The American Rodeo
The American Rodeo was announced by Dr. Robert Cluck, the Mayor of Arlington, with Stephen Jones, the COO of the Dallas Cowboys, Randy Bernard, CEO of the Rural Media Group, Jim Haworth, CEO of the Professional Bull Riders and a number of rodeo legends. These included eight time World Champion Donnie Gay, ten time NFR Qualifier Cody Lambert, eight time World Champion Larry Mahan, two time PBR World Champion Justin McBride, nine time World Champion Ty Murray and eight time World Champion Fred Whitfield. The American Rodeo will be held at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas this year and will once again have the largest payout, in a single day, in the history of professional sports. Rodeo and bull riding are regarded among the oldest parts of the American tradition. This event promising to be the best and the biggest rodeo competition ever held.
The participants of The American Rodeo will be the top ten contestants in the whole world, as per the WNFR and the PBR World Finals. Added to these ten, a further number of athletes will also be able to compete. For these, five qualifying events will take place in Mesquite, Texas a week before The American Rodeo whose qualifiers will then face the best rodeo has to offer. Of the two million dollar cash prize, one hundred thousand dollars will be awarded to the winner of each event and a further twenty five thousand dollars for the runner–up. Half of the two million dollars will also be set aside, for which the winners of each event will compete.
Events taking place as part of The American Rodeo have been sanctioned by the major rodeo and pro bull riding bodies; the Ultimate Calf Roping Series, the Professional Bull Riders (PBR), the United States Team Roping Championships, the Pro Roughstock Series and the Better Barrel Racers. The event will be broadcasted live by RFD–TV, the main organizer of the event, as well as on several other channels in its network such as Rural Radio and Rural TV. The AT&T Stadium, located in Arlington, Texas, is the home of the Dallas Cowboys, one of the greatest teams in the NFL. Since its founding in 2009, it has played host to some of the most spectacular games and events. The American Rodeo is a perfect fit for the stadium ranked year in, year out as one of the premier sports venues in the US. Texas is naturally the perfect state for this event, as rodeo is an important part of its culture.
Over one hundred and twenty thousand people are expected to buy The American Rodeo tickets
, to see the world's greatest rodeo event live. To be held right after the fifth annual PBR Iron Cowboy, it will have several different competitions. These are bull riding, bareback & bronc riding, barrel racing, tie down roping, steer wrestling and team roping. The best of rodeo will be on show with the biggest names in the sport lining up to be a part of the festivities. If this is your sport, then make your way to the AT&T Stadium and watch it live.