The American Rodeo - 2021
The end of February and into the first week of March is one of the biggest times of the year for amateur and professional rodeo contestants, jackpotters, and youth rodeo competitors. As rodeo athletes and their equine partners descend on the DFW area, from all across the country, cowboy and cowgirls will be competing at the American Semi-Finals, in the historic Cowtown Coliseum, for their chance to butt heads with the top ten in the world in their respective rodeo disciplines at RFD-TV’s American Rodeo, held at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. Competitors who make their way to AT&T will be eligible for their part of $1,000,000 if they make their way all the way through and win their event.
Jackpotters are also making their way to Fort Worth and will be competing at The Patriot in a variety of events that include team roping, barrel racing, breakaway roping, tie-down roping, pole bending, and goat tying. The Patriot claims to be America’s richest combined equine event. The team roping is the only event at The Patriot that has qualifiers throughout the year. All of the other events are open to members of the respective event associations that are sanctioning them. With added money in each of the events, and multiple divisions in each, they’re sure to attract some of the best competitors and horses, from professionals to youth.
The youth rodeo competitors will also have their chance to win some large chunks of change with events at The Patriot and the Jr. American. Top youth competitors in the Jr. American, age 19 and under, will get a chance to shine under the lights of the Will Rogers Coliseum, which has hosted some of the most elite equine events, the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo, the World’s Greatest Horseman, and the NCHA Cutting Horse Futurity, to name a few. The youth events include team roping, barrel racing, breakaway roping, tie-down roping, pole bending, and goat tying, as well as bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, and bull riding. With over $630,000 paid out at las year’s Jr. American Finals, the Jr. American is one of the richest youth events in the country.
With all the events going on in North Texas during this time, it is the place to be for rodeo competitors and enthusiasts, alike, and NRS invites you to make the short drive north to Decatur for anything you might need and to check out the ranch and All Things Western.