FORT WORTH. Texas -- (February 14, 2017) – The best rodeo competitors – both two-legged and four-legged – from around the world will be featured this week at The American Semi-Finals and RFD TV’s The American presented by Polaris RANGER.
The stature of these events demands the best livestock from across the U.S. and Canada. Competition for the Semi-Finals begins with a special “Bulls and Breakfast” competition at 9 a.m. on Wednesday. Nearly 70 bull riders will be challenging bulls from D&H Cattle Company, Chad Berger, Rockin R Rodeo and J.W. Hart, who all provide bulls for the Professional Bull Riders (PBR). D&H Cattle Company, owned by Dillon and H.D. Page, and Berger are award-winning stock contractors in the PBR.
When The American Semi-Finals starts Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m., the reigning and two-time stock contractor of the year in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA), Frontier Rodeo of Winnie, Texas, will be at the helm. There will also be bucking horses from C5 Rodeo of Canada, Mo Betta Rodeo of Oklahoma, Burch Rodeo of Wyoming, Dakota Rodeo of North Dakota and Silver Creek Pro Rodeo of Kansas.
The bucking horse or bull is responsible for half of the score in the bareback riding, saddle bronc riding and bull riding. With $3 million in prize money on the line for contestants, they don’t take that responsibility lightly.
“We’re going to have buckers at every performance,” said Heath Stewart, rodeo manager for Frontier Rodeo. “When we get to The American nearly all of the bucking horses will have been in Las Vegas.”
Those horses were selected to perform at the National Finals Rodeo. Some of the animals have world titles of their own. Medicine Woman, who will buck in AT&T Stadium on Sunday, is one of the most decorated horses in all of rodeo. She is a four-time PRCA saddle bronc horse of the year that will be featured in the Shootout round.
Show Stomper will be the horse to have in the final four in bareback riding. The 10-year-old gelding took Taylor Price to a $600,000 payday at The American in 2015. Tanner Aus won the rodeo and $100,000 last year on the Show Stomper. Whoever has the opportunity to ride him this year will have a winning record on their side.
“The American Semi-Finals and The American are truly events that are unlike any other,” said Billy Frey, manager of RFD-TV Events. “It brings the best elements of professional rodeo and bull riding together. And with the qualification system, it gives rising stars the opportunity to compete against the best.”
Nearly $1 million in prize money will be paid through the semi-finals. Friday night’s performance will determine the qualifiers for The American where they will be competing at the world’s richest one-day rodeo for a portion of $2 million.
Sunday’s rodeo action gets underway at 1 p.m. at AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys. It is also the only rodeo in the United States where fans can be entertained by clown/barrelman Flint Rasmussen. Rasmussen is a long-time star of the PBR and is host of “Outside the Barrel” on SiriusXM’s Rural Radio channel 147
About RFD-TV’s THE AMERICAN Presented by Polaris RANGER: Taking place at Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadiumon Feb. 19, 2017, RFD-TV’s The American is the richest single-day event in the history of rodeo. With $2 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 athletes from the 2016 PRCA, ERA, WPRA and PBR world standings and pits them against underdogs who advance from the American Semi-Finals, held Feb. 14-17 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.