Bareback rider Richie Champion won $1 million on Sunday afternoon as the first ever RFD-TV's The American rodeo came to a close. The event, billed as the largest one-day pot in rodeo history, split the total prize money between a field of up-and-coming qualifying riders, living legends and seasoned veterans. By all accounts an exciting and monumental show, The American delivered its share of surprises and a few let-downs: stars such as Fred Whitfeild, Charmayne James, and Justin McBride did not fare well, but lesser-known riders like Wade Sundell, Richie Sundell and Lisa Lockhart made up for it with inspiring wins. Below are the final event results and winners, with links to our coverage of first round results.
Bareback Riding — Richie Champion
Kaycee Feild was the favorite going in and rode Cool Water to an 87, but it was Tarelton State graduate and qualifing rider Richie Champion who took the prize with a stunning 90 point ride on Assault. Utah's Caleb Bennet showed well in the first round but was bucked off Full Baggage, and Steven Peebles took second money with an 87.5 on Show Stopper. Champion, who was the only qualifiying rider to survive the entire rodeo, took home the full share of a cool $1 million in addition to his winnings.
Team Roping — Kaleb Driggers and Patrick Smith
We're not sure if it was the venue or the event causing it, but nerves were apparent in the team roping — nobody performed exceptionally well in the qualifying round and there plenty of downright ugly runs. Nick Sartain and Rich Skelton put up a 4.35 in the first round but were frustrated with a no-time in the short go. Kaleb Driggers and Patrick Smith pulled the fastest time and won the shootout with a 4.3, the fastest time in either round.
Steer Wrestling — Hunter Cure
World champion Hunter Cure was unstoppable, beating Wyatt Smith's first round time of 3.95 by two hundreths for a 3.75 and the win. Smith missed his catch and Dru Melvin scored poorly with a 9.09 leaving Dean Gorsuch in second money.
Saddle Bronc Riding — Wade Sundell
The crowd found a new favorite in Wade Sundell, who took a spritied ride on Stampede Warrior for an amazing 92.5 score. Sundell rode Lynx Mountain for a 90 in the first round and it didn't look like anyone could come close to that — but Cort Scheer of Elsmere, NE came close with an 89 on Maple Leaf for $25,000 and second place.
Tie Down Roping — Tyson Durfey
A vertiable who's-who in the first round was winnowed down to four: Durfey, Cody Ohl, Trevor Brazile, and 18-year-old Marcos Alan Costa. Costa failed to time, leaving it to the big three to shoot it out. Brazile, who was shut out of the team roping, bounced back well to finish second with a 7.24, but nobody could touch Durfey's 6.95.
Barrel Racing — Lisa Lockhart
It was a somewhat confused performance in the final four for barrel racing, with winner Lisa Lockhart taking the money home to Oelrichs, SD. After Robyn Herring, Sheri Anzick and Jane Melby each tipped a barrel, Lockhart was the only unpenalized rider, winning with a 14.035.
Bull Riding — J.B. Mauney
Fan favorite J.B. Mauney rode first and set the bar high with a 90.5 on Cowtown Slinger, and finished up the night with $100,000 in his pocket. Neither Mike Lee or Guilherme Marchi could hang on, leaving Mauney as the last man standing.
Source: Cowboys & Indians Magazine
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