New Tie-Down Roping Superstar

New Tie-Down Roping Superstar

Westyn Hughes Westyn Hughes

Move over Marty Yates and Cody Ohl.

The 2016 Semi-Finals of RFD-TV’s THE AMERICAN, presented by Polaris RANGER, will feature the fastest-rising tie-down roping superstar in the nation.

Westyn Hughes is just 18, but he ropes smart in high-pressure situations, like when he won RFD-TV’s THE AMERICAN qualifier in Stephenville, Texas this fall. Recently, at the Cowboys Professional Rodeo Association Finals in Angleton, Texas, Hughes edged none other than eight-time world champ Fred Whitfield to win the year-end championship for the third straight time. He was already – at 16 – the youngest tie down roper to ever qualify and the youngest-ever champion of Texas’ wicked amateur rodeo ranks.

Hughes said that in 2016 he knows more about what to expect at The American Semi-Finals and is looking for that qualification to AT&T Stadium. Hughes has big goals for 2016 and is mounted on some of the best horses in tie down roping. He has Oz – the 2008 AQHA Tie Down Roping Horse of the Year formerly owned by veteran Justin Maass – and two other solid horses named McLovin’ and Chicka.

The 2016 version of THE AMERICAN could pit Yates – who currently ranks #3 in the world – against both Hughes and Ohl, either of whom could win $1 million if they advance to AT&T Stadium and beat Yates. Incidentally, Hughes beat Yates in a match last year at the Joe Beaver Junior Superstars Roping, going 89.59 seconds on eight head, while Yates went 106.05. For more on Westyn Hughes, visit

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