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.
See below for the latest qualifier results and some additional story ideas to include in your coverage of RFD-TV’s THE AMERICAN Presented by Polaris RANGER.
Steer Wrestling event held in Topeka, Kan. on Jan. 4.
Top 10 qualifiers advance: 1st Linn Churchill, 2nd Beau Franzen, 3rd Adam Strahan, 4th Wade Steffen, 5th Chancey Larson, 6th Weston Taylor, 7th Blake Knowles, 8th Trevor Cox, 9th JD Johnson, 10th Kyle Whitaker
· Churchill is married to barrel racer Trula Churchill who was a 2013 NFR qualifier.
· Franzen was a WNFR qualifier in 2005 and 2008, and won the College National World Finals in 2001.
· Steffen travels with fellow qualifier Linn Churchill.
· Larson won the Elk City, Okla. Rodeo of Champions in 2013.
· Knowles was a WNFR qualifier in 2009 and 2011. His father is rodeo broadcaster and 1987 National Finals Rodeo saddle bronc riding average champion Butch Knowles and his cousin is fellow steer wrestler Trevor Knowles.
· Whitaker won the Linderman Award in 1997, 1998, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2011. This beat his father, Chip Whitaker’s, record of winning the award four times.
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 americanrodeo.com.
The Semifinals is the last opportunity for an athlete to qualify to compete in RFD-TV’S THE AMERICAN Presented by Polaris RANGER. It takes place on Feb. 21-23 in Mesquite, Texas. Tickets for The 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 americanrodeo.com.