NFR 2018 : Each December, the top 15 contestants in bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, barrel racing and bull riding qualify to compete at the Wrangler NFR. During the 10 days of competition, the Wrangler NFR transforms the look and feel of the “Entertainment Capital of the World.
NFR Rodeo 2018 : Event : National Finals Rodeo 2018, Date : 6 – 15 December, Venue : Thomas & Mack Center, Time : 10:00 PM ET – 1:00 AM ET , Live/Repeat:Live
Thousands of rodeo enthusiasts decked out in Wrangler jeans, Justin boots and cowboy hats fill hotels, casinos, restaurants, shopping malls and showrooms. In addition, hotel marquees are splashed with the names of the brightest stars in country music.
Lisa Lockhart won the barrel racing Friday night to provide one of the highlights as the National Finals Rodeo continued at the sold-out Thomas and Mack Center.
Lockhart, the South Dakota star who grew up in Circle and is making her 12th consecutive trip to the NFR, rode “Rosa” to victory as the $60 million event continued with the second of 10 go-rounds.
The NFR continues Saturday night at 8 (CBS Sports Network).
A night after wavering on whether to stick with riding Rosa or switching to Louie, Lockhart’s decision to stay aboard Rosa paid off in spades.
Lockhart and Rosa teamed up to post a Round 2-winning time of 13.65 seconds.
“It (winning rounds) never gets old,” Lockhart said. “And then when you throw in a change (of horses) like this. Because, you know, Louie has made 80 runs in this building, so it was a very hard change for me and a very tough decision to make to even allow Rosa the opportunity. But, she has been an integral part of my team this year. So, I definitely figured she deserved a chance.”
That decision was made harder when the duo tipped a barrel in Round 1. But instead of switching to the veteran Louie, Lockhart stuck by Rosa.
“This is pretty special tonight, definitely,” Lockhart said. “I know she is far from consistent like Louie, so there are going to be the highs and the lows. I hope there are more highs than lows. You just know in the back of your mind when they’re not the seasoned veterans – and there are just those types of horse, too – that are just not as consistent, but I know what her abilities are to win first. That’s why we are doing what we’re doing.