Wrangler National Finals Rodeo Ends With Some New Winners Taking Home the Gold

This week, FanHouse headed out to Las Vegas for a little rodeo fun at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. Some cowboys taught us how to rope a steer (well, a fake steer), how to ride a real, live bull (except, the bull was mechanical) and how the rodeo really works. The videos of this experience will be up soon, but for now, we'll keep you updated on the real action.

It's on part with golf's Green Jacket, college football's Heisman Trophy, and baseball's Commissioner's Trophy.

In the rodeo world, taking home a gold belt buckle is what you practice for all your life.

Saturday in Las Vegas, eight cowboys were announced as World Champions after their incredible performance at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo and all joined an elite group that is lucky enough to sport that golden buckle.

The winners of the 2008 WNFR are after the jump.

2008 World Champion Bareback Rider: Justin McDaniel
2008 World Champion Steer Wrestler: Luke Branquinho
2008 World Champion Header: Matt Sherwood
2008 World Champion Heeler: Randon Adams
2008 World Champion Saddle Bronc Rider: Cody Wright
2008 World Champion Tie-Down Roper: Stran Smith
2008 World Champion Barrel Racer: Lindsay Sears
2008 World Champion Bull Rider: J.W. Harris

Remember to check back in with FanHouse on Monday for full coverage of the trip to Vegas.

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