The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and Women’s Professional Rodeo Association announced in a press release that the Wrangler National Finals Breakaway Roping will take place at the South Point Arena & Equestrian Center in Las Vegas, Dec. 5-6.
The Top 15 breakaway ropers will compete for prize money of $250,000 during the two-day, 10-round performance. This is the second year in a row the South Point Arena & Equestrian Center will play host to the NFBR.
General admission tickets are $30 each day, with reserve admission tickets available for $45 per day. Tickets can be purchased online at southpointarena.com or ticketmaster.com, by phone at 866-796-7111 or at the South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa box office. Tickets are electronic unless purchased at the box office or specified otherwise online or over the phone.
The event will begin daily at 2 p.m. (PST) with doors opening at 1 p.m. daily. Parking at the South Point Hotel and Casino is FREE.
“I’m pleased to see the success and growth of breakaway roping since the inaugural National Finals Breakaway Roping in 2020,” PRCA CEO Tom Glause said. “Breakaway roping has experienced rapid growth and it is now featured at more than 450 rodeos annually. It is amazing that the breakaway ropers now have an opportunity to compete for $250,000 at the NFBR.”
The 2023 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo is Dec. 7-16 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.
Jimmie Munroe, WPRA president, also is excited for the 2023 NFBR.
“The South Point is a great place for the National Finals Breakaway Roping,” Munroe said. “Michael Gaughan and the South Point are so welcoming it is a great place to have it. With it being held during the PRCA convention, it gives so many PRCA rodeo committees from all over the U.S. the chance to attend the National Finals Breakaway Roping to watch the best breakaway ropers in the world compete for a world championship.
“The growth of breakaway roping has been so phenomenal and so well received by all these committees. So, it’s great, that if they want to, they will have the opportunity to come to the National Finals Breakaway Roping at the South Point.”
Breakaway roping has gone from being featured at only 19 rodeos in 2019 to more than 450 rodeos in the 2023 season.
The South Point Hotel, which is a hotspot for contestants and visitors during the Wrangler NFR, is thrilled to be the event venue for the 2023 Wrangler NFBR.
“Anytime you do an event the first time, normally you would have some challenges, but this is what we do,” said Ryan Growney, General Manager of the South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa. “I thought the event was well produced and well run. We sold more than 1,000 tickets each day, which was our original goal and I think now that people know about it, hopefully we can grow the audience. We are honored to have this event at our property.”
Steve Stallworth, who is the General Manager of the South Point Arena and Equestrian Center, concurred with Growney.
“We just want to create the awareness that the (NFBR) is a couple of days before the NFR,” Stallworth said. “We know the people who came last year are coming back. They have booked their rooms and we are hoping to continue to grow that audience. That’s the plan and get people to come to Vegas a couple of days early. I’m hoping for a big jump in (NFBR) in year two.”
The 2020 National Finals Breakaway Roping took place at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, in conjunction with the NFR and Jackie Crawford captured the inaugural ProRodeo world championship. In 2021, the NFBR took place in Las Vegas at the Orleans Hotel and Casino and was won by Sawyer Gilbert.
Last year, Martha Angelone won the NFBR with $130,304. She earned $21,207 at the NFBR to cap her magical season.
– courtesy of the PRCA –