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For the Record: Wrangler NFR Round 5

by Matt Naber | Dec 01, 2018

Competition really heats up at the halfway point of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, and Round 5 reflects that with three arena records. 

Each of the 10 days presents an opportunity to set a record for that round, while even more prestigious is the arena record for the entire Wrangler NFR. Saddle bronc rider Billy Etbauer's 93-point ride in Round 5 in 2003 (pictured above) set both the round record and the arena record, which he equaled in Round 10 in 2004. 

Nearly a decade after his final trip to the Wrangler NFR, the South Dakota cowboy still holds records in Rounds 3, 5, 7 and 10. 

Etbauer also set the Round 3 record of 90 points in 1999 and matched his Round 3 record score in 2005. Then in 2009, Etbauer set the Round 7 record of 90 points.

His long list of Wrangler NFR records didn’t happen overnight. It took 21 consecutive qualifications (1989-2009), which paid off royally with five world titles (1992, ’96, 1999-2000 and 2004) and more than $3 million in career earnings. 

The following is the breakdown of the highest scores and fastest times recorded for the fifth round of the Wrangler NFR.

Bareback riding: 91.5 points, Bobby Mote, 2008 (equal to the arena record)
Steer wrestling: 3.0 seconds, Steve Duhon, 1986 (equal to the arena record)
Team roping: 3.6 seconds, Garrett Tonozzi/Kinney Harrell, 2008; JoJo LeMond/Cory Petska, 2010
Saddle bronc riding: 93 points, Billy Etbauer, 2003 (equal to the arena record)
Tie-down roping: 6.9 seconds, Cody Ohl, 2010; Trevor Brazile, 2010
Barrel racing: 13.46 seconds, Carlee Pierce, 2011
Bull riding: 91.5 points, Ryan Brown, 2003

These records, and the records of the other nine rounds, could be broken Dec. 6-15. Fans can check with for updates throughout the competition or watch it on demand the following day at 

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