Emotions will be swirling for Bridger Anderson in the moments before his first run at the 2020 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR).
It’s safe to say the same will be true for his mother and biggest fan, NISC Sales Manager Robin Anderson.
Bridger, 22, has qualified to compete in steer wrestling (aka bulldogging) at the NFR, which will run from Dec. 3-12 in Arlington, Texas. The NFR, which will be broadcast live on RFD-TV and The Cowboy Channel, is the season-ending championship event for the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and is widely acknowledged to be the world’s premier rodeo.
The NFR consists of 10 rounds on 10 consecutive days, with each round providing Bridger an opportunity to add to his 2020 money earnings. At the end of each NFR, two champions are crowned in each event: the finals champion, which is whoever won the NFR with the best cumulative time or score for that event over the 10 rounds, and the world champion, who finished the year with the most money.
Robin and the rest of the Anderson family will be in the stands, and have supported Bridger’s bulldogging dreams since he first declared his rodeoing intentions at age 3.
Tears welled up in Robin’s eyes as she reflected on her son’s accomplishment.
“You want the best for your kids, and to see him work so hard on this goal from such a young age—it’s pretty amazing, and we couldn’t be more proud of him.”
Watch this NISC Spotlight video capturing some of Bridger’s final preparations for the NFR, a rundown of the journey that has led him to this point, and some of the people who have helped him along the way: NISC Spotlight: Bulldogging Bridger and His Biggest Fan.