Blake Knowles has really got to find a less stressful way to qualify for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.

The Heppner, Ore., cowboy went to the last night of his last rodeo of the regular season Sept. 24, before earning his place in Las Vegas with a 4.3-second run that won the steer wrestling at the $724,6888 Justin Boots Championships.

Bareback rider Steven Dent had a sense of déjà vu all his own in front of 11,139 home state fans. Dent, of Mullen, Neb., won the semifinal round with an 86-point ride on Beutler & Son Rodeo’s Black Cat and then shared the finals win with traveling partner Jason Havens to earn his second consecutive win in Omaha and third in four years.