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World’s Best Rodeo Athletes to Compete March 2 at RFD-TV’s THE AMERICAN

The world’s best cowboys and cowgirls, in seven different events, have accepted their invitation to compete in RFD-TV’s THE AMERICAN presented by Polaris RANGER. All the athletes have accepted their invitation, except two who are out of competition due to injuries. The best of the best will get the opportunity to face off in the arena for the world’s richest one-day rodeo and their chance at $2 million.

Two talented riders, recently suffered injuries and will not be competing in THE AMERICAN. Bareback rider, Wes Stevenson and bull rider, Shane Proctor are both recovering from surgery.

"THE AMERICAN sends their best, for a speedy recovery to both Wes and Shane and we know that both are outstanding competitors and will be back in the arena soon,” said Randy Bernard, president and CEO of Rural Media Group. “We know they were both excited to participate in this industry changing event but getting on the road to recovery is more important long term.”

Athletes who will compete at RFD-TV’s THE AMERICAN:

Bareback Riding

Qualifiers:  Kaycee Feild, Steven Peebles, Will Lowe, Bobby Mote, Ryan Gray, Wes Stevenson (not competing due to injuries), J.R. Vezain, Caleb Bennett, Casey Colletti, Clint Cannon

Team Roping

Qualifiers: Clay Tryan (HD) Jade Corkill (HL), Luke Brown (HD) Kollin VonAhn (HL), Riley Minor (HD) Travis Graves (HL), Kaleb Driggers (HD) Brady Minor (HL), Trevor Brazile (HD) Patrick Smith (HL), Nick Sartain (HD) Rich Skelton (HL), Turtle Powell (HD) Dugan Kelly (HL), Brandon Beers (HD) Jim Ross Cooper (HL), Erich Rogers (HD) Ryan Motes (HL), Charly Crawford (HD) Cory Petska (HL)

Saddle Bronc Riding

Qualifiers: Chad Ferley, Jake Wright, Cody Wright, Jacobs Crawley, Cort Scheer, Wade Sundell, Taos Muncy, Jesse Wright, Tyler Corrington, Isaac Diaz

Tie-Down Roping

Qualifiers: Shane Hanchey, Cody Ohl, Trevor Brazile, Tuf Cooper, Scott Kormos, Ryan Jarrett, Tyson Durfey, Clif Cooper, Timber Moore, Caleb Smidt

Barrel Racing

Qualifiers: Sherry Cervi, Mary Walker, Lisa Lockhart, Taylor Jacob, Michele McLeod, Kaley Bass, Christy Loflin, Shada Brazile, Jane Melby, Sabrina Ketcham

Steer Wrestling

Qualifiers: Hunter Cure, Matt Reeves, Bray Ames, Casey Martin, Dakota Eldridge, Trevor Knowles, Dean Gorsuch, Luke Branquinho, Stan Branco, Jule Hazen

Bull Riding

Qualifier: J.B. Mauney, Silvano Alves, Joao Richardo Vieria, Guilherme Marchi, Cody Nance, Marco Eguchi, Eduardo Aparecido Silva, L.J. Jenkins, Shane Proctor (not competing due to injuries), Mike Lee

RFD-TV’s THE AMERICAN Presented by Polaris RANGER will take place on March 2nd at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Tickets are on sale and prices range from $20 to $150, not including taxes. They can be purchased at the AT&T Stadium Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations and online at www.americanrodeo.com.