Montana Silversmiths’ Steve Miller, left, and Boyd Gaming’s Jackie Ferrando, right, presented Simpson and Buhler their NFR average awards. – Photo by Kirt Steinke
By Lane S. Karney
Special To Ropers Sports News
Levi Simpson and Jeremy Buhler made history before the $10 million Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER ever started. The first all-Canadian team ever to rope at the Finals fought hard all season long to get to Vegas. And their debut at Rodeo’s Super Bowl, which ran December 1-10 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, was not a done deal until the finish line to the regular season.
It was obvious that they were thrilled to be there from the time they unloaded their horses at the Thomas & Mack and ran the steers through with the rest of the Top 15 before the Finals got going. Simpson and Buhler were proud to represent their country and were just soaking it all in, armed only with the goal of doing their best and getting some bills paid.
Brian Wright and Milton Aguilera were the winners of the #11 WSTR Finale.
LAS VEGAS, NV – The Priefert World Series of Team Roping concluded its 11th annual record-breaking event on December 11, 2016. The World Series Grand Finale XI, held at the South Point Hotel and Casino Equestrian & Events Center in Las Vegas, Nev., paid out a whopping $10,468,000 in cash and another $250,000 in prizes. An additional $1 million in prize money was paid at the qualification events held at the outside arena on the South Point grounds, to bring the week take for ropers to $11.5 Million. The #10 Ariat Finale tied last year’s single division record paying $2,040,000.