2018 Standings: Who's In The Driver's Seat?

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We may just be a few days in to 2018, but we’re already well in to the 2018 rodeo season with over 30 rodeo events in the books. Competitors are rising to the top of the standings early in the season.

Two reigning world champions are already back at the top of the leaderboard for 2018. Marcos Costa, the first tie-down roping world champion to hail from Brazil, is already leading the way in the tie-down roping with $16,784.68, and four-time consecutive world champion bull rider Sage Kimzey has earned $29,344.83 to lead the bull riding.

Bareback rider Bill Tutor sits atop the standings in his event with $19,663.35 in 2018 earnings. The Huntsville, Texas, cowboy missed the NFR in 2016 by just one spot in the standings, before coming back to qualify for his first NFR last year.

It appears he’s got the bug and wasting no time on his hunt for his second qualification to rodeo’s pinnacle event.

Canadian high-point champion Curtis Cassidy leads the way in the steer wrestling standings with $18,141.83. Cassidy has had a successful CPRA and PRCA career with 33 CFR qualifications (steer wrestling and tie-down roping) and five NFR qualifications.

Clay Smith and Paul Eaves teamed up in 2015 and have been a winning combination ever since; Eaves has now made six consecutive NFR qualifications, and Smith has qualified each year since the two got together. 2018 is looking like another great year with $20,763.02 each to lead the team roping standings.

The 2015 world champion saddle bronc rider Jacobs Crawley has also been off to a good start in the 2018 rodeo season with the most money won in his event at $19,214.78. Looking over to the WPRA standings, barrel racer Taci Bettis of Round Top, Texas, has had a strong showing with $24,061.66 in the bank and leading the way. 

Logan Bird: Back In Action And Stringing From The Belt For The American

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Just two and a half months after Logan Bird was involved in a single-vehicle accident that could have potentially ended his life, the 2017 Canadian champion tie-down roper is back in action. 

Bear Pascoe Trades Football Cleats For Cowboy Boots At The American

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The last time McKenna Sean “Bear” Pascoe entered AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, he was wearing cleats. The next time he enters the stadium it will be wearing cowboy boots. 

How To Win RFD-TV’s The American, Presented By Dish

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Hundreds of competitors will soon descend upon the Fort Worth, Texas, area for RFD-TV’s The American, presented by Dish, with the semi finals at Cowtown Coliseum in Fort Worth on Feb. 20-24 and the finals at AT&T Stadium in Arlington on Feb. 25. 

Around The World: Who Traveled The Farthest To Get To The American?

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How far would you travel in the hopes of winning a share of over $2 million?

FloRodeo to Live Stream RFD-TV’s The AMERICAN, Presented by Dish

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AUSTIN, Texas -- February 12, 2018 -- FloSports, the innovator in live digital sports and original content, today announced an exclusive partnership with RFD-TV’s The AMERICAN to live stream the Semi-Finals and Finals. Known as The World’s Richest One-Day Rodeo, the top rodeo competitors from around the world compete for $2,500,000.

Will Jess Lockwood Become The Youngest Champion Of The American?

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As of 2017, the youngest competitor to ever win RFD-TV’s The American, presented by Dish was the very first winner of the event. Richmond Champion took home the bareback title and full $1 million bonus in 2014 at the age of 21. 

Top Draws: Frontier Rodeo Company's Show Stomper And Maple Leaf

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Frontier Rodeo Company has produced some of the top horses in the professional rodeo game for many years — notably saddle bronc horse “Medicine Woman” and bareback horse “Full Baggage,” who have earned a combined total of six PRCA stock of the year awards.

$40,000 Per Second: The Numbers Of The American

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When it comes to numbers, RFD-TV’s The American, presented by Dish goes big: hundreds of contestants spread all over a large area of the U.S., Canada, and even Brazil, and the biggest one-day payout in rodeo.

The American: Stories Of David vs Goliath

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RFD-TV’s The American, presented by Dish is a unique event because it brings together matchups that you would never get to see within just any rodeo circuit. All are welcome at the world’s richest one-day rodeo where legends, current champions, unknowns, and up-and-comers from many different associations and avenues meet to see who will walk away with the multi-millions up for grabs. 

Black Hills Stock Show And Rodeo: Broncs For Breakfast And Burch Horses

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What are you doing for breakfast? Sipping your coffee? Having your bacon and eggs maybe?