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The American Semi-Finals Rodeo kicks off week long celebration

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The American Semi-Finals Rodeo held in historic Fort Worth Stockyards will kick off a week long celebration of the Western lifestyle that is unlike any other. 
Free entertainment for fans of all ages will be available in the Fan Zone prior to the three action-packed rodeo performances which begin at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15 – 17. Nearly 3,500 rodeo contestants from around the world have competed at qualifying events hoping to advance to The American Semi-Finals where nearly $1 million in prize money will be paid.
The best contestants in bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, barrel racing and bull riding will leave Fort Worth with a good paycheck. They will also earn a chance to compete at RFD-TV’s The American presented by Polaris RANGER on Sunday, Feb. 19 at AT&T Stadium in nearby Arlington. Many of today’s top rodeo athletes are already on the semi-finals contestant roster. Nowhere else will fans be able to watch seasoned v…

Jess Lockwood Wins Third Career PBR Event in Sacramento

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Red Hot 2016 Rookie of the Year Extends his Lead in World Standings

SACRAMENTO, Calif. –19-year-old phenom Jess Lockwood (Volborg, Montana) was on a mission to continue his spectacular start to the 2017 season as he rode his way to his third career PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Built Ford Tough Series (BFTS) event win at the Frontier Communications Sacramento Clash Sunday afternoon at the Golden 1 Center. The dramatic three-day event was the highest attended one in the 14-year history of PBR traveling to Sacramento, including a sell-out on Saturday night.
Lockwood fended off two-time World Champion J.B. Mauney (Statesville, North Carolina) by .25 points in the championship round to edge ahead in the event average, propelling him to the event victory. The rookie went a perfect 4-for-4 for the second time this season and sealed the victory with a 90-point ride on BC Circular Insanity (Dakota Rodeo/Chad Berger/Clay Struve/H&C Bucking Bulls) to win the championship round.…

Cody Teel takes Velocity Tour win in Roanoke

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Cody Teel (Kountze, Texas) captured his first Professional Bull Riders (PBR) Real Time Pain Relief Velocity Tour (RVT) event victory Saturday night with a total score of 258.5 points inside the Berglund Center.
Teel went 3-for-3 and was leading the event after Round 1 on Friday night. He secured the victory with an 85.5-point ride on Slappy (Torres Bucking Bulls) in Round 2, and an 86-point ride on Pitch Black (Mike Miller Bucking Bulls) in the championship round. With the win, Teel earned 80 points toward the PBR world standings and an invitation to the Built Ford Tough Series’ Frontier Communications Iron Cowboy in Arlington, Texas, on Feb. 18.
Robson Aragao (Aracaju, Brazil) also covered all three of his bulls and finished in second place with 246.5 points. He earned 50 points toward the world standings. Brennon Eldred (Sulphur, Oklahoma) finished in third place with 173 points, and Tye Chandler (Celina, Texas) and Matt Werries (Jacksonville, Illinois) tied for fourth place…

Eduardo Aparecido in front of Sold-Out Crowd in Sacramento CA at Golden 1 Center Dominates 15/15 Bucking Battle

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In front of a sold-out crowd, Eduardo Aparecido (Gouvelandia, Brazil) rode his way to victory in the 15/15 Bucking Battle at the Professional Bull Riders Frontier Communications Sacramento Clash Saturday night at Golden 1 Center. 


Aparecido rode Jack Shot (D&H Cattle Company/David Huffman) for 90.25 points to win the special round. It was Aparecido’s first 90-point ride since 2015 and secured him 150 points toward the world standings along with $7,000.
2016 World Champion Cooper Davis (Jasper, Texas) continued his hot streak by finishing second in the special round. Davis covered Cooper Tires Brown Sugar (Dakota Rodeo/Chad Berger/Clay Struve) for 89.5 points and picked up an extra 90 points toward the world standings along with a $5,000 payout.
Kaique Pacheco (Itatiba, Brazil), Mike Lee (Paradise, Texas) and Chase Outlaw (Hamburg, Arkansas) all tied for third place in the 15/15 Bucking Battle after identical 87-point rides. Pacheco covered Chocolate Shake (D&H Cattle Com…

Sophie Wells MBE, Champion Hat Fitting

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Sophomore BFTS rider Kolbaba picks up win at PBR’s Express Employment Professionals Invitational

