65th Wrangler National Finals Rodeo Recap

65th Wrangler National Finals Rodeo Recap

We had 14 head of livestock selected to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.  On Wednesday, December 6, 2023, at the South Point Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada we were named the 2023 PRCA Stock Contractor of the Year for the 9th consecutive time.  Owner Jerry Nelson was once again honored to receive this award. 

Frontier animals took cowboys to the pay window ten times during the WNFR, winning a total of $208,423 on our four-legged athletes.  We made four trips to the South Point Hotel & Casino for the buckle presentation.  In round 3 Mason Clements spurred his way to an 88.5-point ride in the bareback riding on 701 Breaking News for $30,706.  In round 4, 28 Painted Smoke took Leighton Berry to the top with his 87.5-point ride for $30,706 as well.  In round 6 Sage Kimzey split ½ on 78 County Jail with 86.5 points and took home $27,487.  In round 8 it was time for saddle bronc horse 832 Yellowstone and Zeke Thurston to shine, they split 1/2/3 with an 87.5-point ride and received a check for $24,433.

In round 1, 618 Gladiator’s Hammer was voted rank bull of the round.  In round 3, D11 Moon Shadow was voted rank saddle bronc horse of the round.  In round 5, 16 Gun Fire was voted rank bareback horse of the round, and we were excited with the news that she split 1st place with C5’s Virgil for WNFR Bareback Horse of the Finals.  701 Breaking News finished 3rd for WNFR Bareback Horse of the Finals.

We would like to thank our families, friends, and outstanding Frontier Rodeo crew for another successful year!  Thank you to the rodeo committees that hire us, to the contestants that enter our rodeos and the RODEO FANS!  Thank you to our sponsors, American Hat Company, Justin Boots and Cinch Jeans for keeping our crew looking sharp in and out of the arena and to Frontier Rodeo Coffee Company for putting more “Buck in our Cup”.  None of this would be possible without all of you!  Thank you to Las Vegas Events and the PRCA for the greatest 10 days in rodeo!

Congratulations to the 2023 PRCA World Champions.  We hope to see you at a Frontier Rodeo in 2024.

WNFR Round Wins 
Round 3
Bareback Riding – Mason Clements 88.5 points on 701 Breaking News
Round 4
Bareback Riding – Leighton Berry 87.5 points on 28 Painted Smoke
Round 6
Bull Riding – Sage Kimzey 86.5 points on 78 County Jail (split 1/2)
Round 8
Saddle Bronc Riding – Zeke Thurston 87.5 on 832 Yellowstone (split 1/2/3)