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ACTRA National Finals Gallops into Reno Tahoe USA

Todd Bergen Open Futurity Champ ReiningMembers of the American Cowboys Team Roping Association (ACTRA) are saddling up in Reno Tahoe to  compete in the 30th annual Wrangler/Professionals Choice ACTRA National Finals at the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center. From October 20-27, enjoy eight days packed with cowboy action as the nation’s most talented team ropers lock horns to earn the top honors in their divisions.

6_actra-logoACTRA, the largest non-profit team roping association in the country, presents the National Finals as the crowning glory for its members, offering ropers an additional chance to win prize money and bragging rights before the season comes to a close. Contestants come from all over the western United States and Canada, ranging in age from teenagers to competitors in their 80s, all vying for the same dream – becoming a national team roping champion.

In addition to the exciting competition in the arena, enjoy the western art show and shopping at a variety of vendor booths. For a complete schedule, click here.

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NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Face-offs in Reno

43rd annual National Reined Cow Horse Association Snaffle Bit Futurity, September 17 – 29, in Reno.

The Reno-Sparks Live Stock Events Center will be filled with the nation’s top triathletes, September 17 – 29. This triathlon’s events: herd work, rein work and fence work. Nope, this is not your typical triathlon, nor is it your typical horse show… it’s NRCHA’s Snaffle Bit Futurity. Total payout is over $1 million this year, and the crowned Futurity Open Champion will come home $100,000 richer.

Once you go, you’ll be hooked for every year to come. Fans are equally compelled to the action outside of the arena, with horse sales, trade show shopping and hanging out with other die-hard fans.

The last three days of the event (Sept. 27-29) are the only days with an entry fee of $15. The special events and nail-biting action of the finals competitions will be well worth admission.

Highlights from this year’s schedule:

Thursday, Sept 27

The giant video screen is up, and the herd settle begins early at 7:30 a.m. to determine the winner of the Cinch Futurity Intermediate Open and Futurity Limited Open Finals. Open Hackamore and Open Bridle finalists follow to compete for their respective titles.

Friday, Sept 28

Action-packed Futurity Non-Pro finals begin at 4:00 p.m. At 8, cheer on your favorite entry in the Celebrity Cow Horse Fence Work Competition with famous faces such as singers Juni Fisher and Trent Willmon, and Tom McMillan from “Tom’s Wild Life” show on GAC.

Saturday, Sept 29

Futurity Open Finals start at 1:30 p.m. beginning with herd work. At 7pm, enjoy the Open Finalists for rein and cow work finals. After the Futurity Open Champion is crowned, enjoy a live performance by country music artist Trent Willmon.


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4712225674_787391a6ab_zWhy is this ultimate American pride event famously known as “The Wildest Richest Rodeo in the West?” We will break it down for you.


“There ain’t a bull that can’t be rode and ain’t a rider that can’t be throwed.” Toss aside your city-slicker suit, put on your boots and cowboy up. From the rock ’em toss ’em chaos in the arena to the hoedown at the Jack Daniel’s tent, you’ll need to tighten your spurs to survive this event.


Bulls in the chute, cowgirls in miniskirts and beer in hand, does more need to be said? I guess we can mention the contestants are competing for over $500,000 in prize money. This year’s Rodeo will definitely be rich with cash and culture.


Here, you either “do it right or get off the horse,” literally. Willingly riding a bucking bull or bronco is not easy and those eight seconds could be the longest of your life. Luckily, fans get to soak up the summer evening and relax instead of being tossed around. The only thing we need to worry about is kicking a cow patty after a hot day.


There’s a reason the famous phrase is the “Wild Wild West.” Out West we do things bigger, better and a little different. The Reno Rodeo never disappoints. It’s truly the best in the West.

We will see you there for a bucking good time! For more information visit

Reno Rodeo enters 89th year

The “Wildest, Richest Rodeo in the West,” the Reno Rodeo, kicked of its 89th showing Thursday with a cattle drive and the promise of more great events over 10 days in Reno.

No other event has a longer tenure in Reno – the rodeo dates all the way back to the days when Reno was little more than a western outpost sprung from the riches of the silver mining boom. Over the decades, it has evolved into one of the most prestigious of rodeo tour stops, with events as diverse as “Dodge Xtreme Bulls” and the “Wrangler World’s Greatest Roper.”

In addition to the normal slate of competitive events, the rodeo puts a premium on family fun with a parade, entertainment and a carnival-like atmosphere. Check out this great event, and bring the family. You won’t be disappointed.

For more information on the Reno Rodeo, and a full schedule of events, click here.