Fort Worth, Texas — February 29, 2020 — Flora Vista, New Mexico, barrel racer Haley Wolfe is no stranger to RFD-TV’s The American Semifinals. She’s qualified to the Semifinals performance rounds three times now—in 2017 on Mia Fabulous Fame, in 2019 on Iron Eyes Rio Bravo, and again in 2020 on Iron Eyes Rio Bravo.
But this year is a little different for Wolfe in a way that every qualifier dreams of when they set their sights on The American. She won her first-career Semifinals performance and is sitting second overall with a 13.831, in prime position to run at AT&T Stadium on March 7 for the first time.
“I haven’t [even thought about AT&T Stadium],” Wolfe exclaimed after her run. “It’s been amazing. I’m just blessed to be here and compete.”
She says her 12-year-old gray gelding “Lynx” felt a little too quiet before the run—a characteristic she says can either make or break their runs. With the pressure on, Lynx more than delivered for his jockey.
“He felt amazing. He was very calm, cool and collected back there, so I knew it was either going to be really good or really bad,” Wolfe said with a laugh. “He loves his job and goes out there and gives 200 percent every time.”
From the four performances February 27–March 1, the top 10 fastest overall will move on to RFD-TV’s The American at AT&T Stadium from March 7–8, where they will compete against the top 10 from the 2019 Women’s Professional Rodeo Association final world standings for a chance at $1 million.
RFD-TV’S THE AMERICAN SEMIFINALS PERFORMANCE THREE RESULTS
- Haley Wolfe, Iron Eyes Rio Bravo, 13.831
- Kacey Gartner, Rebel Look, 13.901
- Claire Sechelski, Gypsy Rose Cat, 13.903
- Shelby McCamey, Cuz Im French, 13.925
- Hollie Etbauer, Bring It On Frost Te, 13.973
- Olivia Train, Ought To Streak, 14.021
- Sonya Dodging Horse, Docs Famous, 14.448
- BryAnna Haluptzok, Perks Pazazz, 19.096*
- Kricket Gintner, Dial A Little Fame, 19.163*
- Wenda Johnson, Dreams First Flash, 23.723**