The American Western Weekend kicked off March 8 with The American Performance Horseman, followed by The American Rodeo March 9. Follow along here for all the 2024 The American Rodeo barrel racing results, updates and stories.

Brandon Cullins Wins The American Rodeo Barrel Racing

March 9, 2024, (ARLINGTON, TEXAS) — After 10 years The American Rodeo officially has its first male barrel racing champion. Brandon Cullins aboard MJ Segers Fast Lane (The Goodbye Lane x SKS Running Faucet x Diamond Faucet), owned by Grant and Rayel Little, took home the $1.1 million The American Rodeo bonus money as the only Contender to win his event.

The Better Barrel Races sanctions the barrel racing competition at The American and The American Contender Tournament Finals where Cullins and “Seger” also topped the competition to earn a spot as a Contender to The American Rodeo. The duo came into The American Rodeo with confidence and as a multiple American Rodeo qualifier Cullins knows what it takes to be successful.

In the long round of The American on March 9 the top five from the Contender Tournament Finals battled against the top five of the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association for a chance to advance to the Final Four short round. Cullins and Seger turned in a time of 15.303 in the long round finishing second behind Emily Beisel and Ivory On Fire. 

As first on the ground in the Final Four, Cullins and Seger took a commanding lead with 15.173 to set the pace and ultimately win The American Rodeo Barrel Racing title. 

“I’ve been here six times and this is the first dollar I’ve ever won,” Cullins said. “This takes a lot of pressure off a lot of things. We’ve had a really good year, but this really helps finish it off. [My fiancé Emily Efurd and I] just moved a couple of years ago and we’re in the middle of building our place.”

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Brandon Cullins and MJ Segers Fast Lane earned The American Rodeo Barrel Racing championship. Photo by Kenneth Springer

The American Rodeo Barrel Racing Results:

Long Round: 1) Emily Beisel / Ivory On Fire / 15.205; 2) Brandon Cullins / MJ Segers Fast Lane / 15.303; 3/4) (tie) Rylee Jo Maryman / One Cupa Tees Sis / 15.428; 3/4) (tie) Lisa Lockhart / Rosas Cantina CC / 15.428; 5) Mindy Holloway / Heavens Got Credit / 15.487; 6) Emma Parr / DG Excuse My French / 15.621; 7) Kathy Grimes / KG Jukebox Hero / 15.754; 8) Jordon Briggs / High Cotton Lane / 16.018; 9) Brittany Tonozzi / SR Industry Titan / 20.639*; 10) Kassie Mowry / Famous Ladies Man / 25.660*

Advancing to Final Four: Emily Beisel, Brandon Cullins, Rylee Jo Maryman, Lisa Lockhart.

Final Four: 1) Brandon Cullins / MJ Segers Fast Lane / 15.173 / $100,000; 2) Emily Beisel / Ivory On Fire / 15.447 / $25,000; 3) Rylee Jo Maryman / One Cupa Tees Sis / 20.253* / $10,000*; 4) Lisa Lockhart / Rosas Cantina CC / 25.721* / $5,000.

The American Rodeo $1 Million Bonus: Brandon Cullins

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Emily Beisel and Ivory On Fire topped the long round at The American Rodeo with a 15.205, and finished second in the Final Four round with a 15.447, worth $25,000. Photo by Kenneth Springer

Meet the Contenders:

1. Brandon CullinsTopped the Central Region Finals before claiming the Contender Regional Finals.

Horse: MJ Segers Fast Lane (The Goodbye Lane x SKS Running Faucet x Diamond Faucet)

2. Kathy Grimes — Finished second at the West Region Contender Finals, and finished second at the Contender Regional Finals.

