Wenda Johnson and Macgyver Moonflash topped the long round at RFD-TV’s The American with a 15.370 to advance to Sunday’s round of eight. Photo by Kenneth Springer

March 7, 2020 — Arlington, Texas — Wenda Johnson and Macyver Moonflash topped the first round of RFD-TV’s The American inside AT&T Stadium against a tough field of horseflesh.

The top 10 ladies of the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association 2019 season met March 7 to battle it out against the top 10 qualifiers from RFD-TV’s The American Semifinals, plus one Jr. American Champion exemption. Stakes were high as only eight qualifying positions were available to advance to Sunday’s championship round, where more than $2 million will be paid out.

First-time American Rodeo qualifier Wenda Johnson rode Tres Mesa Horses’ 7-year-old bay gelding Macgyver Moonflash (First Moonflash x Touched By The Moon x Black Moons Arising) to the top of the field with a 15.370. Johnson and “Macgyver” qualified through the semifinals qualification process, which means they are eligible for the $1 million bonus. Among the top eight contestants who will be coming back Sunday for the round of eight in the finals are five qualifiers and three WPRA invitees, who are not eligible for the $1 million bonus but would earn $100,000 if they win the event.

The top eight advancing to the top eight are Johnson, Stevi Hillman, Dona Kay Rule, Emily Miller, Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi, Kassie Mowry, Sabra O’Quinn and Haley Wolfe.

Results from all events can be found here.

Recap and results from The Semifinals can be found here.

The American Long Round Results

1. Wenda Johnson, Macgyver Moonflash, 15.370 – Q

2. Stevi Hillman, Cuatro Fame, 15.504

3. Dona Kay Rule, High Valor, 15.556

4. Emily Miller, Namgis D 33, 15.643

5. Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi, Kisskiss Bangbang, 15.645 – Q

6. Kassie Mowry, Epic Guy, 15.760 – Q

7. Sabra O’Quinn, Slicks Lil Amigo, 15.866 – Q

8. Haley Wolfe, Iron Eyes Rio Bravo, 15.892 – Q

9. Sherry Cervi, MP Jet Royal Money, 15.909 – Q

10. Ivy Saebens, KN Fabs Gift Of Fame, 15.970

11. Jessica Routier, Fiery Miss West, 15.996

12. Hailey Lockwood, DM Sissy Hayday, 16.012

13. Nellie Miller, Rafter W Minnie Reba, 16.103

14. Lisa Lockhart, Rosas Cantina CC, 16.130

15. Shali Lord, Freckles Ta Fame, 16.168

16. Brandon Cullins, A Corntersone, 16.448 – Q

17. Kacey Gartner, Rebel Look, 16.503 – Q

18. Patton Ann Lynch, Firen To Be A Hero, 20.879*- Jr. American Champion exemption

19. Randee Prindle, Red Man Jones, 20.916* – Q

20. Amberleigh Moore, CP Dark Moon, 21.085* 

21. Claire Sechelski, Gypsy Rose Cat, 21.418* – Q

Q – denotes qualifier eligible for $1 million bonus

* denotes penalty 

The American Top 8 Pedigrees

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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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