Three Share $1 million bonus at World’s Richest One-Day Rodeo 

Bull rider Sage Kimzey, barrel racer Hailey Kinsel and saddle bronc rider Cody DeMoss each won nearly half a million dollars at RFD-TV’s The American presented by Polaris RANGER Sunday, Feb. 19, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Photo by Andy Watson

ARLINGTON, Texas (Feb. 19, 2017) --- Three individuals shared a $1 million bonus at the world’s richest one-day rodeo on Sunday. RFD-TV’s The American presented by Polaris RANGER awarded a total of $2 million to winners in seven rodeo contests at AT&T Stadium.

Barrel racer Hailey Kinsel, a college student, and saddle bronc rider Cody DeMoss, a veteran pro, both came through a qualifying system and won championships. Bull rider Sage Kimzey, who received an exemption and came straight to The American, won the bull riding title. These three each earned $433,333 - $100,000 for first place in their events and a third of a million-dollar bonus.

Kinsel and DeMoss were two of 46 individuals whose road to The American started at qualifying events across the country. Then, they had to finish at the top after four days of The American Semi-Finals in Fort Worth earlier in the week. Five to ten in each event earned the opportunity to compete at AT&T Stadium, the home of the Dallas Cowboys, against 80 invited contestants who are considered the world’s best. Eight champions were crowned. 

Bareback riding winner Tim O’Connell, from Zwingle, Iowa, said it best. O’Connell rode Frontier Rodeo’s horse Show Stomper for 90.25 points to win the Shoot Out. The American championship has gone to a bareback rider who has ridden the bay bucking horse the past three years.

“It’s hard to put into words how great this rodeo is and what life changing things it can do for you,” he said when he received his $100,000 check. The three that each earned nearly half-a-million agreed that the money would make a huge difference for them. 

“This changes everything,” Kinsel, from Cotulla, Texas said. “But it doesn’t change the way I feel about my horse. God is good, my horse is awesome and this is amazing.” 

Kinsel, a senior at Texas A&M, rides a six-year-old palomino mare named DM Sissy Hayday that she and her mother trained. During The American Semi-Finals Kinsel won more than $20,000. 

Frontier Rodeo’s bucking horse Maple Leaf has taken saddle bronc riders to the winners’ stage for two consecutive years. Last year it was Iowa’s Wade Sundell. This year it was DeMoss. In 16 seconds, over $1.5 million has been won on this featured bucking horse. 

DeMoss hasn’t decided what he’ll do with nearly half a million in winnings. “I guess I’ll talk it over with her,” he said with a grin, pointing to his wife Margie. “This is at the top of my rodeo career,” said the 12-time National Finals Rodeo bronc rider.

Kimzey, a three-time world champion bull rider in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, finished second in the first round to get to the Shoot Out. The first bull rider was Brazilian Claudio Marcelino de Montanha who qualified at an event in his home country and finished first in the semi-finals. He made easy work of TNT Rodeo Company’s Bottoms Up, scoring 89 points. The next rider was former Professional Bull Riders world champion Guilherme Marchi, who came off early. 

Then it was Kimzey’s turn. He got on a bull named Uncle Tink, owned by former NFL defensive end Jared Allen, and scored 89.5. The final rider was bucked off and Kimzey earned the championship. 

“I love being a cowboy, love everything about it,” Kimzey said. “I love competition, too, and this was a great day. I got to ride against the best guys on the best bulls.” 

The talent-filled field in bareback riding, team roping, steer wrestling, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, barrel racing and bull riding started with each contestant trying to advance to the Shoot Out Round. The best four go to The Shoot Out and compete once more, with the highest score or fastest time earning $100,000. Both the header and the heeler received $100,000 in team roping. Second place in the Shoot Out was worth $25,000. 

When The American started four years ago, this format was created to give rodeo athletes an opportunity to compete at one rodeo for big pay checks. Then RFD-TV raised the bar by adding a million-dollar bonus for individuals who come through the qualifying process and win championships. Over the past four years the event has paid more than $10 million to winners at The American and the Semi-Finals.

Clayton Hass from Weatherford won the steer wrestling. Brothers Riley and Brady Minor from Ellensburg, Wash., took the team roping title. Stephenville’s Marty Yates earned the tie-down roping championship. 


