Round 10 of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo can be the deciding factor in who wins the world title. With so much money on the line and a chance to go down in history as a world champion, cowboys hold nothing back in the final round, and the records show it.
Saddle bronc rider Billy Etbauer holds four round records at the Wrangler NFR, two of which are the highest score across all 10 rounds. En route to winning his fifth and final world title, Etbauer set the Round 10 record with a 93-point ride on Kesler Championship Rodeo’s Cool Alley in 2004. The only other time the Wrangler NFR witnessed a 93-point saddle bronc ride was during Round 5 of the Finals in 2003 with Etbauer on Kesler Championship Rodeo’s Royal Visit.
A score this high is so rare in ProRodeo that only a handful of cowboys have ever scored 93 points and only four cowboys have ever made higher scores in saddle bronc riding.
Etbauer also shares the Round 3 record of 90 points with his 1999 ride on Beutler Brothers and Cervi’s Rio Bravo, and the Round 7 record of 90 points with his 2009 ride on Bar T Rodeo’s Son of Sadie.
The South Dakota cowboy made 21 consecutive trips to the Wrangler NFR (1989-2009) and won five world titles (1992, 1996, 1999-2000 and 2004) while winning more than $3 million during his ProRodeo career.
The following is the breakdown of the highest scores and fastest times recorded for the 10th round of the Wrangler NFR.
• Will Lowe on Mosbrucker Rodeo’s Magic Wars, 2007
• Tyler Waguespack, 2017
Saddle Bronc Riding
• Billy Etbauer on Kesler Championship Rodeo’s Cool Alley, 2004
• Cody Ohl, 2003
• Hailey Kinsel, 2017
• Cody Hancock on Mister USA, 2001
These records, and the records of the other nine rounds, could be broken Dec. 5-14. Fans can check with ProRodeo.com for updates throughout the competition and watch the action unfold on CBS SportsNetwork or on delay at ProRodeoTV.com.
Courtesy of PRCA