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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