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.” 

Andre Silva: Meet The Cameraman That Travels As Many Miles As The Cowboys

We always talk about the miles that rodeo competitors put on, traveling from town to town to compete in the sport they love. But what about the miles that some of the personnel put on to do the exact same route every season?

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Rodeo Returning To Madison Square Garden With Rodeo New York

Gottsch Talks Rodeo New York

From RFD-TV’s The American, to The Cowboy Channel’s Rodeo New York – the western lifestyle network is expanding its repertoire of events with the announcement yesterday of a $1 million rodeo heading to Madison Square Garden next year. The event will take place at the famous venue June 19-21, 2020, with tickets going on sale today. 

Watch Guide: Texas & California HS Finals, Chad Berger, PBR Australia

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We’re heating up our high school rodeo coverage with both the Texas and California High School Rodeo Association state finals, and–while the PBR Unleash The Beast season is cooling down–competitors have found a great event to fill their schedule in the Chad Berger Champions Challenge. Competitors “down under” are also staying busy with their second weekend of competition in a row.

Weekend Round-Up: Utah High School Finals, Last Cowboy Standing

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Don't miss all the live FloRodeo action from the first weekend in Watch the Utah High School Rodeo Association state finals and PBR Australia's Last Cowboy Standing again.

Get The 411 On FloRodeo's Youth Rodeo Season

Youth Rodeo Lives On FloRodeo

This season, FloRodeo is offering more youth rodeo competition than ever with nearly 15 premier youth rodeo events from the National Little Britches Finals and International Youth Finals Rodeo, as well as the National High School and Junior High Finals and many state finals competitions, not to mention jackpots with hundreds of youth competitors as well.

'This Would Have Been Hoover' - The Hoover Hays Memorial Steer Wrestling

The month of May holds a special place in the hearts of steer wrestlers from Cadogan and Provost, all the way south to Texas. You see, May is the month when steer wrestlers get together to remember a man who left a lasting impact on thousands of competitors, spanning several generations.

Weekend Round-Up: 8 Events From CPRA, WCRA, WPCA, NHSRA & PBR

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A whopping EIGHT events were live streamed on FloRodeo this weekend from associations across the board. Watch all eight again in this week's round-up that includes high school rodeo action, WPCA chuckwagons, the first event of the CPRA's Finning Pro Tour, a million dollar major from the WCRA, and a host of PBR events all over the world.

Bridger Anderson Prepares To Do Battle With His "Coaches" Tonight

A few Christmas’ ago, Bridger Anderson’s mom reached out to Luke Branquinho to see if the world champion steer wrestler would take her teenage son under his wing for a few days. You see, the Anderson family doesn’t buy Christmas gifts for each other, they buy Christmas experiences and this would prove to be one experience that set him on a path to where he is today.