Tarleton grad and tie-down roper wins at The American

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Reese Riemer was named the RFD-TV's The American tie-down roping champion and won $600,000 on Sunday.

Reese Riemer was named the tie-down roping champion and earned $600,000 at the RFD-TV’s The American on Sunday in Arlington. Riemer tied his calf in a little over seven seconds and beat out the world’s top-ranked athletes.

Riemer competed against 17 other ropers in the competition.

He was part of the Tarleton State University rodeo team for two years, graduating May 2014, and helped the team get third place in the college finals in June 2013.

“You work at it nonstop every day,” Tarleton rodeo coach Mark Eakin said Monday. “I don’t think they prepare any differently than they would for any event. That’s what they love to do.”

At 17-years-old, Riemer won the Texas Rodeo Cowboy Association tie-down roping championship in 2007 and set the TRCA year-end earnings record two years later when he won again. He has won three Tri-State High School Finals and qualified twice for the college rodeo finals.