Browning proudly supports the 2017 American Rodeo.

The Big Guns of rodeo each won a special Browning A5 shotgun.

A huge amount of prize money was presented to winners, but as always, a great deal of attention went to the awarding of a special Browning A5 shotgun to each of the major winners. We are proud to reward them for their hard work and excellence, as well as give them an opportunity to do a bit of shooting during the off season.

  • Saddle Bronc, $433,333, Cody DeMoss
  • Bull Riding, $433,333 Sage Kimzey
  • Bareback, Tim O’Connell
  • Barrel Racing, + $433,333, Hailey Kinsel
  • Team Roping (Heeler),  Brady Minor
  • Team Roping (Header), Riley Minor
  • Steer Wrestling, Clayton Haas
  • Tie Down Roping, Marty Yates
The special A5 shotguns were presented to each winner by Rafe Nielsen of Browning. Congratulations to all the winners, from all of us at Browning. 

 

All the champions lined up with our Rafe Nielsen on the left holding one of the Browning A5s awarded to each of the winners.

AT&T Center Floor.

Hailey Kinsel and her giant check.

Sage Kimzey Bull Riding Champ.

Cody Demoss.

Cody Demoss with his massive check for over $400,000.

Sage Kimzey Bull Riding Champ.

Cody Demoss.

Cody Demoss.

 

ABOUT THE AMERICAN - 2017

THE EVENT

RFD-TV’s THE AMERICAN will be held at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, for the fourth year. When the dust settles at this action-packed event, the toughest competitors in the world again will ride away with rodeo’s most significant one-day cash payout. Each event will pay $100,000 for first and $25,000 for second. Every contestant is eligible to win the event whether they received an invitation as one of the top professionals in the world, they were granted an exemption or they qualified by finishing at the top of The American Semi-Finals. The qualifiers are eligible to win an extra $1 million bonus. If a qualifying athlete can win his or her event, they will be entitled to a share of the $1,000,000..

THE SIDE POT

THE AMERICAN invites the top rodeo athletes in seven events from the PRCA, ERA, WPRA to compete for a $2 million purse in the home of the Dallas Cowboys. Anyone can qualify via the Semi-Finals – which now pays $1,000,000 – and any contestant who advances to THE AMERICAN and out-rides or out-ropes the sport’s super stars is eligible for an additional $1 million bonus on Feb. 19.

HOW TO QUALIFY FOR THE AMERICAN

Now a $1million rodeo in and of itself, The American Semi-Finals will be held at Cowtown Coliseum in the Historic Fort Worth Stockyards February 14 – 17.  Approximately 600 contests will compete over 4 days for the chance to advance to THE AMERICAN and compete for the $1,000,000 side pot.  In addition to the competition inside Cowtown Coliseum, fans will be able to enjoy the FanZone in the Historic Fort Worth Stockyards February 15 – 17th.  While there, they can attend concerts, watch demonstrations, enjoy food trucks, visit The Wall That Heals - the official traveling exhibit of The Vietnam Memorial, and much more.

      THE SEMI-FINALS

There are three ways to qualify for competition in THE AMERICAN. The top contestants in the world receive invitations. Additionally, a handful of exemptions are offered to the brightest rising stars and fan favorites in the sport. And finally, hopeful contestants can pay an entry fee to compete at “qualifiers” throughout the year sanctioned by Better Barrel Races, Professional Bull Riders, Ultimate Calf Roping and World's Toughest Rodeo. Last year, nearly 4,000 entries competed at 70 qualifying events to make the American Semi-Finals, where nearly 600 athletes from around the world battled for 38 byes into THE AMERICAN.  

       THE STOCK

Fans can expect to see today’s most spectacular bucking horses and bulls matched against rodeo and bull riding superstars. Rodeo and bucking bull companies from across the country bring some of their best animal athletes to test the skills of the bareback, saddle bronc and bull riders.

 

Photos copyright 2017. Thanks to Janon Schelin for providing all the amazing photos used in this story. And thanks to all the participants and attendees (and great livestock) who made it all possible. Browning is proud to be a part of The American Rodeo and to support the great American rodeo tradition.