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Wrangler National Finals Rodeo® Kicks Off Friday with Country Music and Top Cowboys

Wrangler National Finals Rodeo® Kicks Off Friday with Country Music and Top Cowboys

The Wrangler National Finals Rodeo® is set to begin on Friday, December 8th in Las Vegas, with country music sensations Ian Munsick and Zach Top kicking off the event. The rodeo, a ten-day competition featuring the world’s top 15 cowboys and cowgirls, was originally scheduled to begin on December 7th but was delayed due to a tragedy on the UNLV campus.

Coors is the performance sponsor for the NFR, which will be broadcast live on The Cowboy Channel and RFD-TV, as well as online at

Here are some of the highlights to look forward to at the NFR:

  • Country Music: Country singer Ian Munsick will be the opening act, and fellow country music artist Zach Top will be performing the national anthem.
  • Stetson Wright on the Cusp of More World Championships: Stetson Wright is in prime position to win his fifth all-around world title this year, as he arrives in Las Vegas leading the PRCA | RAM World Standings. He’s also leading the bull riding and saddle bronc riding standings.
  • News & Notes:
    • Bareback Riding: Three-time PRCA World Champion Tim O’Connell will kick off the rodeo against Sankey Pro Rodeo & Phenom Genetics’ Bronc Riding Nation.
    • Saddle Bronc Riding: Kade Bruno aims to secure his first career go-round win against Brookman Rodeo’s Ragin’ Lunatic.
    • Bull Riding: Josh Frost makes his fourth trip to the NFR in pursuit of his first PRCA World Title. He matches up with Macza Pro Rodeo’s OLS Tubs Ugly Wish.
  • Record Times and Scores: The article also includes the record times and scores for Round 1 of the NFR in each discipline.

With its revised schedule and exciting lineup of events, the 2023 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo® promises to be a thrilling spectacle for rodeo fans everywhere.