Meet the Contestants

Season 2


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.



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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.



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.


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.


Season 1


A championship bull rider for Professional Bull Riders (PBR) and International Professional Rodeo Association (IPRA) from Tennessee, Cody competes all over the United States, Canada, and Mexico. In 2018, Cody was the winner of the 49th International Finals Rodeo and the New York PBR. His experience in the competition realm has made him a tough rider who doesn’t like to lose. Cody grew up on a horse farm, but started working on local cattle farms as soon as he was old enough. He now helps manage 700 head of cattle at Tennessee Tech University. Cody is determined to show the other competitors that he is more than a bull rider and that he can ranch with the best of them.


Believing he was born to be a cowboy, Jason was raised on a horse-breeding farm and began riding when he was only three years old. Originally from Washington, D.C., this urban cowboy now resides in North Carolina where he competes in roping, team penning and cattle sorting competitions. Jason is a volunteer firefighter and truck driver by trade, but spends his weekends working for black Angus ranchers in the area. Jason hopes to ultimately become a full-time cowboy and inspire others to pursue their dreams.


Cuatro is a family man who wants to win the competition to pay tribute to his late mother and build a better future for his young family. After years of competing in rodeos, Cuatro left that part of his life behind when he started a family. With the cowboy code near and dear to his heart, he now works full-time at a ranch in Texas with 7,500 head of cattle where he takes pride in his job of feeding America.


Hadley is an old-school cowboy from Wyoming who looks at the cowboy life as freedom. Winning a full rodeo scholarship in college, he went on to become a professional bronc and bull rider. This expert leatherworker splits his time between his home in Hooper, Utah and the 200 head of cattle ranch he owns in Wyoming. With great respect for cowboy traditions, Hadley is serious when it comes to his cowboy ways and always likes to look his best. Recently married, Hadley can’t wait to start raising little cowboys of his own.


Fourth-generation Texas cowboy, J Storme, wants to show the nation that women can do anything men can do. She grew up on her family’s cattle ranch and is determined to keep the tradition going by following in her grandfather’s footsteps. J Storme studied agriculture in college and competes in ranch rodeos with much success. J Storme now helps in the daily management her family’s ranch and the rebuilding of their operation after surviving devastating losses from hurricane Harvey. Small, but mighty, her grandma showed her how to stay tough in a male-dominated industry.


Having appeared as a Western stuntman for over a decade in many films such as The Magnificent Seven, 3:10 to Yuma, and Django Unchained, Derek is a fearless cowboy who wants to show the world his skills are not just an act. In addition to being a Hollywood stuntman, this former professional bull rider is a ranch hand and skilled horseman. Growing up on a farm, Derek always knew he wanted to be a cowboy and has recently purchased a ranch of his own. He plans to pass on his cowboy ways to his young son.


Fifth-generation Florida cowboy, Jared Lee, thinks the toughest cowboys come from the alligator-filled plains of the South. Growing up on a farm, Jared branched out on his own when he was eighteen to show his father he was just as skilled as the best hands in the country. He now lives in Mississippi where he owns a cattle dog and horse training business and manages a ranch with 15,000 head of cattle. Married with five kids, Jared isn’t afraid to fight for what he thinks is right.


Growing up on a small farm in Iowa, Tara learned how to be a cowboy from her biggest inspiration, her father. Her work on a feedlot in Oklahoma with over 80,000 head of cattle allows her to do what she loves every single day: be the cowboy she was born to be. This former agriculture teacher’s motivation to appear on the show is to prove that women are just as much cowboys as men.


A seasoned modern-day cowboy, Zane is ready to show the young bucks and old-schoolers that his approach to the cowboy life is the most efficient. Zane uses technology to get the job done in half the time without wearing himself out. This former firefighter and paramedic received a full ride to college on a rodeo scholarship and grew up on a farm in New Mexico. Zane worked on a large ranch alongside his father, until recently when his father made the tough decision to retire, bringing Zane’s work on a cattle operation to an end. He is a world champion mounted shooter and proud father of two teenage daughters.


Cole’s goal in this competition is to proudly represent the Midwestern cowboy, who he considers the toughest cowboys in the nation because they deal with sub-zero winters. Cole grew up learning the ropes from his grandfather on his farm. He now owns a 300-acre ranch with about 700 head of cattle close by, where he lives with his wife and daughter. Cole uses horse-drawn machinery to complete his daily tasks and competes in rodeos throughout the summer alongside his wife. He hopes to win the competition so he can expand his ranch into a sufficiently profitable business.


Ethan is an Oklahoma cow boss who’s determined to prove he can out-cowboy anyone and believes his hands-on approach is what sets him apart. Ethan works alongside the cowboys on his ranch, Land & Cattle, a family operation that runs 15-20 thousand head of cattle. Taking over his family ranch after his father passed away, he has expanded their operation into Kansas and continues to bring success to his farm. The vice president of his local chapter of the Cattlemen’s Association, Ethan has a larger than life personality and a big heart.


Juan Carlos is a fifth-generation vaquero who is out to win the ultimate prize to save his family’s ranch. An expert saddlemaker and welder, Juan owns a saddle shop near San Diego, California. He studied ranch management and now splits his time between California and Baja, Mexico. Juan is proud to share the rich history of the vaqueros and how they’ve influenced Western cowboy culture.

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