Watson to compete in National Finals Rodeo after winning Champions Challenge

Jake Watson competing in the Saddle Bronc at the 2016 Calgary Stampede. Photo by Mike Ridewood/The Calgary Stampede

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Jake Watson will be competing in what is known as the ‘Super Bowl of Rodeo’ for the first time this winter.

The Hudson’s Hope native qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, Nevada December 1st – 10th. Watson was announced as having made the cut of the top 15 Saddle Bronc riders to compete at the NFR on Sunday after placing first at the Cody Stampede Champions Challenge on Sunday. He rode Sue City Sue for the full eight seconds to record an impressive 87.5.

The Wrangler National Finals Rodeo is the season-ending championship event for the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, the Wrangler NFR is ProRodeo’s most prestigious event, and is said to be the world’s premier rodeo. The rodeo consists of ten rounds over 10 days. Riders earn money by placing first through sixth in any round, and pick up more money by placing first through eighth in the average over the 10 rounds. This will be Watson’s first appearance at the National Finals Rodeo. He is currently ranked third in the Wrangler Champions Challenge Saddle Bronc standings, fourth in the Wrangler Million Dollar Tour Standings, and ninth in the PRCA World rankings for 2016.

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