Exceptional Rodeo

The first four rounds of the National Finals Rodeo didn’t go as planned for steer wrestler Kyle Irwin. He placed sixth in the second round but failed to finish in the money in any of the other three rounds. None of that mattered to the Robertsdale, Alabama, cowboy on Monday, however. Irwin was one of […]

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Going for a three-peat

Chris Villanueva knows what it takes to win a world title. In fact, the Mesquite, Texas, bull rider knows what it takes to win back-to-back titles. Villanueva will try to make it three in a row Monday when he rides in the finals of the 16-18 division of Leal’s Junior Bull Riding at the Junior […]

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Tennessee Travelers

Rhea Webb might want to get used to coming to Las Vegas in December. Webb arrived in town last week from Byrdstown, Tennessee, along with her sons Cy, 9, and Lane, 16, both of whom are competing in the Junior World Finals at the Vegas Convention Center. Cy, who won the peewee saddle bronc riding […]

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Familiarity breeds success

Sometimes, familiarity has its advantages in the world of bull riding. That proved to be true for both John Crimber and Gavin Firnekas on Saturday at the Junior World Finals at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Crimber scored a Wrangler Rodeo Arena-record 91.0 points on Air Time to take the second-round lead in the 12-13 […]

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Shelby Lukehart

Riding on the big stage for the first time was a little overwhelming for Shelby Lukehart. Thursday at the Junior World Finals the 13-year-old eighth grader from Sand Hollow, Idaho, climbed aboard Shidly, a big bay mare. One of the final competitors to ride in the first section of the Senior Saddle Bronc division, Lukehart […]

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Junior World Finals – Team Roping

Bret Beach has become synonymous with team roping over the years. The Boerne, Texas, cowboy was a three-time qualifier to the National Finals Rodeo, teamed with Clay O’Brien Cooper to dominate jackpot rodeos in the 1980s and now helps young team ropers learn the tricks of the trade through his TotalTeamRoping.com website. In other words, […]

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Leal’s Junior Bull Riding

Leal’s Junior Bull Riding has made a habit of spending one week every December in Las Vegas. And that isn’t expected to change anytime in the near future. Beginning in 2013, Leal’s Junior Bull Riding has teamed with Las Vegas Events to have some of the nation’s top young bull riders compete at the Las […]

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Bo knows the Junior World Finals

The name isn’t the only thing different about this year’s Junior World Finals in Las Vegas. Previously known as the Junior NFR, the Junior World Finals promises to be bigger and better in a number of ways when the event kicks off Dec. 5 at the Wrangler Rodeo Arena in the South Halls of the […]

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