NDRA Finals Rodeo

Watford City, ND

September 28th & 29th

Watford City, ND

Arena Location: Multipurpose Building - McKenzie County Fairgrounds

Dates & Times: Performances - Friday, September 28th – 7 pm CT; Saturday September 29th – 6 pm CT

Entries: Wednesday September 5, 2018 from 5-8 MT 605-576-3266. Top 20 can call in to enter. If someone can't go to finals, next one on standings may get to go if they have called in and entered.

Finals Information

Check in for the finals will start at 3 PM CT at the outdoor arena announcer building. There will be one companion pass issued per contestant and they must be present when checking in. No loose wristbands will be given out. Stock Contractors will be issued three wristbands and will need to be present to be put on by the secretary.

The indoor arena will be open to ride in from 5 to 6 PM CT on Friday and 4 to 5 PM CT on Saturday. The outdoor arena is available for warming up your horses.

2018 NDRA Finals Personnel

Judges - Chuck Christman, Denny Heid & Howard Larson
Bullfighters- Tim Walford & Jake Fox
Pick Up Men - Terry Brandt and Brandon Hatzenbuhler
TimersSamantha Drader & Maci Abrahamson
Finals Secretary -  Trish Bauman & Michelle Rotenberger
Livestock Superintendent – Russ Kling

Lodging Information:


Host Hotel: Teddy's Residential Suites - 701-842-6480 
113 9th Ave SE - Watford City, ND 58854

Host Hotel: Little Missouri Inn & Suites - 701-842-6262
109 9th Ave SE - Watford City, ND 58854

There is a block of rooms reserved. Let them know you are with the NDRA to get this rate.


Dance to Pistol Grip each night in the arena immediately after each performance.

Finals Ground Rules

Click here for a listing of ground rules for the finals. All finals contestants should have received this in the mail before entries were taken.

Awards Banquet

The NDRA is planning an awards banquet on Sunday September 30th at Outlaw's down stairs in a banquet room. We will start at 11am with a brunch and the awards will be presented at 11:30am.  Cost to attend is $15.  Please send an email or message us to reserve your spot for the awards banquet.

Anyone receiving a year end award needs to attend to get their award(s). If you have any questions, please contact JD Bubel.


There will be no stabling your horses to your trailer during the finals overnight or creating a pen next to your trailer to keep them in.  You must purchase a stall if you are staying on the grounds or you will need to make other arrangements for keeping your horses over the weekend. 

Stalls are available and you must fill out form and send in to reserve your stall.  The McKenzie County 4-H Leaders are in charge of stalls for this year's finals. Click here to download the form and make your reservation.  Stalls are $25 for one horse and $35 for a larger stall that you can have 2 horses in.

You must clean out your stall before you leave.  If you fail to clean out your designated stall(s) you will be assesed a $50 fine for each stall you rented that was not properly cleaned out. There will be wheel barrows and stall cleaning items available to assist in cleaning your stalls.

Finals Contestants Group Pictures

All contestants are required to be at the arena on Saturday at 4:30 PM CT for pictures with your coats. A $25 fine will be assessed to those that are not present.  Also, Leanin' Pole arena will extend their registration from Martin Saddlery for a chance to win a $3,500 custom made saddle to those finals contestants that are present for group photos.

Vendor Booth

If someone is interested in having a booth at this year's finals, Click here for more information and to submit your application on the vendor booth for the finals.





North Dakota Rodeo Association
Trish Bauman
PO Box 550
Linton, ND 58552
1-866-579-3442 (fax)
NDRA Central Entry
Michelle Rotenberger
3 - 8 p.m. MT
Most entries on Monday
Call backs on Tuesday