The 2018 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR) is scheduled to take place from the 6th -15th of December, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The NFR takes place annually at the Thomas & Mack Center on the University of Nevada, Las Vegas campus. The Wrangler NFR is the grand finale of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) season. The top 15 cowboys and cowgirls on the season-long rankings of each event are set to compete for over $10 000000 in prize money, and most importantly the title of world champion. The 2018 NFR promises to be jam-packed with action for the 170, 000+ fans that are expected during the course of the event.
The inaugural National Finals Rodeo was held in 1959 nearly 60 years ago in Dallas, Texas. The NFR was held at numerous other venues until 1984. Since 1985 the event has been staged at the Thomas & Mack Center on the UNLV campus. In 2014 a contract extension was signed that will see the NFR in Las Vegas until at least 2024. All events of the Wrangler NFR are scheduled to air live on the CBS Sports Network.
- 1 NFR 2018: Date, Time, Venue
- 2 NFR 2018 Live Stream
- 3 Wrangler NFR Events
- 4 Watch WNFR using VPN
- 5 Social Media
- 6 What you need to know about the National Finals Rodeo
- 7 2018 NFR contestants
- 8 Miss Rodeo America
- 9 Cowboy Christmas
- 10 WPRA Star Celebration
- 11 NFR Prize Money
- 12 Final Words
NFR 2018: Date, Time, Venue
All the main NFR events are scheduled to begin daily at 6:45 pm until 9:00 pm from the 6th to the 15th of December, 2018. Numerous other events take place during the day starting as early as 8:00 am. These other events include the Miss Rodeo America as well as the Junior NFR.
The 2018 Wrangler NFR will take place at the Thomas & Mack Center on the UNLV campus in Las Vegas, Nevada. A host of other NFR related events will take place at venues in close proximity to the Thomas & Mack Center, including at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
NFR 2018 Live Stream
Live streaming has become very popular and for those that don’t have satellite tv, the NFR will be available online via numerous sources. Digital access to all of the action at the NFR is available at www.wranglernfrlive.com. Official live streaming is available via CBS Sports and additional streaming options that don’t require a cable subscription is also available at Wranglernfrlive.com. ProRodeoTV offers real-time streaming to international viewers from around the globe to ensure that they don’t miss a moment of the action. ProRodeoTV does offer to stream to domestic viewers in the US, but it is delayed and it is only available 12 hours after it aired on the CBS Sports Network. YouTube also offers live streaming of the 2018 NFR. Potential viewers can subscribe to this service directly on YouTube. More online live streaming sources are set to become available as the event draws nearer.
Wrangler NFR Events
The Wrangler NFR consists out of 8 different events that are contested by the top 15 money winners in each event during the annual PRCA season. The steer roping final isn’t contested at the NFR but it does form part of the overall world standings. Anything can happen with the final year-end standings due to the size of the prize fund at the NFR.
- Bareback riding
Bareback riding is a form of horseback riding without a saddle, cowboys that compete in this event requires phenomenal balance and coordination. The current leader in this event is Tim O’Connell, 2nd place cowboy Caleb Bennett is hot on his wheels and this event is set to be a thriller at the NFR.
- Steer wrestling
Steer wrestling is one of the most dangerous rodeo events. A cowboy chases after a steer on a horse and then drops down from the horse to tackle the steer by the horns and to then wrestle it to the ground. Curtis Cassidy is the current
front runnerin another closely contested event heading into the NFR.
- Team roping
The team roping event involves two riders and one steer. The first roper, the header, ropes the front of the steer, and the second roper, the
heeler, ropes the steer by its hind feet. Standings in the team roping event are very tight and it is set to be a battle all the way until the end. All eyes will be on veteran Kory Koontz and his partner Dustin Egusquiza, Koontz a rodeo legend is seeking to win his first world championship title.
- Saddle bronc riding
The Saddle bronc riding event involves a cowboy that tries to stay on the back of a horse for as long as possible while the horse tries to buck off the rider. Jacobs Crawley and Ryder Wright are well clear of the rest of the competitors on the standings and these two cowboys will have it all to compete for at the Wrangler NFR.
- Tie-down roping
Tie-down roping is also known as calf roping. A cowboy mounted on a horse chases after a calf and then throws a rope around its head, the cowboy then proceeds to dismount from the horse in order to run to the calf and to restrain it by tying three of its legs together. Shane Hanchey is the cowboy to catch in this event.
