Cody Ohl has won four tie-down roping world titles and an all-around gold buckle as well. He's won the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo average crown and set an NFR record with a 6.7-second run.
But he's arguably never been hotter than this year. The Hico, Texas, cowboy enters this year's Wrangler NFR on the momentum of having just set the PRCA regular-season earnings record for tie-down ropers with $165,480.
"There's more confidence for me to be going into the (Wrangler National Finals Rodeo) not only with me roping good, but knowing that, without (Luke), I wouldn't have been there," Ohl said.
Luke, owned by Darren Blanton, was named the 2006 Tie-Down Roping Horse of the Year by the PRCA and AQHA. The duo has placed in 24 out of their last 25 events dating back to the Ogden (Utah) Pioneer Days Rodeo this summer.
Ohl's determination comes after ending 2005 in second place behind World Champion Fred Whitfield. Ohl strained his left groin in the process of winning the first round at last year's Wrangler NFR. The five-time world champion fought through the injury for the final nine rounds, winning the fourth and 10th rounds on his way to a runner-up finish in the final world standings.
Ohl enters this year's Wrangler NFR about $40,000 ahead of the competition.
Three-time world champion all-around cowboy Trevor Brazile already earned his first single-event title in steer roping at the National Finals Steer Roping in Hobbs, N.M., in early November. Brazile (Decatur, Texas) is going for his fourth all-around world title and his first tie-down roping gold buckle as he chases Ohl.
Whitfield (Hockley, Texas) will be gutting it out with the best-of-the-best in an attempt to earn his eighth gold buckle to tie fellow ProRodeo Hall of Famer Dean Oliver, who currently holds the record for tie-down roping world titles. This event will come down to who gains momentum early and who takes advantage of their 10 rounds in Las Vegas.
2006 Wrangler National Finals Event Previews