Claresholm cowboy wins Round 1 at National Finals Rodeo
Claresholm’s Levi Simpson, with partner Jeremy Buhler of Arrowwood, won the first round of team roping at the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas on Dec. 1. Photo by Matt Cohen Photography
Claresholm team roper Levi Simpson is proving dreams do come true – and he’s doing it on an international stage.
Simpson and partner Jeremy Buhler of Arrowwood, won the first round of the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas on Dec. 1, with a scorching time of 4.4 seconds.
They made history as the first all-Canadian team at the NFR, which is essentially the world championship.
“It couldn’t have been a better way to start the finals,” Simpson said by phone from Las Vegas.
“It’s just a dream come true just to be here,” he added.
His goal was to try and come away with a cheque, and try to get a buckle and be on stage at some point.
Doing that the first night exceeds all expectations.
So does being in Las Vegas for the NFR.
“I’ve always heard stories,” he said. “Being here and experiencing it all.
”Everything is incredible.”
There are 15 teams competing at the NFR. Simpson and Buhler were the fourth one out, so they had a long wait before they found out they won.
Simpson has also been impressed with all the support from Canadians back home and who have come to Las Vegas because they love rodeo.