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Wrangler NFR round 7 news and notes


Steve Amerson is the opening act and the national anthem will be performed by Technical Sergeant Benjamin Ekblad. Boyd Gaming is the performance sponsor.

Tonight’s Wrangler NFR presented by Polaris RANGER will be televised live and in HD on CBS Sports Net (DISH Network channel 158 and DirecTV channel 221) from 7-10 p.m. (PT) with Jeff Medders and Butch Knowles announcing, Joe Beaver and Don Gay providing commentary, Suzanne Alexander hosting the pre-show and Kadee Coffman as the sideline reporter. All 10 performances of the 2017 Wrangler NFR will be available via livestream subscription on ProRodeoTV. Fans can log-on to and watch the WNFR domestically following a 12-hour delay after it has aired live. International subscribers will have live streaming access to the WNFR. ProRodeo Live is airing coverage on a network of radio stations, including Rural Radio, and also online at with Steve Kenyon the lead announcer.

During the 59th annual Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER, Trevor Brazile and Tuf Cooper, Brazile’s brother-in-law, have been battling it out to win the coveted all-around world championship. Brazile and Cooper didn’t earn checks in tie-down roping in Round 6, which left Brazile with $313,837 and Cooper with $266,253. Cooper is in first place in the tie-down roping world standings with $226,675 and Brazile is fifth with $171,510. Cooper is presently second in the average with a 51.3-second time on six head. Brazile, who failed to register a time in Round 6, is ninth in the average with a 42.4-second time on five head.

Bull rider Brennon Eldred, a four-time qualifier for the Wrangler NFR (2014-17) missed Round 6 with a concussion and will be doctor released out for Round 7 with the concussion. Eldred was injured when he was bucked off 4L & Diamond S Rodeo’s Foolish Crimes. “During the ride, the bull pulled Brennon’s head down and he and the bull went head-to-head,” said Rick Foster, Program Director of the Justin Sportsmedicine team. “We thought the hit he took may have smashed his facemask or broke his helmet, but when we initially evaluated his helmet it was OK, and we are going to re-check as well. Wearing the helmet definitely saved his teeth, his eye socket and jaw.” Foster said Eldred will be re-evaluated Thursday morning to determine whether he will be able to compete in Round 8. The Sulphur, Okla., cowboy failed to earn a check in the first five rounds he competed in during this year’s WNFR and is 13th in the WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings with $102,991. A year ago, Eldred finished a career-best second in the world standings and second in the WNFR average. At the 2016 WNFR, Eldred won Rounds 4, 6 and 9, and placed in six rounds total to earn $184,096.

In bareback riding, Bill Tutor matches up with Rafter G Rodeo’s Ankle Biter. Jake Brown placed fifth in Round 2 with an 86.5-point ride on that horse. Clayton Biglow split the Round 10 win at the 2016 WNFR with an 85-point ride on Ankle Biter, a horse which was chosen Bareback Horse of the Night in Round 2 and Round 7 of last year’s WNFR. Tanner Aus, who is in fourth place in the world standings, draws Three Hills Rodeo’s Jr. Bonner. Jr. Bonner was chosen Bareback Horse of the Night during Round 10 of the 2016 WNFR. Richmond Champion, who has earned $77,622 at this WNFR to move to second place in the world standings, draws Sutton Rodeo’s Chuckulator. Chuckulator was the saddle bronc PRCA Horse of the Year in 2012 and also was the top saddle bronc horse of the 2012 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo ...

Saddle bronc rider Cody DeMoss draws Beutler & Son Rodeo’s Nutrena’s Killer Bee. Heith DeMoss, Cody’s younger brother, failed to register a score on Killer Bee in Round 2, and the horse was chosen as saddle bronc Horse of the Night. Killer Bee also was selected the top saddle bronc horse of the 2013 and 2014 WNFRs and was the Saddle Bronc Horse of the Night in Round 2 and Round 7 of last year’s WNFR. Heith also has a grand opportunity to cash in as he matches up with Calgary Stampede’s Tiger Warrior. CoBurn Brashaw won Round 2 at this year’s WNFR with an 89.5-ride on that horse. Zeke Thurston draws Dakota Rodeo’s Chirrikawa. Chirrikawa was the Saddle Bronc Horse of the Night in Round 4 of last year’s WNFR. Hardy Braden, who has earned $57,173 so far in his WNFR debut, draws Hi Lo Pro Rodeo’s Garden City Gal, the Saddle Bronc Horse of the Night in Round 8 at the 2016 WNFR ...

Bull rider Ty Wallace draws Rafter G Rodeo’s J Lazy. Garrett Smith won Round 2 with an 87-point ride on that bull. Joe Frost matches up with Wayne Vold Rodeo’s Heavens Basement. Heavens Basement was selected Bull of the Night in Round 2 after bucking off Tim Bingham.

Record times and scores for the seventh round of the WNFR:
BB:         91.5 points, Bobby Mote, 2008 (equals arena record)
SW:        3.1 seconds, Matt Reeves, 2013
TR:         3.6 seconds, Derrick Begay/Cesar de la Cruz, 2009; Clay Tryan/Travis Graves, 2012; Trevor Brazile/Patrick Smith, 2015
SB:         90 points, Billy Etbauer, 2009
TD:         6.7 seconds, Trevor Brazile, 2007; Cody Ohl, 2013; Matt Shiozawa, 2015
GB:        13.47 seconds, Taylor Jacob, 2013
BR:         94.5 points, J.W. Harris, 2010

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