10-year-old shines at American

By Brett Hoffman | Published Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Share this page...

RFD-TV’s The American offers great story lines. The rodeo offers competitors $2 million, a world record payout for a single performance rodeo.

This year, three competitors earned $433,333 on Feb. 25 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. They were bareback rider Kaycee Feild, saddle bronc rider Cort Scheer and steer wrestler Matt Reeves.

The American Semifinals also had champions who grabbed attention. The biggest heart-warming story was London Gorham, a 10-year-old barrel racer who earned $48,500.

London, who is from the South Texas town of Cotulla, and her 8-year-old sorrel gelding, Frenchmans Assassin, clinched the barrel racing title with a blistering time of 13.74 seconds Feb. 22.

“My horse was really good and he ran really fast,” said London, a fourth grader.

London and her mother, Amanda Lyne, attended the closing performance Feb. 24, hoping that London’s time would hold up.

Amanda said it was nerve-racking.

“I just kind of paced back and forth until the last girl ran,” Amanda said. “It was very emotional.”

Kathy Grimes, a 2017 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier, took second with a 13.75. Ari-Ana Flynn finished third with 13.758.

London earned a berth in The American. Though she fell short in her attempt to finish in the money at The American, she was a big hit with fans.

For London, rodeo is a family affair. She’s the granddaughter of Phil Lyne, who won the PRCA world all-around title in 1971 and 1972. He also was featured in the movie, “The Great American Cowboy,” an Academy Award-winning documentary on professional rodeo. The movie followed Phil Lyne and Larry Mahan as they competed for the 1972 world all-around title.

London also is a niece of Samantha Lyne, a TCU graduate who qualified for the NFR in 2012. Samantha is married to two-time PBR world champion J.B. Mauney. London’s father, Shorty Gorham, is a renowned bull fighter on the PBR tour.


Luciano De Castro, a Brazilian who lives in Decatur, won the PBR tour stop in North Little Rock, Ark.

He was the only cowboy who stayed on all three bulls at the two-day show, which was called the Badboy Mowdown.

De Castro is ranked second in the world title race with 1,585 points. Ramon de Lima, a Brazilian who also lives in Decatur, is ranked No. 1 with 1,675.


At the Houston Livestock Show Rodeo, Tuf Cooper, a former Decatur resident, advanced the tie-down roping semifinal round after earning $3,500 in Super Series II, March 2-4. RodeoHouston’s high profile tournament format rodeo concludes March 17.

Brett Hoffman, a Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame member, has reported on rodeos for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram for more than three decades.

Leave a Reply. Note: As of March 24, 2011, all posted comments will include the users full name. News and Blog Comment Guidelines

You must be logged in to post a comment.