LAS VEGAS, Nevada — Lee Graves may not be competing or even hazing at the 2013 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo but his horse Jessie nearly took current world leader Trevor Knowles to a new arena record in the Steer Wrestling. He didn’t realize how fast it was either.
“I wasn’t sure. I felt like I’ve made better runs than that, but I will take it. That was pretty fast.” Trevor said.
Straws Milan is the only other man to be riding Jessie this week. He ran his steer a long ways down the arena for a time of 7.2 to keep himself in the average. Straws’ brother Baillie is hazing for him and Trevor both.
Two Canadian Bareback horses carried their riders to check in round one. Bar C5 Rodeo’s Fabio helped Jessy Davis to an 84.5 point score and a check of over $11,000. Kesler Rodeo’s Starburst was enough for Kaycee Field to add $5,208 to his bank account for the season.
Former Canadian Finalist Shane Hanchey won the round tonight in the Tie Down Roping with a 7.6 second time. With that he moves to sixth place in the World Standings, within three rounds of leader Tuf Cooper.
Shery Cervi topped the field of Barrel Racers tonight with a 13.77 second time to increase her lead to just under $30,000. Calgary Stampede $100,000 champion Sydni Blanchard was a close second at 13.80.
2011 PRCA World Champion Bull Rider Shane Proctor looked a lot healthier tonight compared to when we last saw him at the PBR World Finals. He was 90 on his last bull there which was Wild Hoggs’ 917 Pound the Alarm, tonight it was one point lower at 89 on News Flash. Grand Slam of the Kesler Rodeo Company put Wyoming’s Tyler Willis on the ground before the whistle.
Aaron Ferguson made his NFR debut tonight in the arena as a bullfighter while Gary Rempel saddled up for the eighth time. Thanks to Jack Schneider for a heads up on that stat on Gary.
Tomorrow night we will see three Canadian Bareback horses perform alongside four Saddle Broncs. Northcott’s Get Smart will have a re-match against 2012 World Champ Jesse Wright, his brother Cody has Outlawbuckers’ F-Bomb. Click here for the full draw for round two.
The following are the results from round one of the 2013 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. December 5th, 2013.
Bareback: 1. Caleb Bennett on Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s Wise Guy, 85.5 points, $18,630; 2. Clint Cannon, 85, $14,724; 3. Jessy Davis, 84.5, $11,118; 4. (tie) Kaycee Feild and Ty Breuer and Casey Colletti, 83.5, $5,208 each.
Steer wrestling: 1. Trevor Knowles, 3.1 seconds, $18,630; 2. (tie) Dakota Eldridge and Stand Branco, 4.0, $12,921 each; 4. Casey Martin, 4.2, $7,813; 5. Jason Miller, 4.3, $4,808; 6. Dean Gorsuch, 4.5,$3,005.
Team roping: 1. Riley Minor/Brady Minor, 4.6 seconds, $18,630; 2. Justin Van Davis/Clay O’Brien Cooper, 4.9, $14,724; 3. (tie) Clay Tryan/Jake Corkill and Derrick Begay/Cesar de la Cruz, 5.0, $9,465; 5. Dustin Bird/Paul Eaves, 5.1, $4,808; 6. Trevor Brazile/Patrick Smith, 5.3, $3,005.
Saddle bronc: 1. Jake Wright on Korkow Rodeo’s Wiggle Worm, 84 points, $18,630; 2. Sterling Crawley, 82.5, $14,724; 3. Cort Scheer, 80.5, $11,118; 4. (tie) Cody Wright and Heith DeMoss, 79, $6,310 each; 6. (tie) Taos Muncy and Chet Johnson and Wade Sundell, 78, $1,002 each.
Tie down roping: 1. Shane Hanchey, 7.6 seconds, $18,630; 2. (tie) Stetson Vest and Ryan Jarrett, 7.7, $12,921 each; 4. Sterling Smith, 7.8, $7,813; 5. Caleb Smidt, 7.9, $4,808; 6. Scott Kormos, 8.0, $3,005.
Barrel Racing: 1. Sherry Cervi, 13.77 seconds, $18,630; 2. Syndi Blanchard, 13.80, $14,724; 3. Fallon Taylor, 13.83, $11,118; 4. (tie) Sabrina Ketcham and Trula Churchill, 13.88, $6,310; 6. Jane Melby, 13.91, $3,005.
Bull Riding: 1. Shane Proctor on Rafter H Rodeo Livestock’s News Flash, 89 points, $18,630; 2. Chandler Bownds, 87.5, $14,724; 3. Steve Woolsey, $11,118; 4. J.W. Harris, 85.5, $7,813; 5. Elliot Jacoby, 82.5, $4,808; 6. Josh Koschel, 78.5, $3,005.
