“Our mission is to provide, promote and preserve the advancement of Professional Indian Rodeo by empowering families, youth and communities through positive role modeling, educational opportunities, competition, culture and tradition.”

23 - 27 October 2018
Las Vegas, Nevada

 
 
 
 

Founded in 1976, the Indian National Finals Rodeo (INFR), sanctions almost 700 rodeos a year. Throughout the year, the INFR  gives competitors the chance to win over one million dollars, and the chance to be crowned World Champion in Las Vegas. The INFR brings tribes from all over North America together, to take part in The Parade of Nations, and crown a world champion for each event. In 2018 Troy Tuni was runner-up to take the bull riding title. We’ll be following his progress throughout the year, to see him ride again in Las Vegas in 2019.

 
 
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Native Americans have relied upon costume, art, and totems to distinguish themselves from European-dominated culture of the modern United States. Flags can be seen as a tool to instill pride in the hearts and minds of people too often forgotten by government.

 
 
 
 

Bull Riding is a kinetic explosion of brute force. Cowboys use a “bull rope” to fix one hand to the bull’s back to try and stay atop a tonne of heaving muscle for 8 seconds. Once done, the bull rider must release his hand to end the ride, avoid the bull and get safely out of the ring. Bucking bulls are viewed as athletes and are bred for their ability to leap, plunge and spin.

 
 
 
 

Bareback Bronc is cowboy versus horse for 8 seconds, or as long as the cowboy can hold on - with the cowboy keeping his feet above the horse’s shoulder for the whole of the first jump. Saddle Bronc is similar to bareback but with a saddle - with extra opportunities to lose points if a foot slips out of a stirrup, or dropping the braided rein. Both cowboy and horse score points. A horse who bucks in a spectacular and effective manner will score more points.