RFD-TV’s The American Champions

Bareback riding --Tim O’Connell, Zwingle, Iowa, 90.25 points, $100,000

Team roping – Riley and Brady Minor, Ellensburg, Wash., 3.61 seconds, $200,000

Steer wrestling – Clayton Hass, 3.73 seconds, $100,000

Saddle bronc riding – Cody DeMoss, Heflin, La., 88.25 points, $433,333

Tie-down roping – Marty Yates, Stephenville, Texas, 6.65 seconds, $100,000

Barrel Racing –Hailey Kinsel, Cotulla, Texas, 14.689 seconds, $433,333

Bull riding – Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Okla., 89.5 points, $433,333


Fort Worth, Texas (February 19, 2017) --- The following are Sunday’s RFD-TV’s The American rodeo results at AT&T Stadium. The top four in the first round advance to the shoot-out round.

Bareback Bronc Riding: (First Round) 1, Jake Vold, Ponoka, Alberta, Canada, 88.5 points on Frontier Rodeo’s 906+ Tip Off. 2, Kaycee Field, Spanish Fork, Utah, 86. 3, Tim O’Connell, Zwingle, Iowa, 85.75. 4, (tie) Orin Larson, Inglis, Manitoba, Canada, and Will Lowe, Canyon, Texas, 84.5. 6, Steven Dent, Mullen, Neb., 83.25. 7, Bobby Mote, Culver, Ore., 83. 8, (tie) R.C Landingham, Hat Creek, Calif., and J.R. Vezain, Cowley, Wyo., 82. 10, Austin Foss, Terrebonne, Ore., 81.5. 11, Wyatt Bloom, Bend, Ore., 81.25. 12, Caleb Bennett, Tremonton, UT, 77.5. 13, Tanner Aus, Granite Falls, Minn.,72.5.

SHOOT-OUT:  1, Tim O’Connell, Zwingle, Iowa, 90.25 points on Frontier Rodeo’s 601 Show Stomper, $100,000. 2, Jake Vold, Ponoka, Alberta, Canada, 89, $25,000. 3, Kaycee Field, Spanish Fork, Utah, 88. 4, Orin Larson, Inglis, Manitoba, Canada, 83.5.

Team Roping: (First Round) 1, Kaleb Driggers, Albany, Georgia, and Junior Nogueira, Burleson, Texas, 3.82 seconds. 2, Erich Rogers, Round Rock, Ariz., and Cory Petska, Marana, Ariz., 3.83. 3, Riley and Brady Minor, Ellensburg, Wash., 3.87. 4, Dustin Bird, Cut Bank, Mont., and Russell Cardoza, Terrebonne, Ore., 3.9. 5, Edward Hawley, Hays, Mont., and Ty Romo, Whiteriver, Ariz., 4.83. 6, Matt Sherwood, Pima, Ariz., and Joel Bach, San Augustine, Texas, 8.6. 7, Cody Snow, Los Olivos, Calif., and Wesley Thorp, Stephenville, Texas, 8.76. 8, Clay Smith, Broken Bow, Okla., and Paul Eaves, Londell, MO, 8.83.

SHOOT-OUT: (First Round) 1, Riley and Brady Minor, Ellensburg, Wash., 3.61 seconds, $100,000. 2, Dustin Bird, Cut Bank, Mont., and Russell Cardoza, Terrebonne, Ore., 3.87, $25,000. 3, Kaleb Driggers, Albany, Georgia, and Junior Nogueira, Burleson, Texas, 4.08. Erich Rogers, Round Rock, Ariz., and Cory Petska, Marana, Ariz., 8.41.

Steer Wrestling: (First Round) 1, J.D. Struxness, Appleton, Min., 4.13 seconds. 2, Stockton Graves, Alva, Okla., 4.23. 3, Luke Branquinho, Los Alamos, Calif., 4.39. 4, Clayton Hass, Weatherford, Texas, 4.50. 5, Matt Reeves, Cross Plains, Texas, 4.54. 6, Jacob Shofner, Huntsville, Texas, 4.79. 7, Jason Thomas, Benton, Ark., 4.87. 8, Blaine Jones, Templeton, Calif., 4.90. 9, Dakota Eldridge, Elko, Nev., 4.97. 10, Rowdy Parrott, Mamou, La., 5.56. 11, Ryan Swayze, Freedom, Okla., 5.99. 12, Tyler Waguespack, Gonzales, La., 7.67. 13, Bray Armes, Pilot Point, Texas, 9.12.

SHOOT OUT: (First Round) 1, Clayton Hass, Weatherford, Texas, 3.73 seconds, $100,000. 2, Stockton Graves, Alva, Okla., $25,000. 3, Luke Branquinho, Los Alamos, Calif., 3.86. 4, J.D. Struxness, Appleton, Min., 4.50.

