The World’s Best Rodeo Athletes to Compete March 2 at RFD-TV’s

The World’s Best Rodeo Athletes to Compete March 2 at RFD-TV’s THE AMERICAN



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The World's Best Rodeo Athletes to Compete March 2



OMAHA, Neb. – The world's best cowboys and cowgirls, in seven different events, have accepted their invitation to compete in RFD-TV's THE AMERICAN presented by Polaris RANGER. All the athletes have accepted their invitation, except two who are out of competition due to injuries. The best of the best will get the opportunity to face off in the arena for the world's richest one-day rodeo and their chance at $2 million.

Two talented riders, recently suffered injuries and will not be competing in THE AMERICAN. Bare back rider, Wes Stevenson and bull rider, Shane Proctor are both recovering from surgery.

"THE AMERICAN sends their best, for a speedy recovery to both Wes and Shane and we know that both are outstanding competitors and will be back in the arena soon," said Randy Bernard, president and CEO of Rural Media Group. "We know they were both excited to participate in this industry changing event but getting on the road to recovery is more important long term."

Athletes who will compete at RFD-TV's THE AMERICAN:

Bareback Riding

Qualifiers:  Kaycee Feild, Steven Peebles, Will Lowe, Bobby Mote, Ryan Gray, Wes Stevenson (not competing due to injuries), J.R. Vezain, Caleb Bennett, Casey Colletti, Clint Cannon


Team Roping

Qualifiers: Clay Tryan (HD) Jade Corkill (HL), Luke Brown (HD) Kollin VonAhn (HL), Riley Minor (HD) Travis Graves (HL), Kaleb Driggers (HD) Brady Minor (HL), Trevor Brazile (HD) Patrick Smith (HL), Nick Sartain (HD) Rich Skelton (HL), Turtle Powell (HD) Dugan Kelly (HL), Brandon Beers (HD) Jim Ross Cooper (HL), Erich Rogers (HD) Ryan Motes (HL), Charly Crawford (HD) Cory Petska (HL)

Saddle Bronc Riding

Qualifiers: Chad Ferley, Jake Wright, Cody Wright, Jacobs Crawley, Cort Scheer, Wade Sundell, Taos Muncy, Jesse Wright, Tyler Corrington, Isaac Diaz

Tie-Down Roping

Qualifiers: Shane Hanchey, Cody Ohl, Trevor Brazile, Tuf Cooper, Scott Kormos, Ryan Jarrett, Tyson Durfey, Clif Cooper, Timber Moore, Caleb Smidt

Barrel Racing

Qualifiers: Sherry Cervi, Mary Walker, Lisa Lockhart, Taylor Jacob, Michele McLeod, Kaley Bass, Christy Loflin, Shada Brazile, Jane Melby, Sabrina Ketcham

Steer Wrestling

Qualifiers: Hunter Cure, Matt Reeves, Bray Ames, Casey Martin, Dakota Eldridge, Trevor Knowles, Dean Gorsuch, Luke Branquinho, Stan Branco, Jule Hazen

Bull Riding

Qualifier: J.B. Mauney, Silvano Alves, Joao Richardo Vieria, Guilherme Marchi, Cody Nance, Marco Eguchi, Eduardo Aparecido Silva, L.J. Jenkins, Shane Proctor (not competing due to injuries), Mike Lee

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
















Notes to Editors:


About RFD-TV's THE AMERICAN Presented by Polaris RANGER: Taking place at Dallas Cowboys' AT&T Stadium on March 2, 2014, with an estimated attendance of 75,000, RFD-TV's THE AMERICAN Presented by Polaris RANGER is the single largest 1-day cash prize event in the entire history of rodeo. With $2-million on the line, the best athletes in the world will be gathering in Dallas to compete in one epic day of raw rodeo will, skill and power. With the help of broadcast partners and sponsors, RFD-TV will be broadcasting the event LIVE on the day, helping to bring the totality of this defining western sports experience to a wide national audience. For more information, please visit: and  Follow us on Twitter @RFDTVAMERICAN and on find us on Facebook:


About Rural Media Group, Inc. (RMG): Rural Media Group, Inc. is the world's leading provider of multimedia content dedicated to the rural and western lifestyle.  RMG is the parent company of RFD-TV, FamilyNet, RURAL TV, RURAL RADIO on SiriusXM channel 80, RFD-TV the Magazine and RFD-TV the Theatre. RFD-TV, the flagship network for RMG, launched in December 2000.  RFD-TV is the nation's first 24-hour television network dedicated to serving the needs and interests of rural America with programming focused on agriculture, equine and the rural lifestyle, along with traditional country music and entertainment. RMG acquired FamilyNet, America's trusted entertainment network dedicated to providing wholesome and responsible viewing choices for today's diverse family.  RURAL TV produces rural business news covering commodity markets for both cash and futures. Daily productions include Market Day Report and the Rural Evening News. RMG networks are distributed into more than 63-million homes worldwide by DBS, telco and cable systems including DISH Network, DIRECTV®, Comcast, Verizon FiOS TV, AT&T U-Verse, Mediacom, Charter, Optimum, Brighthouse, Suddenlink, Time Warner, Cox, and more than 600 independent rural cable systems. RFD-TV The Magazine is the print programming guide for the networks, which has attracted over 180,000 paid subscribers.  RFD-TV The Theatre is a 2000 capacity soft seat venue in Branson, MO where entertainment programming is produced.  Corporate headquarters are in Omaha, NE, and production operations are in Nashville, TN.  For more information, visit,, and  Follow us on Twitter and Facebook: @OfficialRFDTV @RURALTV @FamilyNet @RURALRADIO80


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