Spin to Win Rodeo - - At The Barrier - with Pa­trick Smith, by Chelsea Shaf­fer

Pa­trick Smith won the first-ever RFD-TV’s The Amer­i­can and its $100,000 pay­day in 2014, and de­spite own­ing nearly every other ma­jor jack­pot and rodeo buckle there is, he sticks to this one most of the time.

“I like the old-school look of the buckle,” Smith said. “It’s re­ally small, and it’s what you get used to. If I put a gold buckle on, it feels like a din­ner plate un­til I’m used to it.”

Smith got most of his other big wins with Trevor Brazile (a gold buck- le and the BFI, to name a few) and Clay Tryan (the Ge­orge Strait and an­other gold buckle), but he picked up this gem the one year he roped with Ge­or­gia’s Kaleb Drig­gers. (Drig­gers also won it in 2015 with Travis Graves.)

He was aboard his for­mer AQHA/ PRCA Heel Horse of the Year, Amigo (reg­is­tered as Sun­day Night Bingo), for the win. Amigo is also re­spon­si­ble for Smith’s world ti­tle in 2010 with Brazile, as well as their 2013 BFI win.

“When I won the Amer­i­can, I re­mem­ber telling ev­ery­one that even if I wouldn’t have won the rodeo, I’d have said it was the coolest rodeo I’ve ever been to. It’s a fun rodeo, and the name and the pres­tige keep grow­ing more and more every year.”

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