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AMARILLO OPEN UPDATE:

PRS Staff | April 27, 2015

During the performance on Saturday, April 25, 2015 there was an unfortunate accident involving one of Joe Wimberly's bulls.

While bucking, the bull suffered a life-threatening injury and was euthanized. Production Executive and World Champion Cowboy Kelly Timberman said, "The PRS laments the loss of the bull. Rough stock rodeo is a very physical and dangerous sport and injuries to riders are a risk they willingly accept. It is very rare but no less unfortunate that our animal athletes also sustain career ending and in some cases life threatening injuries."

"WOW was a 10 year old bull and I'd raised him from a calf," said stock contractor, Joe Wimberly, WOW's owner. "It was an emotional situation and extremely difficult for everyone involved."

"Spectator, contestant and animal safety has always been a priority at the PRS," said Todd Marsh DVM, CEO of the Professional Rough Stock Series. "Although injuries to the cowboys occur frequently, less than one out of every thousand buck outs results in significant injuries to our animal athletes. Furthermore, career ending and life threatening complications are extremely rare in rough stock rodeo. We are all saddened at the loss of 'WOW'. Immediately following his injury, the owner and our staff had multiple consultations with large animal veterinary surgeons and took into careful consideration of the complications when determining how to proceed."

"In our efforts to continuously improve our processes, we are always reviewing our internal policies and will make adjustments as necessary with the continued focus on safety for our fans, cowboys, staff and animal athletes," said Marsh.

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The 2015 Road to the American

The stage is set for THE AMERICAN; the largest, richest one-day rodeo in the history of the sport. Five bareback and five saddle bronc riders from each of the five qualifiers will earn a trip to The American semi-finals. New for 2015 are qualifiers from the National HS Finals, National Collegiate Finals and the Calgary Stampede. From the semi-finals, the top five finishers in bareback and saddle bronc riding will advance to AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas for The American, March 1st, 2015.

SOMETHING ELSE NEW FOR 2015: For the first time, the Pro Rough Stock World Champions in bareback and saddle bronc, to be crowned in February, will earn an automatic berth directly into The AMERICAN at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX, March 1, 2015. These riders will not be eligible for the $1 million dollar bonus.

Also, the second and third place finishers at the PRS World Finals will earn a berth to The AMERICAN semi-finals in Ft. Worth, TX

The infographic below outlines the path to The AMERICAN. Below the graphic are the current qualifiers through the PRS system.

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Amarillo, TX Qualifiers:

Bareback   SCORE
Steven Dent Mullen, NE 90.0
Chris Harris Itasca, TX 85.0
Taylor Broussard Estherwood, LA 81.0
Taylor Price Huntsville, TX 80.5
Cimmaron Gerke Brighton, CO 80.0
Saddle Bronc   SCORE
Shade Etbauer Goodwell, OK 86.5
Jesse Kirby Dodge City, KS 86.0
Ty Atchison Colony, OK 82.0
Dalton Davis Holcomb, KS 81.0
Preston Burr Stratford, TX 80.0
Rapid City Qualifiers:
Bareback   SCORE
Chad Rutherford Itasca TX 83
Joe Gunderson Agar SD 81.5
Jared Keylon Uniontown KS 80.5
Winn Ratliff Leesville LA 79
Bill Tutor Huntsville TX 77.5
Saddle Bronc   SCORE
Steven Dent Mullen NE 80
Jesse Bail Camp Crook SD 75.5
Layton Green Meeting Creek AB CA 73
Nat Stratton Goodwell OK 67.5
Clint Hopping Franklin TX 67
Salina, KS Qualifiers:
Bareback   SCORE
Tilden Hooper Carthage TX 88
Cameron Hopper McCall ID 85
Tanner Burgener Douglas WY 79.5
Hunter Carter Kissimmee FL 79
Brian Bain Redmond OR 75.5
Saddle Bronc   SCORE
Troy Crowser Whitewood SD 85.5
Allen Boone Axtell UT 82
Dylan Henson Weatherford OK 81
Wyatt Thurston Hyannis NE 77.5
Dustin Moody Visali CA 75.5
Loveland, CO Qualifiers:
Bareback   SCORE
A.J. Coletti Pueblo, CO 82.0
Tyler Nelson Victor, ID 80.0
Seth Hardwick Laramie, WY 80.0
Josi Young Buhl, ID 79.0
Ryan Gray Reardan, WA 79.0
Saddle Bronc   SCORE
Zeke Thurston Hyannis, NE 84.0
Tyrell Smith Cascade, MT 79.0
Luke Butterfield Panoka, AB 75.0
Erik Wolford Belle Fourche, SD 74.0
Ray Tom Meiers Mills, WY 73.0


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The stage is set for THE AMERICAN; the largest, richest one-day rodeo in the history of the sport. Each one of these world-class athletes will hope to compete for their share of the largest single day payout in the history of the sport. Five bareback and five saddle bronc riders from each of the five qualifiers will earn a trip to The American semi-finals. From there, the top five finishers in bareback and saddle bronc riding will advance to AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas for The American, March 1st, 2015.

 

NEW FOR 2015: For the first time, the Pro Rough Stock World Champions in bareback and saddle bronc, to be crowned in February, will earn an automatic berth directly into The AMERICAN at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX, March 1, 2015. These riders will not be eligible for the $1 million dollar bonus.

Also, the second and third place finishers at the PRS World Finals will earn a berth to The AMERICAN semi-finals in Ft. Worth, TX.

 

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