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Seals victory with 92-point ride on defending PBR World Champion Bull SweetPro’s Bruiser
After 11 riders were tossed in the Built Ford Tough Championship Round it came down to sophomore rider 20-year-old Derek Kolbaba, and he delivered. Capping a career performance and winning the PBR’s (Professional Bull Riders) Express Employment Professionals Invitational Sunday afternoon in Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Kolbaba went 3-for-3 in Oklahoma City and sealed his performance with a monster 92-point ride on the 2016 reigning PBR World Champion Bull, SweetPro’s Bruiser (D&H Cattle Co./Buck Cattle Co.). The ride was the highest score of Kolbaba’s Built Ford Tough Series career and ended Bruiser’s 14 consecutive BFTS buckoff streak that dated back to January of last year in Oklahoma City.
Kolbaba earned 565 total world points over the weekend and moves up to third place in the world standings. He also earned $45,078.97 over the weekend. Kolbaba now trails current world leader, and…

Rookie Turns in Record Breaking Performance at Hobbs Tuff Hedeman CBR

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Eighteen year old rookie bull rider Boudreaux Campbell had one of the biggest nights of his life as he piloted three bulls to the inner’s circle at the Hobbs Tuff Hedeman Championship Bull Riding held Saturday night at the Lea County Events Center. 

“Keep it simple don’t overthink it, go at with everything you got each time and put the time and effort into it because it is a serious game we are playing,” said the young bull rider from Crockett, Texas who seemed relieved to get his first win on the Road to Cheyenne.
Four time World Champion and Pro Rodeo Hall of Famer Tuff Hedeman has been producing top rated events for over 30 years and pulled out all the stops for the CBR’s annual trip to Hobbs.
With three World Champions and ten Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifiers on the roster the restless crowd witnessed a total of twenty-five qualified rides with all three top ranked bull riders in the CBR World Standings putting out remarkable effort to ride all three of …

Barbosa wins second career PBR event with perfect performance in Chicago

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Veteran Brazilian Rubens Barbosa (Iacaira, Brazil) ran the table on his way to victory in the PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Chicago Invitational Sunday afternoon at Allstate Arena.
Barbosa turned in a 90.25-point ride on Cooper Tires Brown Sugar (Dakota Rodeo-Berber/Struve) to win the Built Ford Tough Championship Round and cap a perfect 4-for-4 performance. It was the first time Barbosa has covered all his bulls at a Built Ford Tough Series (BFTS) event as it was his first BFTS event win since 2015 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Barbosa leaves Chicago the second ranked bull rider in the PBR World Standings after earning a total of 745 world points Sunday along with a $40,330 paycheck. 19-year-old phenom Jess Lockwood (Volborg, Montana) continued to pick up points after finishing fifth in Chicago. Lockwood went 3-for-4 in the Windy City and capped his weekend by gritting through an 81.25-point ride on Modified Clyde (Dakota Rodeo-Berger/Struve) in the championship roun…

Mike Lee wins first PBR 15/15 Bucking Battle of the 2017 season

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The first PBR (Professional Bull Riders) 15/15 Bucking Battle of the 2017 season went to a savvy veteran as 2004 PBR World Champion Mike Lee (Decatur, Texas) claimed the victory Friday night at   Allstate Arena immediately after Round 1 of the Chicago Invitational. 
Lee earned the victory after an 87.75-point ride on Handsome Jeff (K-C/Josie McElroy Bucking Bulls/Spark-lin Acres) and picked up 150 PBR World Standings points for the finish in the special round along with a payout of $8,666.67. He also earned 45 world points and $1,650 for tying for third place in Round 1 after riding Beast of Burden (Dakota Rodeo/Chad Berger/Clay Struve/H&C Bucking Bulls) for 85.75 points earlier in the evening. Eduardo Aparecido (Gouvelandia, Brazil) was not far behind, turning in an 87.25-point trip aboard Big Cat (Dakota Rodeo/Struve/Berger/Heald) to finish second in the special round. He earned 90 points toward the world standings along with $6,666.67. Joao Ricardo Vieira (Itatinga, Bra…

Kaique Pacheco wins the 2017 PBR Velocity Tour event in Denver, CO

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Kaique Pacheco is feeling this year in many ways. Pacheco won his first event of 2017, the PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Real Time Pain Relief Velocity Tour (RVT) event in Denver at the Western Stock Show on Wednesday night.


