Winning Runs in the Family for J.B. Mauney and 10-Year-Old-Niece, London Gorham

In spite of icy weather on all roads leading to RFD-TV’s The American Semi-Finals, presented by DISH, the contenders hoping to ride, rope and run their way to The American at AT&T Stadium brought their best in front of a nearly full house at Cowtown Coliseum

"When I ran that 13.740, my Mimi screamed louder for me than she did for poor Uncle J.B. (Mauney).  I don’t really call him Uncle J.B., I just call him J-Baby.” – London Gorham, 10-year-old barrel racing contender for the $1,000,000 side pot and niece of two-time PBR Champion Bull Rider J.B. Mauney. Photo Credit: Andy Watson/BullStock Media 

BAREBACK RIDING: Two past world champion bronc riders, Texas’ Will Lowe and Oregon’s David Peebles tied for first with a pair of 81.75 point rides. Both bareback riders excelled on horses from C5 Rodeo of Lac La Biche, Alberta. Lowe aboard Shaken Not Stirred and Peebles on Eskimo Fo.

STEER WRESTLING: In the big man’s event, Ross Mosher was the only man in tonight’s performance to break into the 3’s with a 3.87 run. Matt Reeves was 4.29, Kodie Jang was 4.46 and the cowboy who works both the timed event and rough stock ends of the arena, all-around hand Dean Gorsuch was 4.79.

TEAM ROPING: Blake Hughes and Buddy Hawkins turned and heeled their steer in 4.96 seconds to win tonight’s semi-final round. Double qualifiers Bart and Wesley Brunson were second with a 5.10. There was a total of seven (7) teams in this performance who earned two chances to go through to the Shoot Out round.

SADDLE BRONC RIDING: ERA World Champion Bronc Rider Cort Scheer went to the top of the leaderboard on Frontier Rodeo Company’s Covergirl with 83.75 points, followed closely by last year's semi-finals winner Clay Elliott with 82.25 points on the second horse drawn for him after his first mount fouled him in the fence at about 6 seconds. Great Lakes Circuit champion, Logan Allen was third with 81.5 points.

TIE-DOWN ROPING: Shad Mayfield secured the top spot in the first performance with a 7.46, followed by Cimarron Boardman’s 7.81 and Trent Creagar’s 7.95.

BARREL RACING: London Gorham rides like a veteran at the tender age of 10. She qualified on a string of young horses all sired by Frenchman’s Guy. Tonight, she wisely chose Frenchman’s Assassin who rounded the course in 13.740 seconds to put light on the rest of the field. Taylor Presnell was second with a 14.010; Jayde Wamel was third with a 14.059.

BULL RIDING: After a rough start on Frontier’s reluctant Aftershock, two-time PBR World Champion J.B. Mauney made the wait worthwhile by marking an 85.75 point ride to win the round and go to the top in the average. Brazil’s Ramon de Lima Rodrigues was second with an 84.5. Sevi Torturo hung up his spurs and retired after last year’s appearance at RFD-TV’s The American. Until this year’s event rolled around, that is. After a year’s absence from the sport, Torturo came back to win third in tonight’s round with 83.5 points, which moved him up to second in the average.