The American finals to include strong local cast

Stephenville header Luke Brown, right, at the NFR, is currently No. 1 in the PRCA team roping header standings. || Courtesy DUDLEY BARKER/


STEPHENVILLE (February 24, 2016) — The Cowboy Capital of the World and surrounding area will be represented by 17 local athletes, 12 of them team ropers, at the RFD-TV The American Sunday at AT&T Stadium.

Promoted as the richest one-day rodeo in the world, The American finals welcomes the top 10 in the final 2015 PRCA World Standings as automatic qualifiers and other competitors who have endured a qualifying process. Those without automatic qualifications are considered challengers to those in the top 10, and any event champions from the challengers’ pool will split a $1 million bonus.



In the first year of The American, Tarleton State University bareback rider Richie Champion won as a challenger. He went on to reach the 2014 National Finals Rodeo. Last year, former Tarleton tie-down roper Reese Riemer split the $1 million bonus.

Winners in each event, regardless how they qualified, earns $100,000 that is not applicable to the PRCA World Standings.



Here is a list of the local qualifiers for the finals at the 2016 RFD-TV The American:

Team Ropers:

Semifinal qualifiers:

Paul Eaves, Huckabay

Blaine Vic, Dublin

Dakota Kirchenschlager Morgan Mill

David Key, Stephenville

Top 10 qualifiers:

Luke Brown, Stephenville

Kollin VonAhn, Stephenville

Chad Masters, Lipan

Patrick Smith, Lipan

Jake Long, Morgan Mill

Kory Koontz, Huckabay

Jade Corkill, Huckabay

Travis Graves, Stephenville



Saddle Bronc:

Top 10 qualifiers:

Jacobs Crawley, Stephenville

Isaac Diaz, Desdemona

Cort Scheer, Huckabay

Tie-Down Roping:

Top 10 qualifiers:

Marty Yates

Sterling Smith


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