The “X-Games for cowboys,” better known as the Thunder EquiGames, storms into Las Vegas, Nev., this December at the South Point Equestrian and Events Center.  Featuring daily events throughout the NFR (Dec. 2-4; Dec. 8-12), the Thunder Equigames is sure to light up the day as a great compliment to the NFR evening activities.

The Thunder EquiGames (TEG) is the perfect combination of cowboy recreation plus exhilarating entertainment.  The TEG was born in 2008 with one event, but has already multiplied to feature two edge-of-your-seat performances:  Friday, Dec. 4 and Saturday, Dec. 12, both show times at 1 p.m.

Highlighted by the Freestyle Bullfight, the TEG also showcases the World Series of Team Roping Finale, The World Series Mounted Shoot-Out, The Open Barrel Race and introducing the Professional Team Bronc Riding Finals.   

    Freestyle Bullfight—The best bullfight event in the business boasts 12 of the top fighters in the sport, in a head-to-head tournament style bracket format.  

    “This is as good as a bullfight as you can hope to see,” promoter and legendary bull fighter Rob Smets says. “Any time you can get this many former world champions in the same building, (Mike Matt (4x), Lance Britton, Wacey Munsell and Andy Burrel), you know it’s going to be a fight.  We’ve attracted the best to compete because of the big money involved (highest paying Freestyle ever) and the overall magnitude of this event.”

    Team Roping—The World Series of Team Roping Finale is the heartbeat of the EquiGames, bringing over $3 Million in Winnings and the who’s who in the cowboy world to the Casino. Each of its three divisions (Lo-Amateur, Amateur and Pro-Am) will pay $1,000,000. The World Series has become the year end Grand Finale for the team roping industry each year.     

    Mounted Shooting—The World Series Mounted Shoot-Out, presented by Outlaw Annie, features Hall of Famer Annie Elliot breaking ground with a tournament style event and a second year target purse of $100,000.    

    Barrel Racing—The Open Barrel Race, presented by PRCA Hall of Famer Charmayne James, has accelerated the payout in its second year from a $15,000 winners check to an astonishing $50,000 guaranteed. In addition, Charmayne James has added a $10,000 bonus payout for racers riding two horses on four total runs. This will not only showcase the excellent horses, but will also reward consistent riding.    

    Team Bronc Riding—The Professional Team Bronc Riding Association Finals will be showcased at the TEG, giving this relatively new sport a world-wide audience through a partnership with the EquiGames. You’ve watched this event at all of the major Rodeos during the year, now witness the Association finals in Las Vegas.

All events will be hosted at the South Point Equestrian and Events Center in Las Vegas, Nev., with show times at 1 p.m. WST.  $20 Thunder EquiGames tickets are now on sale at for the Dec. 4 and Dec. 12 performances.  All other daily qualifying events are free to the public.  

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