- Barrel racing
Barrel racing is a rodeo event for female competitors. In the barrel racing
eventa rider and their horse attempts to complete a cloverleaf pattern around preset barrels in the quickest time possible. Hailey Kinsel the current money list leader has been dominant this year and she will be looking to maintain that form at the Wrangler NFR.
- Bull riding
Bull riding is arguably the most popular rodeo event. Cowboys attempt to stay mounted on a bucking bull for as long as possible while the bull tries to buck them off. In order to receive a score a rider needs to stay on for at least 8 seconds, many have called it the 8 most dangerous seconds in sport. Sage Kimzey leads the world standing by over a $100 000 and he looks set to become a world champion at the 2018 NFR.
Watch WNFR using VPN
The use of a VPN can be very helpful for viewers that are in a country or territory that doesn’t have live streaming access to the NFR. With the help of a VPN app or service, the IP address location of a device can be set to an area/country of your choosing. For instance, if an individual has access to the login details of a US satellite provider they can set their VPN to the US and access that service from anywhere around the globe.
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Social media sites allow for accounts to live stream content. YouTube and Facebook both have capabilities that allow account holders to live stream content to their followers or subscribers. Twitter and Reddit focus more on generating discussions between fans, and not so much on live video content.
Facebook- The Wrangler Network Facebook page will live stream some of the events at the 2018 NFR to its followers. Follow their Facebook page for updates on which events will be available via their Facebook page.
Twitter- During the NFR Twitter will be a great source for fans that want quick updates about the latest action in Las Vegas. In terms of live streaming Twitter will be limited.
YouTube- The Wrangler Network YouTube channel will live stream some of the events at
What you need to know about the National Finals Rodeo
The 2018 Wrangler NFR is shaping up to be a very closely contested battle. Sage Kimzey, Tuff Cooper, Trevor Brazile and Kory Koontz are just a few of the star cowboys that will compete at the 2018 NFR and all of them are focused on adding more titles to their trophy cabinets. The CBS Sports Network and a host of other sources will bring you all of the action live from the 2018 NFR.
2018 NFR contestants
The 2018 field of contestants at the Wrangler NFR brings together the best of the best in rodeo to compete for the ultimate prize of world champion. Familiar faces such as Trevor Brazile, Tuff Cooper and Kory Koontz are set to return to the 2018 NFR, and a new face, Carman Pozzobon will look to make a lasting first NFR impression.
Miss Rodeo America
The Miss Rodeo America pageant takes place annually at the Wrangler NFR. Reigning state rodeo queens compete for the coveted title and they are judged on appearance, horsemanship and personality. The Miss Rodeo America winner reigns for one year, during this time she travels to over 120 rodeos around the country and she makes public appearances at schools and other venues. The 2018 Miss Rodeo America will take place at the Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas in the buildup to the 2018 NFR events.
Cowboy Christmas is your one stop shop for anything cowboy, cowgirl, horse, rodeo or ranch. Nearly 350 vendors set up in the Las Vegas Convention Center covering a space the size of almost 8 football fields to display and sell their products. Entrance into the exhibition is free and there will be lots of entertainment at the exhibition. Cowboys will be signing autographs and don’t be surprised if you get to see a live country music concert at the exhibition as well.
WPRA Star Celebration
The WPRA Star Celebration honors the individuals or teams that work tirelessly behind the scenes to make the association as well as the NFR and all the other rodeos around the country a huge success every year. The event takes place annually at the Wrangler NFR during a special celebration. 2017 Lenora Reimers Heritage Award winner, Pam Minick, is a true example of an individual going above and beyond in support of the WPRA. She is a previous Miss Rodeo America winner, she still competes as a barrel racer and a roper and she is a long-standing board member.
NFR Prize Money
The 2018 Wrangler NFR total prize fund is set to be north of $10 million and individual event winners are expected to receive roughly $ 75,000 for a 1st place finish. The NFR is by far the most lucrative event in terms of prize money and it is not uncommon for cowboys to pocket roughly $150,000 in prize money at the conclusion of the event.
The stage is set for the 2018 Wrangler NFR and it is sure to be an action-packed event from beginning to end. World champions will be crowned, records will be broken, and others will have their dreams shattered. Stay up to date with the latest news and catch full NFR action live on The CBS Sports Network and via available live streaming sources.