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Pedro Egurrola and Little Michael Calmelat Jr. Win First of Three 2024 American Rodeo Contender Tournament Region Finals
Five teams have punched their tickets to The American Contender Tournament Finals after The American Contender Tournament West Region Finals in Las Vegas.
Pedro Egurrola and Michael Calmelat Jr. earned $10,000 for The American Western Regional Finals win in Las Vegas. | Courtesy The American Rodeo

After three days of action in Las Vegas, The American Contender Tournament West Region Finals closed out Jan. 13, 2024, with five teams punching their tickets to The American Contender Tournament Finals.

  1. Pedro Egurrola/Lilttle Michael Camelot Jr.
  2. Aaron Tsinigine/Denton Dunning
  3. Jake Clay/ Trey Yates
  4. Levi Simpson/Logan Cullen
  5. Tanner Tomlinson/Patrick Smith
Pedro Egurrola and Michael Calmelat Jr. winning The American Western Regional Finals in Las Vegas. | Courtesy The American Rodeo

The American Contender Tournament West Region Finals was the first of three Region Finals (West, Central, East).  The American Central Region Finals are up next in Oklahoma City this weekend, Jan. 18-20. The East Region Finals will round out the Contender Tournament Region Finals Jan. 25-27 in Lexington, Kentucky.

The top five contenders from all three regions will then compete in the Taylor Telecom Arena in Abilene Saturday, Feb. 10, for the chance to compete in The American Rodeo March 9.

What is the American Rodeo Contender Tournament?

The American Contender Tournament West, Central and East Regional Semi-Finals attract qualifiers from both coasts as well as the Central United States to compete in the re-imagined tournament style format in hopes of making it all the way to The Crown Jewel of Rodeo™ —The American Rodeo 2024.

In 2023, more than 2,500 rodeo athletes competed across the country to vie for a chance at the $1-million bonus on the line if they made it to The American Rodeo, earning impressive money along the way. Guaranteed prize money is upwards of $540,000 for the Regional Semi-Finals and Finals.

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