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The 15 Breakaway Ropers Competing in 2024 American Contender Tournament Finals

The American Rodeo Contender Tournament top 15 have been determined, and they'll duke it out for one of the five spots available for Arlington.

The 15 breakaway ropers competing for a change to rope in The American Rodeo have been determined, with JJ Hampton, Josie Conner and Kenli Smith winning the West, Central and Eastern Regional Finals.
The 15 breakaway ropers competing for a change to rope in The American Rodeo have been determined, with JJ Hampton, Josie Conner and Kenli Smith winning the West, Central and Eastern Regional Finals. Photos by Click Thompson

The 15 breakaway ropers competing at The American Contender Tournament Finals in Abilene, Texas, on Feb. 10, 2024, have been determined—and the field is shaping up to be a gritty one.

The top five competitors from the three regions—West, East and Central—will be whittled down to five that will rope for a $1 million payday at The American Rodeo in Arlington, Texas, on Mar. 9, 2024.

The American Rodeo Contender Tournament Finals Breakaway Roster

AthleteQualifier Region
JJ HamptonWest
Bailey BatesWest
Anna JorgensonWest
Sutton MangWest
Jackie CrawfordWest
Josie ConnerCentral
Kelsie DomerCentral
Jordan Jo HollabaughCentral
Colee CoxCentral
Cheyanne McCartneyCentral
Kenli SmithEast
Morgan SparksEast
Rylie RomeroEast
Taylor RaupeEast
Paige WisemanEast

How’s that $1 million work?

The American Rodeo will feature 10 competitors in each event. Five are invited based on world standings and 2023 American Rodeo finishes, and five are from the American Contender Finals in Abilene. The champion in each discipline will earn $100,000.

The $1 million comes into play for those who advanced through the Contender Tournament. If a contender wins at The American Rodeo on Mar. 9, they’re set to split $1 million with any other contender champions.

In 2023, Jackie Crawford won The American Rodeo after qualifying through the Contender Tournament, and split the $1 million prize with calf roper Ty Harris, who was also a contender. Crawford went home with $600,000 that day. ($100,000 for the event win plus half of the $1 million).

What is the American Rodeo Contender Tournament?

The American Contender Tournament West, Central and East Regional Semi-Finals attract qualifiers from both coasts as well as the Central United States to compete in the re-imagined tournament style format in hopes of making it all the way to The Crown Jewel of Rodeo™ —The American Rodeo 2024.

In 2023, more than 2,500 rodeo athletes competed across the country to vie for a chance at the $1-million bonus on the line if they made it to The American Rodeo, earning impressive money along the way. Guaranteed prize money is upwards of $540,000 for the Regional Semi-Finals and Finals.

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