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Who’s Going to the 2024 American Contender Tournament Finals in Abilene?
Here are the 15 teams that will compete in the American Contender Tournament Finals for a spot at The American.

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. West
Aaron Tsinigine / Denton Dunning West
Jake Clay / Trey Yates West
Levi Simpson / Logan CullenWest
Tanner Tomlinson / Patrick SmithWest
Dawson Graham / Dillon GrahamCentral
Kaleb Driggers /Junior Nogueria Central
Shay Carroll / Logan Moore Central
Coy Rahlmann / Billie Jack SaebensCentral
Clay Smith / Nicky NorthcottCentral
Dustin Egusquiza / Travis Graves East
Ross Mitchell / Cole Walker East
Erich Rogers / Paul Eaves East
Coleman Proctor / Levi Lord East
Brenten Hall / Kaden ProfiliEast

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.

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