Cowboys from Bareback, Saddle Bronc and Team Roping qualifying e

Cowboys from Bareback, Saddle Bronc and Team Roping qualifying events advance to THE AMERICAN

 

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Cowboys from Bareback, Saddle Bronc and Team Roping qualifying events advance to THE AMERICAN 

This weekend, Bareback, Saddle Bronc and Team Roping qualifying events were held, advancing more competitors to THE AMERICAN Semifinals. The Bareback and Saddle Bronc events were held in Rapid City, S.D. at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center. The Team Roping event was held in Fort Worth, Texas at Will Rogers Coliseum. THE AMERICAN Semifinals will take place in Mesquite, Texas on Feb. 22-23, 2014.  The top finishers from each event after the Semifinals will advance to RFD-TV's THE AMERICAN Presented by Polaris RANGER on March 2, 2014 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. THE AMERICAN is the richest one-day rodeo in history, with a payout of $2 million.

 See below for the latest qualifier results and some additional story ideas to include in your coverage of RFD-TV's THE AMERICAN Presented by Polaris RANGER rodeo.

Bareback event held in Rapid City, S.D. on Nov. 17, 2013.

Top 5 qualifiers advance: 1st Cimmaron Gerke, 2nd Morgan Wilde, 3rd Kelly Wardell, 4th Shawn Minor, 5th Eric Swenson

  • Cimmaron Gerke is a 5 time WNFR Qualifier and won the College National Finals Rodeo Bareback Riding champion in 2003. He will be competing against his idol in the Semifinals, Kelly Wardell.
  • Kelly Wardell is the oldest of the bareback qualifiers at 50 years old. He has been competing for 33 years, qualified for the NFR four times, and won a silver medal at the 2002 Olympics. Along with competing in Bareback, Wardell is an MMA fighter.
  • Shawn Minor is an 18 time IPRA World Champion.

 

Saddle Bronc event held in Rapid City, S.D. on Nov. 17.

Top 5 qualifiers advance: 1st Dustin Flundra, 2nd Jesse Kruse, 3rd Louie Brunson, 4th Cole Elshere, 5th Chase Brooks

  • Dustin Flundra is THE AMERICAN's first Canadian qualifier, and is a 3-time Canadian Saddle Bronc World Champion.
  • Jesse Kruse won PRCA World Champion Saddle Bronc Rider in 2009.
  • Cole Elshere is the cousin to Saddle Bronc riders Ryan Elshere, and 4 time WNFR qualifier J.J Elshere
  • Chase Brooks lists his traveling partner and fellow qualifier Jesse Kruse as someone he looks up to in the sport of Saddle Bronc riding.

Team Roping event held in Fort Worth, Texas on Nov. 15.

Top 10 teams advance: 1st Blaine Vick and Brandon Bates, 2nd Joshua Torres and Wesley Thorpe, 3rd Chance Thompson and Tyler Magnus, 4th Jesse Harville and Dustin Davis, 5th  Coleman Proctor and Jet Hillman, 6th Tate Kirchenschlager and Derrick Peterson, 7th Bubba Backaloo and Dakota Kirchenschlager, 8th Chance Kiehne and Kirt Jones, 9th Shain Sproul and Kinney Dale Harrell, 10th Aaron Macy and Casey Chamberlain

 

RFD-TV's THE AMERICAN Presented by Polaris RANGER will take place on March 2nd at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Tickets are on sale and prices range from $20 to $150, not including taxes. They can be purchased at the AT&T Stadium Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations and online at www.americanrodeo.com.

The Semifinals is the last opportunity for an athlete to qualify to compete in RFD-TV'S THE AMERICAN Presented by Polaris RANGER. It takes place on Feb. 22-23, 2014 in Mesquite, Texas. Tickets for The Semifinals are available now for $14, $20 and $30 not including taxes. They can be purchased at the Mesquite Arena's box office and online at www.americanrodeo.com.

 

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