The American Rodeo always manages to make history, and this year was no exception. Here are the results for this year’s American Weekend at Arlington's Globe Life Field.
The competition was fierce and the entertainment was hot. If we had to sum this year’s rodeo, we’d say it was all about the underdogs taking the day. With a total purse of more than $6 million, the stage was set for a hard-earned win.
While the rodeo featured some of the sport’s most notable athletes, a new tournament format with a slew of qualifying events gave room to newer and lesser-known athletes to earn a spot in the Contender Tournament Finals prior to the American Weekend. The contenders of each event then made their way to the main arena where they competed for their discipline’s $100,000 in prize money, with a million-dollar bonus. How’s that for high stakes?
Here's who came away with the biggest purses at the 2023 American Rodeo.
Bareback Riding: Kaycee Feild took top spot with his 90.5 finals score, making this his third American Rodeo championship title.
Steer Wrestling: With a 0.06-second margin of victory, Tyler Waguespack took home a $100,000 check for his 3.83-second run.
Team Roping: Five-time title winning duo Kaleb Driggers and Junior Nogueira claimed another championship title with their clean 3.61-second run in the Final Shootout Round.
Saddle Bronc: After a riveting tie between Stetson Wright and Dawson Hay led to the first tie-breaking ride-off in American Rodeo history, Wright came out victorious with a score of 89.5.
Breakaway Roping: Rodeo great Jackie Crawford became the first million-dollar cowgirl in breakaway roping after stunning with a 1.86-second score.
Tie-Down Roping: Securing his share of Jackie Crawford’s million dollars, Ty Harris dominated the Final Shootout Round with a score of 7.22.
Barrel Racing: Swinging by for her third American Rodeo win, Lisa Lockhart wowed the crowd with a 15.248-second run.
Bull Riding: As if a saddle bronc win wasn’t enough, Stetson Wright made history with a record score of 92 points, making him the first athlete to win two events in a single American Rodeo. Wright pocketed another $100,000 and nabbed the title of All-Around Champion.
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