cow horse industry – even an Excel spreadsheet on cow horse stud farms that would rival Katie Schrock`s national final rodeo tables! Newcomers to bareback riding are rounded out by Chad Rutherford of Hillsboro, Texas. He has been a member of PRCA for seven years, was on his way to a qualification, got injured, went home, came back and started all over again. He qualified this year on the final day of the season at the Gold Buckle Knockout at Cervi Ranch in Stoneham, Colorado. He has nothing to lose and everything to gain in Arlington. In addition to competition, Caleb is also the Bareback Equestrian Event Director for the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. It is his responsibility to select bareback horses for NFR from eligible nominated horses. He will be competing in Las Vegas in his ninth NFR and that means he`s watched all the horses that attended the rodeos he`s been in. Learning at home, at your own pace, is the mission behind Be A Maker School – an online community dedicated to preserving Western craftsmanship and the arts of makers.
Curated and led by Nevada Miller, a goldsmith from the high desert, Nevada`s mission has grown over the years to create this unique opportunity to learn about Western professions and create your own marketable style and hobby. It`s safe to say that all of this year`s Breakaway Roper Wrangler National Finals Breakaway Roping (NFBR) rookies are because this is the first time the event has been held. However, this is not the first time runaways have fought for goldilocks and world championship titles. This will probably be the first time one of them has been on the baseball field, and they are grateful for this opportunity. Their qualifications and stories deserve their own story, so check back soon when I deal with the women of the first NFBR Wrangler. That means some of our favorite competitors won`t be at the Wrangler NFR this year, and none of them will be in Vegas. We will certainly miss out on seeing our reigning world champion Ty Erickson and countless others competing. When Rodeos cancelled due to COVID-19, he found a job. No one could attend so many rodeos and everyone was trying to figure out what their options were. Read more about COWGIRL Magazine 30 Under 30 and all their efforts to promote women in Western industry –> www.COWGIRLMagazine.com. * This program replaces the Mad Dash 30 ticket ** This is a non-refundable ticket In bareback riding, bronc saddle and bull, these feats cannot be achieved without animal athletes. Bulls and horses in these events are responsible for half of the total score, so if the NFR presents the best riders of the year, it must also present the best animals.
PRCA has an executive board that oversees the competition, which includes a director for each rodeo event. These event directors are elected by their colleagues. Saddle and bull directors are also responsible for the selection of animals in each of these events. It`s a big responsibility that comes with a lot of feedback. “I remember the first night I rode behind the Oklahoma flag in the grand entrance, and I`ll never forget that feeling,” he said. “We`re just getting started our rodeo business, but I can imagine that the first time a horse or bull comes out of those yellow slides will be the same feeling. That`s a big goal. I dreamed of riding these yellow slides when I was a kid, now I can`t wait to see an animal fight there for our rodeo business. * The above prices reflect the face value of the tickets. And then there`s Levi Lord at No. 12.
The name Lord is legendary on the Badlands circuit and this is due to Levi`s father, J.B., who competed in Steer Wrestling and the Roping team and won several titles on the circuit. Levi and his father won the track together. His older brother Eli finished this season in 19th place in Ochsenringen. But Levi is the first in the family to qualify and has a chance to win a goldilocks that says World Champion. Access our Instagram highlights to vote for those you think will win their respective Goldilocks here – > www.instagram.com/s/aGlnaGxpZ2h0OjE3OTk2ODc3NzYwMzcwNTEz?utm_medium=copy_link Caddo Lewallen, Morrison, Oklahoma, also won the rookie title tied 16 years ago. Rodeo became a hobby for him. He got married, had two daughters and went to work while attending rodeos where they could all go and have fun. When he had the chance to make rodeo a priority, they were all ready. He had a great winter and a $25,000 check to The American sealed the deal for him this year. There are also Wrangler NFR Top Stock Awards.
Horses and bulls will each be on the road for two performances.