Nearly 40 rising stars, retired veterans and weekend warriors secured the opportunity to win $1 million when they finished on top in their respective events at The American Semi-Finals, Feb. 18-22 in Fort Worth, Texas.
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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.
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.
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.
WHAT: RFD-TV’s THE AMERICAN Presented by Polaris RANGER’s Semifinal Rodeo is the last opportunity for any cowboy or cowgirl to win a place in THE AMERICAN, where he or she will compete against the best in the world for part of a $2 million purse. The Semifinals will consist of seven events (saddle bronc, bareback, tie-down roping, barrel racing, bull riding, team roping and steer wrestling). Tickets for THE AMERICAN Semifinals in Mesquite, Texas, February 21-23, 2014 range from $14 to $30 and can be purchased at the Mesquite Arena’s box office and at americanrodeo.com.
This weekend, a Steer Wrestling event was held advancing 10 more competitors to THE AMERICAN Semifinals. The Steer Wrestling event took place in Topeka, Kan. at the Kansas Expocentre. THE AMERICAN Semifinals will take place in Mesquite, Texas on Feb. 21-23, 2014. The top finishers from each event after the qualifier will advance to RFD-TV’s THE AMERICAN Presented by Polaris RANGER on March 2, 2014 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. THE AMERICAN is the richest one-day rodeo in history, with a payout of $2 million.
RFD-TV’s THE AMERICAN, presented by Polaris RANGER has issued a challenge to Eight-time World Champion, Joe Beaver and Eight-time World Champion, Fred Whitfield to compete for the exemption spot at RFD-TV’s THE AMERICAN Semifinals on February 21-23, 2014. The cowboy who wins, will earn his spot in the tie-down roping event on March 2 at RFD-TV’s THE AMERICAN, presented by Polaris RANGER, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
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Since 1896, Fort Worth has played host to one of the nation’s greatest livestock events. Capitalizing on its deep attachment to the cattle and horses, ranchers and farmers, and rodeo and horse show events that characterize Fort Worth’s rich, pure western heritage, the city welcomes more than a million patrons during a 23-day run each winter. Come taste this season’s excitements, served in generous quantities January 17 through February 8, and you’ll find out why Fort Worth is where the west begins, and you’ll understand why it’s said about the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo: “This thing is legendary.”
RFD-TV’s THE AMERICAN presented by Polaris RANGER has released a map of AT&T Stadium, as well as announced the host hotel for the March 2, 2014 event. The main floor of the stadium will be split into two sections, A and B, which will house the different main events. The host hotel for the event is the Crowne Plaza Arlington Suites. THE AMERICAN is the richest one-day rodeo in the history of western sports with a $2 million payout.
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