Canadian championships are determined by a "sudden-death" format in which all 12 contestants in each event begin the Canadian Finals Rodeo on a level playing field. Money won during the regular season doesn't factor into CFR standings or play a role in determining eventual champions.
National Finals RodeoSix ProRodeo Hall-of-Fame cowboys and history's most decorated barrel racer offer their takes on the upcoming National Finals Rodeo.
All-Around SpursIn Sept. 1963, at age 9, I participated in my first rodeo, a National Little Britches Rodeo Association event. My brother, Tec, 12, and cousins Bob and Ray Tescher, 11 and 10, respectively, and I entered the bareback riding, which featured Shetland Ponies, and the steer riding, which had yearling Herefords and Scotch Highlanders. Ted, Bob and Ray also were in the saddle-bronc event, riding the bigger broncs.
Indian ChampionsWhen all was said and done, Preston Williams stood head and shoulders above the nearly 200 cowboys and cowgirls on hand for the 30th Indian National Finals Rodeo in San Carlos, Arizona.
Making HistorySomeday their names will be the answers to Wrangler Division trivia questions. These 12 individuals claimed national championships at the first Wrangler Junior High Finals Rodeo, conducted in July 2005 in Gallup, New Mexico. Here's a closer look at each of the winners.