Horse: KG Jukebox Hero (Blazin Jetolena x KG Justiceweexpected x Judge Cash)

3. Mindy Holloway — Finished 10th in the East Regional Contender Finals, and third in the Contender Regional Finals.

Horse: Heavens Got Credit (JL Dash Ta Heaven x Credit Chicado x Cash Not Credit)

4. Emma Parr — Finished eighth in the East Regional Contender Finals, and fourth in the Contender Regional Finals.

Horse: DG Excuse My French (BHR Frenchies Socks x Eyes Moonshine x Mr Eye Opener)

5. Rylee Jo Maryman — Topped the East Region Contender Finals, and fifth in the Contender Regional Finals.

Horse: One Cupa Tees Sis (One Cupa Cats x Im W Tees Sis x Sugar Trix Leo) 

Meet the WPRA Invited Barrel Racers:

1. Brittany Pozzi TonozziReigning WPRA world champion barrel racer with record $496,498

Recent Career Highlights: 2023 WPRA World Champion Barrel Racer. Set the WPRA regular-season earnings record this year. 2023 Champion Calgary Stampede; Dodge City, Kansas; Odessa and Stephenville, Texas; Denver, Colorado; Reno, Nevada; Salt Lake City, Logan and Vernal, Utah; Preston and Caldwell, Idaho; Puyallup and Ellensburg, Washington; Santa Fe, New Mexico; Castle Rock, Cortez and Burlington, Colorado. 2023 Reserve Champion Austin, Texas; Salinas, California; Moses Lake and Kennewick, Washington; West Jordan, Utah; Monticello, Utah; Prescott, Arizona; Kalispell, Montana. Reserve Champion 2022 Mountain States Circuit Finals Rodeo. 2020 WPRA Reserve World Champion. 2007 and 2009 WPRA World Champion Barrel Racer, 2006 and 2007 Wrangler NFR Average Champion. 2016 Mountain States Circuit Average Champion, two-time Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo champion. Set the U.S. record on a standard pattern on Kisskiss Bangbang. 2023 Pink Buckle Futurity Champion and Reserve Champion. Multiple pro rodeo, futurity, derby and open wins.

2. Lisa Lockhart2023 WPRA Reserve World Champion — 2023 The American Rodeo Champion

Recent Career Highlights: 2023 WPRA Reserve World Champion — finished the 2023 pro rodeo season with $343,688. 2023 The American Rodeo Champion. Lifetime total NFR earnings leader. 2023 Champion Sheridan, Wyoming; Red Lodge, Montana; Levelland, Texas; Woodward and Ponca City, Oklahoma. 2023 Reserve Champion Calgary Stampede; Pendleton, Oregon; Douglas, Wyoming; Billings and Sidney, Montana; Gordon, Nebraska. 2023 Champion The American Rodeo (non-WPRA money). 2023 and 2022 Champion Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo. 2016 and 2014 NFR Average Champion, 2015 WPRA Reserve World Champion. 2019 Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo Champion. 2018 Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo Average and Year-End Champion, 2016 Montana Circuit Champion, multiple Badlands Circuit Champion, multiple RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo qualifier. 2014 and 2015 RFD-TV’s The American Rodeo Champion. Multiple pro rodeo wins.

3. Kassie MowryFinished the 2023 pro rodeo season in the No. 3 position with $322,593

Recent Career Highlights: All-time winningest barrel racer with over $6 million in career earnings. 2023 Champion San Antonio, San Angelo and Abilene, Texas; Spanish Fork, Utah. 2023 Reserve Champion Sheridan, Wyoming; Belle Fourche, South Dakota. Third place Cheyenne, Wyoming. 2022 Champion Calgary Stampede and arena-record holder (16.860). Multiple multiple futurity, slot race, derby, open, and pro rodeo wins, multiple arena records.

