(Boyd Polhamus Twitter photo)

(PRCA media release)

COLORADO SPRINGS – The National Finals Rodeo Committee has named Boyd Polhamus  to succeed Shawn Davis as production manager of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER.

The annual event, held at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, is scheduled for Dec.7-16.

Polhamus will work closely with Davis, the current NFR General Manager, as well as Las Vegas Events, NFRC and the PRCA on all aspects of rodeo production for the next three years, beginning in 2017.

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During Polhamus’ 32-year career, he has been actively involved in more than 1,000 rodeos with nearly 4,500 performances across North America.

“In 1959, John Van Cronkhite created the NFR to showcase the sport of rodeo with the idea of matching the best contestants against the best stock, allowing the contestants to have their complete degree of glory in the arena,” said Davis. “Following this theme has made the National Finals Rodeo the success that it is today. I feel that Boyd Polhamus has the experience, the ability and the determination to continue and enhance this original idea. I look forward to working with him and supporting him in the endeavor to take the NFR to greater heights.”

During 2007-09 and 2012, Polhamus’ peers selected him as the PRCA Announcer of the Year. He also received the Lane Frost Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009.

“To be honest, this is very intimidating,” said Polhamus. “Shawn and his staff have set the bar very high. He has taught me so much and I’m going to use what I’ve learned. The ultimate goal is to make the Wrangler NFR even more fun and engaging for fans, sponsors, and contestants while protecting the integrity of the race for a World Championship. It’s a daunting task, but I’m determined.”