Ten-Year-Old London Gorham Follows a Cloverleaf Trail to a Million Dollar Pot of Gold at RFD-TV’S THE AMERICAN SEMI-FINALS SHOOT OUT presented by DISH | Barrel Racer News

Ten-Year-Old London Gorham Follows a Cloverleaf Trail to a Million Dollar Pot of Gold at RFD-TV’S THE AMERICAN SEMI-FINALS SHOOT OUT presented by DISH

FORT WORTH, Texas – The American dream became possible today for the contestants moving on from Cowtown Coliseum to AT&T Stadium to compete against the top athletes from PRCA, PBR and WPRA on Sunday, February 25.
CUTLINE: At 10 years-old, London Gorham has the poise and résumé of a seasoned competitor and a heart as big as her Texas home. She chose her horse, Frenchmans’ Assassin for her RFD-TV The American Semi-Finals bid and it paid off – $40, 581.00 to be exact. Gorham is AT&T Stadium bound, carrying the dreams of little barrel racers everywhere.

BAREBACK RIDING: David Peebles spurred one down in Cowtown Coliseum to punch his ticket to AT&T Stadium, with a score of 85. Jesse Pope, round two winner, paired up with Blue Streak turning in a 79.75 ride, placing him second. Will Lowe had a great ride to place third in the round with an 80.5.

David Peebles, 85;$3,750

Jesse Pope,79.75;$2,750

Will Lowe, 80.5;$1,000

STEER WRESTLING: The 2017 College National Finals Champion Steer Wrestler, Denver Berry, dogged one down in a time of 3.47 to win the shoot-out. Hunter Cure came right behind Berry to place second with a 3.87. Six-time WNFR qualifier Matt Reeves placed third in the round with a time of 4.19, advancing on to The American.

Denver Berry, 3.47; $14,332

Hunter Cure, 3.87; $6,768

Matt Reeves A,4.19;$5,175

TEAM ROPING: (PAYOUT IS PER TEAM): Legend Speed Williams spun one for Wesley Thorp, who goes down in history as the first team roper at the semi-finals to ever qualify for the American as both header and heeler. Winning the shoot-out as a heeler with a time of 4.32, Thorp then turned around and placed fourth in the shoot-out heading for Seth Smithson. The dream team, Trevor Brazile and Patrick Smith, stopped the clock with a time of 4.50, coming in second. With less than a whole second’s gap, Texas native Manny Equsquiza and Levi Lord stretched one for a time of 5.44, to place third in the performance.

Speed Williams (2nd Spot)/Wesley Thorp (2nd Spot), 4.32; $23,253

Trevor Brazile/Patrick Smith (2nd Spot), 4.50; $12,132

Manny Equsquiza (2nd Spot)/ Levi Lord (2nd spot), 5.44 ;$7,583

SADDLE BRONC RIDING: 2017 Semi-Finals champion Clay Elliot produces a score of 85.25 on buckin’ horse Sue City Sue, to become the reigning champion for the third year in a row. Nine-time WNFR Qualifier Heith DeMoss rode Cash Deal out to add $2,000 dollars to his pocket book, placing second. Texan Issac Dias brought the heat to the bronc they call Popcicle, marking an 83 to place third in Cowtown. Former world champion Taos Muncy opted out of his semi-finals appearance as he drew in as the next invitee to compete at The American due to a collar bone injury invitee Sterling Crawley received in San Angelo.

Clay Elliot, 85.25; $4,000

Heith DeMoss, 81; $2,000

Issac Diaz, 83; $1,000

TIE DOWN ROPING: Tyler Milligan beat his own time and alter ego Milligan B (semi-finals double qualifer Milligan A and Milligan B) for the first place spot, with a time of 7.64. Behind Milligan, the Cajun Marshall Leonard tied one down in a time of 8.81, placing second in the shoot-out. Trent Creager barely misses the second place spot with a time of 8.83, landing him in third at Cowtown.

Tyler Milligan A, 7.64; $14,332

Marshall Leonard, 8.81; $6,768

Trent Creager, 8.83; $5,175

BARREL RACING: London Gorham could not be bumped even after the semi-finals shoot out was complete. Gorham’s time of 13.740, granted her the first place spot and a $40,581 paycheck. Kathy Grimes Turned and burned on her horse KG Justiceweexpected, running home to second place with a time of 13.750. Ari-Anna Flynn raced to the finish line, clocking a 13.758 for the third-place spot.

London Gorham, 13.740; $40,581

Kathy Grimes, 13.750; $22,545

Ari-Anna Flynn, 13.758; $15,781

With the semi-finals officially completed, it’s time to turn turf into dirt at AT&T stadium on Sunday, February 25 where some of the best in the sport will face off against the up and comers, for a shot at $1,000,000 American dream. “We are going to make history in AT&T Stadium tomorrow!” – Steve Kenyon, RFD-TV’s Western Sports Roundup


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