The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association has risen to the occasion to host the 62nd Annual Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, in spite of having to change venues in the pandemic year of 2020. The 10th round winners, Wrangler NFR Average Champions and PRCA World Champions, were crowned in the eight standard events, Saturday night at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, USA. In a sport where $1.00 is 1 point, the $10,000,000.00 prize money obtained to match Las Vegas in 2019 was appreciated by the top 15 qualifiers in each event. It is our privilege to provide coverage of our Indian contestants for Native Voice One Radio Network.
The 2017 World Champion Team Roper, 10X WNFR qualifier, Navajo, Erich Rogers and his partner, heeler, Payden Bray of Texas won 1st in the Wrangler NFR Average Championship Team Roping. Rogers and Bray were fastest in the 10 rounds with 80.20 seconds on 10 head, paid $67,269.23. They placed fifth in round 10 adding to the total of $122,961.54 they’ve won through the WNFR. Erich finished #3 in the world standings as a header and Payden #2 in the world standings as a heeler with $175,503.11 each, earned through the season and the finals. Congratulations on a beautiful NFR victory.
Cherokee team roper Brenten Hall and his partner, Chase Tryan of Montana were no time in round 10. They are fourteenth in the average qualifying on 5/10 head. Hall and Tryan finish #14 in the world standings heading and heeling with $90,144.92 including the $43,000.00 they have won in ten days in Texas.
The 4X WNFR qualifier and defending Indian World Saddle Bronc Riding Champion, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s, Cole Elshere has had a tough finals after an awesome year finishing 6th for the PRCA Season. Cole missed his horse out in round 10 and made one qualified ride. He is fifteen in the average and has dropped from #6 to #13 in the world standings he won with a total of $64,351.14 season and finals earnings, good job Cole.
WNFR saddle bronc riding rookie, Cheyenne River Sioux Indian cowboy, Shorty Garrett was 83.5 points in round 10. He rode 8/10 bucking horses and finished eighth in the average worth $6,346.00 Shorty has won $28,615.38 at the finals totaling $118,620.84 and has went from #4 to #10 in the world saddle bronc riding standings. A stellar rookie year at the WNFR.
Dec. 8-10 for the first time in history the 2020 WNFR hosted Ladies Breakaway Roping. Navajo sisters Cassie and Anna Bahe of Utah fared very well. Cassie won 1st for the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association Season Championship. She finished #5 in the final world standings with money won at the WNFR addition to her season for a total of $33,038.57.
Navajo, Anna Bahe had a great WNFR winning two of the 10 rounds to add to season earnings for a total of $20,731.94 and #9 for the 2020 WPRA inaugural WPRA Ladies Breakaway Roping contest. It has been a popular addition to ProRodeo. From all of us in the PRCA Media Room at the WNFR and families at NV1 Radio Network, Merry Christmas and may God bless America.
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