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Teton Ridge Launches Innovative Western Equine Sports Event to Debut During The American Rodeo 2023

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The American Performance Horseman, a first of its kind competition, to be held in Arlington, Texas on March 10, 2023

Arlington, Texas (August 19, 2022) – Expanding upon its commitment to elevate and positively impact the western industry, Teton Ridge unveiled an unprecedented new event – The American Performance Horseman that will make its debut on Friday, March 10, 2023 in Arlington, Tex. during The American Rodeo.

For the first time ever, the top five year-end money earning professionals in cutting, reined cow horse and reining will come together to compete for $1,000,000 in prize money in a competitive exhibition format. The American Rodeo will provide a global stage for the athletes of each western equine sports discipline to compete not only for individual prize payouts, but also a first of its kind team format as well. The American Performance Horseman is a prestigious competitive exhibition that is supported by AQHA, APHA, NRHA, NCHA and NRCHA, with all associations excited for their respective communities to be celebrated and showcased to the world in this unparalleled and innovative format.

The American Performance Horseman will consist of the top five riders from each discipline, with the highest show earnings from the 2022 show season as tracked by each association. Standings will be finalized and announced following each discipline’s 2022 Futurity event.

Fusing the elements of history and competition, “The American Performance Horseman” is an ode to the past, present and future of the western performance horse sports. Riders will compete for team and individual prize money but most importantly the prestigious title of champion as part of the American Rodeo weekend festivities in Arlington, Texas.

“The American Rodeo is an unrivaled celebration of the American West and represents the richest weekend in all of western sports,” said Joe Loverro, President of Teton Ridge Sports. “As Teton Ridge continues to make great strides to bring the iconic events in the western industry to a broader audience on an elevated platform, it was only natural to create an event to pay homage to the most prestigious competitors in western performance sports and their incredible equine athletes.

The American Performance Horseman is the creation and vision of Teton Ridge. It exists to elevate western equine sports through multiple platforms, with innovative and interactive technology. “The American Performance Horseman isn’t another horse show, it’s a celebration of western horse sport and our athletes at the highest level,” stated Anna Morrison, NRCHA Executive Director. “With a shortened format showcasing the top five riders of the year in each discipline, it will pack the excitement of our industry’s top talent in an hour-long production that will bring the sports we love to an entirely new audience.”

The American Performance Horseman will offer fans a groundbreaking new way to embrace and support the legacy of the American West on the eve of The American Rodeo as a celebration the 10th anniversary of the world’s richest rodeo.

For more information on The American Performance Horseman and to sign up for the 2023 ticket wait list, please visit americanrodeo.com.

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No Winter Blues in Rodeo

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By Phillip Kitts

With most of America fighting off the winter blues and setting their sights on the warmth of spring, the rodeo world is already heating up. It is often common chatter about how the rodeo world really does not have an off season. In October when the regular season wraps up, it is not even a week before rodeo athletes start running to fall rodeos so they can start building up money toward the next year’s finals. It is true that fall rodeos do not have big payouts, but many athletes take the every dollar counts approach and throw several of them on the calendar.

November and December may be the slowest months of the rodeo year, but believe it or not, there are still plenty of places rodeo athletes can go and earn a small check. Traditionally the number of rodeos in the winter months is lower, but the few events that do happen tend to have big payouts. Pretty much every rodeo fan knows all about places like Denver, Fort Worth, San Antonio, and Rapid City. These are all big scale events with huge payouts.

To read more, pick up a copy of the March issue of NTFR Magazine. To subscribe call 940-872-5922.

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The American Western Weekend

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By Krista Lucas Wynn

The American rodeo may look a little different in 2023. Entering its 10th year, the event was purchased by the new western industry company Teton Ridge in 2022. Teton Ridge is quickly becoming a name in rodeo, reining, cutting, and barrel racing. The American rodeo will now include a full weekend of competition from top rodeo, reined cow horse, cutting, and reining athletes. The event will be called The American Western Weekend, conducted March 8-11, at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas.

Fans are used to the usual layout of a qualifying system with a semifinals at Cowtown Coliseum in Fort Worth, leading up to the main event at AT&T Stadium, where the top 10 from the world standings await. New for 2023, contestants entered qualifying events, in hopes of moving on to three regional finals. The Central regional finals are held in Tulsa, Okla., Feb. 3-5, East regional finals Feb. 8-10 and the West regional finals in Heber City, Utah, Feb. 16-18.

To read more, pick up a copy of the March issue of NTFR Magazine. To subscribe call 940-872-5922.

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Digital Flexor Tendon Lacerations:
Can They be Repaired?

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By Dr. Garrett Metcalf

The digital flexor tendons are one of the most important anatomic structures to a horse. The flexor tendons support the weight of the horse by suspending the lower limb in an upright proper position.

All tendons connect to muscle and the flexor tendons are used to flex the lower limb as well as support great loads when working or landing off of a jump. Disruption or injury to any one of the flexor tendons can result in abnormal locomotion, lameness and pain. This article will discuss the options of repair for lacerated flexor tendons and long term outcomes.

Lacerations are a common injury for horses especially in the lower extremities. These lacerations will often require an emergency visit from veterinarian to assess the severity of the injuries. The exams will often involve examining the proximity of the lacerations to joints, tendons or tendon sheath structures. Lacerations that occur on the back part of the limb are always a great risk to involve lacerations to the flexor tendons.

To read more, pick up a copy of the March issue of NTFR Magazine. To subscribe call 940-872-5922.

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