Eight-Time Team Roping World Champions to Reunite for World's Ri

Eight-Time Team Roping World Champions to Reunite for World's Richest One-Day Rodeo


January 14, 2015

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Eight-Time Team Roping World Champions to Reunite for World's Richest One-Day Rodeo

Speed Williams and Rich Skelton will compete at THE AMERICAN in Arlington, TX, for a chance to earn $1 million on March 1, 2015

Nashville, Tenn. – It's been 10 long years since the winningest team in the history of roping entered a rodeo together.

Now, a decade after winning a record eight consecutive world championships together, Speed Williams and Rich Skelton will reunite for the first time at RFD-TV's THE AMERICAN presented by Polaris RANGER on March 1st in Arlington, TX at AT&T Stadium.

The former partners are no strangers to winning millions of dollars – Williams, 47, had earned more than $2 million when he retired in 2009, but it took him 23 years. And Skelton, 48, has raked in nearly $3 million over almost 30 years as a professional roper. Despite having qualified 15 and 21 times, respectively, to professional rodeo's Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, the legendary pair never had a chance – until now – to win $1 million in one day.

This rodeo gives anyone a chance to compete with the top ten in the world, even if a guy has retired from full-time competition, said Williams, a Florida native now living in DeLeon, Texas. It brings a whole new element to the sport of rodeo.

The team of Williams and Skelton become the third and fourth superstars to accept an exemption into THE AMERICAN. The others accepting exemptions thus far include 11-time world champion barrel racer Charmayne James and eight-time world champion tie-down roper Fred Whitfield.

THE AMERICAN is honored to invite two of the greatest world champion team ropers ever. They both are very deserving and THE AMERICAN is about inviting the legends that have dedicated their lives to the sport of rodeo. Said Randy Bernard, CEO of RMG Events.

The top five contestants in each event at the conclusion of THE AMERICAN Semifinals in Fort Worth will advance to compete against the top 10 reigning professionals in rodeo and bull riding during RFD-TV's THE AMERICAN on March 1. THE AMERICAN takes over the home of the Dallas Cowboys for the second straight year with the collective cash prize package coming to an unprecedented $2.4 million inside AT&T Stadium.

Tickets for THE AMERICAN Semifinals at the historic Fort Worth Stockyards, Feb. 18-22, are available for $40 per single day or a three-performance package of $100, not including taxes. They can be purchased at the Cowtown Coliseum box office, at stockyardsrodeo.com, or americanrodeo.com

Tickets for RFD-TV's THE AMERICAN, presented by Polaris RANGER, and the Iron Cowboy VI 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.


Notes to Editors:

About RFD-TV's THE AMERICAN Presented by Polaris RANGER: Taking place at Dallas Cowboys' AT&T Stadium on March 1, 2015, with an estimated attendance of more than 75,000, RFD-TV's THE AMERICAN is the richest single-day event in the entire history of rodeo. With $2.4 million on the line, the best athletes in the world will gather in Dallas to battle for the biggest single paycheck of their lives. THE AMERICAN invites the top 10 athletes from the 2014 PRCA, WPRA and PBR world standings. In addition to the 10 invites in each traditional rodeo event, THE AMERICAN invites the top five contestants in each event from the Semifinals, held Feb. 18-22 in Fort Worth. If a top-10-in-the-world athlete wins THE AMERICAN, the prize is $100,000. If a qualifier from the Semifinals wins THE AMERICAN, that contestant will split an additional bonus pool of $1 million dollars in prize money. THE AMERICAN will be aired live on March 1 via RFD-TV. For more information, please visit: americanrodeo.com and www.RFDTV.com. Follow us on Twitter @RFDTVAMERICAN and find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/RFDTVTheAMERICAN.

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