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The National Finals Rodeo Committee announced Nov. 3 that Boyd Polhamus has been named to succeed Shawn Davis as the production manager of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER. The annual event, held at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, is scheduled for Dec.7-16 this year. Polhamus will work closely with Davis, the current NFR General Manager, as well as Las Vegas Events, NFRC and the PRCA on all aspects of rodeo production for the next three years, beginning in 2017. During Polhamus’ career that has spanned 32 years, he has been actively involved in more than 1,000 rodeos with nearly 4,500 performances across North America. “In 1959, John Van Cronkhite created the NFR to showcase the sport of rodeo with the idea of matching the best contestants against the best stock, allowing the contestants to have their complete degree of glory in the arena,” said Davis. “Following this theme has made the National Finals Rodeo the success that it is today. I feel that Boyd Polhamus has the experience, the ability and the determination to continue and enhance this original idea. I look forward to working with him and supporting him in the endeavor to take the NFR to greater heights.” In 2007-09 and 2012, Polhamus’ peers selected him as the PRCA Announcer of the Year. He also received the Lane Frost Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009. “To be honest, this is very intimidating,” said Polhamus. “Shawn and his staff have set the bar very high. He has taught me so much and I’m going to use what I’ve learned. The ultimate goal is to make the Wrangler NFR even more fun and engaging for fans, sponsors, and contestants while protecting the integrity of the race for a World Championship. It’s a daunting task, but I’m determined.” … The PRCA is partnering with the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association and Northlands Coliseum to offer a livestream broadcast of the 44th Canadian Finals Rodeo on ProRodeoTV. The Nov. 8-12 CFR will be exclusively broadcasted from Edmonton, Alberta, on ProRodeoTV.com. The broadcast will be available via home computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones. There are six total performances of the CFR, with four-night performances beginning at 7:30 p.m. (MT) on Nov. 8-11. There are also 1 p.m. performances on Nov. 11-12, with the latter being the final round of the rodeo. Watching the CFR livestream is as easy as logging on to www.prorodeotv.com and signing up for a subscription. ProRodeoTV packages to stream the CFR are $29.99 (USD), which includes all six performances … Tarleton State University’s Rodeo Hall of Fame will induct Robert Anderson, Isaac Diaz and the Fambro family Nov. 11, during its eighth annual steak dinner and auction. The event, which benefits Tarleton Rodeo program’s scholarship fund, begins at 6 p.m. with an auction reception and preview mixer, followed by dinner, the Rodeo Hall of Fame induction ceremony and a live auction. Admission to the event, taking place at the City Hall venue at City Limits in Stephenville, Texas, is $50 per person and includes dinner. Tickets are available until the day of the event, or by contacting the Office of Rodeo Activities at 254.968.9344 or 254.968.9187. Anderson, a bull rider who won the average at the 1970 College National Finals Rodeo, helped create the Tarleton Rodeo Alumni Chapter where he serves as president. Diaz was a member of Tarleton’s 2010 CNFR team, winning that season’s saddle bronc riding title. After leaving Tarleton, he continued his professional career in rodeo with five Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifications (2007, 2009, 2012-13, 2015). Starting with the establishment of a scholarship in 1989, members of the Fambro family have been avid supporters of the Tarleton Rodeo program for nearly 30 years. The family’s contributions have benefited generations of students and the Tarleton Rodeo program. R.L. “Tuffy” Fambro initiated a Rodeo and Agriculture Scholarship to honor his parents, Alex Price and Ruby Fambro, who were ranchers in Erath and Stephens counties. In 2002, the family and friends began the Memorial Rodeo Scholarship in honor of R.L.’s brother, Joe Price Fambro.

 
 
 
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