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Cowboys and cowgirls from across the world gathered at AT&T Stadium for their chance at the $2 million dollar payout. Underdogs, legends and world champions competed in seven events on Texas Independence Day. As promised by President and CEO Randy Bernard, $2 million, in total prize money was paid out. Each RFD-TV’s THE AMERICAN event champion received a $100,000 paycheck along with a prize package totaling more than $27,000 (a Polaris RANGER, a custom Cactus trophy saddle, a Bohlin Buckle and a Browning Gun.)
RFD-TV’s The American Semifinals Pays Out Big Money To Contestants, Who Now Have A Shot At Two Million Dollars
This weekend there were heartbreaks and triumphs as athletes young and old competed to move on to the richest one-day rodeo, THE AMERICAN at AT&T Stadium on March 2. The top-five Semifinal winners from Bareback Riding, Saddle Bronc, Steer Wrestling, Tie-Down Roping and top-five teams in Team Roping along with the top ten Barrel Racers and one Bull Riding qualifier advanced. Rodeo Contestants were awarded nearly $300,000 in payout at the Semifinals and the Gentle Giant $100,000 Invitational Draft Horse Show paid three places.
True to form, the National Reined Cow Horse Association World's Greatest Horseman Championship Saturday, Feb. 22 in Fort Worth, Texas, came down to the very last fence run. The showdown in Cowtown ended with Spearman, Texas, professional Boyd Rice capturing the $25,000 World's Greatest Horseman Championship by a half-point aboard Oh Cay N Short (Oh Cay Quixote x Bit Of Shorty x Shorty Lena). His composite 877.5 score on four events (226 herd/214.5 rein/221 steer stopping/216 cow) earned the coveted World's Greatest Horseman title.
Cow horses took center stage in Cowtown as 31 National Reined Cow Horse Association World's Greatest Horseman contenders showed in the final two preliminary events, the steer-stopping and the cow work, at the Will Rogers Coliseum in Fort Worth, Texas. The herd and rein work phases of the four-event contest were completed earlier in the week.
By Laura Rodgers
After 50 competitors challenged each other today, 20 barrel racers are moving on to the Semifinals at Mesquite Arena this weekend for an exemption spot at RFD-TV’s THE AMERICAN, presented by Polaris RANGER, on March 2, 2014 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Among the barrel horse racers who will be competing this weekend are leaders Robyn Herring and Firewaterontherocks. Herring said that “Happy” was really revved up for the event.
The National Reined Cow Horse Association Celebration of Champions, Feb. 14 - 22 at the Will Rogers Equestrian Center in Fort Worth, Texas, began with the Aaron Ranch Cow Horse Classic, a three event herd work, rein work and cow work derby for 4- and 5-year-old horses, shown in the snaffle or hackamore.
Three Team Roping World Champions Go Head-to-Head for a Chance to Compete in the World’s Richest One-Day Rodeo
Eight-time World Champion Speed Williams, Seven-time World Champion Jake Barnes and Seven-time World Champion Clay O’Brien Cooper have accepted a head-to-head team roping challenge. They will compete at the Semifinals at Mesquite Arena this weekend for an exemption spot at RFD-TV’s THE AMERICAN, presented by Polaris RANGER, on March 2, 2014 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
In only his second time to show at a major National Reined Cow Horse Association limited age event, Parke Greeson, Lubbock, Texas, won the Aaron Ranch Cow Horse Classic Derby Amateur Championship at the NRCHA Celebration of Champions aboard Checkn Out The Ladys (Im Countin Checks x No Lady Wood x Zack T Wood).
Working in partnership with the National Reined Cow Horse Association, the National High School Rodeo Association (NHSRA) has approved the addition of reined cow horse as an optional event. Reined cow horse will begin to phase in at NHSRA-sanctioned events this fall, joining the existing lineup of bareback riding, bull riding, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, team roping, and cutting for boys; and breakaway roping, barrel racing, pole bending, goat tying, cutting, team roping, and the queen contest for girls.
Hunter, Jumper, And Dressage Riders Show Off Reining Skills At Fourth Annual Equestrian Aid Foundation Who Reins Supreme?
The equestrian community and South Florida locals came together on Friday, January 31, 2014 for the fourth annual Equestrian Aid Foundation Who Reins Supreme?, supported by MeadowView Farm. The Old West themed event centered around a reining competition with hunter, jumper and dressage riders. Other highlights of the evening included a cocktail hour, delicious dinner, awards ceremony, and live and silent auctions, all to raise money for equestrians and equine-related professionals suffering from injury and chronic illness.
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