Women’s Professional Rodeo Association 2017 Rookie of the Year and 2018 RFD-TV's The American Rodeo champion Taci Bettis explains why “Smash” is her once-in-a-lifetime horse.
Craig Brooks and Grandiose Guy topped the field at the second performance of RFD-TV’s The American Semifinals presented by Dish in Fort Worth, Texas, to win the round and move into second place overall.
RFD-TV's The American semifinals hosted 278 barrel racers for the slack round who qualified through Better Barrel Races qualifier events over the past year to determine the preliminary top 30 competitors who will advance to RFD-TV’s The American semifinals performances February 22–24.
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.
2017 Women's Professional Rodeo Association Rookie of the Year and National Finals Rodeo qualifier Taci Bettis took home the $100,000 championship check as an invitee for winning RFD-TV's The American Rodeo presented by Dish aboard her big bay gelding Bogie Is A Smash.
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.
Kathy Grimes Wins Third Performance of RFD-TV's The American Semifinals, Field Set for The American Rodeo
Kathy Grimes and KG Justiceweexpected won the third performance of RFD-TV's The American Semifinals with a 13.750, putting her second overall to semifinals winner London Gorham's 13.740 aboard Frenchmans Assassin from the first performance. The 10 fastest qualifiers from the three performances is now set for RFD-TV's The American Rodeo presented by Dish on Sunday.
Kelsey Lutjen and KN Fabs Gift Of Fame win the first performance of RFD-TV’s The American Semifinals in Fort Worth, Texas.
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.
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.
Taci Bettis winning The American was good for all of us.
Taci Bettis, WPRA Rookie of The Year and now 2018 RFD-TV's The American Champion, is proof that modest means can be overcome with hard work, determination and dedication.