One The Greatest Moments Of A Rodeo Competitor's Life

It's that moment when you realize all of the preparation, all of the hours spent in the practice pen, all of the miles, the money, the time away from home, and the sacrifice you've made, was worth it. For nine professional rodeo competitors trying to make a living on the rodeo trail last year, that moment is when they were announced as the 2019 World Champions.

Relive each of their reactions to earning the highest title in professional rodeo at the 2018 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Hear The Quote Trevor Brazile Hopes He Has Lived By

The Quote Trevor Brazile Hopes He Lived By

3-Time World Champ Tim O'Connell: 'They Made Me Work For This One'

World Champion: Tim O'Connell

It truly came down the final eight seconds for the now three-time consecutive world champion bareback rider Tim O’Connell. It was the tightest race he's had to endure on the way to a world title, and one that physically exhausted many of the bareback riders with three tapping out before the final round due to injury. 

It took everything he had, but O'Connell now enters the elite group of bareback riders who have won three titles in a row. Only two competitors have ever done better: Kaycee Feild (who won four titles in a row) and Joe Alexander (who earned five world titles back to back). 

Two-Time World Champion Tyler Waguespack Knows He's Good Enough Now

World Champion: Tyler Waguespack

Tyler Waguespack said he thought he "might" be good enough to win a world title after the first one, but he knows it now. Congratulations to the now two-time world champion steer wrestler Tyler Waguespack.

A Fight To The End For World Team Roping Champions Smith & Eaves

World Champions: Clay Smith & Paul Eaves

It was a tough fight right until the end for first-time world champion team ropers Clay Smith and Paul Eaves. The battle came down to the last steer in an extremely tight race between the top two teams with just over $15,000 separating the two after the final round.

Wade Sundell On The World Title Race: 'You Had To Keep Your Chin Down'

World Champion: Wade Sundell

It was a long road to get here but after eight trips to the NFR, the "wild man" Wade Sundell finally collected a world title, giving 2018 a positive end after what had been a tough year.

Earlier that year, Sundell's home burnt to the ground, along with many of the awards he's won over his extremely successful career. He has a new house now, and a world champion buckle to put on the mantle.

(Sundell was injured in 2019, preventing him from qualifying for another National Finals Rodeo, read the story and learn how to support his recovery HERE.

The Ever Elusive "Average" Helped Caleb Smidt Win His World Title

World Champion: Caleb Smidt

The average is one of the hardest titles to win at the 10-round Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, but it was what pushed Caleb Smidt over the edge to win his second world title.

Meet Your 2018 Barrel Racing World Champion: Hailey Kinsel

Kinsel Clinches World Title In Rd 9

Last year it was the new arena record at 13.11 seconds, this year it was a new season earnings record - even before the final round of competition with $339,276.75 in earnings - and a world title clinched in round nine. Meet your 2018 barrel racing world champion: Hailey Kinsel.

Broken & Bruised, Sage Kimzey Wins Fifth World Title

World Champion: Sage Kimzey

The now five-time consecutive world champion bull rider Sage Kimzey looked like he had trouble simply standing to do this interview, but give him two weeks and he'll be right back at it. Injuries to his shoulder and ribs plagued him during the 10 days of competition, but the champion endured the pain to take home his fifth title in five attempts.

Who Will Leave Round One Of the 2019 NFR As The World Standings Leader?

There's a long 10 days ahead in Vegas, and the race for No. 1 could change in an instant, but we wanted to figure out just how instantly the lead could change in each of the world title races before round one kicks off tonight.

BREAKING: PRCA Announces Creation Of Jr. Rodeo Association & New Jr. NFR

The PRCA announced the creation of their Jr. Rodeo Association in a press release today that will see the next generation of world champions spotlighted at their own Jr. NFR. Young rodeo athletes aged 8-19 are being offered the chance to compete at Jr. Rodeo Association events, learn from the pro’s at clinics, receive accident insurance, and more under the PRCA’s new youth initiative.

NEW EVENTS ADDED: All In Barrels & Breakaway, World Series, LIVE With Lucia

Las Vegas, Nevada is taken over every December with cowboy hats, boots, and gold buckles. With many events going on around the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, we’re giving you a chance to get your fill of the team roping, barrel racing, breakaway roping and talk show action going on in Vegas this year!

How Jeremy Buhler Went From World Series Winner To World Champion

In 2009 a pair of fairly-unknown brothers from Canada traveled to the World Series of Team Roping in Las Vegas, Nevada and proceeded to turn the heads of everyone in the team roping world by dominating what was, at the time, the largest-paying No. 13 roping in history. 

Technique Tuesday: Learn From 2019 National Finals Rodeo Qualifiers

On this edition of Technique Tuesday, learn from the best of the best in 2019 with telestrations from this year's National Finals Rodeo qualifiers.

Sixty Memorable Moments From The 60th National Finals Rodeo

Ten rounds, 120 competitors, ten million dollars, countless memorable moments. 

A Walk Down Memory Lane: Celebrating Trevor Brazile's 25th World Title

In celebration of Trevor Brazile’s 25th world title win – captured last weekend at the National Steer Roping Finals in Mulvane, Kansas – we’re taking a walk down memory lane to relive all 25 of his world titles along his 20-plus-year career in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA).

Maple Leaf Circuit Opens New Opportunity For CPRA Members & Committees

Cassidy: No. 1 Steer Wrestler

The addition of the Maple Leaf Circuit Finals is not just another rodeo for the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association (CPRA).

BREAKING: WCRA Extends $1M Opportunity To Youth Athletes

The World Champions Rodeo Alliance (WCRA) announced in a press release today the creation of their Youth Division that will give young competitors the opportunity to not only compete in their own league, but also have a chance to qualify for the $1 Million Major events. Starting December 2, 2019 youth aged 13 and up competing in girls breakaway roping, barrel racing, team roping heading and heeling, tie-down roping, and steer wrestling can begin to nominate rodeos in the Virtual Rodeo Qualifier (VRQ) through Division Youth (DY).