2nd Annual Vegas NFR Icons Tribute Luncheon

Friday, December 8, 2023

12:30 pm - Check In 

1:00 pm - Luncheon Begins 

(Including a Special Performance by Glen Templeton)

Virgin Hotels Las Vegas

Primrose Ballroom

4455 Paradise Road

   Las Vegas, Nevada 89169  


The 2nd Annual Vegas NFR Icons Tribute Luncheon, honoring Billy Etbauer and Cody Ohl, is set for Friday, December 8 at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas. At the luncheon, we'll go behind the scenes with these legends and hosts Butch Knowles and Jeff Medders. The two announcers are icons themselves as they have been the broadcast team for the NFR for more than 30 years. This is sure to be one of the hottest tickets at this year's NFR. Purchasing a ticket will reserve your seat, or seats, at the luncheon. All seat assignments will be given to you during the check-in process on December 8. The check-in process will start that day at 12:30 pm.

Luncheon Tickets


                      Vegas NFR Icons

Billy Etbauer, one of the most popular cowboys of his generation, won five saddle bronc world titles (1992, 1996, 1999, 2000 and 2004) and garners respect for both his go-for-broke style and his humility during his career that covered parts of four decades. A native of Huron, South Dakota, he was the middle brother of three world-class bronc riders. He went on to make the field a record 21 consecutive years, win 51 rounds and surpass $3 million in career earnings.

Cody Ohl put his stamp on ProRodeo in 1994 by winning Rookie of the Year and earning his first trip to the NFR. It would take Ohl a few years to win his first gold buckle. He edged out Fred Whitfield to capture the 1997 Tie-Down World Title and roared through the 1998 season, capturing his second title. He had another record-setting year in 2001 as he added steer roping and team roping in order to compete for the All-Around title. He went on to capture his fifth and sixth tie-down roping titles in 2003 and 2006. He still owns the record for the most NFR rounds won with 52.

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