How many of your acquaintances or friends do you know who mention that they have attended the NFR? If you know any, do you envy the excitement with which they describe their experience at the Vegas event with? Well, you should; it is, by all means, the top Wild West rodeo party and the Las Vegas NFR being the main event. It means there are plenty of chances for you to rock your best cowboy outfit and have the party of a lifetime.

Dubbed the Super Bowl of Rodeo, the Las Vegas NFR is the season-ending event for the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. The national finals take place in Vegas and are graced by an impressive list of crowd-pulling entertainers to sing the national anthem before any performance as well as entertain the attendees.

The Wrangler NFR is the richest and most prestigious rodeo event in the whole world. This year’s edition is showcasing the best cowboys, barrel racers, livestock, and other amazing competitions from the most energetic crowd of competitors you will ever meet. It debuted in 1959, and the first event came to Vegas in December of 1985, which has been its home till this year, which saw it move to Texas to avert a possible COVID-19 explosion. This, in effect, meant the readjustment of the Wrangler NFR contract with Las Vegas, which were contracted to host the event in Vegas till 2024 but will now go through to 2025 after it makes a return to its mother home once the pandemic is under control.

Competing in the NFR 

The National Finals Rodeo has a $10 million dollar purse and a highly coveted gold buckle. To get this, 15 contestants, pulled from the standard rodeo events – team roping (headers & healers), saddle bronc riding, WPRA barrel racing, bull riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, and bareback riding qualify to compete at the NFR as per the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association World Standings. 

They compete for over 10 rounds, each round for a day over the ten competitions day period. A contestant can only compete once each day across the season.

Winning In The NFR

The NFR has two champions for each event; four for team roping. 

The first champion is the contestant with the best cumulative time/score over ten rounds. The second champion is the competitor who finished the year with the most money (this count includes any winnings made at the NFR). To earn money, cowboys and barrel races place first through sixth in any round and win more dollars when you place the first through eighth in the average (cumulative times/points earned in the 10 rounds). The average winner and world champion (the one with the most money) might be different people or the same person.

You can, therefore, pick the one you think are likely to fare well on and focus on winning it. If you want to compete in the NFR, this year might have already been gone down the shaft, but next year, well next year is a blink away and if you start now… start now.

NFR Las Vegas Events

While the NFR takes place, several events are being run concurrently. The most popular one is the Cowboy Christmas, which we have highlighted below:

Cowboy Christmas

If you are at the Fort Worth Convention Centre, you will be able to shop for and view furniture, original art, handmade crafts and pottery, original and official Wrangler NFR and PRCA merchandise, and other exciting merchandise from the hundreds of vendors that will be at the venue for Cowboy Christmas.

Besides that, Ames Cake will be in the house to display and give you a taste of their famed cowboy-themed cakes and other mouth fully delicious cakes and biscuits from the cowboy-go-to bakery. 

Final Word

Are you prepped enough for NFR Texas? You should be. Pack up your cowboy outfit and ticket and ready yourself for the top Wild West rodeo party in all of wild America! There will be exciting concerts, epic horse rides, bullfights, and all these will be in the Cowboy capital of Texas. Could you be in the want for more? Keep reading our site for all the updates, information, and action as they come from Texas and associated houses. If you are yet to pocket your ticket yet, you can grab yours. Happy rodeo!