Brandon Cullins and VQ Sucker Punch win performance No. 2 of RFD-TV's The American Rodeo semifinals February 16, 2017, in Fort Worth, Texas, and advance to their first trip to AT&T Stadium.
Hailey Kinsel rode DM Sissy Hayday to the $100,000 victory at The American Rodeo, plus became the first qualifier to win the barrel racing championship and split the million-dollar bonus with two other qualifiers to bank a total of $433,333.
Jimmy Bryant and Little Bit Of Cowboy claimed the third performance of The American Rodeo semifinals with a 13.911, while Kelsey Lutjen's 13.804 from performance No. 1 held on to win the semifinals. The field of 10 qualifying contestants advancing to the long round of The American Rodeo on February 19 is now set.
Kelsey Lutjen and KN Fabs Gift Of Fame win the first performance of RFD-TV’s The American Semifinals in Fort Worth, Texas.
Before the three performances of The American Rodeo semifinals begin Feb. 15, a field of more than 450 was whittled down to 90 contestants after slack rounds Feb. 14. The top 30 in barrel racing and 20 in team roping and steer wrestling are one step closer to RFD-TV’s The American Rodeo on Feb. 19 presented by Polaris RANGERand a chance to earn a $1 million bonus.
Amanda Harris and Frenchman Fire Fly won the Silesia, Montana, American Rodeo qualifier October 23, 2016, by nearly two tenths of a second. In this Q&A from our December 2016 issue, BHNvisited with Amanda about solidifying her first trip to the semifinals for a shot at competing in the world's richest one-day rodeo.
Ashley Schafer and her standout mount KR Last Fling qualified for their second American Rodeo in as many years, winning the qualifier at the Ardmore Barrel Futurity (formerly the Jud Little Barrel Bash) on September 24, 2016, in Ardmore, Oklahoma. Barrel Horse News visited with Ashley about her smoking qualifiying run and what she plans to do differently in the semi-finals this year.
Between winning a qualifier for RFD-TV's The American Rodeoand earning approximately $77,000 at the 2016 Barrel Futurities of America World Championships, trainer Brandon Cullins had a whirlwind fall season. Printed in the January 2017 issue, BHN caught up with Brandon about his wild ride that won the No Bull American Rodeo qualifier in Fletcher, North Carolina, on November 12, 2016.
Kelsey Lutjen and the stellar KN Fabs Gift Of Fame took full advantage of their second chance at qualifying for RFD-TV's The American Rodeo, claiming victory at the Reno, Nevada, qualifier October 27, 2016. BHN visited with Kelsey about her mare "J-Lo" and her strategies for handling high-stakes runs.
Kricket Gintner qualified for the first time for The American Rodeo semi-finals on her horse Dial A Little Fame after winning The American Kiser Classic qualifier in Winona, Minnesota, on September 24, 2016. Barrel Horse News caught up with Kricket about her journey to the world's richest one-day rodeo.
KN Fabs Gift Of Fame is one of the toughest horses in the game, and she capped off 2016 by winning two qualifiers for RFD-TV's The American Rodeo with two different riders—her trainer Kelsey Lutjen in October, and most recently, Kelsey's mother Lisa Lutjen in Las Vegas in December. BHN visited with Lisa about her qualifying win and why "J-Lo" is such a remarkable mare.
Accomplished rider and trainer Quay Eaves qualified for the 2017 American Rodeosemifinals aboard Carrie Thompson's horse Shes Just Like Candy. In this Q&A from our December 2016 issue, BHN spoke with Quay about the big victory at the Starkville, Mississippi, qualifier on the mare he says is long overdue for her chance to shine on a big stage.
Winning The American Rodeo qualifier in Glen Rose, Texas, holds a special place in Schelli Creacy's heart. Barrel Horse News spoke with Schelli for our January 2017 issue to learn why this victory with homebred Nico Suave means so much to her.
Victoria Williams and Three Jets Olena are bound for the semifinals of RFD-TV's The American Rodeo after a momentous win at the Memphis, Tennessee, qualifier December 3, 2016. BHN caught up with Victoria about how she overcame adversity with her horse to log her second trip to the semifinals.