The 2023 American Rodeo in Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, will show off the skills of 10 of the best head horses in the sport—with some vying for a $1-million payday.
Erich Rogers is a Contender—a returning champ riding the only mare in the field named Popular And Famous. She’s also the youngest in the field at 9.
Kaleb Driggers will ride the oldest horse in the field at 19‚ the great Transmission owned by Clint Summers. Both Rhen Richard and Contender Cooper White will ride grade horses. JR Dees opts for straight run on his horse’s papers, and so does Andrew Ward. Clay Smith and Rogers both gofer a run-cow cross.
Kaleb Driggers & WSR Hesa Alive
The back-to-back World Champion header Driggers will borrow Clint Summers‘ WSR Hesa Alive, raised by Western States Ranches and made by the Jay and Randon Adams. Driggers jumped on ‘Transmission’ in San Antonio, too, where he made the short round.
Tanner Tomlinson & O Lena Cee Booge Red
This is Tomlinson’s gray that he rode all regular season in 2022 and now in 2023.
Clay Tryan Undecided
Clay has yet to choose his mount for the 2023 American Rodeo.
Ward will get back on the horse he won last year’s American Rodeo aboard—the same horse he’s done most of his winning with, including the 2023 Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo, 2022 Lone Star Shootout and Reno Open and the 2021 NFR average.
JR Dees & Prince Of Ivory
Cody Snow sold JR Dees this speed-demon head horse.
Clay Smith & Chief Quanah Parker
Rhen Richard & Rich
Sadly, “Rich” is grade. We know—weird. Rhen rides a good one no matter what, though.
Erich Rogers & Popular And Famous
Cooper White & Hippie
Brenten Hall & Baylite Buster
Hall’s “TimeBomb” is the quirky bay that’s put the Jay, Oklahoma header on the map.