4. Jordon Briggs — Finished the 2023 pro rodeo season in the No. 4 position with $272,518

Recent Career Highlights: 2023 Champion Rodeo Houston; Greeley, Colorado; Kennewick, Washington; Abilene, Kansas. 2023 Reserve Champion Salt Lake City and Spanish Fork, Utah. 2022 WPRA Reserve World Champion. Famous Lil Jet voted 2022 and 2021 WPRA/AQHA Horse of the Year, 2021 WPRA World Champion Barrel Racer and NFR average champion. 2009 Wrangler NFR qualifier and round winner. 2006 Barrel Futurities of America World Futurity Champion (aboard 2009 NFR mount Frenchmans Jester), 2014 BFA Juvenile Futurity Champion (aboard 2021 back-up rodeo horse Frenchmans Future). Multiple pro rodeo, futurity, derby, aged-event and open wins.

5. Emily Beisel — Finished the 2023 pro rodeo season in the No. 5 position with $246,674

Recent Career Highlights: 2023 Champion CINCH Playoffs Governor’s Cup Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Amarillo, Texas; Duncan, Oklahoma. 2023 Reserve Champion Hastings, Nebraska; Clovis, New Mexico; Mount Pleasant, Texas; North Platte, Nebraska. Third place Calgary Stampede. 2022 Calgary Stampede finalist, round winner. 2022 Prairie Circuit Finals Rodeo Reserve Champion. Multiple NFR go-round winner. Biddin On Fame voted 2020 No. 2 WPRA/AQHA Barrel Racing Horse of the Year. 2017 Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo Champion, multiple Prairie Circuit Champion, multiple Prairie Circuit Finals and RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo qualifier. Multiple pro rodeo and open wins, three-time Kansas High School Rodeo Association all-around champion.

The American Contender Finals

The American Contender Finals held February 10 in Abilene, Texas, featured the top five athletes from each of the Contender Regional Finals — West, Central and East. From the field of 15 the top five advanced to The American Rodeo, held March 9 in Arlington, Texas at Globe Life Field.

Those athletes advancing to The American Rodeo from the Contender Finals are: Brandon Cullins, Kathy Grimes, Mindy Holloway, Emma Parr and Rylee Jo Maryman. These Contender athletes will battle against the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association’s top five invited barrel racers to battle it out for The American Rodeo championship.

The American Contender Finals Barrel Racing Results:

1. Brandon Cullins / MJ Segers Fast Lane / 15.352 / $15,000 — advancing

2. Kathy Grimes / KG Jukebox Hero / 15.429 / $10,000 — advancing

3. Mindy Holloway / Heavens Got Credit / 15.449 / $6,000 — advancing

4. Emma Parr / DG Excuse My French / 15.482 / $3,000 — advancing

5. Rylee Jo Maryman / One Cupa Tees Sis / 15.503 / $1,000 — advancing

6. Christian Shipley / 15.537 / $500

7. Kelly Yates / 15.556 / $500.00

8. Lakken Bice / 15.745 / $500

9. Grace Hancock / 15.76 / $500

10. Merrick Moyer / 15.817 / $500

11. Lisa Zachoda / 15.975 / $500

12. Liz Pinkston / 20.662 / $500

13. LaTricia Duke / 20.672 / $500

14. London Gorham / 21.014 / $500

15. Darian Raupers / 21.194 / $500

About The American Western Weekend

Acquired by Teton Ridge in late 2021 and celebrating it’s 10th year in 2023, The American Rodeo is the largest single-day payout rodeo in the United States and features competitors in all eight traditional rodeo disciplines of bull riding, saddle bronc riding, bareback riding, barrel racing, steer wrestling, tie-down roping, breakaway roping and team roping. Fans can root for the underdog “Contenders” chasing a $1 million bonus or the professional athletes defending their champion status in the ultimate showdown.

Returning from its debut during The American Western Weekend in 2023, The American Performance Horseman features the Top 5 professionals from the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA), National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) and National Reining Horse Association (NRHA). The first-of-its-kind competitive exhibition format fuses the elements of history and competition in an ode to the past, present, and future of Western performance horse sports that grew from the ranches of America. Visit www.americanrodeo.com for more.

Author

Kailey Sullins is editor of Barrel Horse News, and an avid barrel racer and breakaway roper. Email comments or questions to [email protected]

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