Chas, Masen and Hoyt – Lancaster Event Center staff who also competed in the NHSFR from 2001 to 2017.

New Season New Finals New Faces

Published September 2019

By Chas Skillett, Lancaster Event Center Operations Manager & NHSFR Alum


As a NHSFR alum (Bull Riding, 2001), I have a good idea of how you feel. The hard work you put into caring for your animals, all the practice, rough falls, losses and wins of every competition throughout the year. As well as the support that comes from your family, like bucking the barrel for you late at night, driving to rodeos and taking video so you can see what you’re doing right and wrong. I get it and so does the team at the Lancaster Event Center (LEC).


The Lancaster Event Center in Lincoln, Nebraska is the chosen location for the next two years’ finals. With five LEC staff having NHSFR experience and our know-how hosting national horse shows, I’m confident that we have what it takes to put on a smooth-running quality, national rodeo. We are proud to announce that Greg Rook, who worked with 13 NHSFRs in Gillette, WY, has just joined our team as Operations Director. We’ll make sure contestants are moved in safely, panels are set up to stock contractors and directors liking, and the footing in the arenas is ready.


Our friendly professional team is here to make sure spectators, contestants and exhibitors have what they need.  Just as we do year-round for 320 events, including Nebraska’s largest county fair put on entirely by our staff over 10 days each August. From the front office to operations, and from the General Store to the cafés, our entire team at the Lancaster Event Center is committed to giving you the best rodeo experience come July 2020.


So, while you work, train and compete during this new season, know you’re not just working to qualify for the finals. You’re qualifying for a new finals in a new location with new faces – who are experienced and ready to help you be all you can be. Learn more about NHSFR 2020 by visiting or following us on social media @NHSFRLincoln.