Gold Buckle Matches set for Feb. 10 in San Antonio

by Siri Stevens

Special Features_April_15.inddNASHVILLE, Tenn., Jan. 14, 2016 – RFD-TV announced today a series of matches between some of the most decorated cowboys and cowgirls in history.

On Feb. 10, a dozen individuals will saddle up at the San Antonio Rose Palace with skills that have earned them a collective 54 gold buckles. They’ll compete head-to-head for exemptions into RFD-TV’s The American, presented by Polaris Ranger, on Feb. 28. There, they’ll have a shot at winning $1 million!

The network already announced an epic match for an exemption that day between tie-down roping legends Cody Ohl and Fred Whitfield, using different score lengths and different-sized calves. The two have earned 14 world championships between them. And that same day, Feb. 10, there will be three other big timed-event matches at the same venue.

Rope Myers, 46, won the gold buckle in steer wrestling in 2001 and has wrestled his way to $1.2 million. Myers, who has been hosting steer wrestling camps and clinics, told Justin McKee recently, “I can still slam ’em.” He will match Lee Graves, 44, who earned two world titles (in 2005 and 2009) and has earned $1.6 million.

“It’s go time,” said Graves. “I’ve been shoeing horses and ranching in Canada, so maybe I can cut back on that and make some money I know how to make.”

Also, world champion barrel racers Lindsay Sears and Kelly Kaminski will face off, likely with the requirement they’ll each ride two different horses. Kaminski won two world titles back-to-back in 2004-05, and Sears was the world champ in 2008 and 2011.

And the match in team roping could be the most talked-about, ever. It pits a round-robin-style format among six legends who own a staggering 32 gold buckles, including headers Jake Barnes (7), Speed Williams (8) and Tee Woolman (3); pairing with heelers Allen Bach (4), Rich Skelton (8) and Walt Woodard (2).

If you’re in Texas, get tickets to these once-in-a-lifetime matches by calling (817) 599-7681 or visiting The matches will be televised on RFD-TV that same week.

To get your tickets to The American Semi-Finals in Fort Worth, Feb. 17-21, and/or The American in Arlington on Feb. 28, plus the PBR’s Iron Cowboy on Feb. 27, visit or call 800-745-3000.

For more information, visit, and and Twitter with handle @RFDTVAmerican. To follow trends, it’s #TheAmerican.

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