If you’ve got the time as well, check out Austin Wahlert’s new music video for his song, “Las Vegas Gold.” The album was released today. Follow him on his social media pages for more and some free downloads too.
For those of you not in Vegas and in Canada, the NFR is on channel 418 at 9:30pm for Bell users and 159 for those of you with Shaw in the city. You can also listen live to each night of the finals at http://ProRodeoLive.com
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CALGARY, Alberta — 2013 marks the fifth time I will have been in Las Vegas for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. I think we probably all say it but I’m looking forward to this year more than any before. This is now the third consecutive year I am to cover the NFR as media for Everything Cowboy while in 2010 I was here for school at UNLV and in 2004 my Dad, Brother and I came down for the first time.
Vegas has changed a ton in the short time I’ve been going there. My Dad always tells the story of the Tropicana and when he was there for the Grand Opening in 1954 if I’m remembering right. We have stayed there all five years we’ve been down there too. He’s joining me on the 10th.
The first half of the week I’m likely to spend most of my time between the rodeo, parties at the MGM and South Point along with some time to recover at the hotel. When Dad gets here we will surely make a stop at Gary Leffew’s Buck’n Ball at the Gold Coast. He enjoys it there for not being too loud. Donny Gay, Bob Tallman and Joe Beaver have a show there as well called National Finals Tonight. It runs about the same time as the buckle presentations down at the South Point each night.
Speaking of the South Point, it’s the place to be the start of the week for someone who likes roughstock in my opinion. It gets full of team ropers the second half of the week, no offense. The Mirage also holds a big party each night after the rodeo if you’re staying up that way.
Getting back to the rodeo, you can watch the finals in almost any hotel on screens in a live feed. During the day if you like shopping, this is the place to be. I don’t even know anything about shopping or really like it but everyone that’s cool and has awesome stuff is here. There are even good deals usually too.
Cowboy Christmas is biggest and the best trade show, it’s at the Convention Center in my opinion, it’s on the far North end of the trip. Best way there is usually the monorail from the south end of the trip. The Sands has another big trade show, it’s behind the Venetian. That show is also the only one I know that’s open on the last day, the 15th. Last but not the least are the Mandalay Bay, MGM and South Point that have trade shows as well.
You can’t forget to stop by Flint Rasmussen’s “Outside the Barrel” which goes daily starting at 12:00pm Pacific each say at Cowboy Christmas in the Convention Center. Everyone who’s anyone is there and it’s very entertaining. It’s quite easy to lose track of a whole day in any of the trade shows. Make sure to check your shuttle schedule to the rodeo each night as they are running to and from the rodeo all ten days. Be sure to show up early to catch all the festivities at the Thomas & Mack itself.
For those of you not in Vegas and in Canada, the NFR is on channel 418 at 9:30pm for Bell users and 159 for those of you with Shaw in the city. For everyone, it’s Sportsnet One. Don’t forget to stop by here each day for an inside look at all the goings on with our Canadian’s down here.
This is all my experience though, please share yours and let me know how you spend your time in Vegas. I look forward to hearing your stories!
So my last post I talked about my obsession with cowboy boots and now I think it’s time to share my obsession with the skulls. They say the first step is admitting that you have a problem. Well folks, I have a problem. Something about a sugar skull or skull just calls to my inner bad girl and it seems the rodeo scene (and main stream fashion) has followed suit.
It appears that the skull once found only on leather wearing, Harley drivers has made it’s way into homes and closets everywhere. Evidence of this can be found a mere click or two away everyday, as I scan through my social media feeds, the appearance of the halloween-esc print has appeared on everything from handbags to leggings. Even the horses haven’t escaped the grasps of the skull. Tom Balding featured a custom made bit with a sugar skull on it. Beaded headstalls by K Bar Heart Beadwork showcased the sugar skull. Home decor has exploded with embellished steer heads.
The inner rebel calls to us all. Flash me your skulls in a comment below, on Twitter, Facebook or even tag us on Pinterest. Our board “Head”ed in the Right Direction, features some of my latest finds in skull related tack, fashion, and home decor.
HIGH RIVER, Alberta — Canadian Bull Fighter Aaron Ferguson will step into the dirt of the Thomas & Mack Center on Thursday Night for the first time. Aaron will be just the second Canadian ever to do so.
Not long ago, he and I talked a bit more about what it’s going to be like to make that first trip to Vegas to fight bulls at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.
Congratulations once again Aaron!