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For the Record: Wrangler NFR Round 9



It’s a mad dash to the finish line by Round 9 of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, and the round’s records show it.

Bareback rider Rowdy Buechner set the Round 9 record of 90 points on Kesler Rodeo’s Painted Smile during his first and only trip to the Wrangler NFR in 2005. 

He also won a share of first place in Round 3 with an 87-point ride on Powder River Rodeo’s Spotted Bird on his way to ranking seventh in the 2005 world standings. 

The 2005 season was packed with success for the Idaho cowboy. On his way to the 2005 Wrangler NFR, Buechner won:  

• The New Mexico State Fair & Rodeo (Albuquerque) 
• The Walla Walla (Wash.) Fair & Frontier Days
• The IPE & Stampede (Armstrong, British Columbia)
• The North Idaho Fair & Rodeo (Coeur d’Alene, Idaho)
• The Horse Heaven Round-up (Kennewick, Wash.)
• The Gooding (Idaho) County Fair & Rodeo

In 2005, he also was co-champion at: 

• Cheyenne (Wyo.) Frontier Days
• The Livingston (Mont.) Round Up ProRodeo
• The Lewis County Pro Rodeo (Chehalis, Wash.); 
• The Coulee City (Wash.) Last Stand Rodeo
• The Wrangler ProRodeo Classic (Spokane, Wash.). 
• The Wrangler ProRodeo Tour Round and the average at the Dinosaur Roundup Rodeo (Vernal, Utah) 
• The Stanislaus Co. Sheriff’s Posse Pro Rodeo (Turlock, Calif.)

The following is the breakdown of the highest scores and fastest times recorded for the ninth round of the Wrangler NFR. 

Bareback riding: 90 points, Rowdy Buechner, 2005
Steer wrestling: 3.2 seconds, Cash Myers, 2001; Derek Daye, 1993; Luke Branquinho, 2007
Team roping: 3.3 seconds, Chad Masters/Jade Cokill, 2009; Kaleb Driggers/Junior Nogueira, 2017 (also arena and world records)
Saddle bronc riding: 92 points, Dan Mortensen, 2002
Tie-down roping: 6.6 seconds, Hunter Herrin, 2015
Barrel racing: 13.43 seconds, Hailey Kinsel, 2017
Bull riding: 95.5 points, Zack Brown, 2003

These records, and the records from the other nine rounds, could be broken Dec. 6-15. Fans can watch the action unfold on ProRodeoTV.com on demand and can check with ProRodeo.com for updates throughout the competition.
 
 
 
 
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