RFD-TV Photos by Kent Soule
FORT WORTH, Feb. 19, 2016 – Bull rider Mason Lowe of Exeter, Mo., just 21, bested a threesome of PBR legends to win Friday at The American Semi-Finals in Fort Worth, Texas. His score of 170.25 points on two was higher than that of a trio of PBR legends, as Brazilians Guilherme Marchi, Wallace de Oliveira and Robson Palermo rounded out the top four.
The American Semi-Finals decides five to 10 qualifiers in each of seven events to RFD-TV’s The American, presented by Polaris Ranger, Feb. 28 inside AT&T Stadium.
Lowe was just 3 when he started riding calves on the ranch for fun, then he branched out into junior rodeos and this spring began making a name for himself at Touring Pro Division events. He’s likely now to get a chance to ride for $1 million, like his idol, Chris Shivers, once did.
A familiar name went to the top of the leaderboard in tie-down roping Friday night. Six-time world champion Cody Ohl of Hico, Texas, tied his calf in 7.2 seconds to take the lead in the long round by a half-second. He’s already earned $5,137 at The Semi-Finals. NFR qualifiers Cory Solomon and Justin Maass are also good bets to qualify for Sunday’s short round.
And in barrel racing, Ivy Conrado of Colorado went to the lead in the second round with a time of 13.829 seconds. She’s likely a lock to advance to RFD-TV’s The American on Feb. 28.
Conrado has taken the WPRA by storm, also, this year and has earned nearly $35,000 in less than five months of rodeos. She stands to win more than that here at The Semi-Finals. Derek Diedrich of Iowa is in second place and NFR qualifiers Christine Laughlin and Jackie Jatzlau also are making the top-10 cut.
In steer wrestling, Cole Edge had the edge aboard Todd Suhn’s horse, Max, and put up a 3.8 to go to the lead in the long round. Canadian Cody Cassidy and NFR veteran Suhn, who was hazing for Edge, too, should be back for Sunday’s short round.
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About RFD-TV’s THE AMERICAN Presented by Polaris RANGER: Taking place at Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium on Feb. 28, 2016, RFD-TV’s The American is the richest single-day event in the history of rodeo. With $2.5 million on the line, the best athletes in the world will gather in Dallas to battle for the biggest single paycheck of their lives. The American invites the top 10 athletes from the 2015 PRCA, WPRA and PBR world standings and pits them against underdogs who advance from the American Semi-Finals, held Feb. 17-21 in Fort Worth. If a nationally ranked athlete wins, the prize is $100,000, but if a qualifier from the Semi-Finals – or an athlete who earned an exemption – wins THE AMERICAN, that contestant shares in a $1 million bonus pool. For more information, please visit: www.americanrodeo.com and www.RFDTV.com. Follow us on Twitter @RFDTVAMERICAN and find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/RFDTVTheAMERICAN.