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NFR bronc rider has Cherokee ties

Friday, November 25, 2011

Tyler Corrington
LAS VEGAS - Tyler Corrington from Hastings, Minn. has qualified for his first Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR) to compete in saddle bronc riding Dec. 1-10.

Corrington is the son of Doug and Stacey Corrington, formerly of Cherokee, and the grandson of the late Vere and Darlene Corrington.

The 25-year old Corrington joined the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association in 2006 and earned Rookie of the Year honors in rodeo's classic event of saddle bronc riding that same year. He is having the best season of his career this year, qualifying for the Wrangler NFR in 11th place with regular season earnings of $54,544. Year 2011 got off to a good start last February with a big win at the Fiesta de los Vaqueros in Tucson, Ariz.

The top 15 contestants in the bareback riding, steer wrestling, tie-down roping, team roping, saddle bronc riding, bull riding and Women's Professional Rodeo Association barrel racing will all be competing for $6 million and prizes at the NFR.

Las Vegas has played host to the event for the past 27 years at UNLV's Thomas and Mack Center. It has seen continued growth in prize money and fan support, with many different activities surrounding the rodeo.

Each of the contestants will compete in 10 individual rounds, which pay $17,885 for first place. On Dec. 10th their total scores and times will be added together for average placing. First place in that category will win $45,865 and a saddle as the WNFR champion.

World championships are determined by adding a contestant's WNFR and regular season earnings together. Those champions have the esteemed honor of wearing the traditional gold buckle that signifies they are the world's best in the sport of rodeo.

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