Wrangler NFR Round 8 News and Notes

by | Dec 08, 2016

Moe Bandy will serve as the opening act and the national anthem will be performed by country music stars Brooks & Dunn. Justin Boots is the performance sponsor.

Tonight’s Wrangler NFR presented by Polaris RANGER will be televised live and in HD on CBS Sports Net (DISH Network channel 158 and DirecTV channel 221) from 7-10 p.m. (PT) with Jeff Medders and Butch Knowles announcing, Joe Beaver and Don Gay providing commentary, Suzanne Alexander hosting the pre-show and Kadee Coffman as the sideline reporter. All 10 performances of the 2016 Wrangler NFR will be available live with a video-on-demand option via pay-per-view through exclusively in Canada, Brazil, Mexico and Australia. ProRodeo Live is airing coverage on a network of radio stations, including Rural Radio, and online at with Steve Kenyon as the lead announcer.

Bareback rider Jake Brown has doctor released out for Rounds 8 and 9 of the WNFR because of a concussion. Brown suffered the injury during his Round 7 ride on Rosser Rodeo’s Gold Coast Jackie. He recorded no score on the ride.

“I just didn’t pass the concussion test (Thursday morning) with Justin Sportsmedicine,” Brown said. “I will take the test again (Saturday morning), and hopefully I will be able to come back for Round 10. This is pretty frustrating, but at the same time, for the health of my future, you have to make the right calls. Those guys (Justin Sportsmedicine) know what they are doing and I trust their judgement more than my own.”

Brown couldn’t pinpoint exactly when his injury occurred.

“I’m thinking she hit me in the back of the head at some point during the ride,” Brown said. “I never got knocked out completely, but it dang sure scattered my chickens, and when I hit the ground, I couldn’t get up very good.”

Brown is ninth in the WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings with $120,282. He has won $44,128 at this WNFR.

Bull rider Shane Proctor is proving age is just a number. Proctor, 31, the oldest bull rider in the 15-contestant field, is leading the average with a 590-point score on seven head, thanks to an outright win in Round 3 and a three-way victory split in Round 7. Proctor’s best career finish in the average was third twice, in 2013 and 2015. The Grand Coulee, Wash., cowboy had never ridden more than five bulls in his other four trips (2011-13, 2015) to the WNFR. Proctor will try and make the whistle for the eighth time in eight rounds when he faces Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Curley Bill tonight. Surprisingly, riding eight bulls is not uncommon, and it’s happened the last three years in a row – Cody Teel (2013, 2015) and Sage Kimzey (2014). If Proctor goes 9-for-9 on rides he will join more select company, as only 21 bull riders have ridden nine bulls in NFR history. The last two to do it were Adriano Moraes and Michael Gaffney, both in 1996. Moraes won the average, and Gaffney was second.

Bareback rider Caleb Bennett is second in the world standings, with $175,171, and he has a great draw tonight with Frontier Rodeo’s Delta Ship. Clayton Biglow split the Round 3 win with an 88-point ride on Delta Ship. Winn Ratliff faces C5 Rodeo’s Virgil. Tanner Aus split the Round 3 win with Biglow with an 88-point ride on Virgil, who was second in the 2016 PRCA Bareback Horse of the Year voting. R.C. Landingham has a grand opportunity to win his second round in a row as he draws Craig At Midnight, the 2016 PRCA Bareback Horse of the Year. Orin Larsen draws Frontier Rodeo’s Full Baggage, the 2011 and 2013 bareback horse of the year and the 2010, 2012 and 2015 top bareback horse of the WNFR.

Saddle bronc rider Cody Wright, the 2008 and 2010 world champion, draws Powder River Rodeo’s Lipstick N Whiskey. Cody’s son, Ryder, won Round 3 on that horse with an 86.5-point ride. Clay Elliott draws Burch Rodeo’s Lunatic Fringe, a standout horse that is making his eighth appearance at the WNFR. Sterling Crawley placed sixth on the horse in Round 1 with an 82-point ride. Jake Watson faces JK Rodeo’s Dakota Babe. Rusty Wright split second place in Round 3 with an 85-point ride on that horse.

Bull rider Tyler Smith has won $26,500 so far at the WNFR, but he could add to that total as he faces Wayne Vold Rodeo’s Cooper’s Comet. Roscoe Jarboe had an 88.5-point ride on the bull to win Round 2. Jordan Spears draws Championship Pro Rodeo’s Cowbanger. Joe Frost split second place in Round 2 with an 87-point ride on the bull.

Record times and scores for the eighth round of the WNFR:
BB: 89.5 points, Steven Peebles, 2015
SW: 3.1 seconds, Shawn Greenfield, 2004
TR: 3.5 seconds, Travis Tryan/Cory Petska, 2008
SB: 89.5 points, Billy Etbauer, 2004
TD: 6.5 seconds, Trevor Brazile, 2015 (equal to the arena record)
GB: 13.49 seconds, Sherry Cervi, 2010
BR: 95 points, Colby Yates, 2002

Courtesy of PRCA