Thursday’s opening is a Salute to the Armed Forces and the national anthem will be performed by the 42-member United States Marine Band.
Rodeo a family sport
A year ago, Kaycee Feild and Tuf Cooper became the first two second-generation world champions to win gold buckles in the same year.
Wyoming’s Les Shepperson, the son of 1975 World Champion Steer Wrestler Frank Shepperson, shared the bulldogging win with Gabe Ledoux on Tuesday and leads the NFR average standings with a time of 25.00 seconds on six.
Computer projections based on current circumstances make Shepperson the favorite to finish first ahead of three-time World Champion Luke Branquinho.
Barrel racer Mary Walker, wife of 1981 World Champion bulldogger Byron Walker, who took over the world standings lead.
from Brittany Pozzi on Tuesday night, and saddle bronc rider Jesse Wright, younger brother of two-time World Champion Cody Wright, who is leading the world standings but trailing top rival Wade Sundell in the average standings.