Over the past ten nights of professional rodeo competition, we have watched the very best in the world compete against each other in aspirations of leaving Las Vegas with a new 2018 World Championship title. That being said, those world title races that we have had the honor of watching, not only here in Las Vegas but throughout the entire year, are the closest that we have seen in recent memory as only two of the eight titles were still undecided coming into tonight’s tenth and final round of the 2018 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. As you would expect, the energy and nerves that would fill the Thomas & Mack Arena once again would be unforgettable as another sold-out performance was about to begin which would write itself in the professional rodeo history books at its conclusion later in the night!
Although the beginning of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo was focused on the bombshell announcement that the King of the Cowboys made, it quickly began changing focus to each and every one of the athletes that were competing here this year, both WNFR veterans and the rookie class that would also show us all that the early jitters would not affect their entire two weeks in Sin City. Along with eye-catching performances which included near record-breaking rides and runs along with actual record breakers came a large number of injuries that started early on in the event and continued all the way through tonight’s tenth and final round. Even with all of that, every single contestant and fan knew what would be at stake at the conclusion of tonight’s action as we look forward to crowning our new class of professional rodeo world champions!
Coming into the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo each year one of our fine sponsors gives the chance for any one of the cowboys or cowgirls competing in Las Vegas a chance to drive out of town in a brand new Dodge RAM pick-up truck. Unlike the world title races, no matter where you are sitting in the standings, everyone is open to having a chance to win the RAM Top Gun Award after ten rounds of professional rodeo action inside of the Thomas & Mack Arena. Whether you come in in first place in the world standings or in the distant fifteenth place, as long as you have a solid Wrangler National Finals Rodeo showing you could be the proud new owner of a brand new truck. The rules to winning the RAM Top Gun Award are very simple and is always a fun race to watch as the rounds progress through the ten days here in Las Vegas.
Every cowboy and cowgirl here in Sin City knows that if you can be consistent down on the arena floor and win a couple of go-rounds here at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo you have the chance to put yourself in position to win this special race we watch each and every year. The basic premise of the RAM Top Gun Award is this, whoever makes the most money over the ten-day run at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo will win a new Dodge RAM pick-up truck for his or her efforts. Like I said earlier, this is always a fun race to watch as the lead can change nightly and no one really knows who will take a ride around the arena in the bed of their new truck until the tenth and final night. This year, the one taking home a new beautiful ride would be non-other than Chase Dougherty who would have a WNFR to remember after earning an astounding $209,057.70 in just ten short days of action. The Rodeo Round Up team would like to offer a sincere congratulations to Chase Dougherty for an amazing year and capping it off with a RAM Top Gun Award and a 2018 World Champion title to go along with it!
Your 2018 World Champions Are Crowned On Saturday Night
Photo Credit: Official NFR Experience
Following a long and grueling professional rodeo season, everything came down to one final night as the world watched in anticipation as we would crown our 2018 Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and Womens Professional Rodeo Association World Champions. This year especially has had its tremendous ups and downs where partners have been lost, careers would possibly come to an end, icons of the sport would say goodbye to full-time action and where rookies would shine all which have made the 2018 season one for the record books. It does not matter what position that you came to Las Vegas in, it all depends on what position that you would leave Las Vegas in and tonight we would crown our eight 2018 professional rodeo world champions in the center of the Thomas & Mack Arena floor.
Included in all of the fanfare for tonight’s round ten are not only the crowning of the 2018 World Champions but those that would leave with a tenth go-round win and those that would leave with a very large sum of money after outlasting all the others in their specific events to earn the 2018 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo average title. Each of these outcomes would ultimately and greatly affect the overall outcome of the final world title race so we can not forget to give them credit as well on a night such as this. That being said, all of us at the Rodeo Round Up have tried to remain on top of things throughout the entire run and below we have laid it all out for you on a silver platter. Below you will see the go-round winner, the average winner and the 2018 World Champion of each of the seven classic rodeo events we watched here in Las Vegas as well as the announcement of your 2018 All-Around Cowboy World Champion.
Round Winner: Tilden Hooper (89.50)
Aggregate Winner: Tim O’Connell & Steven Dent (849.50/10)
World Champion: Tim O’Connell
Round Winner: Nick Guy (3.70 Seconds)
Aggregate Winner: Tyler Waguespack (44.50 Seconds/10)
World Champion: Tyler Waguespack
Round Winner: Tyler Wade/Cole Davison (3.90 Seconds)
Aggregate Winners: Aaron Tsinigine/Trey Yates (69.60 Seconds/10)
World Champions: Clay Smith & Paul Eaves
Saddle Bronc Riding
Round Winner: CoBurn Bradshaw (92.00)
Aggregate Winner: CoBurn Bradshaw (848.50/10)
World Champion: Wade Sundell
Round Winner: Trevor Brazile (7.20 Seconds)
Aggregate Winner: Caleb Smidt (83.70 Seconds/10)
World Champion: Caleb Smidt
Round Winner: Kylie Weast (13.37 Seconds)
Aggregate Winner: Carman Pozzobon (139.46 Seconds/10)
World Champion: Hailey Kinsel
Round Winner: Sage Kimzey (93.00)
Aggregate Winner: Chase Dougherty (603.50/7)
World Champion: Sage Kimzey
World Champion: Trevor Brazile
Now that the 2018 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo is in the books and the 2018 World Champions have been crowned, it is time of our Rodeo Round Up team to take a little break and enjoy the upcoming holiday season with our friends and families. All of us would like to congratulate all of the rodeo athletes that have made this year an amazing one and to the newly crowned 2018 World Champions that have graced the sport with honor. We will look to bring back bigger and better coverage from across the country come 2019 and will expand our coverage team with some exciting announcements coming up in the very near future. We look forward to bringing you the best in rodeo and bull riding coverage for many years to come and wish each and every one of you a Very Merry Christmas and a joyous and safe New Year! We will see you beginning January with more in-depth coverage from your favorite rodeo and bull riding events throughout the country and look forward to your continued support.
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