Meet the Contestants

COLTEN ANGEL

A married father of two sweet little girls, Colten Angel, revels in the fact that he’s the first Kansas cowboy in the competition. Manager of a large ranch in the city of Florence, Colten is comfortable being in charge and getting things done. He’s excited for the chance to compete against the toughest cowboys in America and to make the man who taught him everything that he knows about cowboyin’ proud — his dad.

 

HUNTER ARNOLD

Texas horse trainer Hunter Arnold’s experience and unique connection with the majestic animals shine through the second you see him ride. He’s participated in endless competitions in both roping and rodeo, earning countless buckles and saddles. Chief, his horse, and trusted companion even won him over $25,000 in the Houston Ranch Rodeo. Blunt by nature, Hunter knows he’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but that doesn’t bother him. He’s here to win.

ORA BROWN

Fierce competitor, Ora Brown, is a cowpuncher in charge of a cattle operation in Pawhuska, Oklahoma. His start into the world of cowboyin’ began at age 12 when he begged a neighbor for a job on his cattle ranch. Serving six years in the US Army, he went on to earn a degree in ranch and feedlot operations. Married and a father of three boys, Ora plans to pass on the cowboy way of life to them.

HANNAH CASTELLITTO

Horse trainer Hannah Castellitto is a serious rodeo competitor, even qualifying for the World Championship of Barrel Racing, but her experience doesn’t stop there. She has learned how to ranch in every climate, due in part to her family’s operation migrating more than once, finally residing in South Carolina. As a single and young woman in the industry, she’s often not taken seriously. Hannah’s out to prove what a mistake it is to underestimate her cowboy skills.

MORGAN FLITNER

Growing up on her family’s farm that’s been in business since 1906, Morgan Flitner has cowboyin’ in her bones. While her primary responsibilities at the family’s establishment are training and selling horses, she also day works for other operations in Wyoming, Montana, Colorado, and Texas. She earned her credentials in livestock and horse judging while attending college in Powell, Wyoming. Morgan’s well-rounded understanding of the industry makes for one tough competitor.

JOHN PAUL “JP” GONZALEZ

Taught to give 110% and go the extra mile by his father, John Paul “JP” Gonzalez abides by that lesson in all he does. From his wife and two boys to his work life, he always gives his all. A man who wears many hats, JP’s skills in roping and ranch rodeo have earned him countless wins, and his love for music has led to a career as a Country Western singer.

KATEY JO GORDON

From the tender age of two, fifth-generation cowboy Katey Jo Gordon has competed in rodeos and won her first competition when she was only five years old. Over the years, she earned a rodeo scholarship, and her triumphs riding on the rodeo circuit have reached the hundreds, with no signs of slowing down. Originally from New Mexico, Katey now resides in Ryan, Oklahoma, and works alongside her husband and father on the family’s cattle ranch.

FATTY HICKMAN

Mississippi cowboy, Fatty Hickman, knows a thing or two about hard work. From an early age, he has been competing in roping events all over the state, eventually earning a rodeo scholarship. He still competes to this day and has climbed up the ladder, starting out building fences to eventually landing a management gig on a cattle ranch. He hopes to win Ultimate Cowboy Showdown so he can run his very own cattle ranch to pass it down to the centers of his world — his kids.

JENNIFER HUDGINS

As the ranch manager at her family’s Oklahoma cattle operation, Jennifer Hudgins knows how she likes things done and expects only the best from her staff. Working side-by-side with her father — an old school cowboy, she’s thankful for all the insight he’s bestowed upon her. Jennifer is a practiced horse trainer, but considers her biggest talent to be a keen ability to read cattle. Adamantly against the term “cowgirl,” she wants to win and prove that girls can be cowboys too.

TYLER KIJAC

Self-made Michigan cowboy Tyler Kijac is a rodeo stock contractor and a former professional bull rider. An entrepreneur, he’s used the knowledge and experience he has from working on some of the largest cattle operations in America to transform a decrepit Oklahoma ranch into a thriving 100-head cattle operation. When it comes to the competition, his drive to win is to create a safety net for him and his wife to start having children.

LONNIE LUKE

Former professional bull rider Lonnie Luke might have retired to settle down and raise a family, but don’t let that fool you — this man cowboyin’ is no joke. Lonnie resides in Hartville, Missouri where he manages a cattle ranch and, on the weekends, works as a ranch hand. A true competitor, his aggressive approach might not come off as the nicest, but he’s not here to make friends — he’s here to win.

JUAN CARLOS “JC” MONTES 

Third-generation cowboy, Juan Carlos “JC” Montes lives and works in Rio Grande City, Texas as a USDA Mounted Patrol Inspector. His job comes with the immense responsibility to keep illegal cattle that could carry ticks, disease, and bacteria, from crossing America’s borders. At his core, JC is family oriented and takes pride in being a husband and father. Outside of work, he continues to help run his family’s 2,500-head cattle ranch.

 

JACKSON TAYLOR

Fifth-generation Texas panhandle cowboy, Jackson Taylor, has been living the ranch life since he was 15. An experienced ranch hand, he has worked on some of the largest operating ranches in Texas, New Mexico, and Montana. Daring by nature, Jackson’s wild personality isn’t just talk; he walks the walk. In his younger years, he rode broncs, but these days he’s responsible for overseeing yearlings. He also trains horses year-round — the job he’s most proud of.

COLE WIDEMAN

A seasoned ranch hand with over 20 years of experience, Cole Wideman has helped keep the 15,000-head cattle operation he works at running smoothly. Known as “The Finisher,” he’s the one you call to finish the toughest jobs that no one else can. With a no-filter attitude, Cole isn’t afraid of confrontation in the name of the game. An accomplished horse trainer and team roper, he sure works hard and hopes to use the grand prize as a retirement investment.


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