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For the Record: Wrangler NFR Round 3

by Matt Naber | Nov 29, 2018

Cowboys are starting to feel the rhythm of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo by Round 3. Each night is a chance to set a record for that round, but only the best set a record for the entire Wrangler NFR. 

Bareback riders Justin McDaniel and Tim O’Connell share the record for the highest-scored bareback ride at the Wrangler NFR across all rounds with a couple other cowboys. But McDaniel and O'Connell made their record-setting scores in Round 3 – McDaniel in 2007, O'Connell in 2017. 

McDaniel went on to place third in the average and third in the 2007 world standings, raking in $76,974. 

Ten years later, O’Connell matched McDaniel’s record and went on to win the world title for the second consecutive year, thanks in part to the $159,500 he won at the 2017 Wrangler NFR. O’Connell is headed back to Las Vegas at the top of the 2018 PRCA | RAM World Standings with a third world title on his mind. 

The other bareback riders to make 91.5-point rides at the Wrangler NFR are Bobby Mote (Round 5 and Round 7, 2008) and Will Lowe (Round 10, 2007). 

The following are the highest scores and fastest times recorded for the third round of the Wrangler NFR. 

Bareback riding: 91.5 points, Justin McDaniel, 2007, and Tim O’Connell, 2017 
Steer wrestling: 3.1 seconds, Ricky Huddleston, 1985
Team roping: 3.8 seconds, Wade Wheatley/Kyle Lockett, 2002; Daniel Green/Kory Koontz, 2003; Travis Tryan/Michael Jones, 2009
Saddle bronc riding: 90 points, Billy Etbauer, 1999 and 2005
Tie-down roping: 6.6 seconds, Cody Ohl, 2014
Barrel racing: 13.11 seconds, Hailey Kinsel, 2017
Bull riding: 94 points, Colby Yates, 2002

These records, and those from the other nine rounds, could be broken Dec. 6-15. Fans can watch the action on on demand and can check with for updates throughout the competition. 

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