Saddle Bronc Riding: (First Round) 1, Cody DeMoss, Heflin, La., 87.25 points on C5 Rodeo Company’s 541 Black Hills. 2, Clay Elliot, Nanton, ALBERTA, Canada, 87. 3, Wade Sundell, Boxholm, Iowa,86.5. 4, Jacobs Crawley, Boerne, Texas,85.75. 5, Cort Scheer, Elsmere, Neb.,85.25. 6, Zeke Thurston, Big Valley, ALBERTA, Canada, 84. 7, Ryder Wright, Milford, Utah, 83.75.  8, Will Smith, Logoff, S.C., 83.5. 9, CoBurn Bradshaw, Beaver, Utah, 83. 10, Layton Green, Meeting Creek, Alberta, Canada, 82.5. 11, Cody Wright, Milford, Utah, 81.5. 12, Jake Wright, Milford, Utah, 80.75. 13, Louie Brunson, New Underwood, S.D., 79.5. 14, Rusty Wright, Milford, Utah, 74.5.

SHOOT OUT: (First Round) 1, Cody DeMoss, Heflin, La., 88.25, $433,333. 2, Wade Sundell, Boxholm, Iowa, 86.25, $25,000. 3, Clay Elliot, Nanton, ALBERTA, Canada, 84. 4, Jacobs Crawley, Boerne, Texas, 83.

Tie-Down Roping: (First Round) 1, Cory Solomon, Prairie View, Texas, 6.71 seconds. 2, Timber Moore, Aubrey, Texas, 6.82. 3, Tuf Cooper, Decatur, Texas, 6.84. 4, Marty Yates, Stephenville, Texas, 6.87. 5, Ty Harris, San Angelo, Texas, 7.01. 6, Caleb Smidt, Bellville, Texas, 7.22. 7, Hunter Herrin, Apache, Okla., 7.30. 8, Blair Burk, Durant, Okla., 7.33. 9, Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas, 7.42. 10, Ryan Thibodeaux, Stephenville, Texas, 7.88. 11, Cody Ohl, Hico, Texas, 9.82. 12, Cade Swor, Winnie, Texas, 11.63.

SHOOT-OUT: 1, Marty Yates, Stephenville, Texas, 6.65 seconds, $100,000. 2, Timber Moore, Aubrey, Texas, 8.58, $25,000. 3, Cory Solomon, Prairie View, Texas, 16.85. 

Barrel Racing: (First Round) 1, Hailey Kinsel, Cotulla, Texas, 14.448 seconds. 2, Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, S.D., 14.589. 3, Sherry Cervi, Marana, Ariz., 14.632. 4, Brandon Cullins, Clements, Md., 14.681. 5, Brianna Trepanier, Stephenville, Texas, 14.686. 6, Kellie Collier, Hereford, Texas, 14.769. 7, Fallon Taylor, Collinsville, Texas, 14.799. 8, Chris Martin, Brookston, Texas, 14.803. 9, Chayni Chamberlain, Stephenville, Texas, 14.925. 10, Wylee Mitchell, Pioche, Nev., 14.970. 11, Kimmie Wall, Roosevelt, Utah, 15.124. 12, Pamela Capper, Cheney, Wash., 15.161. 13, Jimmy Bryant, Columbus, Ind., 15.399. 14, Sophie Palmore, Kirbyville, Texas, 15.418. 15, Lake Mehalic, Marana, Ariz., 19.645. 16, Kassidy Dennison, Tohatchi, N.M., 19.742. 17, Mary Walker, Ennis, Texas, 19.782. 18, Kelsey Lutjen, Casa Grande, Ariz., 19.813. 19, Amberleigh Moore, Salem, Ore., 20.187. Mary Burger, Pauls Valley, Okla., 20.684.

SHOOT OUT: (First Round) 1, Hailey Kinsel, Cotulla, Texas,14.689 seconds, $433,333. 2, Sherry Cervi, Marana, Ariz., 14.950. 3, Brandon Cullins, Clements, Md., 19.683. 4, Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, S.D., 19.779.

Bull Riding: (First Round) (four rides) 1, Kaique, Pacheco, Itatiba, São Paulo, Brazile, 88.25 points on Cody Ohl’s Bushwacked. 2, Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Okla., 85.5. 3, Guilherme Marche, Itupeva, São Paulo, Brazile, 83.5. 4, Claudio Marcelino De Montanha Jr., Panorama, São Paulo, Brazile, 80.5. 

