March 1, 2019

Lives will be changed and champions will be crowned at RFD-TV’s THE AMERICAN Rodeo as the event returns to Arlington, Texas on March 2-3, 2019. Athletes traveled from across the U.S. to compete at the Cowtown Coliseum in THE AMERICAN Semi-Finals, which determines who will have a chance to compete for $2.35 million at AT&T Stadium in THE AMERICAN.

Today concludes the Semi-Finals and the world now knows who will advance to compete at AT&T Stadium on March 2-3 for a total purse of $2.35 million.

“The stage is set for our sixth annual THE AMERICAN Finals, and we will see in two days who will walk away a champion,” said Randy Bernard. “The payout from the past five days of competition ranks us in the top 12 rodeos in the U.S.”

In the bareback riding, 15-time Wrangler National Finals Qualifier Will Lowe is headed to AT&T Stadium to compete for a chance at one million in THE AMERICAN. Lowe won the short go of the Semi-Finals with an average score of 169 on two head. The top six competitors from the Semi-Finals will compete in THE AMERICAN. In addition to Lowe, Garret Shadbolt, Wyatt Denny, Wyatt Bloom, Dantan Bertsch and Clint Laye will come back for THE AMERICAN long go tomorrow. Stephen Culling will be making his first appearance in AT&T Stadium after winning THE AMERICAN Semi-Finals short go Steer Wrestling with a time of 4.07. Tomorrow he will have the opportunity to prove himself against the best in the business and fight for his piece of the million dollar payout. Joining him in advancing to the Finals will be JD Struxness, Cody Cassidy, Denver Berry, Dakota Eldridge and Tee Burress who comprise the top six athletes of the short round.

“Athletes advancing to the Finals now have the opportunity of a lifetime to win millions and be crowned a Western Sports legend in one of the biggest stadiums in the country.” said Bernard.

Marcus Theriot and McCoy Profili may not have the previous success of their fellow Semi-Finals competitors, but they were the dream team of the short go, winning the team roping with a time of 3.79. With Theriot on the head side and Profili heeling, they will go on to compete against the top 10 teams from 2018, in addition to the top six teams qualifying from the Semi-Finals; Coleman Proctor and Ryan Motes, Spencer Mitchell and Russell Cardoza, Rhen Richard and Cody Droscher, Kellan Johnson and Carson Johnson, and Marcus Theriot, qualifying a second time, with heeler . It was a great night for the “Jakes” in the Saddle Bronc Riding. Jake Finlay finished first in the Semi-Finals short go earning a cumulative score of 168 over two rounds. Finishing behind him in second was Jake Watson with 163.5 points. Spencer Wright, Layton Green, Mitch Pollock and Cole Elshere round out the top six from the Semi-Finals and move on to AT&T Stadium for THE AMERICAN Finals.

The breakaway roping just got faster and faster as the rodeo went on tonight in the final Semi-Finals performance. The crowd erupted when Sawyer Gilbert roped her calf with a time of 2.23 seconds, only to have that time crushed by Amber Crawford a few competitors later who finished a with a time of 2.16. Not to be beaten, world champion Lari Dee Guy took the lead and finished first in the short go with a blazing fast time of 2.02 seconds. The top 16 breakaway ropers will move on to compete tomorrow at THE AMERICAN Finals. Ty Harris made a practice run in the short go of the Semi-Finals tie down roping. The 2018 National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association champion qualified two spots into the final performance Friday night, but had a no time with his first calf. Undaunted, the young cowboy roped again just minutes later and showed he was only adding suspense with his first run. He tied his calf in 7.57 seconds and shot to first place, stealing the lead from Riley Pruitt, son of Troy Pruitt, the World Champion tie down roper in 1990. Also advancing to AT&T Stadium tomorrow are the remaining four of top six from the Semi-Finals; Haven Meged, Monty Lewis, Bobby Abernathy and Seth Cooke.

The ground was fast tonight as the top two barrel racers from the Semi-Finals came in the final performance in Cowtown Coliseum. Acey Pinkston ran the best time of the week with a 13.851. Brandon Cullins represented the men well, coming in second with a time of 13.921. Donna Kay Rule’s time of 13.963 held from the third performance to land her in third place and secured her a spot at AT&T Stadium tomorrow. The top 10 barrel racers from the Semi-Finals will move on to make their run for the million dollars.

Complete results are available HERE.

THE AMERICAN 2019 starts tomorrow – March 2, 2019. Check HERE for times and viewing options.