Ten-Year-Old Barrel Racer Advances to RFD-TV's The American
February 24, 2018
“I’m so happy!!” -London Gorham
10-year-old barrel racer, London Gorham, was awarded a check totaling $40,681 today at RFD-TV’s The American Semi-Finals, presented by DISH. She ran a time of 13.74 during Thursday’s barrel racing competition, which remained unbeatable during the remaining performances where 33 athletes competed in the barrel racing category. This win makes London the youngest competitor to advance the furthest in the The American Semi-Finals. London was also presented with the DISH “Up and Comer Award,” where she received an additional check of $5,000.
Both her winnings and the award make it almost a $50 Grand day for the 10-year-old.
Not only did she secure a spot in the top ten, advancing to the world's richest one-day rodeo, London will also be competing against her uncle, bull rider J.B. Mauney. Mauney placed 2nd overall in bull riding during The American Semi-Finals, with a score of 87.
Watch her acceptance speech thanks to Behind-The-Alley below.
London has been riding horses since she was 12-months-old and barrel racing since she was only two.
Born into a family that is no stranger to rodeo, London has learned from some of the best. Her dad, Shorty Gorham, is also a PBR bullfighter and will be a bullfighter during The American. Her brother, Tanner Green, also competed in this week’s Semi-Finals (in the team roping and in tie-down events). Finally, London’s Grandpa is Phil Lyne, a legendary rodeo cowboy who competed professionally in five events and won five world titles in three different events.
Watch our exclusive interview with London from earlier this week.
- Name: London Gorham
- Age: 10 years old, Born 09/24/2007
- Event: Barrel Racing
- Horse: Frenchman’s Assassin