MESQUITE, Texas — There have been few opportunities ever in the sport of rodeo or bull riding to win $1,000,000 at a single event or for a single ride.
Next weekend in Arlington at AT&T Stadium, a short list of contestants have that opportunity. One man from Canada who’s got a chance is Tanner Byrne, he qualified via a PBR last month in Pueblo, Colorado.
One of his best friends, Ty Pozzobon, lead the event in Mesquite after yesterday which could have landed him there too. Unfortunately for Ty tonight, Clayton Baethge was 90 points, pushing him back. Both Pozzobon and Zane Lambert were bucked off tonight at the PBR Built Ford Tough Series event in Kansas City.
Depending on how many of the qualifiers win their respective events next Sunday, they will split that top prize. One would mean they get it all, two would mean $500,000 each and so on. For those who were invited directly to the event, minus the exemptions, there is $100,000 on the line to win and $25,000 for second.
A couple Canadian contestants who qualified for this weekend’s semifinals have already gone and won’t be moving on to next weekend. Barrel Racers Nina Smith and Katie Garthwaite are two. Katie had a rough go with her horse slipping on the first barrel and then knocking second, Nina sits sixth after tonight and won’t move on as only the top five advance from this weekend’s events. There are also more contestants up tomorrow.
Colin Adams is in that sixth spot in the bareback, unfortunately coming up short. On the other side of things, bronc rider Tyrel Larsen sits in third place with 14 riders left to compete tomorrow. He’s got a chance.
Fred Whitfield and Joe Beaver had a match tonight in Mesquite. Whitfield turned out of San Antonio’s finals for the opportunity, this was his tweet.
23 years 3 million one day 1 million#decisionmade
— Fred Whitfield (@8XWhitfield) February 22, 2014
Stay tuned for more as the results are sent out. For more, visit this link: http://www.rfdtv.com/story/23710465/the-american-results-page