The 2024 American Rodeo Contender Tournament Region Finals series wrapped up in Lexington, Kentucky, Jan. 25-27, and the team roping is set for The American Contender Tournament Finals in Abilene, Texas, Feb. 10, 2024.
Between the three region finals—West, Central and East—15 teams secured their spots in Abilene. That 15 will be whittled down to five that will rope for a $1 million payday at The American Rodeo in Arlington, Texas, March 9.
Here’s who is roping in Abilene.
|Pedro Egurrola / Lilttle Michael Camelot Jr.
|Aaron Tsinigine / Denton Dunning
|Jake Clay / Trey Yates
|Levi Simpson / Logan Cullen
|Tanner Tomlinson / Patrick Smith
|Dawson Graham / Dillon Graham
|Kaleb Driggers /Junior Nogueria
|Shay Carroll / Logan Moore
|Coy Rahlmann / Billie Jack Saebens
|Clay Smith / Nicky Northcott
|Dustin Egusquiza / Travis Graves
|Ross Mitchell / Cole Walker
|Erich Rogers / Paul Eaves
|Coleman Proctor / Levi Lord
|Brenten Hall / Kaden Profili
How’s that $1 million work?
The American Rodeo will feature 10 competitors in each event. Five are invited based on world standings and 2023 American Rodeo finishes, and five are from the American Contender Finals in Abilene. The champion in each discipline will earn $100,000.
The $1 million comes into play for those who advanced through the Contender Tournament. If a contender wins at The American Rodeo on Mar. 9, they’re set to split $1 million with any other contender champions.
In 2023, Jackie Crawford won The American Rodeo after qualifying through the Contender Tournament, and split the $1 million prize with calf roper Ty Harris, who was also a contender. Crawford went home with $600,000 that day ($100,000 for the event win plus half of the $1 million).
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.