The Strong Pen: NFR 2021 Round 1 Steer Report
When the NFR kicks off Dec. 2, the top 15 team ropers in the world will rope the strongest of the three pens of cattle.
NFR roping steer

The first round of the 2021 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo will kick off with the strongest of the three sets of Corriente steers, testing the top 15 on each end in one of the the toughest setups in ProRodeo. 

Bobby Joe Hill—this year’s NFR team roping steer contractor—breaks down the chances on each steer. 

Contractor disclaimer: “These are the best 15 teams in the world—so all of this information could be useless because they all have a chance at first.”

792 Quinn Kesler and Joseph Harrison

He could be a pick for a round win. 

784 Coy Rahlmann and Douglas Rich

He will be on the stronger end of the pen. 

795 Andrew Ward and Buddy Hawkins

Medium—he should leave sharp and be a good chance. 

791 Coleman Proctor and Logan Medlin

Medium—possible round winner. 

773 Derrick Begay and Brady Minor

Medium but a tick smaller than the rest of the set. 

779 Rhen Richard and Jeremy Buhler

Medium, and handled well in the run-through. He’s a lighter steer and a possibility of a round win. 

796 Clint Summers and Ross Ashford 

Medium, good steer for their first at the Finals. 

768 Brenten Hall and Chase Tryan 

Medium. He’s a bigger steer, with bigger horns and covers a lot of ground. 

756 Tyler Wade and Trey Yates

He will be smaller, and one of the stronger in the pen. He can run. He should handle fast for a round win if Tyler gets it on him fast. 

780 Clay Tryan and Jake Long

Medium. He’s on the better end of them. 

789 Cody Snow and Wesley Thorp 

He’s on the stronger end of them. 

787 Clay Smith and Jade Corkill 


797 Erich Rogers and Paden Bray


785 Kaleb Driggers and Junior Nogueira

Medium plus, but a little on the larger end of the pen, with a tick of hesitation in the start

798 Dustin Egusquiza and Travis Graves 

Medium, and a step left. They’ll run through him. TRJ

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