Tanner Butner riding in THE AMERICAN rodeo in March 2021.
Tanner Butner, showing
livestock, Sublette County Fair in 2006.
by Pinedale Online!
March 8, 2021
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Tanner Butner competes in THE AMERICAN
Tanner Butner, from Daniel, Wyoming, has been rodeoing most of his life. We’ve been taking pictures of him at the local rodeos and fairs for years, from showing 4-H cattle and sheep, roping, riding mini broncs to bareback, and on to high school rodeos. In 2015 he competed in rodeo as a freshman for the Central Wyoming College rodeo team. In 2016 he began at University of Montana Western and was on the UMW Rodeo Club and Team. As an adult he has continued his love for bareback and saddle bronc riding. He began his ProRodeo rookie year in 2020.
Now, in 2021 at age 23, he made it to compete in The American rodeo competition. He made it to the semi-finals on March 4th and scored 168.25 on two horses to place 4th in the semi-finals. He got 81.75 was the second ride. He moved on to The American to ride on Saturday, March 6th. He placed 9th, with a score of 82.50, just missing being within the eight places to move on in the finals. By advancing to the finals he was eligible to win $1,000,000.
THE AMERICAN Semi-Finals were held at Cowtown Coliseum in the Historic Fort Worth Stockyards. Approximately 700 contests compete over four days for the chance to advance to THE AMERICAN and to compete for the $1,000,000 side pot.
RFD-TV’s THE AMERICAN is an annual event that occurs each year at the Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. THE AMERICAN is now "the world’s richest weekend in Western Sports" and will pay out $2.35 million through a series of qualifiers, the Semifinals, and the final event, RFD-TV’s THE AMERICAN. The Top 10 from the previous year's final PRCA standings automatically qualify for the next year's AMERICAN and they are pitted against underdogs who advance from The American Semifinals to battle for the biggest single paycheck of their lives. This year, THE AMERICAN Rodeo will take place March 6 and 7. The Semi-Finals began on Feb. 25.
THE AMERICAN invites the top rodeo athletes in seven events from the PRCA to compete for a $2.35 million purse in the home of the Dallas Cowboys. Anyone can qualify via the Semifinals. Any contestant who advances from the semis to THE AMERICAN and wins the entire rodeo will split a bonus of $1 million with their fellow cowboys and cowgirls who qualify through the semifinals.
There are three ways to qualify for competition in THE AMERICAN:
1. The top contestants in the world receive invitations.
2. A handful of exemptions are also offered to the brightest stars in the sport.
3. Hopeful contestants can pay an entry fee to compete at "qualifiers" throughout the year sanctioned by PRCA, Better Barrel Races and Ultimate Calf Roping. In past years, nearly 4,000 entries competed at 70 qualifying events to make THE AMERICAN Semifinals. Typically, the 700 athletes who qualify for the semifinals are competing for about 40 spots total in THE AMERICAN.
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