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May 22, 2014

RODEO INSIDER: ‘RFD-TV The American’ scheduled for second annual event

ARLINGTON — The second annual RFD-TV The American, the world’s largest single performance rodeo that offers a $2 million purse to competitors, is scheduled for March 1, 2015, at AT&T Stadium.

The inaugural American was March 2 at AT&T Stadium. Fans were captivated by Richmond Champion, a 21-year-old Tarleton State agriculture major, earning $1.1 million after winning the 2014 bareback riding title.

Fans also were captivated by other high-profile cowboys and cowgirls who earned $100,000 checks for winning single event titles. One of them was 2013 Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association world steer wrestling champion Hunter Cure who pocketed $100K for winning the bulldogging title at The American.

The American mostly will feature the top competitors in the PRCA, the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association and the Professional Bull Riders. It also will include up and coming stars who earn a berth through qualifier events.

The American is among two high-profile western riding sports shows events that have been scheduled at the Arlington-based AT&T Stadium for the weekend of Feb. 28 and March 1. The PBR’s popular Iron Cowboy VI Built Ford Tough Series tour stop is Feb. 28, 2015.

Tickets for the Iron Cowboy VI and The American will go on sale June 1. They can be purchased at the AT&T Stadium Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations, or by calling (800) 745-3000.

Ryon roping scheduled

Many of the world’s top cowboys and cowgirls will saddle up for the 41st Windy Ryon Memorial Roping, which is scheduled for Friday through Sunday at the Ryon Arena in Fort Worth.

In the tie-down roping event, six-time Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association world champion Cody Ohl of Hico is on the card, along with two-time world champion Tuf Cooper of Decatur, 2005 world all-around champion Ryan Jarrett and six-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier Tyson Durfey. On March 2, Durfey earned $100,000 after winning the tie-down roping title at RFD-TV’s The American.

Ohl, Cooper, Jarrett and Durfey are among 40 credentialed riders who are scheduled to compete in the invitational tie-down roping event, which begins at 1 p.m. Saturday. The performance also will feature an eight-head match roping between former NFR qualifiers Justin Maass and Clint Cooper.

Tickets are $10. For more information, visit

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