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The American Rodeo Slack Events Starts The Battle For $1 Million Dollars

February 26, 2021 – Fort Worth, Texas – The American Rodeo presented by Durango Boots is now underway with qualifying events taking place daily, for the next 11 days between Fort Worth and Arlington, Texas.  Each of the contestants competing for their spot across eight rodeo events will battle it out to advance to the semi-finals at Cowtown Coliseum and then the finals at AT&T Stadium. 

“There are over 4,550 competitors who have competed over the past year to make it to The American Rodeo and we have 1,600 competitors from all over the US who are now in Fort Worth competing over the next several days for their chance to become rodeo’s next millionaire,” said The American Rodeo CEO Randy Bernard.

 “We have a seven year old barrel racer who is the youngest competitor in the history of the American Rodeo and she joins other up and coming talent along with highly decorated cowboys such as Caleb Schmidt, Wade Sundell and Luke Branquinho who are all battling it out for their chance to compete at the richest weekend in western sports.”

The slack competition over the next 6 days will whittle down the best of the best in Bareback, Saddle Bronc, Bull Riding, Tie-Down Roping, Breakaway Roping, Barrel Racing, Team Roping, and Steer Wrestling with prize pool totalling $550,000 at The American Rodeo Semi-Finals alone.    

There are many stories emerging from the competition and some of them include:

  • Taylor Earnhardt -Putnam who is the sister to NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. has made it to the slack round of the American semi-finals in Barrel Racing. 
  • The youngest qualifier Charlie Raye Sohrt qualified for The American Semi-Finals at 7 Years Old
  • Kaleb Driggers who is a World Champion and past American winner is competing at the semi–finals for his chance at $1 million dollars along with Caleb Schmidt in tie-down roping who turned down an American Rodeo exemption to go for the $1 million dollars.
  • Tyler Pearson who is a World Champion steer wrestler is making a run this week at slack for his chance to move on to the finals and his chance at $1 million dollars
  • The Crawly Brothers (Jacobs and Sterling)  are going to be competing at the Roughstock slack in Saddle Bronc and Wade Sundell who has won the American Rodeo three times is also going to be competing at the roughstock slack and if he advances, he will be eligible for the $1 million dollars

To follow the American Rodeo events schedule and locations visit:

“The American Rodeo Fanzone in the Fort Worth Stockyards is now set-up and fans are invited to come on down to enjoy the fun and festivities,” said Raquel Gottsch, CEO of The Cowboy Channel. 

“Everyday we are having a watch party on our Cowboy Channel front lawn with live coverage of the American Rodeo slack and performances plus food trucks, live music, yard games, roping demonstrations, and more.  Then there is great shopping at the new stores along Mule Alley with over 200 tents filled with vendors lined up and down the bricks of Exchange as part of the Cowtown Marketplace and the brand new John Wayne museum is officially open. There is no shortage of things to do safely and see in the Fort Worth Stockyards during the rodeo.”  

As the days and competition continues to heat up, The Cowboy Channel will begin broadcasting live from their front lawn in the Stockyards, the popular television show, Tailgate Party with hosts Kadee Coffman, Janie Johnson, Kirbe Schnoor and Pam Minick starting Wednesday, March 3rd through Saturday, March 6th from 3pm-5pm CT. This two-hour live broadcast will include interviews with top rodeo athletes competing at this year’s American Rodeo, performances by popular country music artists, outdoor cowboy cooking demonstrations, interviews with rodeo legends and more.   

The music schedule for the American Rodeo Fanzone and Cowboy Channel Tailgate Party is as follows: 

Thursday 2/25 – Austin English

Friday 2/26 – Coston Cross

Saturday 2/27 – Mikayla Lane

Sunday 2/28 – Jon Stork 

Monday 3/1 – Bubba Bellin

Tuesday 3/2 – Skylar Payne

Wednesday 3/3 – Garrett Bradford

Thursday 3/4 – Ross Cooper

Friday 3/5 – Katy Keenie

Saturday 3/6 – Coffey Anderson

The American Rodeo is known as the world’s richest weekend in western sports due to its tremendous prize offering of $2.3 million.  Qualifying events are held across the country, throughout the calendar year, as ropers and riders hope to compete and make it to The American Rodeo Semi-Finals and Finals.

Photo by Ric Andersen

The 11-day rodeo competition kicks off on February 25th in the Fort Worth Stockyards for slack and semi-finals and the finals take place over the weekend of March 6-7, 2021 at the Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX.  The American Rodeo unites the top athletes in the world from the PRCA and pits them against underdogs who advance from The American Rodeo Semi-Finals, together to battle for the biggest single, life-changing paycheck of their lives. All events will be broadcast live on The Cowboy Channel and RFD-TV. 

Jimmy Bryant Off & Running for Stella at The American

Tickets are on sale for The American Rodeo at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas and The American Rodeo Semi-Finals at Cowtown Coliseum in Fort Worth, Texas. Tickets for The American Rodeo at AT&T Stadium March 6-7, 2021 can be purchased at  

For more information and a complete listing of all RFD-TV’s The American Rodeo presented by Durango Boots events in Fort Worth and Arlington, please visit

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RFD-TV’s The American Rodeo
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