Inaugural American Performance Horseman

Inaugural American Performance Horseman sees Top-Ranked Professionals in Cutting, Reining and Reined Cowhorse put it all on the line for $1,000,000 at one Ground-Breaking Event inside Globe Life Field

Adan Banuelos, Casey Deary and Sarah Dawson claim championship titles within individual disciplines

Debuting during The American Western Weekend at Globe Life Field, The American Performance Horseman inaugural event on Friday, March 10, 2023 featured the top professionals from the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA), National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) and National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) standings putting it all on the line for a $1,000,000 prize.

For the first time ever, the top five year-end money earning professionals from the NRCHA, NCHA and the NRHA came together at the 42,000-seat Globe Life Field. The competitive exhibition format fused the elements of history and competition in an ode to the past, present, and future of western performance horse sports.

The evening’s fast-paced exhibition began with the cutting followed by a dynamic performance by legendary singer, songwriter Sheryl Crow. Then moving into the reining pattern the action continued and was then closed out with the reined cow horse athletes and performances from The Ghost Hounds as well as three-time GRAMMY Award-winning singer Darius Rucker.

The Top 5 placing athletes in each disipline were as follows:


1 Adan Banuelos All spice 229 Royal Blue
2 Lloyd Cox Blackish 224 Regal Red
3 Wes Galyean Third Edge 221 Imperial Purple
4 Austin Shepard Kittennish 220 Burnt Orange
5 Lindy Thorn Lil Maddy Rey 217 Racing Green


1 Casey Deary Down Right Amazing 231.5 Racing Green
2 Andrea Fappani Trash Talkin Spook 230.5 Imperial Purple
3 Fernando Salgado Pale Dun Star 224 Royal Blue
4 Matt Mills Guns And Dynamite 221 Burnt Orange
5 Shawn Flarida Alpha Jac Sparrow 220.5 Regal Red


1 Sarah Dawson Shine Smarter 226 226.5 Royal Blue
2 Justin Wright Scooter Kat 224.5 225 Regal Red
3 Chris Dawson CSR Lay Down Sally 224.5 218.5 Racing Green
4 Corey Cushing Good Time 218 208.5 Imperial Purple
5 Lee Deacon SJR Smooth Lil Oak 188 218.5 Burnt Orange

The unprecedented team concept saw five teams of three athletes, partnered with some of the most well-known and respected Quarter Horses in the industry. Each team consisted of a reiner, reined cow horse professional and cutting professional.

The Royal Blue Team, as drafted in early February, of cutter Adan Banuelos, reiner Fernando Salgado and reined cow horse professional Sarah Dawson swept the night in first place.

The team placements within the Top 5 were as follows:


1 Royal Blue Adan Banuelos, Fernando Salgado & Sarah Dawson 905.5
2 Regal Red Lloyd Cox, Shawn Flarida & Justin Wright 894
3 Racing Green Lindy Thorn, Casey Deary & Chris Dawson 891.5
4 Imperial Purple Wesley Galyean, Andrea Fappani & Corey Cushing 878
5 Burnt Orange Austin Shepherd, Matt Mills & Lee Deacon 847.5

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About The American Western Weekend:

The American Western Weekend March 8th -11th, 2023 at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas features four nights of action-packed entertainment, world-class talent and western sports that culminates with The American Rodeo. Hailed as The Crown Jewel of Rodeo™, The American Rodeo is an unrivaled celebration of the pioneering spirit of the American West. The national sporting event offers fans a unique choice – to cheer on western sports’ finest, champion athletes, or root for the underdog “Contenders” chasing a $1 million bonus – through every rodeo, roping and riding effort. For the first time ever, a new competitive exhibition called The American Performance Horseman brings together the western equine sports disciplines of reining, reined cow horse and cutting for a $1 million prize. All combined with star-studded music, a western festival and more. Acquired by Teton Ridge in 2021, The American Rodeo is an annual western sports and entertainment celebration that matches professional rodeo’s top athletes against the world’s most aspirational cowboys and cowgirls, who have put up their own money to bet on themselves in this high stake’s showdown. For more information on The American Rodeo, please visit or @TheAmerican.TR on Instagram @TheAmericanTR on Facebook and Twitter.

 About Teton Ridge:
Teton Ridge is a multi-platform, wholly American-owned brand and media company devoted to the iconic American western way of life. Teton Ridge’s Sports division was created with the singular focus of elevating classic western sports and America’s western culture on the world stage, while broadening audiences around the globe as well as at home. In 2021, Teton Ridge acquired The American, the iconic event of the rodeo circuit, to continue to expand the audiences for rodeo sports and make it the world’s premier western culture event. For more information about Teton Ridge, please visit or @tetonridge on Instagram @tetonridgeusa on Facebook.