March 1, 2019

During the five-year history of THE AMERICAN, there are numerous competitor stories that encapsulate the essence of the U.S. Open type format. Grit, determination, perseverance, courage and dedication are many of the descriptors for these “against all odds” qualifiers. In its second year as Presenting sponsor of THE AMERICAN Semi-Finals in 2019, DISH would again like to shine a light on one of these tremendous stories of athletic and character excellence.

Todd Danley, 51 years of age, qualified for THE AMERICAN Semi-Finals in Tie Down Roping after nearly 15 years away from competition. While Todd and his wife have been busy raising their two girls and taking them for rodeo competition, Todd put his own love of rodeo competition aside. With their daughters now in college, this is the first year Todd has returned to competition, earning his PRCA card as well as qualifying for THE AMERICAN Semi-Finals. Todd is a true testament to the fact that hard work, passion and a love for the sport can prove that it is never too late.


DISH became part of THE AMERICAN family in 2018. Not only are they the presenting sponsor of the Semi-Finals event, they also developed the “Back in the Saddle” award, a $5,000 cash prize awarded to a peer-nominated athlete who has overcome long odds – injury, illness, personal setback or other unforeseen events – to make it to THE AMERICAN Semi-Finals.