Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012 | 1:35 p.m.
Call them the “Golden Girls of the Rodeo.” Meet new 2012 Miss Rodeo America Chenae Shiner, who lived up to her name with a 24-karat sparkle and a 1,000-megawatt smile when she was crowned Wednesday afternoon.
The Miss Utah blonde beauty celebrated her coronation at MGM’s Hollywood Theater with runner-up Miss South Dakota Courtney Peterson and Miss Colorado Cassidy Cabot, who placed 3rd. More than 30 cowgirl contestants competed for the title.
Our thanks to contributing photographer Tom Donoghue, who captured the smiles and the emotions. Our Miss Rodeo Nevada Kayla Roundy was on hand when 2011 Miss Rodeo America Mackenzie Carr sang her farewell song.
Another golden girl, fast-rising country music star Sarah Darling, was a hit at Cowboy Fan Fest in the Convention Center yesterday. After performing, she was mobbed by fans wanting autographs and photos.
Last night was the seventh performance of the 2012 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo at our Thomas & Mack Center, and Tom was ringside again for more action photos as the rodeo saluted our armed forces.
Nearly 125,000 fans have now seen the seven daily competitions, and this year’s NFR is on pace to break the 2003 10-day record attendance of 175,903. Some nights have already been the highest in history, and Wrangler NFR began its live broadcasts last night on U.S. cable TV (Great American Country/Dish & Direct), Canadian TV, on radio and online.
After placing among the Top Three for the fourth time in six rounds, team ropers Trevor Brazile and Patrick Smith remain on pace to break their own single-season money records set in 2010, even though they didn’t score last night. Trevor, the nine-time and reigning all-around world champion, has earnings of $182,903, making him just one round win away from his heeling record of $201,392 and one round to tie Billy Etbauer’s record for most round wins in the national finals (51) and keeping him on pace to win the second team roping gold buckle in three years.
Trevor, who will be signing autographs in the MGM Grand lobby today from 2 to 4 p.m., clinched his record 10th all-around gold buckle Monday and has 17 overall, one short of the record held by steer roper Guy Allen. Trevor’s next win in team roping, possibly tonight, would make him the first cowboy in pro rodeo history to win multiple world titles in four categories; at present, he has those 10 titles in the all-around, three in tie-down roping, three in steer roping and one in team roping.
Tonight, the eighth performance at the Thomas & Mack is a salute to cowboys across the border in Canada, with Wayne Void singing the country’s anthem and entertainment in the arena by Bucky Covington, who also will appear earlier at Fan Fest. Riders Erich Rogers and Kory Koontz host an autograph session late night at Mizuya in the Mirage, with Justin McBride and Daryle Singletary performing at the Rodeo Vegas party in the Mirage race and sports book.
For more 2012 Wrangler NFR, please check out the extensive coverage by our colleagues at the Las Vegas Sun.
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