Best Of 2018: Our Favorite Stories We Got To Tell

To be honest, we had a lot of trouble narrowing this list down. In the past year, we’ve had the privilege of telling the stories of some truly amazing rodeo athletes from all over North America.

We’ve shared in the triumph, the victory, the defeat and the cowboy’s unyielding drive to persevere and all we can say is, we hope we did the stories justice.

The American Dream

WATCH: The American Dream

Still one of our favorite videos to watch, see Junior Nogueira tell the unbelievable story of his late father – widely known in Brazil for his talents of the roper – and why Junior was inspired to give everything he had at the finals of The American. 

4-Legged Kings: How Bucking Bulls Demand Respect And Honor From Cowboys

Pearl Harbor was having the season of a lifetime. He had gone 12-0, was sitting at a world average score of 46.25, and was No. 1 in the PBR’s World Champion Bucking Bull Standings. 

The respect this bull had garnered was crystal clear after the outpour of sympathy from the bull riding and rodeo community after his passing.

Read the full story of the amazing bull, and others who demanded that respect HERE.

Larsen Brothers On Record-Setting Mission En Route To Canadian Finals Rodeo

The Larsen Brothers Are On A Mission

Ever since brothers Tyrel, Orin and Kane’s steer riding days were over, they went their separate ways in the rodeo arena and each chose a roughstock event of their own. In 2018, as the end of Canadian Professional Rodeo Association season drew near, they had the chance to set a record if all three could qualify for the pinnacle event in rodeo north of the border: the Canadian Finals Rodeo. 

Did they make it happen to create a new record in the CPRA? Read the story HERE.

The Field Is Deeper: Why Barrel Racing Is Tougher Than It’s Ever Been

Charmayne James, Kristie Peterson, Martha Josey. With 16 world titles between them, there's no denying their talent on the cloverleaf. 

But could we be seeing the next generation of someday-famous barrel racers right before our very eyes today? Better yet—could there be more of them than ever before?

See what Sherry Cervi, the barrel racing legend herself, has to say about this question by reading the full story HERE, and watch the full profile we did on the four-time world champion HERE.

Scott Schiffner Prepares For His Finals Six Rides

Schiffner Prepares For Final 6 Rides

He’s a living legend in the bull riding game, and we got to watch him one last time at the 2018 Canadian Finals Rodeo. Scott Schiffner - the winningest bull rider in Canadian rodeo history - announced his retirement earlier this year before stringing together some rodeo-winning rides that rocketed the cowboy to his final CFR appearance.

A Year Later, Impact Of Ty Pozzobon's Passing Felt Deeply In Rodeo

Pozzobon was a star in the bull riding world — the 2016 PBR Canada champion, a three-time Canadian Finals Rodeo qualifier, and a four-time PBR World Finals qualifier. He also finished the 2016 PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals in Las Vegas in the No. 4 spot.

On Jan. 9, 2017, Ty Pozzobon took his own life. Brain health has been widely discussed since the cowboy’s passing, and his death has left an impact in the arena and in the lives of the people who knew him.

Read the full story HERE.

C5 Rodeo’s F13 Virgil: The Big Grey Horse That Broke Records In 2018

Virgil Bucks At NFR Tonight

We’ve been in love with this giant grey horse for a long time, and it was an honor to follow this C5 Rodeo horse this year. From glam shots to record-breaking rides, to bone-crunching buck offs – we love F13 Virgil and have enjoyed coming along for the ride in 2018.

Watch him break the CFR record HERE, and later the NFR record HERE.

Should Solomon Have Won The American? Timing Discrepancy Raises Question

As much as this story was about controversy, it also gave us all a chance to talk about the sport in a different way. As other sports advance, how can we advance the sport of rodeo too? 

Let’s keep the conversation going – not to argue over one call – but to better the sport. 

Read the full story HERE.

It's been an amazing year for us at FloRodeo getting the opportunity to follow all of these stories and so much more. Thank you to everyone who took the time to let us into your life to tell the stories, and to all of those that read or watched the content on FloRodeo.

From all of us on the FloRodeo team, happy New Year!

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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Youth Rodeo Lives On FloRodeo

Are you a member of the National Little Britches Rodeo Association, National High School or Junior High School Rodeo Association, or just compete in youth rodeo of any kind? We want you to apply to be a part of FloRodeo's Youth Team!

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

Watch Over 150 Events On FloRodeo

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.