Nashville recording artist Kylie Frey is singing the national anthem. There will be a special performance from country music singer and songwriter Randy Houser. Tarleton State is the performance sponsor.
WRANGLER NFR LIVE ON TELEVISION, RADIO AND INTERNET
Tonight’s Wrangler NFR will be televised live on The Cowboy Channel (DISH Network channel 232 and DirecTV channel 603) and RFD-TV (Dish Network channel 231 and DirecTV channel 345) from 6:30-9:30 p.m. (CT). All 10 performances of the 2020 Wrangler NFR will be available via livestream subscription on Cowboy Channel Plus. Visit cowboychannelplus.com to sign up. The Wrangler National Finals Breakaway Roping is being livestreamed by Wranglernetwork.com. The NFBR performances will be at 10 a.m. (CT), Dec. 8-10 at Globe Life Field – the same arena used for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. Cowgirls will compete for a record-setting $200,000 purse at this three-day event.
PARKER MCCOWN, TREVOR KASTNER OUT WITH INJURIES
Bull riders Parker McCown and Trevor Kastner are both doctor-released out for Rounds 7 and 8. McCown, who is making his Wrangler National Finals Rodeo debut, is out because of a right (riding) shoulder separation and right shoulder joint fracture. Kastner, an NFR veteran, is injured with a right (riding) shoulder blade fracture. McCown has earned $42,577 at the Finals and has climbed to ninth in the PRCA | RAM World Standings with $98,138. Kastner is at his sixth NFR (2011-13, 2018-20) and third consecutive. Kastner has earned $25,654 at the Finals this season. He was in 13th place in the world standings with $80,935 as of Wednesday. To read more about McCown and Kastner, go to ProRodeo.com.
HAVEN MEGED SETS ROUND 6 TIE-DOWN ROPING RECORD
Haven Meged, the 2019 PRCA Tie-Down Roping World Champion and average champion, is not giving up his titles without a fight. The Miles City, Mont., cowboy has placed in the last three rounds, highlighted by winning Round 6 at Globe Life Field, Dec. 8 in an NFR go-round record of 6.8 seconds. The Round 6 record was 6.9 seconds, shared by Matt Shiozawa (2014) and Marty Yates (2014 and 2017). With the $26,231 victory, Meged climbed from eighth to fifth in the PRCA | RAM World Standings with $115,248.
NEWS & NOTES
Bareback rider Mason Clements, who has earned $32,423 at the 2020 Wrangler NFR, has a chance to add to that total tonight after drawing Sankey Pro Rodeo & Phenom Genetics’ Prairie Rose. Prairie Rose was chosen the top bareback horse in Round 2 after bucking off reigning world champion Clayton Biglow. Four-time world champion Kaycee Feild, who is second in the 2020 PRCA | RAM World Standings with $171,879, has a great opportunity to make up some ground. Feild drew Bridwell Pro Rodeos’ Meat Sweats. Leighton Berry split second in Round 2 with an 86.5-point ride on Meat Sweats, who was chosen as the top bareback horse of Round 1 at the 2019 NFR. Jake Brown is matched with Pickett Pro Rodeo’s Top Egyptian, the same horse Caleb Bennett set the Round 1 record with at last year’s Finals after a 90-point ride … In saddle bronc riding, Zeke Thurston drew Dakota Rodeo’s Bartender, the same bronc Ryder Wright had an 88.5-point ride on during Round 10 at the 2019 NFR, splitting third. Stetson Wright will climb aboard Hi Lo Pro Rodeo’s Larry Culpepper, the same bronc Dawson Hay had an 86.5-point ride on during Round 8 at the 2019 Finals to split fourth. In 2018, Cort Scheer set the NFR Round 2 record with a 92-point trip on Larry Culpepper. Ryder Wright has a great opportunity to get his fourth go-round win of the 2020 Wrangler NFR when he gets on Bridwell Pro Rodeo’s Momma’s Boy. Momma’s Boy was chosen the top saddle bronc of Round 9 at last year’s NFR after bucking off Colt Gordon … In bull riding, Tyler Bingham has earned $26,500 at this year’s NFR and has a chance to increase that total in Round 7 after drawing Big Stone Rodeo’s Spotted Demon, the 2018 PRCA bull of the year and the top bull of the 2018 NFR. Koby Radley had a 92-point ride on Spotted Demon to win Round 3 of the 2019 NFR. Spotted Demon bucked off Colten Fritzlan in Round 2 this year. Fritzlan, a rookie, is third in the world standings and first in the average with 428.5 points on five head. He has drawn Powder River Rodeo’s Strange Cargo. Strange Cargo was the bull of the night in Round 1 of last year’s NFR after bucking off Trevor Kastner.
Record times and scores for the seventh round of the Wrangler NFR:
Bareback riding: 91.5 points, Bobby Mote, 2008; Clayton Biglow, 2019.
Steer wrestling: 3.1 seconds, Matt Reeves, 2013
Team roping: 3.6 seconds, Derrick Begay/Cesar de la Cruz, 2009; Clay Tryan/Travis
Graves, 2012; Trevor Brazile/Patrick Smith, 2015; Cody Snow/Wesley Thorp, 2019
Saddle bronc riding: 92.5 points, Zeke Thurston, 2019
Tie-down roping: 6.7 seconds, Trevor Brazile, 2007; Cody Ohl, 2013;
Matt Shiozawa, 2015
Barrel racing: 13.40 seconds, Tillar Murray, 2017
Bull riding: 94 points, J.W. Harris, 2010 ·
Courtesy of PRCA