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.


All contestants on March 2 are aiming to win the $100,000 first place paycheck along with a prize package totaling more than $27,000 (custom Cactus trophy saddle, Polaris RANGER, Bohlin Buckle and a Browning Gun).  In addition, qualifiers and exemptions compete for a million dollar side pot.

“RFD-TV is committed to paying out two million dollars to the contestants.  If a qualifier does not win their event, the top event winner will receive $225,000.” said Randy Bernard, President and CEO of Rural Media Group.   

Tie-Down Roping/Team Roping Exemptions

Tie-Down Roping and Team Roping exemption match-ups resulted in 38 gold buckles advancing to THE AMERICAN. Fans influenced the decision to qualify all the Semifinals match-ups to AT&T Stadium.

Tie-Down Roping exemptions:

Eight-time world champion Fred Whitfield

Eight-time world champion Joe Beaver


Team Roping exemptions:

Eight-time world champion Speed Williams (Shay Carroll)

Seven-time world champion Jake Barnes (Junior Nogueira)

Seven-time world champion Clay O’Brien Cooper (Chad Masters)


Semifinals Overall Payout

Bareback Riding (Top 5 advance)

1st Richmond Champion, $3,800

2nd Tyler Nelson, $2,850

3rd Casey Breuer, $1,900

4th RC Landingham, $950

5th Caine Riddle


Steer Wrestling (Top 5 advance)

1st Nick Guy, $8,216.25

2nd Wyatt Smith, $7,433.76

3rd Tyler Pearson, $6,944.69

4th Dru Melvin, $5,868.76

5th Tyler Waguespack, $3,325.63


Other money winners include:

Sean Santucci, $1,760.63

Daniel Adams, $1,467.11

Matt Deskovick, $1,173.75

Kyle Whitaker, $1,173.75

Dirk Tavenner, $880.31

Chancey Larson, $880.31


Team Roping (Top 5 teams advance)

1st Joel Bach and Tommy Zuniga, $31,680

2nd Cale Markham and Buddy Hawkins, $15,840

3rd Colby Schneeman and Seth Smithson, $12,540

4th Logan Olson and Jordan Olson, $12,320

5th Justin Davis and BJ Dugger, $12,540


Other money winners include:

Kory Bramwell and Cole Jackson, $5,280

Tyler Wade and Dustin Davis, $5,280

Chad Masters and Kory Koontz, $4,180

Coleman Proctor and Jet Hillman, $4,180

Paul Tierney and Bobby Harris, $3,080

David Motes and Dean Tuftin, $1,540

Logan Olson and Matt Kasner, $1,540


Saddle Bronc Riding (Top 5 advance)

1st Erik Wolford, $3,500

2nd Jesse Kruse, $2,625

3rd Rusty Wright, $1,750

4th Cody DeMoss, $875

5th Tyrel Larsen


Tie-Down Roping (Top 5 advance)

1st Randall Carlisle, $12,690

2nd Cory Solomon, $10,575

3rd Justin Maass, $9,517.50

4th Blane Cox, $6,345

5th Marcus Allen Costa, $4,230


Other money winners include:

Marshal Leonard, $3,172

Cooper Martin, $2,643.75

Marty Yates, $2,115

Ace Sloan, $1,586.25


Barrel Racing (Top 5 advance)

Erin Ricotti, $14,730

Katelyn McLeod, $15,343.75

Robyn Herring, $13,502.50

June Holeman, $7,365

Gretchen Benbenek, $6,751.25


Other money winners included:

Tammy Fischer, $2,455

Shelly Anzick, $1,227.50


Gentle Giants $100,000 Invitational Draft Horse Show

The Gentle Giants Invitational Draft Horse Show awarded three prizes valued at $100,000. The best six-hitch teams from across the country competed for the richest payout of its kind in hitch history. The Grey Percheron Hitch of Ames Construction (Jordan, MN) placed first for $60,000, Shining Stars Percherons (Pleasant Hill, IA) hitch placed second for $25,000 and Wilderness Ridge (Sagola, MI) placed third for $15,000.

THE AMERICAN will take place on March 2, 2014, at the home of the Dallas Cowboys, AT&T Stadium, in Arlington, Texas. 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 semifinals will advance to compete in THE AMERICAN against the Top-10 in the World Standings and the PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals.

Tickets for RFD-TV’s THE AMERICAN, presented by Polaris RANGER, and the Iron Cowboy V are on sale at the AT&T Stadium Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations and at americanrodeo.com.  Prices for each event range from $20 to $150, not including taxes.