Derek Diedrich, Iowa barrel racer set to ride in The American Rodeo in Arlington, TX
As shocking as it may be, because of the fact that men cannot compete in the majority of professional rodeos, Wayne’s very first rodeo competition was actually at The American Semifinals! Wayne and Diedrich have been a team for host of Wayne’s rodeo career. Despite this being the team’s first professional rodeo, Wayne took charge and brought his game face, and was able to focus, and drown out the lights and loud noises that were present at the semifinals. This alone shows the trust between Diedrich and Wayne, who have been known by their fans as “Team Wayne”.
On the weekend of the semifinals team Wayne competed against 29 other barrel racers, with only the top 10 contestants moving forward to Arlington, TX. Team Wayne’s time of 13.975 held strong, and the end of the weekend to advance them to finals. There were some moments of the semifinals weekend that Diedrich could only describe as, “dicey” as he was competing against the best in the world, and they all brought their A game.
Midwest Rodeos would like to congratulate team Wayne for all they have accomplished so far, and we would like you all to join us in wishing them the best of luck as they head in to Sunday’s race!
The American airs at 2 p.m. Sunday on RFD-TV.
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