Columbus barrel racer Jimmy Bryant and horse Flash Red Jet placed fourth out of 116 entrants in the semifinals in barrel racing for The American Rodeo at Cowtown Coliseum in Fort Worth, Texas.
Bryant now moves into the next round and will compete again this weekend in Fort Worth with the goal of making the top 10.
The top 10 competitors from the weekend then move on to The American rodeo March 1 in Arling-ton, Texas.
Bryant’s time was 13.984 seconds to place fourth. Bryant said he believes a time of less than 14 seconds could win The American’s barrel racing competition.
The American is billed as the world’s richest one-day rodeo based on its $1 million prize.
Bryant and the horse ran 14.218 to place in the top five in a competition in Verndale, Minnesota, to begin their competitive journey to Texas.
RFD-TVs The American Rodeo is March 1 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, which is the home of the Dallas Cowboys. Finalists compete in all-around, bareback, barrel racing, saddle bronc, bull riding, steer wrestling, tie-down roping and team roping.
Last year’s winner of barrel racing at The American was Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, South Dakota, with a time of 14.035 seconds.