December 6, 2013

The Horse Circus

We pretend to go to the horse show but everyone really knows it’s a circus!

Bring on the clowns! And the horses too!

Every Friday Counter-Canter Culture features the important US and International Horse Shows currently under way.

Photo courtesy of NFR Experience

Photo courtesy of NFR Experience

2013 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo

Yesterday evening rodeo fans from across the country cheered the start of the ten day Wrangler National Rodeo Finals in Las Vegas.  The National Finals Rodeo, or NFR, is the premier championship rodeo event in the United States, and showcases the talent of the nation’s top 15 money-winners in seven categories of competition as they compete for the world title, not to mention millions of dollars in prize money.  No wonder it’s sometimes referred to as the Super Bowl of Rodeo!

Also, like the Super Bowl, this event is well attended as you can tell from the picture.  Since 1985 the NFR has been held in the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, and it has become the arena’s biggest client, bringing in more than 170,000 fans during the 10-day event.  Every night is sold to capacity so viewing parties are also held in many of the Las Vegas casinos just to handle the overflow!

And the fun doesn’t stop at the arena’s gate.  The whole of Las Vegas is transformed into Cowboytown for these ten days, with the biggest names in country music playing every night and an entire convention center of shopping at Cowboy Christmas everyday.  If you didn’t know about this phenomenon that takes over Las Vegas every December, now you do!

For those of you who are familiar with rodeo, perhaps the name Mary Walker rings a bell.  She and her mount Latte were last year’s world champion barrel racing team with a particularly special story.  Learn more about the pair in this short clip on their inspiring run-up to the 2012 NFR.

Mary Walker, Latte and many other famous names in rodeo, like Trevor Brazile and Tuf Cooper, are back once again this year to go for the big prize-money and those beautiful championship belt buckles.  Check out the all action on cable network Great American Country, which is broadcasting all ten nights of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, and get a taste of rodeo’s biggest show!

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