February 23, 2016 by RAZERHORSE BLOG
Razerhorse will be cheering on its newest member of Team Razerhorse during The American, the world’s richest one-day rodeo, on February 28, 2016 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. Barrel racing qualifier Kelli Barichello will compete for over $1 million in potential prize money.
The American offers rodeo competitors the chance to win the largest sum of money ever in history. Matching top competitors (top 10 in the world receive invitations to compete) and exemptions (rising stars and retired Hall-of-Famers) against ten qualifiers, each event will pay $100,000 for first place and $25,000 for second. The addition of a $1 million side pot ups the ante for any qualified athletes who can win their event. The side pot will be shared if more than one eligible athlete wins.
Better Barrel Races held 13 races, where contestants paid $500 to be entered in The American qualifier. The top 10 barrel racers from each qualifier race then ran in the Semi-Finals Long Go on February 18, 2016 in San Antonio, TX. The top 30 came back for the Short Go on February 21 in Fort Worth, TX.
Barichello and Dats Last Frenchman “Lacey” ran in The American qualifier at the Reno Rodeo Barrel Race on June 26, 2015 and placed 6th. This earned her a spot in San Antonio where they placed in the top 30 and qualified for the Short Go in Fort Worth. An impressive run in Fort Worth put them in 5th place and earned them a spot to run for the $1 million. Watch her qualifying run >>
“I have been using Razer shoes for two years. My mare was barefoot when I got her, and she’d never had shoes on before. When I heard about Razer shoes, I decided to give them a try because of the barefoot theory but with way better grip. My mare never has problems! She never slips, even when running in mud. I can’t say enough good things about Razer shoes. I’ll never use anything else!” says Barichello.
Razerhorse is proud to welcome Barichello and will be cheering for her, along with Team Razerhorse member Fallon Taylor, who was invited to compete at The American.
Catch The American live on RFD-TV on February 28, 2016, with a pre-show at 3pm central and the rodeo starting at 4pm. Find RFD-TV in your area >>
Below is a rundown of the barrel racing qualifiers and invited competitors.
Final Round/American Qualifiers (eligible for $1 million):
1/2 (tie). Ivy Conrado and Dustin Angelle
3. Jessica Dunbar
4. McKenzie Morgan
5. Kelli Barichello
6. Rylee Jo Dick
7. Ashley Schafer
8. Derek Diedrich
9. Mary Smothers
10. Sabrina Ketcham
2015 Top 10 Barrel Racers Invited:
1. Callie DuPerier
2. Lisa Lockhart (eligible for the $1 million through the new Triple Crown rule)
3. Sarah Rose McDonald
4. Michele McLeod
5. Cassidy Kruse
6. Fallon Taylor (Team Razerhorse)
7. Taylor Jacob
8. Jackie Ganter
9. Sherry Cervi
10. Nancy Hunter
Lindsay Sears (winner of Gold Buckle Matches, eligible for $1 million)