Indian National Finals Rodeo
The 2013 Indian National Finals Rodeo season isn’t over yet. It ends with a grand finale rodeo in Las Vegas on November 5-9. But even before the 2013 season ends, the 2014 INFR season begins, Friday-Sunday, November 1-3, with a special “Kick-Off” rodeo at the Mojave Crossing Equestrian and Event Center directly across the river from the Avi Resort Casino.
The reasoning behind this early start to the 2014 season makes sense in that all the best Native cowboys and cowgirls from throughout the U.S. and Canada will be in the area to attend the following week’s finals in Vegas. So they will be coming to the Laughlin area to compete for prizes and initial points toward the 2014 finale.
All the major events in rodeo will be featured at the Indian National Finals Rodeo with the addition of the ladies not just competing in barrel racing but in break-away roping, too.
According to Donna Hoyt, Indian National Finals Rodeo general manager, there will be approximately 450 contestants, some of them professional cowboys with the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association while other are not—but all are Native American. Also, there will be events for youths aged 15 and under and for seniors 50 and over.
“Indian rodeo is a very family-oriented event,” explains Hoyt. By putting the junior and senior events in with regular rodeo events, families can all rodeo together. At this year’s event there are a few families where three generations will be competing.
“One of the things that makes us different is we really try to go with what our mission statement says—’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.’”
Performances are on Friday, November 1 (7 p.m.), Saturday, November 2 (9 a.m. slack; main rodeo at 7 p.m.), and Sunday, November 3 (juniors at 9 a.m. AZ; 8 a.m. NV; main rodeo 11 a.m. AZ time; 10 a.m. NV/CA time—remember there is a time change on Sunday with Nevada and California changing their clocks back one hour and Arizona clocks remaining the same).
Tickets for the rodeo are $20 for Gold Buckle seating; $10 general admission; free for ages 5 and under.
The INFR began in 1976 and today, sanctions nearly 700 rodeos nationwide. In 2012, Indian National Finals Rodeo paid out over $730,00 in cash and prizes to 476 Native American contestants from 20 U.S. states and two Canadian provinces representing 72 different Native American tribes. As well, the INFR awarded $2,400 in scholarships to 12 Native American recipients. For more on the INFR, see infr.org
INDIAN NATIONAL FINALS RODEO
Mojave Crossing (across the river from Avi)
Friday-Sunday, November 1-3. $20 Gold Buckle, $10 general admission, free ages 5 and under