$2.4 million paid out in two days in Texas
The American Rodeo finals made dreams come true yet again this evening at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The 2020 champions are walking away with pride and impressive payouts after another fierce competition.
“We have had seven years and seven amazing rodeos,” said Randy Bernard, CEO of RFD-TV’s The American Rodeo. “I truly believe The American Rodeo has been a game-changer for professional rodeo and cowboys. We have changed many lives since 2014 and the event just keeps getting better.“ 2016 The American Rodeo’s Bareback champion Kaycee Field knew he made a good ride when he dismounted after the short go. He claimed $100,000 and his second win at AT&T Stadium on VIGIL with a 93 point score. Wilburton, Okla.’s Kaycee Hollingback roped countless calves to earn her $100,000 payout. For the second year, the Breakaway Roping was one of the event highlights as the ladies continue to excel in the sport.
Twelve-time WNFR qualifier Luke Brown backed in the box with AQHA world champion Joseph Harrison for the team’s first time together in AT&T Stadium. The two walked away with $100,000 after roping in a short 4.3 seconds.
PRCA veteran steer wrestler and 2018 The American Rodeo champion Matt Reeves took the victory lap in the Polaris Ranger after three outstanding runs in the last two days.
Texas’ own Wyatt Casper, 2016 college champion and current PRCA world-standing leader, was the first to earn a share of the million dollar payout, riding his 36th straight horse of the 2020 season in the Saddle Bronc.
There was a man on a mission in the Tie Down Roping, who continued to dominate and went on to win his share of the $1 million. 2018 national high school finals champion and New Mexico’s own Shad Mayfield walked away with $600,000 after tying his final calf in 7.75 seconds.
Multiple-time NRF qualifier Stevi Hillman made it to The American Rodeo short go for the first time in Barrel Racing. She rode her go-to horse TRUCK with a time of 15.405.
The American Rodeo crowned co-champions for the first time ever in Bull Riding. 2019’s winner Joao Ricardo Vieira and multiple-time world champion Sage Kimzey tied to take home $62,500 each.
“I have produced over 3,500 sporting events in my career, from the PBR to the Indy 500,” said Bernard. “I have been to the Super Bowl and to the Final Four, and yet I have never seen an event that consistently gets more exciting every year like The American.”
(Jake Link Photography)
For a complete list of the results from the finals, visit https://www.americanrodeo.com