Reese Riemer had a good day recently. A very good day.
The former Weatherford College rodeo athlete won $600,000 and the tie-down roping championship in RFD-TV’s The American, largest payout one-day rodeo ever March 1. The event was held at AT&T Stadium in Arlington and broadcast nationally on RFD-TV.
Riemer, a native of Stinnett in the Texas panhandle, won the title after turning in a finals time of 7.59. His payday was more than seven times what he made in 2014 on the pro rodeo circuit, having qualified for his first Wrangler National Finals Rodeo with $80,569 in earnings, which was 15th in the world.
“Reese is just a great kid,” said WC rodeo coach Johnny Emmons, who was with Riemer at the stadium that day. “He was a model student when he was here, and I’m really proud to see him do so well.”
Riemer was wearing the Weatherford College logo on his back during the nationally-televised event, thanks to a sponsorship from the WC Rodeo Booster Club.
While competing for WC from 2009 to 2011, Riemer qualified for the 2011 College National Finals Rodeo. He qualified again in 2012 at Tarleton State University, and won the PRCA Resistol Rookie of the Year Award for tie-down roping in 2012.
For the second consecutive year, The American offered competitors $2 million in prize money, a record payoff for a single-performance rodeo.
Riemer wasn’t the only WC alumnus in the event. Timber Moore (’06) also qualified and made it all the way to the final four with Riemer.
“I went to The American last year, and it was awesome—it got the whole rodeo world buzzing,” Emmons said. “To see one of your kids win it is unbelievable.”