Remaining NFR personnel selected
Voting for the bullfighters, pickup men and barrelman for the 50th Wrangler National Finals Rodeo concluded Oct. 3, with some familiar faces among the selections. Bullfighter Darrell Diefenbach has been selected to work his seventh consecutive Wrangler NFR and plans to be in Las Vegas despite breaking his leg on Oct. 4 at the Heartland ProRodeo Championships in Waco, TX. He will be joined in the arena by Clay Collins, who has been selected to work his second straight Wrangler NFR. Kelly Jennings will serve as the alternate.
Gary Rempel earned his sixth career selection as Wrangler NFR pickup man and will be working the arena with first-time selection Dan Etbauer, a longtime PRCA saddle bronc rider. Bobby Marriott, a pickup man at the 2006 Wrangler NFR, was selected as the alternate. Troy “Wild Child” Lerwill will work his third consecutive Wrangler NFR as barrelman and will be backed up by alternate Keith Isley.
The crowd will also be entertained by specialty acts Niki Moran, John Harrison and Isley during the commercial breaks and throughout the 10-day rodeo that runs Dec. 4-13.