The 2015 PBR Rookie of the Year, Pacheco is trying to win his first World Championship this season after finishing runner-up in his first two years on American soil. Pacheco (3-for-3) capped off his Velocity Tour victory Wednesday with a 91-point ride on Jack Shot. “I am very happy I had a good draw and good bulls,” Pacheco said with the help of Silvano Alves translating. “I rode all of my bulls here. I have been consistently strong. I bucked off two bulls to start the year, but it is no problem. I fixed the small things. I am very happy because I have more confidence to ride all of the bulls.” Pacheco earned 80 points toward the PBR World Standings with the victory. He is sixth in the world standings. He also took home a paycheck of $28,967.55. Jake Gow…

Cody Heffernan win Tuesday night at PBR’s Velocity Tour event in Denver, CO

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Tuesday night the PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Real Time Pain Relief Velocity Tour (RVT) event at Denver’s National Western Stock Show featured an international showdown between 2008 World Champion Guilherme Marchi and 2016 PBR Australia Champion Cody Heffernan in a bonus bull match.


Heffernan came out on top after an 86-point ride on Freckled Fire. Heffernan had already won night two of the competition (86 points on Rock Bottom), but his second ride on Tuesday made him $5,000 richer. “Yeah, that’s a great Tuesday,” Heffernan said. “That first bull faked left, went right and it did really feel good. I got that bonus bull and now I’m full of confidence.” It was a solid night’s work for a rider who arrived on the Built Ford Tough Series (BFTS) last year full of promise after achieving his goal of winning the Australian title. He struggled in 2016, going 6-for-38 on the BFTS, but competed for the Built Ford Tough World Finals as an alternate and has been working on building …

Sage Kimzey becomes PRCA's youngest millionaire

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The new year is still young, but bull rider Sage Kimzey is already making more history.
Thanks to the $5,955 Kimzey won in the 2017 world standings - which he earned in October and November of 2016 - he surpassed the million-dollar mark in career earnings with $1,003,819.

Kimzey became the PRCA's youngest millionaire at 22 years, three months, two weeks old, retroactive to the final day of the 2016 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER, Dec. 10. The previous youngest PRCA millionaire was Tuf Cooper at 23 years, 22 days. "Any time you get to rewrite the record books it's always pretty special," Kimzey said. "This is something I wanted to do after I had my great rookie season. Any time you can earn a million doing anything, it is pretty incredible, but to do it at 22 years old is awesome. To be the youngest guy ever to do it shows that our sport is progressing and is getting better all the time." Kimzey has won the past three cons…

RODEOHOUSTON® WELCOMES 11 NEWCOMMERS TO THE ROTATING STAGE IN 2017

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A mix of soulful blues, pop/dance music and traditional country tunes will grace NRG Stadium March 7 – 26 as the 21 entertainers set to perform at RODEOHOUSTON represent diverse musical genres.



    STAR ENTERTAINMENT The 2017 entertainment lineup is one of the most awarded in RODEOHOUSTON history, with a collective 209 music industry accolades, three hall of fame inductees, and three Grand Ole Opry members. 










Tuesday, March 7– First Responders Day, presented by BP ................ Aaron Watson Wednesday, March 8* – Armed Forces Appreciation Day,
presented by BHP Billiton ...... ..... Old Dominion
Thursday, March....................................... Chris Stapleton Friday, March 10 – Black Heritage Day, presented by Kroger ...................... Alicia Keys Saturday, March 11 ............................................................. Alan Jackso…

Sage Kimzey Wins Oklahoma Shoot Out at 2017 Inaugural CBR Battle on the Great Plains

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With a target on his back, the reigning CBR and PRCA World Champion Bull Rider, Sage Kimzey kept his number one ranking in Championship Bull Riding by converting enthusiasm from a hometown crowd into inspiration to win the first annual Battle on the Plains Bull Riding at the Central National Bank Center in Enid, Oklahoma.


