Wrangler NFR Round 5
Dec. 6, 2021
Country singer Lainey Wilson is the opening act and country singer William Michael Morgan is singing the national anthem. Tonight, is Tough Enough to Wear Pink. Montana Silversmiths is the performance sponsor.
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WADE SUNDELL FLASHES CHAMPIONSHIP FORM IN ROUND 4 WIN
Making his first appearance at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Teton Ridge since 2018, Wade Sundell showed he’s still an elite saddle bronc rider Sunday.
Sundell, the 2018 world champion, won Round 4 with an 89.5-point ride on Powder River Rodeo’s Bet the Ranch before 16,851 fans at the Thomas & Mack Center.
This was his first NFR round win since Round 5 in 2018.
“It’s a great feeling. I’ve been here many, many times but this round win might mean the most. My little boy told me last night, ‘Daddy will you get a buckle? I want to go on stage.’ And I said I’ll tighten up a little bit.”
Sundell is 11th in the PRCA | RAM World Standings with $116,157.
Breding, Boquet cash in with split bull riding win
Parker Breding has picked a great time to get on a heater. The veteran bull rider won his second round of the 2021 Wrangler NFR with an 84.5-point ride on Universal Pro Rodeos’ Doctor X.
Breding, who won Round 2, is thrilled with how things are unfolding. Breding has earned $102,312 at the 2021 NFR and is leading the average with 344 points on four bulls. Breding is third in the world standings $205,026. Boquet shared the win with Breding with his 84.5-point rode on Bridwell Pro Rodeos’ Hou’s Bad News. They were only two bull riders to make the eight-second whistle in the round and each earned $43,544 including ground money.
In bareback riding, Kaycee Feild is now tied atop PRCA’s all-time list for bareback riding NFR round wins with Bobby Mote with 25. R.C. Landingham snared his third career NFR round win and first since 2016. The duo split the Round 4 win. Feild had an 87.5-point ride on Bar T Rodeo’s Outlaw and Landingham matched that score aboard Cervi Championship Rodeo’s Vitalix William Wallace.
NEWS & NOTES
In bareback riding, NFR rookie Cole Franks aims to find himself at the pay window for the fourth time, matching up with Pendleton Whisky’s Let ‘Er Buck Bareback Horse of the Year, Calgary Stampede’s Xplosive Skies. The horse enters the NFR with an average stock score of 45.92 points and all four qualified rides have scored 90 points or higher. Nine-time NFR qualifier Caleb Bennett drew the runner up for the award, Frontier Rodeo’s Gun Fire. Gun Fire’s 2021 season was impressive, posting an average score of 91.7 points on five qualified rides including a 94-point ride by Tim O’Connell in the finals of the Riggin Rally Xtreme Broncs, April 3. Another notable matchup is third-ranked Tilden Hooper pairing up with Macza Pro Rodeo’s OLS Tubs Stevie Knicks. Hooper is looking to rebound after failing to place each of the last three nights. He’ll have a great opportunity to do so, riding a horse who helped Jake Brown secure a fifth-place finish in round 10 of the 2020 Wrangler NFR… In the saddle bronc riding, Wyatt Casper will be aboard Pendleton Whisky’s Let ‘Er Buck Saddle Bronc Horse of the Year, matching up with Korkow Rodeos’ Onion Ring. CoBurn Bradshaw rode the horse to 90.5 points at the (Puyallup) Washington State Fair Pro Rodeo, Sept. 9. Stetson Wright has a golden opportunity in Round 5 drawing Calgary Stampede’s Wild Cherry. Earlier this season Dawson Hay tied the PRCA world record with a 95-point ride on the horse at the Hardgrass Bronc Match, July 31. Only three other cowboys have lasted the eight second ride…In the bull riding, Resistol Rookie of the Year Creek Young has drawn Big Rafter Rodeo’s Resistol’s Cliff Hanger. In eight outs this season, no one has yet to make the whistle. All eyes will be on the reigning world champion bull rider Stetson Wright. Wright has drawn the Pendleton Whisky’s Let ‘Er Buck Bull of the Year, Powder River Rodeo’s Chiseled. Josh Frost had the highest scored ride of the year on the bull when he went for 92 points on Aug. 11 at the Lawton (Okla.) Ranger Rodeo.
Record times and scores for the fourth round of the Wrangler NFR:
Bareback riding: 93 points, Clayton Biglow, 2018
Steer wrestling: 3.0 seconds, Steve Duhon, 1986
Team roping: 3.6 seconds, Garrett Tonozzi and Kinney Harrell, 2006;
JoJo LeMond and Cory Petska, 2010;
Clay Smith and Jade Corkill, 2020
Saddle bronc riding: 93 points, Billy Etbauer, 2003
Tie-down roping: 6.7 seconds, Caleb Smidt, 2016
Barrel racing: 13.46 seconds, Carlee Pierce, 2011
Bull riding: 92 points, Daylon Swearingen, 2019
Courtesy of PRCA