Over the weekend, seven more athletes earned the right to compete for a part of the biggest payout in rodeo history at THE AMERICAN Semifinals in Mesquite, Tex. on Feb. 22-23, 2014. Tickets for THE AMERICAN Semifinals are available now for $14, $20 and $30, not including taxes. They can be purchased at the Mesquite Arena’s box office and online at www.americanrodeo.com.
The Hawki Futurity & Barrel Bash was held at the Lancaster Event Center in Lincoln, Neb on October 12, 2013. The first place finisher, Kendal Owen, qualified two horses and won $3,217 combined for her first and fourth place finishes. Kelly Yates, sister of famed cowboy and horse trainer JD Yates, also qualified two horses, one in seventh place and one in eighth. Her winnings totaled $1,267.50. Other top finishers include: Jordon Briggs who won $1,657.50, June Holeman who won $1,462.50, Shali Lord who qualified a horse previously and won $1,170, Jackie Ganter who won $975, Mark Bugni and Cashen Turner.
There are some very notable stories coming out of the qualifier events. So far, 14-year old Sydney Surin is the youngest qualifier and 70-year old barrel racing pro June Holeman is the oldest qualifier in the barrel racing event. Kelly’s family, The Yates, made history in 1984 when her dad and brother qualified for the NFR in team roping the same year she qualified in barrel racing.
“Excitement is building in these qualifier events as athletes of all ages and genders compete to advance to the semifinals, where they will be one step closer to having a chance to win part of our $2 million payout,” said Randy Bernard, President and CEO of Rural Media Group. “THE AMERICAN rodeo is bridging the generational gap and connecting all competitors with the thrill of competition and a chance to change their life by winning some of the biggest prizes ever awarded at a one-day event.”
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, Tex. With a $2 million payout, it will be the richest one-day rodeo in history. Of the qualifiers, the top five winners in each rodeo event at THE AMERICAN Semifinals will advance to compete in THE AMERICAN, against the top 10 winners at the WNFR and PBR World Championships.
“We are extremely pleased with the organization of these events and want to thank BBR and UCR for that,” said Riley Lambert, the Rodeo Manager for THE AMERICAN.
THE AMERICAN is being closely coordinated with PBR’s Iron Cowboy V, which will take place the day before THE AMERICAN on March 1, 2014 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Tex. Combined, the events are expected to bring over 100,000 fans and participants to the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.
Tickets for THE AMERICAN went on sale on September 16, 2013. 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.