2021 National Finals Rodeo Highlights
the THIS The team is back in Texas after the 2021 Wrangler National Finals rodeo, but our spirits are still replaying the 10 plus days of Western entertainment in Las Vegas.
The NFR returned to Las Vegas this year and it was back and better than ever! A total of 169,539 people came to the Thomas & Mack Center to watch 119 competitors compete for the PRCA Gold Loops. But the arena wasn’t the only place to go: 241,522 people shopped at the Cowboy Channel Cowboy Christmas, and over 70 concerts and 30 live nights were held during the “Super Bowl of Rodeo” . Take a look at some of the highlights from this year.
2021 National Finals World Rodeo Champions
The world’s best rodeo athletes competed for a world title and part of the $ 10 million purse. Here are the candidates who came out on top.
Roping as a team
Kaleb Driggers & Junior Nogueira
Selle Bronc Riding
7X Bull Rider World Champion Sage Kimzey. Photograph: Courtesy of Wrangler NFR
Miss Rodeo America Contest
Hailey Frederiksen of Colorado was crowned Miss Rodeo America 2022 after competing against 31 state rodeo queens.
Wrangler NFR’s premier gift show had over 350 exhibitor booths showcasing the West’s finest clothing, artwork, jewelry, furniture and more. In the midst of those who walked the aisles of Cowboy Christmas were Yellowstone stars Cole Hauser, Luke Grimes and Forrie J Smith; actor Arnold Schwarzenegger; fantasy dancer Larry Yazzie; actor and cowboy James Pickens Jr.; and the Compton Cowboys.
Photography: courtesy of Samsville Gallery
THIS’Night viewing evenings
THIS hosted viewing nights and free concerts from December 2-10 at the Silverton Casino & Hotel. Our favorite night was THIS’s The BEST OF THE WEST party with performances from the Randy Brown Show and Josh Ward, door prizes including free NFR 2022 travel, drink specials and more!
Ned LeDoux. Photography: Courtesy of Stacy Hays
NFR 2022 trip winner
Ryan Bingham x Ranch Water Party
Yellowstone star and musician Ryan Bingham and hard seltzer brand Lone River Ranch Water threw a party in Kemo Sabe to kick off NFR 2021. Country musicians Ian Munsick, Cleto Cordero, Randall King, and Jenna Paulette were among the guests sipping chilled soft drinks in the Western luxury store; rodeo stars Jorden Halvorsen, Trevor Brazile and Wes Silcox; and Donnie Daytona from Netflix How to be a cowboy.
Photography: courtesy of Michael Simon
NFR 2021 trip winners
We loved meeting the winners of THISNFR 2021 competition. They received NFR tickets, a three night stay at the Silverton Casino & Hotel and concert tickets for Reba McEntire and Brooks & Dunn.
Photograph: (cover image) courtesy of Wrangler NFR