FORT WORTH, Texas – The hottest ticket in town is RFD-TV’S The American Semi-Finals! Cowtown Coliseum sold out to the rafters and contestants brought their ‘money or mud’ game hoping to get back to tomorrow’s Shoot Out Round at 1 p.m.

CUTLINE: After being knocked cold in San Antonio, then recovering to make the semi-finals, Heith DeMoss’s alter-ego, Danger DeMoss showed up tonight to put on a clinic aboard Big Bunny. The 85.5 point ride earned him first in tonight’s performance and sent him through to the Shoot Out round.
Photo credit: Andy Watson/Bullstock Media

BAREBACK RIDING: Jesse Pope and American Graffiti bested the field tonight with 84.5. Four-time world champion Kaycee Feild brought drama to the arena when his first horse resulted in a re-ride. He pulled out his signature style to be marked 81.25 on Boomer and earned his place in the Shoot Out round.
1.Jesse Pope, American Graffti, 84.5

2.Casey Colletti, Twister Sister, 81.5

3.Kaycee Feild, Boomer, 81.25

STEER WRESTLING: The steer wrestling got rapid tonight when Timmy Sparing and Shane Frey were fractions apart to be 1st and 2nd.

1.Timmy Sparing A, 3.34

2.Shane Frey, 3.37

3.Rowdy Parrot, 4.03

TEAM ROPING: Two-time NFR qualifier Wesley Thorp teamed up twice tonight as a header and a heeler to advance as first and third. Canadian Kolton Schmidt and Texan Cole Davidson teamed up to take second place with 5.01.

1.Wesley Thorp (2nd spot)/Seth Smithson, 4.75

2.Kolton Schmidt (2nd spot)/ Cole Davidson, 5.01

3.Speed Williams (2nd spot)/Wesley Thorp (2nd spot), 5.28

SADDLE BRONC RIDING: Heith DeMoss’s alter-ego, Danger DeMoss showed up tonight to put on a clinic aboard Big Bunny. While Wade Sundell didn’t place in the round, he scored a 78.5 to make it back to the Shoot Out round in spite of a broken stirrup.

1.Heith DeMoss, Big Bunny, 85.5

2.Issac Diaz, Tombstone, 80

3.Wade Sundell, 78.5

TIE DOWN ROPING: Running the same horse, Big Time, both 2017 Rookie of the Year Tyler Milligan and nine-time NFR qualifier Hunter Herrin placed in the top three tonight alongside Texan Ryan Thibodeaux who was 8.16 for second place.

1. Tyler Milligan B, 7.70

2.Ryan Thibodeaux, 8.16

3.Hunter Herrin, 8.47

BARREL RACING: Craig Brooks and Grandoise Guy rimmed three barrels without ever slowing up to run a 13.790, a time that will take them all the way to AT&T Stadium. In a heartbreaking slip that crashed the pair over the top of the first barrel ending his run for the money at this year’s event.

1.Craig Brooks, 13.790

2.Kylie Weast, 13.860

3.Makaela Memmott, 13.914

BULL RIDING: It was Brazilian night at Cowtown when both Luciano de Castro and Valdiron de Oliveira topped the field in the bull riding. Tomorrow’s Shoot Out won’t feature bull riding in Fort Worth due to the PBR performance of their Iron Cowboy major event at AT&T Stadium.

1. Luciano de Castro, 85.25

2.Valdiron de Oliveira, 84.75

3.Brennon Eldred, 83

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About RFD-TV’s The American, presented by DISH:
Taking place at Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium on Feb. 25, 2018, RFD-TV’s The American, presented by DISH is the richest single-day event in the history of rodeo. With $2 million on the line, the best athletes in the world will gather in Arlington, Texas to battle for the biggest single paycheck of their lives. The American invites the top athletes from the 2017 PRCA, WPRA and PBR world standings and pits them against underdogs who advance from the American Semi-Finals. If a nationally ranked athlete wins, the prize is $100,000, but if a qualifier from the Semi-Finals – or an athlete who earned an exemption – wins THE AMERICAN, that contestant shares in a $1 million bonus pool. For more information, please visit: and Follow us on Twitter: @RFDTVAMERICAN and find us on Facebook: To buy tickets, go to


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