The bigger the lead, the better the odds are

World championships in this sport don’t come easy. Along with physical demands, there are hours spent traveling, time spent away from loved ones and financial risks that can take their toll. And, along the way, a Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR) qualification is required. Since the NFR purse increased in 2015, each of the 120 […]

NFR Insider Insights: Round 10

Bulls, Bares and Saddle Broncs – by Susan Kanode When Cody Wright won his first saddle bronc riding title in 2008, his son, Ryder, was just 10-years-old. Nine years later, Ryder has one of his own. It came by the narrowest of margins, $2,651 over Brody Cress, the spoiler at this year’s NFR. Ryder came […]

Round 9

My friend and fellow rodeo journalist Kendra Santos and I will be compiling NFR Insider Insights into the 2017 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo to tell fans the rest of the story here at Rodeo’s Super Bowl. I’m very excited to have the opportunity to work closely with Kendra. I’m equally excited for you rodeo fans […]

Round 8

My friend and fellow rodeo journalist Kendra Santos and I will be compiling NFR Insider Insights into the 2017 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo to tell fans the rest of the story here at Rodeo’s Super Bowl. I’m very excited to have the opportunity to work closely with Kendra. I’m equally excited for you rodeo fans […]

Round 7

Roping, Wrestling and Running – By Kendra Santos Cowboy camaraderie is for real, and a couple of the Round 7 winners are prime examples of that fact. Nevada steer wrestler Dakota Eldridge had struggled in the early going of the 2017 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, but he wasn’t too busy with his own stresses, strains […]

Round 6

My friend and fellow rodeo journalist Kendra Santos and I will be compiling NFR Insider Insights into the 2017 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo to tell fans the rest of the story here at Rodeo’s Super Bowl. I’m very excited to have the opportunity to work closely with Kendra. I’m equally excited for you rodeo fans […]

Round 5

My friend and fellow rodeo journalist Kendra Santos and I will be compiling NFR Insider Insights into the 2017 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo to tell fans the rest of the story here at Rodeo’s Super Bowl. I’m very excited to have the opportunity to work closely with Kendra. I’m equally excited for you rodeo fans […]

Exceptional Day

Special guest writer – Jack Nowlin Smiles were out in full force Monday at the Exceptional Rodeo at the Las Vegas Convention Center’s Wrangler Rodeo Arena. Now in its 35th year, the Exceptional Rodeo brings together dozens of special-needs kids from around the area and contestants from the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo for an hour […]

Round 4

My friend and fellow rodeo journalist Kendra Santos and I will be compiling NFR Insider Insights into the 2017 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo to tell fans the rest of the story here at Rodeo’s Super Bowl. I’m very excited to have the opportunity to work closely with Kendra. I’m equally excited for you rodeo fans […]

Round 3

My friend and fellow rodeo journalist Kendra Santos and I will be compiling NFR Insider Insights into the 2017 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo to tell fans the rest of the story here at Rodeo’s Super Bowl. I’m very excited to have the opportunity to work closely with Kendra. I’m equally excited for you rodeo fans […]

Round 2

My friend and fellow rodeo journalist Kendra Santos and I will be compiling NFR Insider Insights into the 2017 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo to tell fans the rest of the story here at Rodeo’s Super Bowl. I’m very excited to have the opportunity to work closely with Kendra. I’m equally excited for you rodeo fans […]

Round 1

NFR Insider Insights: Round 1 My friend and fellow rodeo journalist Kendra Santos and I will be compiling NFR Insider Insights into the 2017 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo to tell fans the rest of the story here at Rodeo’s Super Bowl. I’m very excited to have the opportunity to work closely with Kendra. I’m equally […]

NFR picks

With the increase in the payoff at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR) in 2015, winning a gold buckle is an option for each of the 120 contestants entered. Once again, this year, it will pay $26,231 to win any of the 10 rounds in each event. And, the NFR champion who has the fastest […]

The crying hole

Before the dirt is moved into the Thomas and Mack Center, and Las Vegas turns into cowboy town, there is a race going on in rodeo that leads to triumph or heartbreak. That race is for a Wrangler National Finals rodeo (NFR) qualification. It starts in October of the previous year, takes contestants from coast […]

Tim O’Connell is looking forward

While this has been the best season of Tim O’Connell’s career so far, he is already looking forward to the 2018 rodeo year and making plans for it. That has probably been part of the reason for his success this year. He planned for it, worked towards it and has had achievements beyond many bareback […]

Tim’s balancing act

The Memorial Day Weekend is the traditional start of summer for most Americans. For rodeo cowboys, it means that the busiest time of the year is about to begin. That is a love-hate relationship for reigning world champion bareback rider Tim O’Connell. “I love my job and wouldn’t trade it for the world, but I […]

Frank and Sally

When Heith DeMoss won his third consecutive Reno Rodeo bronc riding championship, he went into the record books as only a handful of contestants to accomplish that feat. Heith was the first contestant to win his third set of silver championship spurs since Kristie Peterson did that on her great horse Bozo in the barrel […]

No flowers on Mother’s Day for the O’Connells

Mother’s Day isn’t filled with flowers and candy for Tim O’Connell’s mom Joann. Instead, it has become a tradition for them to spend time together at Three Hills Rodeo’s Spring Buck Out. The event has special meaning for them. It is where Tim got on his first bareback horse and it paved the way to […]

Tim O’Connell focused on repeat

We are halfway through the rodeo season and bareback rider Tim O’Connell, our reigning world champion, is looking good for a repeat. The 2017 season started Oct. 1, 2016. Tim, who grew up near Zwingle, Iowa, went to a few rodeos to stay sharp and get a start on 2017 before last year’s Wrangler National […]

So There’s a rodeo in heaven

After covering rodeos for over 30 years, I’ve seen a lot of change and loss in the rodeo world.  I was at Cheyenne Frontier Days when Lane Frost took his last ride and in the Thomas and Mack Center when Brent Thurman did the same. I watched with agony as my dear friend and Wrangler […]