National Finals Rodeo Schedule
The best of the best in the world of rodeo are ready to descend on the Thomas and
Mack Center in Las Vegas yet again for the 2014 National Finals Rodeo. This is one of the biggest rodeo events of the year,
and fans from all over the globe flock to Sin City to see the most talented cowboys in the game test their skills over a 10-day
period of time. The National Finals Rodeo is held every December, and this year it is set to run from December 4th to December
10th and should be filled with some of the most exciting roping and bull riding action that you've ever been witness to. Events
at the National Finals Rodeo include bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping,
barrel racing and bull riding, making for one heck of a variety. Plus, each year the National Finals Rodeo crowns a World
All-Around Rodeo Champion Cowboy, an award given to the cowboy that has earned the most money and regularly competed in events
throughout the year. The best way to see an event like this is in person, as you can really grasp how difficult it is to pull
of the feats that these cowboys are going to make look easy. Make sure you're there in Vegas this year to see the National
Finals Rodeo for yourself.
National Finals Rodeo History
Rodeo competitions put on display skills which
can be traced all the way back to jobs ranchers needed to do back in 19th century Spain and eventually in North and South
America when ranching began to gain traction in the Americas. In the early 1800s there were a few informal rodeo contests
in northern Mexico and the western United States, but it was only in 1872, when the first true formal rodeo contest was held
in Cheyenne, Wyoming.
Rodeos are still incredibly popular in the western United States and parts of Canada, and the
Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and Women's Professional Rodeo Association governs the professional rodeo scene and
the sport began to really grow in popularity in the late 19th and early 20th century thanks to stars like Annie Oakley and
Buffalo Bill Cody and their popular Wild West Shows. Even now rodeo has a powerful grip on pop culture and remains a uniquely
American sport that any sports lover owes it to him/herself to see first-hand sooner or later.
December, Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada is transformed into cowboy heaven as cowboys and rodeo aficionados descend
upon the arena for four days of non-stop action and excitement. The second you set foot into Thomas and Mack Center you will
realize you are someplace special as you can smell that unique rodeo aroma in the air and see all of the powerful yet graceful
animals itching to be set loose. From the animals to the fans to the announcers and rodeo clowns to the cowboys themselves,
rodeo offers an environment that is unrivaled in any other sporting event. This is truly a competition the entire family will
enjoy, National Finals Rodeo allows those in the audience to be part of a long standing American tradition that is going strong
to this very day. With the perfect venue and the best riders in the world all in one place, the National Finals Rodeo is the
place to be if you're looking for excitement.
National Finals Rodeo Trivia
What is the popular nickname
for the National Finals Rodeo?
The answer is "The Super Bowl of Rodeo," which is a very fitting name when you consider
how this spectacle is treated in the rodeo world. People from all over the world descend on Las Vegas every December to see
the best cowboys in the game in action.
National Finals Rodeo Fans
While attending National Finals Rodeo
it is hard not to get wrapped up in all of the excitement whether you have been attending the event for years or are new to
it. The second fans enter the arena it is obvious that rodeo is in possession of some of the most dedicated athletes and fans
of any sport in the world. The generous performers are constantly eager to take pictures with kids and sign autographs and
mingle with fans and sign autographs while the skilled and informative announcers make the competition easy to follow for
even the most novice attendee. Anyone who has been to a National Finals Rodeo is constantly eager to buy tickets for the next
year's event which can come soon enough. Even though Vegas is, obviously, brimming over with different options for entertainment,
the National Finals Rodeo brings together fans for a unique experience that you won't want to miss out on. Join some of the
biggest rodeo fans in the world at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas this year.