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History of the National Finals Rodeo (NFR)

NFR History

Have you heard about the National Finals Rodeo (NFR) Championship Event? NFR, as is it commonly known, is organized by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA). PRCA organizes the event to honor and award the 120 competing cowboy contestants with international titles.

History about NFR

The NFR Championship event has been around for over two decades.  It is from here and not until 1985 that the NFR championship event found its way into Las Vegas where it has remained ever since. Do you know what is NFR? if you don’t know then see our this article here.

NFR Ceremonies

The National Finals Rodeo has quite a number of events and ceremonies that have been tied to it ever since it was started. ceremony is filled with excitement and feature top country music acts and performances. These are some of the most notable things that give the NFR event its name.

NFR Opening Ceremonies

The NFR always starts with a great opening ceremony. The musical act is usually the real deal. 2019 NFR is yet to announce its music act. At the opening ceremony, all the 120 participants come out riding on horses with their state’s flag.

Cowboy Christmas

The Cowboy Christmas has featured in every NFR event at the Las Vegas Convention Center. It showcases the best equipment and experiences every cowboy dies for. In 2019 it will run from December 4th to the 14th every day from 9 AM to 5 PM. It offers a great chance to meet your favorite competitors.

Cowboy Christmas

Miss Rodeo America

Miss Rodeo America Pageant is an all-time-honored tradition of the NFR. It starts four days before the main NFR event, for the 2019 NFR it will start on December 2nd and will run until December 9th where the finals will take place at the Tropicana Las Vegas.


NFR found its very first major sponsorship deal in 2001 from the American-based jeans manufacturer Wrangler.

National Finals Rodeo Events

The contestants compete for the PRCA (Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association) award and get involved in the following events in the History about NFR.

Steer Wrestling
Team Roping
Saddle Bronc Riding
Tie-Down Roping
Bull Riding

Why 120 Contestants?

NFR is usually the final showdown of the cowboy events and competitions. It is the season finale or the ultimate challenge. Before the National Final Rodeo, these cowboys from all over the US compete in different challenging rodeo events. 120 cowboys are selected From these events upon successful completion of the event to compete in the NFR Championship which is the final showdown and the only arena where the ultimate prize; the PRCA World; All-Around Championship Title is given.

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