“My home state has been awesome at supporting me from day one of my career, and it was special to win in front of them and my family,” said Kimzey who has not been on a bucking bull since the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas early in December. Kimzey, admittedly feeling nervous and anxious to get back into the arena, rode three bulls he had never seen or drawn before in competition and took home the Hyo Silver trophy buckle, an American Hat Company Western Hat, Fenoglio custom Boots and a check for $17,500. “My first bull, Rat Killer was a good one to get the ball back rolling and get a feel for everything again. And the second one was around to the left, and just…

Young phenom Lockwood wins first career major to open PBR 2017 season

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2016 PBR Rookie of the Year Jess Lockwood (Volborg, Montana) became the toast of New York City in winning the PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Monster Energy Buck Off at the Garden Sunday afternoon at Madison Square Garden, the “World’s Most Famous Arena”.

Lockwood gritted out a dramatic 82.25-point ride on Naughty List (Jenkins Cattle Co.) in the Built Ford Tough Championship Round, hanging onto the bull rope as he was thrown, beating the 8-second whistle by a fraction of a second, to cap off a 4-for-4 weekend claiming the first event title of the 2017 season. Lockwood earned 860 points toward the PBR world standings, and leaves New York the top-ranked bull rider in the world for the first time in his career.
Marco Eguchi (Poa, Brazil) finished second in New York after a 3-for-4 weekend. Eguchi won Round 3 after an 88-point ride on Machinery Auctioneer’s Little Joe (Rocking I Rodeo Co.), then rode Wicked (J.A.R.S. Bucking Bulls/Gene Owens) for 88.5-points to finish second in…

PBR Lockwood and Lowe take Round 1 in New York City

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The 2017 PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Built Ford Tough Series (BFTS) season opened with a bang as young guns 2016 Rookie of the Year Jess Lockwood (Volborg, Montana) along with Mason Lowe (Exeter, Missouri) split the victory in Round 1 of the Monster Energy Buck Off at the Garden Friday night at Madison Square Garden. 
Lockwood and Lowe secured the victory with a pair of 87.75-point scores. Lockwood rode Dennis The Menace (Rocking I Rodeo Co.) while Lowe covered Slick Rick (Rocking I Rodeo Co.). The pair both earned 100 points toward the PBR World Standings for the effort. Matt Triplett (Columbia Falls, Montana) recorded the first qualified ride of the 2017 season when the current No. 1 rider in the world covered Little Red Jacket (J.A.R.S. Bucking Bulls/Gene Owen) for 87 points. The ride secured a third place finish for Triplett in Round 1, earning him 60 points toward the world standings. Derek Kolbaba (Walla Walla, Washington) and Silvano Alves (Pilar Do Sul, Brazil) tied fo…

Rodeo’s $2 million “U.S. Open” Returns to AT&T Stadium February 19

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RFD-TV’s The American presented by Polaris RANGER returns to AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on February 19, 2017 as the home of the Dallas Cowboys hosts the world’s richest one-day rodeo for the fourth time.
With a total purse of $2 million dollars, The American among the top rodeos in North America. Winners and the runners-up in bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping (both heading and heeling), saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, barrel racing and bull riding win a share of $1 million prize money. There’s also an extra $1 million bonus purse and $250,000 in prizes. Top rodeo athletes from the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, Elite Rodeo Athletes, Women’s Professional Rodeo Association and Professional Bull Riders have accepted invitations to compete at The American on February 19. The roster of invitees includes newly crowned world champions as well as individuals with multiple world titles. The field will also include athletes that come through t…

Oklahoma’s Finest Head to Enid for Inaugural Battle on the Plains CBR Bull Riding

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Joe Frost, second cousin of the late World Champion Bull Rider Lane Frost returns to Championship Bull Riding for the first annual Battle on the Plains on Saturday, January 7, 2017 at the Central National Bank Center at 8 pm. The event is the first stop in 2017 of the CBR’s twelve month nationally televised Road to Cheyenne professional bull riding tour. Frost, a the three time National Finals Rodeo (NFR)qualifier and 2015 CBR event champion and World Finals qualifier rode four years for Oklahoma’s Panhandle State and now makes his home in Oklahoma. Frost has won $418,020.00 in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) as professional cowboy and finished fourth in the 2016 PRCA’s World Standings. In 2010, twenty nine years after Lane Frost won the National High School bull riding championship, Joe Frost, son of Lane’s Cousin Shane, won the title and moved to Oklahoma for his college turned pro bull riding career.     Joe Frost      Picture by: Todd Brewer
Oklahoma…