Best Of 2018: Favorite Quotes From Rodeo Athletes

We had the opportunity to watch some very special moments in the arena this year and – luckily – hear what those amazing athletes thought about those moments outside of the arena. Some of them made us laugh, some made us cry, but all of these moments left a lasting impression on us.

In this installment of the “Best of 2018” series, we present our favorite quotes from the year.

“Anybody Can Be A Winner, But Not Anybody Can Be A Champion."

The Quote Trevor Brazile Hopes He Lived By

A good friend once shared that quote with Trevor Brazile and it’s something he hopes he’s lived by. After becoming the King of the Cowboys, a living legend and a role model for the sport, we believe he’s done just that.

“Love Ya Buddy”: Richmond Champion’s Message To J.R. Vezain

Champion Wins Canadian Bareback Title

The newly crowned Canadian champion bareback rider Richmond Champion gave a special message to his friend and fellow bareback rider J.R. Vezain during his interview. Vezain is currently recovering from a spinal injury he sustained near the end of the 2018 rodeo season and he joined Champion on the FloRodeo Pre-Show before the last performance of the CFR to wish him luck – and give him a hard time of course. Watch that episode HERE.

“I Ain’t Coming Home Until I Make It”

'I Ain't Coming Home Until I Make It'

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We love talking to Shane O’Connell because he says what’s on his mind and is excited about the sport he gets to compete in. O’Connell had come up just short of making the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo several times when we interviewed him this year at K-Days, and as he said in his interview, “I ain’t coming home until I make it.” 

Bonus Quote: "I had my chin down, I was grunting that whole time, I had some snot coming out of my nose, I was wanting to win real bad.” (We told you he always says what’s on his mind).

“To be honest, I only packed two pairs of pants because I didn’t think I would make it to the short go, much less win it.”

Gabby Gunter Wins IFYR Pole Bending

After a terrible rodeo season Gabby Gunter surprised even herself at the 2018 International Finals Youth Rodeo by winning the first two go-rounds in the pole bending with times of 19.518 and 19.459, respectively. 

We joked that Gunter could just buy new pants after placing third in the short round and taking home the IFYR title and nearly $4,500 – a sweet victory after a tough season. This is one of those wonderfully honest quotes we love to hear from rodeo kids.

Read the full story HERE.

“It Means The World”: What An NFR Buckle Means To Me

What Does An NFR Buckle Mean To You?

The buckles handed out at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo – both for the rounds and for the world championship – are some of the most coveted ones any competitor is lucky enough to receive in their careers. We truly enjoyed collecting quotes from those top competitors that were about to head to the South Point to receive an NFR round buckle this year because to them, “it means the world.” 

PBR Watch Guide: Calgary, Fresno, & Kansas City, Plus Road To The Horse

Yet another action-packed weekend is coming your way in the PBR with the PBR Canada boys heading to Calgary, Alberta, the riders on the Velocity Tour in Fresno, California, and the “big dogs” on the Unleash The Beast Tour stopping in Kansas City Missouri. Also on the docket, top horsemen and women are on display for the Road To The Horse in Lexington, Kentucky. 

Photo Album: $50,000 Moments Captured At Rodeo Houston

Poetry in motion, extreme precision and all the grit it takes to win the $50,000 first-place prize in NRG Stadium for Rodeo Houston. 

What Did It Take To Win Rodeo Houston In 2018?

It took high scores and fast times in 2018, but will they be tougher in 2019? As the 2019 edition of Rodeo Houston's finals kicks off, see the rank rides and rapid runs that won the coveted titles of this major rodeo last year. 

'I Still Feel Like I Am In A Dream' -- Catching Up With Madison Outhier

It was a battle, but young Madison Outhier was up for the challenge.

Watch Guide: PBR Velocity Wheeling & Dayton

Check out the PBR Velocity Tour events in Wheeling, West Virginia and Dayton, Ohio this weekend on FloRodeo.

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Walk. Ride. Rodeo.: Netflix Releases Movie On Life Of Amberley Snyder

Netflix released a movie today based on the life of paralyzed barrel racer Amberley Snyder. The Utah cowgirl was well accomplished as a young rodeo competitor in both the National Little Britches and National High School Rodeo Associations and had just begun her college rodeo career when an accident changed her path forever.

How The American Will Immensely Impact The PRCA Standings Come December

Who's Gonna Take The Crown?

It pays almost as much as two go-round wins at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, and it’s the first of two $50,000 events that have been added to PRCA season this year. So it’s hard to discount the immense impact that will be felt by RFD-TV’s The American come December when competitors hit the bright lights of Las Vegas.

Watch Guide: PBR Duluth, Bangor & Ballarat

There are three PBR events coming up this weekend on FloRodeo including stops on the Unleash The Beast, Velocity and PBR Australia tours. 

'8 Seconds' Actor Luke Perry Dies At Age 52

Luke Perry, famous among the rodeo community for his role as Lane Frost in the movie 8 Seconds, has died at age 52. Perry was hospitalized last week when he suffered a massive stroke and passed away on Monday.