February 25, 2018, Arlington, Texas — Taci Bettis and her powerful equine athlete Bogie Is A Smash thundered into AT&T Stadium on Sunday afternoon as the first competitors out in the final four Shoot-Out Round and turned in a flawless run, stopping the clock in 14.848. Reigning RFD-TV’s The American Champion and fellow invitee Hailey Kinsel and DM Sissy Hayday came close with a 14.982, finishing second for $25,000. Bettis, an invitee to the 2018 event as a top 10 2017 Women’s Professional Rodeo Association barrel racer, earned a whopping $100,000 for her victorious run.

TaciBettis webTaci Bettis and Bogie Is A Smash. Photo by Kailey Sullins

In the long round, Bettis and “Smash,” a 2008 gelding by Bogie Biankus and out of Bogies Devine Smash by Remember Smash, ran a 14.857 to place fourth, narrowly making it back in the top four to the Shoot-Out. Kinsel and “Sister,” her 2011 mare by PC Frenchmans Hayday and out of Royal Sissy Irish by Royal Shake Em, won the long-go with a 14.674, the fastest time of the 2018 rodeo. Brandon Cullins, one of 2017’s winningest futurity trainers who qualified for The American through the buy-back round in the semifinals, placed second on Robin Weaver’s VQ Sucker Punch (2011 gelding, Dash Ta Fame x Honor This Nonstop x Mr Honor Bound) with a 14.764. Arkansas cowgirl Ari-Anna Flynn, also a buy-back qualifier, and her 2007 palomino gelding Sunny Two Socks (Quick Little Lena x Ms Janes Stone x Sticks An Stones) placed third with a 14.834.

HaileyKinsel 2 webHailey Kinsel and DM Sissy Hayday. Photo by Kailey Sullins

AriAnnaFlynn webAri-Anna Flynn and Sunny Two Socks. Photo by Kailey Sullins

BrandonCullins webBrandon Cullins and VQ Sucker Punch. Photo by Kailey Sullins

RFD-TV’s The American Shoot-Out Round Results

1) Taci Bettis, Bogie Is A Smash, 14.848, $100,000

2) Hailey Kinsel, DM Sissy Hayday, 14.982, $25,000

3) Ari-Anna Flynn, Sunny Two Socks, 15.238

4) Brandon Cullins, VQ Sucker Punch, 14.941+5

RFD-TV’s The American Long Round Results

1) Hailey Kinsel, DM Sissy Hayday, 14.674

2) Brandon Cullins, VQ Sucker Punch, 14.764

3) Ari-Anna Flynn, Sunny Two Socks, 14.834

4) Taci Bettis, Bogie Is A Smash, 14.857

5) Kylie Weast, Hell On The Red, 14.878

6) Kathy Grimes, KG Justiceweexpected, 14.919

7) Craig Brooks, Grandiose Guy, 14.928

8) Kricket Gintner, Dial A Little Fame, 14.995

9) Ivy Conrado, KN Fabs Gift Of Fame, 15.030

10) Lisa Lockhart, An Oakie With Cash, 15.038

11) Nellie Miller, Rafter W Minnie Reba, 15.040

12) Kassie Mowry, Girls Dig Fame, 15.072

13) Stevi Hillman, MCM Imasharpguy, 15.074

14) Victoria Williams, Three Jets Olena, 15.296

15) Tillar Murray, Lil Gracie Dude 15.428

16) London Gorham, Frenchmans Assassin, 15.474

17) Amberleigh Moore, CP Dark Moon, 15.506

18) Tiany Schuster, Show Mance, 15.522

19) Carman Pozzobon, Ripn Lady, 14.851+5

20) Makaela Memmott, Cash Gato Boogie, 15.202+5

The American Semifinals Results

The American Semifinals Performance Two Results

The American Semifinals Performance One Results

The American Semifinals Buy-Back Round Results

The American Semifinals Slack Results


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