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The American slated for Arlington

By Brett Hoffman | Published Wednesday, June 6, 2018
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In its first five years of existence, RFD-TV’s The American has been a high-paying, single performance rodeo. But next year, The American will become a lucrative two-day show.

The 2019 RFD-TV’s The American is scheduled for March 2-3 at AT&T Stadium, officials said during a news conference on May 29.

The final qualification rounds are scheduled for Saturday, March 2. The finals round is Sunday, March 3.

For the first time, The American will be sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and will help competitors qualify for the 2019 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.

Officials said the 2019 edition will offer competitors an additional $355,000, which means the total purse will be $2,355,000 – a record payoff for a two-day rodeo.

RFD-TV and AT&T Stadium have agreed to keep The American at the North Texas venue over the next five years.

In 2019, break-away roping and No. 9 team roping will be featured for the first time at the The American.

PRCA/WPRA UPDATE

Many of the top competitors on the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association/Women’s Professional Rodeo Association circuit were in Fort Smith, Ark., last weekend to compete in the Old Fort Days.

In tie-down roping, 2016 PRCA champion Tyson Durfey of Weatherford clinched the title after turning in a two-run time of 15.6 seconds.

In saddle bronc riding, 10-time National Finals qualifier Bradley Harter clinched the title after turning in a score of 86 on a bronc named Junior Bonner, which is owned by Stace Smith Pro Rodeos. Harter is a former Weatherford resident who currently is from Loranger, La.

Other winners were all-around cowboy Zack Jongbloed ($1,345, tie-down roping and steer wrestling); bareback rider Ty Breuer (82 points on Andrews Rodeo’s Phantom); Tristan Martin (9.6 seconds on two head); Clay Smith/Paul Eaves (3.9 seconds); barrel racer Cheyenne Kelly (16.62 seconds); and bull rider Parker Breding (85 points on Andrews Rodeo’s Jail Break).

According to prorodeo.com, the May 31-June 2 Fort Smith rodeo offered competitors $110,511 in prize money.

The Hugo PRCA Rodeo, which was conducted June 1-2 in Hugo, Okla., also featured world class competitors. For example, nine-time National Finals qualifier K.C. Jones of Decatur clinched the steer wrestling title with a 3.7. Defending world champion Tyler Pearson tied for third with a 3.9.

PBR UPDATE

On the Professional Bull Riders circuit, Keyshawn Whitehorse clinched the title at the 15th annual J.W. Hart PBR Challenge on Saturday (June 2) in Decatur. Whitehorse turned in scores of 85.5 in the first round and 87.5 in the final round.

After finishing No. 1 in the title race, Whitehorse was given the opportunity to earn $50,000 if he could stay on the bucking bull Seven Dust (owned by Gene Owen and Jack Clark). According to pbr.com, Whitehorse was bucked off in roughly 3.5 seconds.

The PBR also scheduled an international competition called the Global Cup this weekend (June 9-10) in Sydney, Australia. The Global Cup will consist of teams from five countries: the USA, Canada, Brazil, Mexico and Australia. The U.S. team consists of defending world champion Jess Lockwood, 2016 World Champion Cooper Davis, and former PBR World Finals qualifiers Cody Nance, Brennon Eldred, Stetson Lawrence, Derek Kolbaba and Matt Triplett.

At this writing, Whitehorse is listed as an alternate, according to pbr.com. However, Team USA captain Justin McBride can move him into the starting line-up before the event begins or if a rider is injured during the first night of competition.

Last year, Team USA clinched the title when the inaugural PBR Global Cup was conducted in Edmonton, Alberta.

Fans can watch all of the 2018 Sydney Global Cup on RidePass beginning at 5 a.m. (ET) on Saturday, June 9.

BRAZILE ROPING TOUGH

Legendary cowboy Trevor Brazile won two titles at the 45th Windy Ryon Memorial Roping in Fort Worth.

Brazile, 41, a 23-time PRCA world champion from Decatur, snared the team roping heading title on May 25. He also lassoed the steer roping title May 27.

Brazile clinched the team roping heading title with help from his heeling partner Joseph Harrison who earned his first trip to the National Finals last year. Brazile and Harrison each earned $6,350. Brazile also pocketed $7,203 for winning the Invitational Steer Roping title, which pushed his earnings at the 2018 Ryon Roping to $13,553.

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

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