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March 1, 2019, Fort Worth, Texas, Cowtown Coliseum — By the end of the fourth and final performance of RFD-TV’s The American Semifinals, Acey Pinkston’s 13.851 stood at not only the top of the round, but the top of the incredibly tough week of Semifinals perfs.

“It was amazing; just smooth,” Pinkston said. “She gives 110 percent every time she goes into that alleyway.”

The Stephenville, Texas, teen and her 13-year-old mare Laico Corona (Streak Laico Bird x Coronas Lil Snob x Corona Cartel) ran second on the ground and set a fast pace. Brandon Cullins and the Semifinals arena-record holder A Cornerstone came close with a 13.921, but Pinkston’s time held steady.

Pinkston says she took a laid-back approach to the round and plans to keep the same mindset for her run March 2 in AT&T Stadium at The American Rodeo.

“Just be smooth, because it’s all fun starting now and there’s nothing to worry about,” Pinkston said. “There may be a little nerves, a little butterflies, but there’s no need to get all nervous or really freaked out.”

Out of the 40 barrel racers who qualified from the slack round to the four performances, the fastest 10 will advance to The American on March 2 to compete against the top 10 in the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association. From that long round of 20, the fastest eight will advance to Sunday’s Championship Round on March 3. From the fastest eight, the top four will move on to The American’s famous Shootout Round the same day, where riders who advanced through the Semifinals will run for a share of $1 million and WPRA cowgirls will run for a $100,000 prize.

View complete Semifinals results below, and watch Acey’s winning run here.

RFD-TV’s The American Semifinals Performance Four Results

  1. Acey Pinkston, Laico Corona, 13.851
  2. Brandon Cullins, A Cornerstone, 13.921
  3. Taylor Langdon, Dashinlouie, 14.103
  4. Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi, Ima Famous Babe, 14.219
  5. Kylar Terlip, French Rivierra, 14.505
  6. Jill Tanner, Credit Ta Fame, 19.093*
  7. Kay Blandford, KB Angel Ta Fame, 19.131*
  8. Steely Steiner (Jr. American exemption), 19.210*
  9. Sydney Frey (Jr. American exemption), 19.581*
  10. Katie Miller, Isaws A Mark, 19.588*

Performance Three Results

Performance Two Results

Performance One Results

WPRA Top 10 Invitees

RFD-TV’s The American Semifinals Results

Top 10 to Run at AT&T Stadium on March 2

  1. Acey Pinkston, Laico Corona, 13.851
  2. Brandon Cullins, A Cornerstone, 13.921
  3. Dona Kay Rule, High Valor, 13.963
  4. Taylor Langdon, Dashinlouie, 14.103
  5. Craig Brooks, Grandiose Guy, 14.104
  6. Sarah McCormick, Down Town Streakin, 14.131
  7. Debbie Pate, Creditthefirefighter, 14.138
  8. Michael Duffie, Reclaim Fame, 14.163
  9. Sydni Blanchard, Famous Heartbreaker, 14.166
  10. Anita Randle, Eyesa Topaz, 14.176
  11. Lynnzie Lindstrom, Dan I Am Famous, 14.177
  12. Jimmie Smith, Lena On The Rocks, 14.206
  13. Joy Wargo, Smokin Koa Lena, 14.207
  14. Halyn Lide, Jettin Ta Heaven, 14.208
  15. Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi, Ima Famous Babe, 14.219
  16. Kelsey Hayden, Buhbye, 14.267
  17. Ericka Nelson, Goodfrenchmanfriday, 14.297
  18. Cheyenne Wimberley, Streakin Images, 14.303
  19. Cindy Patrick, Flit Ta Heaven, 14.317
  20. Haley Wolfe, Iron Eyes Rio Bravo, 14.337
  21. Kathy Grimes, KG Justiceweexpected, 14.351
  22. Rylee Shields, Toast To Val, 14.386
  23. Caroline Kelly, Hesa Dashin Dreamer, 14.451
  24. Mylee Speer, Kiss This Guy, 14.503
  25. Kylar Terlip, French Rivierra, 14.505
  26. Wenda Johnson, Macgyver Moonflash, 18.973*
  27. Kay Blandford, KB Angel Ta Fame, 19.131*
  28. Lisa Nicholas, Stoli My Guy, 19.002*
  29. Jill Tanner, Credit Ta Fame, 19.093*
  30. Hollie Etbauer, Bringing On Frosty, 19.141*
  31. Shelby Spielman, Fame N Red Hot, 19.185*
  32. Graysun Tice, Kan Perk Three, 19.190*
  33. Steely Steiner (Jr. American exemption), 19.210*
  34. Keyla Polizello, Spotlite Ta Fame, 19.218*
  35. Jill Wilson, Lean Mean Blue Dean, 19.312*
  36. Kricket Gintner, Dial A Little Fame, 19.319*
  37. Hallie Hanssen, Tres Movidas, 19.321*
  38. Sydney Frey (Jr. American exemption), 19.581*
  39. Katie Miller, Isaws A Mark, 19.588*
  40. Mickayla Brown, Streakin Irish Paddy, 24.320**
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Blanche Schaefer is an avid barrel racer and associate editor of Barrel Horse News. Email comments or questions to [email protected]

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