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PRCA For The Record: Wrangler NFR Round 1

by Matt Naber | Nov 20, 2019

PRCA Media Coordinator

The 61st annual Wrangler National Finals Rodeo kicks off in 15 days, and the top cowboys in the 2019 PRCA | RAM World Standings are eagerly awaiting their chance to win their share of the $10 million rodeo and possibly set a round record along the way.

The Finals are at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Dec. 5-14.

Every point counts, and a fraction of a second can mean the difference between winning the world or coming in second at the Wrangler NFR, which is why Round 1 presents some of the fiercest competition.  

Trevor Knowles set the steer wrestling record for Round 1 with his 3.1-second run in 2013. That year, Knowles placed in three other rounds to finish sixth in the 2013 PRCA | RAM World Standings with $137,907. 

Knowles made 13 consecutive trips to the Wrangler NFR (2004-16), ranking as high as third in the world standings in 2010. Since his rookie year in 2001, the Oregon cowboy has won more than $1.6 million.

Although he’s backed off from ProRodeo competition in recent years, he continues to compete and still holds or shares records at some of the biggest ProRodeo competitions:

Big Sky Pro Rodeo in Great Falls, Mont. – 2.9 seconds and 6.8 seconds on two head, 2013
Livingston (Mont.) Roundup Rodeo – 3.3 seconds, 2014
Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo in San Juan Capistrano, Calif. – 3.3 seconds, 2014
Redding (Calif.) Rodeo – 3.2 seconds and 7.4 seconds on two head, 2013
Walla Walla (Wash.) Frontier Days – 3.5 seconds and 7.4 seconds on two head, 2009 

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

Bareback Riding

89 points
• Wes Stevenson on Classic Pro Rodeo’s Touched by an Angel, 2006
Kaycee Feild on Bar T Rodeo’s Bitter Robin, 2011

Steer Wrestling

3.1 seconds
Trevor Knowles, 2013

Team Roping

4.0 seconds
• Turtle Powell/Dakota Kirchenschlager, 2014

Saddle Bronc Riding

89 points
Bryce Miller on Calgary Stampede’s Knife Money, 2008

Tie-down Roping

6.8 seconds
Trevor Brazile, 2015

Barrel Racing

13.51 seconds
• Hailey Kinsel, 2018

Bull Riding

94 points
Don Gay on Billy Minnick Rodeo’s Tiger, 1974
• Blue Stone on Gilbert Diamond G Rodeos’ Mr. USA, 2001 

These records, and the records of the other nine rounds, could be broken Dec. 5-14. Fans can check with for updates throughout the competition and watch the action unfold on CBS SportsNetwork or on delay at

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