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Charmayne James to compete in world’s richest rodeo
Eleven-time world champion Charmayne James has accepted an exemption invitation and will come out of retirement to compete in the barrel-racing event during RFD-TV’s The American rodeo on Sunday, March 2, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.
James dominated the sport of barrel racing from 1984-2003. She started riding horses by the age of 3 and running barrels by the age of 6. At 14, she won the title of World Champion Barrel Racer and held the title for the next 10 consecutive years. She qualified for Wrangler National Finals Rodeo every year of her decorated career, 19 consecutive years in total. In 1992, James was inducted into the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame in Fort Worth. She retired from the sport in 2003.
After 10 years of retirement, James now runs barrel horse clinics around the country and designs saddles and riding gear.
James is the third athlete selected by The American Rodeo’s sanctioning bodies as one of the limited exemptions. Two-time Professional Bull Riders world champion Justin McBride was recently given the spot for bull riding and six-time world champion Dan Mortensen was awarded his in the saddle bronc competition. Additional exemptions will be announced leading up to March 2.
The American rodeo is the richest rodeo in the history of western sports with a $2 million payout. The top five winners from the semifinals will compete against the top 10 athletes after the Professional Bull Riders World Final standings and Wrangler National Final Rodeo’s final world standings. The only other way to qualify for the American rodeo is a special exemption granted by RFD-TV.
Tickets for this event are on sale at the AT&T Stadium Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations, and at americanrodeo.com. Prices for each event range from $20 to $150, not including taxes.
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