Meet the 10 Horses and Riders Competing at The American Rodeo today

See who's going to run down the alleyway in Globe Life Field today.
Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi SR Industry Titan
Brittany Tonozzi and SR Industry Titan in Sioux Falls. Image by Clay Guardipee.

On Saturday Mar. 9, 10 barrel racers and their corresponding horses will compete inside Globe Life Field for the chance of either $100,000 or a maximum $1.1 million.

The Titans

The following barrel racers qualified for The American Rodeo 2024 based off of their top-five finish in the 2023 Women’s Professional Rodeo Association world standings.

Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi and SR Industry Titan

The reigning WPRA world champion, Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi needs little introduction. The same goes for the red stallion, “Titan,” she’s picked for battle on Mar. 9. SR Industry Titan won major rodeos with Tonozzi in 2024, from outdoor arenas like Ellensburg, Washington, where they blazed a new arena record, to notching round wins at the Cinch Playoffs in Sioux Falls.

SR Industry Titan pedigree

Lisa Lockhart and Rosas Cantina CC

Lockhart will change things up in 2024. In 2023, she jockeyed Promise Me Fame Guys, “Levee,” to the $100,000 The American Rodeo win, but in 2024, “Rosa,” is getting the call.

Emily Beisel and Ivory On Fire

Beisel and Ivory On Fire, “Liza,” have literally been on fire in the past six months. A Cinch Playoffs Governor’s Cup victory, an NFR round win, and recent domination of winter rodeos across the country mean that young Liza is prepared for her shot at $100,000.

Jordon Briggs and Dashing French Belle

You’re going to want to learn more about this 2018 mare that will make her second rodeo run ever beneath the 2021 world champion Briggs. Click the story below.

Dashing French Belle pedigree

Kassie Mowry and ……TBD

Mowry will make the decision which of her superstar geldings will get the call after she checks out the Globe Life Field setup on Saturday. TBD.

The Contenders

The following five barrel racers qualified for The American Rodeo through the Contender Series tournament, meaning they’ve battled through multiple rounds of competition at various locations around the United States over the past year for a chance to run at Globe Life.

Brandon Cullins and MJ Segers Fast Lane

Brandon Cullins and “Seger,” have amassed over $300,000 in lifetime earnings as a team. Cullins is the only male in the field of 10, plus he won both the Central Region Contender Finals, and The Contender Finals in Abilene on the wicked fast black mare, so he is sure to turn heads on game day.

Kathy Grimes and KG Jukebox Hero

Multi-time NFR qualifier, Dr. Kathy Grimes may be the eldest competitor in the field, but don’t think she’s lacking in talent or horsepower. The 2017 stallion KG Jukebox Hero is the stuff of legends in the Western United States, and his dam, KG JusticeWeeExpected is down in the record books as one of the greats. The stallion came through the Western qualifying region to finish in second-place behind Cullins in Abilene, and he is the second generation American qualifier from the KG program.

Mindy Holloway and Heavens Got Credit

Holloway and her 2014 JL Dash Ta HEaven, Heavens Got Credit have quietly worked their way through the Contender system, but this ultra-consistent team is looking to fly throug the 10-man round in Globe Life and compete in the final four round for a chance at the $1 million sidepot.

Emma Kate Parr and DG Excuse My French

The first of two teenagers in the field to enter from the Eastern Region is Emma Kate Parr and her 2014 gelding, DG Excuse My French. The Alabama talent has been at the Hooey Junior Patriot all week long in Fort Worth and looks to be in perfect form heading into Arlington.

Rylee Jo Maryman and One Cupa Tees Sis

The second youth standout in the pack is Rylee Jo Maryman and her roan, One Cupa Tees Sis. Maryman is also qualified into the Hooey Junior Patriot short round on Sunday, so she’s making the most of her Texas trip on her great mare, “Ruby.”