Six-time World Champion Dan Mortensen has announced he will come out of retirement to compete in THE AMERICAN Rodeo on March 2, 2014. He will be competing in the bronc riding event, where he will face the top 10 in the world after the Wranglers National Finals Rodeo (WFNR).
Mortensen won one All-Around World title and six World Championship titles in bronc riding, tying for most all-time wins with the legendary cowboy, Casey Tibbs. In 2003, he became the first roughstock cowboy in Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) history to exceed $2 million in career earnings. He retired from the sport in 2008 and was inducted into the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame in 2009.
“I’ve been out of bronc riding and western sports for a while now. I’ve missed matching my physical and mental skills against powerful and impressive animals in the arena” Mortensen said. “THE AMERICAN allows me to get back into the saddle to compete in the sport I love, while being part of this historic event that gives us a shot at some of the biggest payouts ever.”
On August 22 at AT&T Stadium, RFD-TV announced THE AMERICAN would be taking place on March 2, 2014, at the home of the Dallas Cowboys, AT&T Stadium, in Arlington, Texas. With a potential $2 million payout, it would be the richest one-day rodeo in history. At the conclusion of the PBR World Finals and the WNFR, the top 10 athletes in the world will be eligible to compete in THE AMERICAN. Aside from this, a contestant can qualify by finishing in the top five in each event at the semi-finals in Mesquite, Texas. Mortensen has been selected by THE AMERICAN sanctioning bodies as one of the limited exemptions, allowing him to compete in the event. Additional exemptions will be announced periodically leading up to March 2, 2014.
“THE AMERICAN is all about elevating western sports by bringing together the most dynamic talent in the world, and Dan Mortensen is a proven six-time winner,” said Randy Bernard, President and CEO of Rural Media Group. “He was selected for his sheer talent, sportsmanship and record in the arena and we are honored that he accepted the invitation to compete in our event.”
THE AMERICAN is being closely coordinated with Professional Bull Rider’s (PBR) Iron Cowboy V, which will take place the day before THE AMERICAN on March 1, 2014 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Combined; the events are expected to bring over 100,000 fans and participants to the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.
“Dan is right up there with the greatest bronc riders that ever lived” said Ty Murray, nine-time PRCA World Champion and PBR co-founder. “Having him compete is one of the elements that make THE AMERICAN so exciting for the fans and why my eyes, are going to be glued to the action.”
“Dan is the real deal. The team at THE AMERICAN made the right decision in selecting him as their first exemption” said legendary cowboy and eight-time World Champion Larry Mahan. “I’ve watched him through the years and his ride will make for an exciting and wild show for the fans at AT&T stadium.”
Tickets for THE AMERICAN went on sale on September 16. Ticket 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.