Clearwater, FL:-Hello, rodeo fans! We’re so excited to release our 2022 American Buckle Magazine “World Finals” edition. It is hard to believe we’re already approaching the year’s end. Rodeo athletes, if you’ve made it this far, know that all your hard work, effort, and a little luck have put you in range of winning that Gold Buckle.
The Wrangler NFR brings the largest jackpots to Las Vegas in December, but Pendleton Whisky brings the spirit of western culture. Rodeo is the lifeblood of Pendleton Whisky, and Pendleton is committed to honoring western tradition and western athletics. The Run to the NFR: Presented by Pendleton Whisky, dives into each rodeo category and looks at who’s poised to win a buckle.
The inaugural PBR Teams Series Championship, held in November, gave rodeo fans a championship to remember. Eight teams competed for glory at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas from Nov. 4-6 during the first-ever event of its kind. But country-western folks love a good underdog story, and the Nashville Stampede didn’t hesitate to deliver when it came to giving fans a playoff run to remember.
The World Champions Rodeo Alliance (WCRA) hosts three rodeo majors and the Women’s Rodeo World Championship. Win your event in three back-to-back majors, the organization promises, and you can also claim an extra million-dollar prize. We sit down with bareback rider RC Landingham, who is one major win away from a million-dollar payday, and ask him how he is preparing for what could be a life-changing ride.
Master Distiller Steve Beam’s family has been making premium spirits for a century and a half. This year, Beam and Limestone Branch Distillery’s Yellowstone Bourbon spirit are celebrating 150 years of bourbon history while giving back to one of the most majestic landscapes in America, Yellowstone National Park.
If you ask the cowboys and cowgirls competing on a professional level where they first fell in love with the sport of rodeo, many of them will say, “National Little Britches Rodeo Association”(NLBRA).The NLBRA has become the fastest-growing youth rodeo association, now in 33 states and host to more than 400 events annually. We talk to Executive Director Annie Walker, who tells us how NLBRA is impacting our youth and how the future of rodeo has never looked brighter.
Finally, as the 2022 rodeo season ends, thank you to all our sponsors and rodeo fans who support this publication. Without you, there would be no American Buckle Magazine. Also, thank you to our great staff who helped bring it all together. We’re already looking forward to the 2023 rodeo season, so keep an eye out for our 2023 Spring edition.
Purchase your copy of the American Buckle Magazine World Finals edition at Amazon or in-stores nationwide at Barnes and Nobles or Books-A-Million.