LAS VEGAS – It’s been an impressive run for the Team MGM Grand contestants at the 2011 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.
Through six go-rounds, the cowboys and cowgirls who are making the MGM Grand their home during the duration of ProRodeo’s biggest event have collected $893,952. The NFR’s purse, $6 million, is the biggest the players will see each season, with go-round winners in each discipline earning $17,885 each of the 10 nights.
In all, 11 Team MGM contestants have earned 17 go-round victories, accumulating $256,305 by being the top contestant in their division on the given nights. Tuesday’s sixth go-round featured Montana Silversmiths go-round buckles won by bareback rider Bobby Mote, an four-time world champion; team ropers Trevor Brazile and Patrick Smith, the reigning world champions; and first-time NFR qualifying bull rider Chandler Bownds – it was the second victory for Bownds, Brazile and Smith, all of whom won second round in their disciplines.
But they aren’t the only multiple round winners among Team MGM. Steer wrestler Jason Miller split the first-round victory, then won Round 4 outright. Tie-down roper Cody Ohl, a five-time world champion, won the first two rounds Barrel racer Carlee Pierce and three-time reigning world champion bull rider J.W. Harris earned wins on the fourth and fifth nights of rodeo’s grand finale.
First-time qualifier Cory Solomon won Saturday’s third go-round in tie-down roping, while the Carr Pro Rodeo horse MGM Deuces Night matched moves with Ryan Gray for 90 points to win the fifth round.