What You Need to Know about the 2024 NFR Open
Calf roping results, details, payouts and more.
Michael Otero roping his first calf at the 2023 NFR Open.
Michael Otero headlined the first round of the 2023 NFR Open with an 8.3. | Tanya Hamner photo

The NFR Open powered by RAM is the culminating event of the PRCA circuits—and one of the richest stops along the ProRodeo rodeo with more than $1 million in payouts.

Top contestants from the U.S. and Canadian circuits, plus the national champions from Mexico, will compete over seven performances for the National Circuit Champion title.

Here’s everything you need to know about the tie-down roping at the 2024 NFR Open.

2024 NFR Open Calf Roping Results

Pool A

First round leaders: 1. Paul David Tierney, 8.9 seconds, $3,000; 2. John Douch, 9.5, $2,250; 3. J.D. McCuistion, 10.9, $1,500; 4. Ben Ayre, 12.3, $750; 5. Joel Harris, 12.7; 6. (tie) Booker McCutchen, Zane Kilgus, Cody Huber and Stran Dunham, NT.

Second round: 1. Zane Kilgus, 8.2 seconds, $3,000; 2. John Douch, 8.6, $2,250; 3. Stran Dunham, 9.5, $1,500; 4. Cody Huber, 11.3, $750; 5. Ben Ayre, 11.4; 6. Paul David Tierney, 11.6; 7. Joel Harris, 20.3; 8. J.D. McCuistion, 21.5; 9. Booker McCutchen, NT.

Qualifiers: 1. John Douch, 18.1 seconds on two head; 2. Paul David Tierney, 20.5; 3. Ben Ayre, 23.7.

Who’s competing in the tie-down at the 2024 NFR Open?

The year-end circuit champion and the circuit finals average winners from each circuit (13 year-end champs and 13 average champions) plus the national champions from Mexico will compete at the NFR Open. Here are the day sheets for who’s competing and when.

1st Performance Tuesday Night (7/9/2024)
2nd Performance Wednesday Night (7/10/2024)
3rd Performance Thursday Night (7/11/2024)
4th Performance Friday Matinee (7/12/2024)
5th Performance Friday Night (7/12/2024)
6th Performance Saturday Matinee (7/13/2024)

Where is the NFR Open? When is the NFR Open in 2024?

The 2024 NFR Open will take place at the Norris Penrose Event Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The NFR Open dates are July 9-13, 2024.

How does the NFR Open work?

The tournament-style NFR Open determines the national circuit champions in each event.

Qualifiers from the 13 U.S. and Canadian circuits, plus Mexico, compete in the two long rounds, with nine teams in each of the performances. The top three from each pool, based on an aggregate, will advance to the clean-slate Championship Round, with all previous times thrown out. This sudden-death round determines the national circuit champion in each event.

Playoff Series implications

While the NFR Open will not count toward the 2024 Playoff Series standings, the winners of the NFR Open will automatically qualify to the 2024 NFR Playoff Series Finale in Puyallup, Washington, in September.

What is the payout for the calf roping?

The calf roping at the 2024 NFR Open has a purse of $85,300. There will be a payout for each long-round performance and the Final round. There will not be an average payoff.

Payout for the long rounds

  • 1st: $3,000
  • 2nd: $2,250
  • 3rd: $1,500
  • 4th: $750

Payout for the championship round

  • 1st: $13,000
  • 2nd: $10,000
  • 3rd: $7,000
  • 4th: $3,500
  • 5th: $1,500
  • 6th: $1,500
  • 7th: $1,500
  • 8th: $1,500
  • 9th: $1,500

NFR Open 2024 schedule

Tuesday, July 97 p.m. (MST)
Wednesday, July 107 p.m. (MST)
Thursday, July 117 p.m. (MST)
Friday, July 12Noon (MST)
Friday, July 127 p.m. (MST)
Saturday, July 13Noon (MST)
Saturday, July 137 p.m. (MST)