Bulletin staff report

2017 National Finals Rodeo

When: Thursday through Dec. 16

Where: Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas

Who: Top PRCA rodeo riders from the 2017 season

TV: Live broadcast on CBS Sports Network, starting at 7 p.m. each day

Website: www.prorodeo.com

Two cowboys from Central Oregon are set to take part in the 2017 National Finals Rodeo, the season-ending championship event for the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association that gets underway Thursday at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.

Russell Cardoza, of Terrebonne, is qualified for his sixth NFR, and Charly Crawford, a longtime Prineville resident who now lives in Stephenville, Texas, is qualified for his ninth NFR.

The NFR includes 10 rounds of world championship competition in bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle-bronc riding, tie-down roping, barrel racing (for cowgirls) and bull riding, and an all-around cowboy also will be crowned after the final round on Dec. 16.

Cardoza, 31, finished sixth in the PRCA team-roping heelers standings with 2017 winnings of $99,774. Crawford, 39, claimed 15th in the team-roping headers standings with earnings of $74,206. The top 15 contestants in the world standings in each event qualify for the NFR.

Cardoza, a central California native, is seventh in the all-around standings with $112,795.

Last season Cardoza finished sixth in the overall team-roping standings with $193,441 in season earnings including the NFR. He also placed fifth in the all-around standings, with $204,720. Cardoza has more than $1 million in PRCA career earnings.

Cardoza’s roping partner for the finals, Dustin Bird, of Cut Bank, Montana, is 12th in the team-roping header standings ($78,288).

A Canby native, Crawford — who also has more than $1 million in PRCA career earnings — will compete in his first NFR since 2014.

The veteran team roper was a distant 63rd in the PRCA world standings in June, but with a summer of exceptional results with partner Joseph Harrison, Crawford vaulted into 15th place among headers in the world standings by the end of the season (Sept. 30) to just barely qualify for the NFR.

Harrison, a heeler from Overbrook, Oklahoma, earned $78,447 to finish 12th in the heeler standings. The two will compete together at the national finals.

Crawford’s best seasons thus far were 2006 and 2009; in both years he finished seventh in the world standings.

Trevor Brazile, of Decatur, Texas, leads the all-around world standings with $243,760. Texan Tuf Cooper, Brazile’s brother-in-law, is second in the all-around with $230,022.

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