February 22, 2018, Fort Worth, Texas, Cowtown Coliseum — The small town of Cotulla, Texas, was heard booming over the loudspeakers once again at RFD-TV’s The American Semifinals. The hometown of 2017 American Rodeo champion Hailey Kinsel can also add the winner of the first semifinals performance of 2018 to its resume, as 10-year-old Cotulla native London Gorham and her 2009 gelding Frenchmans Assassin (Frenchmans Guy x Huggys Spitfire x With Great Ease) posted a 13.740 to win in Cowtown Coliseum. The young barrel racer secured her first trip to AT&T Stadium with the victory. The top 10 fastest overall from the three semifinals performances February 22-24 will advance to RFD-TV’s The American Rodeo presented by Dish at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on Sunday, February 25 at 2 p.m. 

LondonGorham webLondon Gorham and Frenchmans Assassin. Photo by Kenneth Springer.

RFD-TV’s The American Semifinals Performance One Results

1. London Gorham, Frenchmans Assassin, 13.740, $2,536.31

2. Taylor Presnell, Big Red Dasher, 14.010, $1,859.96

3. Jayde Wamel, Mavrick, 14.059, $1,239.97

4. Makenzie Grace Mayes, Flit Bar Bid, 14.078

5. Carmel Wright, Fortunes Last Xtreme, 14.188

6. Suzanna Hill, Cee Booger Red Man CL, 14.232

7. Margo Crowther, Shes Packin Fame, 19.150*

8. Cindy Mainus-Jett, BB Runnin On Time, 19.426*

9. Molli Montgomery, Makin Ya Famous, 24.253**

10. Wylee Mitchell, Smokey Gold Jack, 25.344**

*denotes penalty



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