SHOOT OUT: (two rides) 1, Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Okla., 89.5, $433,333. 2, Claudio Marcelino De Montanha Jr., Panorama, São Paulo, Brazile, $25,000. 

About RFD-TV’s THE AMERICAN Presented by Polaris RANGERPresented at Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium on 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 gathered in Dallas to battle for the biggest single paycheck of their lives. The American invited the top athletes from the PRCA, ERA, WPRA and PBR and pit them against underdogs who advance from the American Semi-Finals, held Feb. 14-17 in Fort Worth. The winner of each event earned a $100,000 prize. Contestants who qualified from the Semi-Finals – or athletes who earned an exemption – who win THE AMERICAN share in an extra $1 million bonus pool. For more information, please visit: and  Follow us on Twitter @RFDTVAMERICAN and find us on Facebook:

Three rodeo competitors split $1 million side pot at The American



Special to the Star-Telegram


Three competitors each earned a $433,333 check after clinching rodeo event titles at the RFD-TV’s The American on Sunday at AT&T Stadium.

Bull rider Sage Kimzeysaddle bronc rider Cody DeMoss and barrel racer Hailey Kinsel won the big prize.

The American offered competitors $2 million, a record payoff for a single performance rodeo. Kimzey, DeMoss and Kinsel each were eligible for a share of a $1 million “side pot” within the $2 million purse.

The three riders split the $1 million. Each competitor earned $333,333, plus $100,000 that goes to the winner of every event.

All the other champions at The American each earned a $100,000 check. They were not eligible for the $1 million side pot because they were seeded competitors who had strong finishes last year within the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association, the Elite Rodeo Athletes or the Professional Bull Riders.


Bull rider Sage Kimzey 

The $100,000 winners were bareback rider Tim O’Connell of Zwingle, Iowa (90.25 points in the finals); team ropers Riley Minor and Brady Minor, who both live in Ellensburg, Wash. (3.61 seconds); steer wrestler Clayton Hass of Weatherford (3.73 seconds); and tie-down roper Marty Yates of Stephenville (6.65 seconds).

Kimzey, 22, a Strong City, Okla., cowboy who has won the PRCA’s title the past three years, clinched The American’s 2017 bull riding title after turning in a finals score of 89.5 aboard a bovine named Deep Water.

“I love riding for big money,” Kimzey said. “It’s pretty special to ride in front of a crowd like that for that kind of a payday. We don’t get those opportunities very often. It definitely gets my motor running and gets me ready to ride. I feel like the bigger the venue, the bigger the payout, the better I ride. I don’t know what it is about it, but I love big rodeos.”

Kimzey has had success riding bulls in the Fort Worth area in recent weeks. He clinched the title at the Fort Worth Stock Show Rodeo’s Bulls’ Night Out show on Jan. 18 at Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum.

While competing at Arlington-based The American on Sunday, Kimzey was eligible for the bigger money from the side pot because he was competing in under exemption status, which is granted to a very accomplished ride in each event.

DeMoss and Kinsel were eligible to dip into the $1 million side pot because they each earned a berth at The American through its Qualifier System after placing in the American Semifinals last week at Fort Worth’s Cowtown Coliseum.


Saddle bronc rider Cody DeMoss

DeMoss, 35, a 12-time PRCA Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier from Heflin, La., clinched The American saddle bronc riding title with an 88.25 effort aboard a high-profile bucking horse named Maple Leaf.

Maple Leaf, which is owned by the Frontier Rodeo Co. (Jerry Nelson), shared the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Saddle Bronc of the Year title 2013. Three years ago, Maple Leaf and a bronc named Spring Planting (Flying Five Rodeo Co.) were co-champions.

DeMoss said Maple Leaf was a challenging bronc to ride.

“That was really a bucking dude,” he said. “When I was riding him, it all was happening so fast.”

Kinsel, 22, who is from the South Texas town of Cotulla, paced the barrel racing field with a 14.689. She clinched the title aboard her 6-year-old mare she calls Sister. She acquired Sister as a 2-year-old and she and her mother trained the horse to compete in rodeos.


Kinsel is a senior Texas A&M agriculture economics major. She has competed at the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyo., the past two years (on a different horse). Two years ago, she finished sixth in the 2105 National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association’s barrel racing title race at the Casper championships.

This year, Kinsel plans on taking Sister to the College National Finals. She currently is ranked No. 1 in the NIRA’s Southern Region barrel racing standings, which means she’s on pace to qualify for the June 11-17 CNFR in Casper.