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RFD-TV’s The American 2020

Saddle up rodeo fans for “The Richest Weekend in Western Sports!” RFD-TV’s The American Rodeo is just around the corner this March 7th and 8th. Located at the Arlington, Texas AT&T Stadium, this event will feature the best of the best in the rodeo industry. From the top team ropers to the strongest bucking bulls, The American, presented by RFD-TV is guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat.


While the action only lasts two days, arriving at The American takes a year’s worth of hard work. Prior to March 7th and 8th, there is an entire year’s worth of dedication by rodeo athletes as they travel from rodeo to rodeo to qualify for The Semi-Finals. The action comes together with the final performance, The American. Athletes from across the country and beyond will complete in seven high-action PRCA events. These events include bull riding, bareback riding, saddle bronc, team roping, steer wrestling, tie down roping, and barrel racing. Over the course of its qualifiers, Semi-Finals, and The American, RFD-TV will have a total payout of $2.35 million dollars, truly making it “the world’s richest weekend in Western Sports.”

What makes The American so unique is the opportunity for underdogs to compete against the industry’s toughest competitors. Anyone can qualify for The American through The American Semi-Finals. In fact, that desire to compete is so high that approximately 700 contestants compete for a shot at The American during the four-day long Semi-Finals. The stakes are high. Once competitors move on to The American, any underdog who out-competes the pros is eligible for an additional $1 million added to their winnings. Rodeo action will kick-off at 6:30pm on March 7th and 2:00pm on March 8th.

The party isn’t exclusive to the rodeo arena! During rodeo weekend, make sure to check out The Fan Zone. Occurring March 7th at 12pm and March 3rd at 10am. The Fan Zone will be packed with exciting entertainment, Mutton Bustin’, shopping, and much more. Make sure to attend Meet and Greets with your favorite rodeo athletes, grab a cold drink at the Beer Garden, and enjoy a tasty treat from one of the many food vendors.The Fan Zone is free to the public and can be conveniently found in the East and West Plazas of the Arlington AT&T Stadium.

New this year! Is the newly formed, Jr. NFR. It is the premier youth rodeo championship that features the best of the best in youth rodeo. Jr. Rodeo is the governing association of the event and the PRCA’s youth association. Our vision is to unify the youth demographic through rodeo. You might be wondering, who can qualify for the Jr. NFR? Any of the following!

    • National High School State Champions
    • National High School Finals Rodeo top performers
    • Little Britches Finals Rodeo top performers
    • International Finals Youth Rodeo top performers
    • Junior American top performers
    • Junior World Finals top performers

The event will feature all standard rodeo events and has quite the hefty payout. Prizes include $200,000 added money with $10,000 to the 9 event champions and a Montana Silversmiths champion buckle. Not too shabby! Can’t make it to Arlington? No worries! RFD-TV, The Cowboy Channel, & Rural Radio Channel 147 on SiriusXM have you covered. Each of these platforms will have full TV coverage of The American Rodeo, keeping you up-to-date on all the action.

Next stop, Arlington, Texas for “The Richest Weekend in Western Sports!” Cowboy Lifestyle Network hopes to see along the rodeo trail for RFD-TV’s annual rodeo extravaganza, The American! For information on how you can purchase tickets, click here!

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Hi everyone! I'm Krysta Paffrath, I am a proud Arizona native who has a passion for everything business and rodeo. I am beyond thrilled to be the Editor in Chief for Cowboy Lifestyle Network. With my background in digital marketing and rodeo, this was a natural fit for me to join the team. My adventurous and entrepreneurial spirit has guided me to work in many places like the WYO Quarter Horse Ranch in Thermopolis, Wyoming, a working cattle ranch in Seligman, Arizona, and many places in between. I am passionate about preserving the western way of life and working with different brands and rodeos to make that happen. If you're looking for a write-up, please shoot me an email at Learn more about me at Looking forward to hearing from you!

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