Every year it’s a highlight for me to get to photograph the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. It’s a fast-paced event, both inside and outside the Thomas and Mack Center arena. Here are some of my favorite shots from the 2018 NFR.

AQHA Horse of the Year Scooter making a steer wrestling run at the NFR

Superstar steer wrestling horse Scooter was a rock-solid mount for four different cowboys in the event, including Tyler Waguespack, who won the world championship.

Hailey Kinsel turning DM Sissys Hayday around a barrel at the NFR

Barrel racer Hailey Kinsel stayed hot throughout the NFR and won her first world championship.

PRCA Honoring Cotton Rosser in the arena at the NFR

Legendary stock contractor Cotton Rosser is recognized before the first performance of the NFR.

DVM Leslie Schur giving an injection to a bucking bull at the NFR

Leslie Schur, DVM, administers medicine to one of the bucking bulls. The Las Vegas, Nevada, veterinarian regularly checks on rough stock and is on hand for every evening performance, stationed behind chute no. 7.

Tuf Cooper carrying the Texas Flag during the grand entry at the NFR

Tie-down roper Tuf Cooper carries the Texas flag during the grand entry.

bucking horses being turned out for exercise at the NFR

Every day, rough stock horses get some exercise by being turned out in a large pen. All the rough stock are kept in pens near the Thomas & Mack Center arena. They are built on the intramural soccer fields of the University of Nevada Las Vegas.

Bucking horse shaking off sand at the NFR

A bucking horse shakes off the sand after rolling in the turnout area located in the rough stock pens.

Shane Hanchey getting off horse to tie down a calf at the NFR

Shane Hanchey competes in the tie-down roping.

Cort Scheer riding a saddle bronc horse at the NFR

Jake Wright earns an 87.5 score in the saddle bronc riding.

 

 

 

 

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