The C&I team is back in Texas after the 2021 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, but our minds are still replaying the 10-plus days filled with Western fun in Las Vegas.
The NFR returned to Las Vegas this year and it was back and better than ever! A total of 169,539 people attended the Thomas & Mack Center to watch 119 contestants vie for PRCA Gold Buckles. But the arena wasn’t the only place to be — 241,522 people shopped at the Cowboy Channel Cowboy Christmas, and more than 70 concerts and 30 live watch parties took place during the “Super Bowl of Rodeo.” Take a look at some of this year’s highlights.
2021 National Finals Rodeo World Champions
The world’s finest rodeo athletes competed for a World Champion title and a portion of the $10 million purse. Here are the contestants who came out on top.
Kaleb Driggers & Junior Nogueira
Saddle Bronc Riding
7X World Champion Bull Rider Sage Kimzey. Photography: Courtesy Wrangler NFR
Miss Rodeo America Pageant
Colorado’s Hailey Frederiksen was crowned Miss Rodeo America 2022 after competing against 31 state rodeo queens.
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Wrangler NFR’s premier gift show had 350-plus exhibitor booths featuring the West’s best in clothing, artwork, jewelry, furniture, and more. Amid those roaming the aisles of Cowboy Christmas were Yellowstone stars Cole Hauser, Luke Grimes, and Forrie J Smith; actor Arnold Schwarzenegger; fancy dancer Larry Yazzie; actor and cowboy James Pickens Jr.; and the Compton Cowboys.
Photography: Courtesy Samsville Gallery
C&I’s Nightly Viewing Parties
C&I hosted nightly viewing parties and free concerts December 2-10 at the Silverton Casino & Hotel. Our favorite night was C&I’s BEST OF THE WEST party complete with performances from The Randy Brown Show and Josh Ward, door prizes including a free 2022 NFR trip, drink specials, and more!
Ryan Bingham x Ranch Water Party
Yellowstone star and musician Ryan Bingham and hard seltzer brand Lone River Ranch Water hosted a party at Kemo Sabe to kick off the 2021 NFR. Among the guests sipping cool seltzers in the luxury Western store were country musicians Ian Munsick, Cleto Cordero, Randall King, and Jenna Paulette; rodeo stars Jorden Halvorsen, Trevor Brazile, and Wes Silcox; and Donnie Daytona from Netflix’s How To Be A Cowboy.
Photography: Courtesy Michael Simon
2021 NFR Trip Winners
We loved meeting the winners of C&I’s 2021 NFR Sweepstakes. They received NFR tickets, a three-night stay at the Silverton Casino & Hotel, and Reba McEntire and Brooks & Dunn concert tickets.
Photography: (Cover image) courtesy Wrangler NFR