Young Guns: The Five Best Cowboys 20 And Under

Cooper Martin

By Lincoln Shryack

Inspired by 20-year-old Jess Lockwood and his impressive round one victory last night at the PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals in Las Vegas, we’re highlighting the rodeo young guns who are making the most noise in the professional ranks.

These cowboys are all 20 years old or younger, and each man has been among the very best in their respective disciplines in 2017. With these five leading the way, an exciting future awaits rodeo fans.

1. Jess Lockwood | 20 | Bull Riding

The youngster from Montana kicked off PBR’s main event on Wednesday with a 90.25 ride to win round one; he moved up to third in the PBR world standings. Although it was his first successful ride at World Finals after whiffing in 2016, the result comes as no surprise given Lockwood’s incredible season to date. In January, the 20-year-old — then 19 — won the season opener in New York City, and has since collected three more wins in the Built Ford Tough Series, quite the follow-up to a rookie of the year season from a year ago.

2. Ryder Wright | 19 | Saddle Bronc Riding

We highlighted the Utah teen earlier in the season as one of ProRodeo’s most improved, as Wright, like Lockwood, has been even better in his sophomore season after a stellar rookie campaign. Wright burst out of the gates at NFR 2016 by winning the first four rounds, ultimately propelling him to a fourth-place finish in the world standings. If the young gun rides like he did at NFR last season, this December could bring a gold buckle for the 19-year-old, as he’ll enter Las Vegas six spots higher than a year ago.

3. Koal Livingston | 19 | Bull Riding

Although PBR rookie Livingston has been understandably overshadowed by his fellow bull rider Lockwood, the 19-year-old Texan deserves a nod here for being the youngest rider at this year’s World Finals. Livingston currently sits in seventh in the rookie of the year race after collecting $52,214 in his first PBR campaign.

4. Boudreaux Campbell | 19 | Bull Riding

The PRCA rookie wasted no time in earning an NFR qualification to kick off his pro career. Campbell has picked up four PRCA-sanctioned wins in 2017 and heads to Vegas with more than $88,000 in his pocket. The Texas teen is the only PRCA rookie bull rider to qualify for National Finals Rodeo.

5. Cooper Martin | 20 | Tie-Down Roping

Martin deserves some “most improved” recognition of his own after qualifying for his first NFR in 2017. The Kansan roper was only 33rd in the 2016 standings, but Martin shot up to 14th this go-round after earning nearly $50,000 more compared to a year ago. With his $85,438 total from this breakout campaign, the 20-year-old has surpassed his previous career earnings before even arriving in Vegas.

Logan Bird: Back In Action And Stringing From The Belt For The American

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Just two and a half months after Logan Bird was involved in a single-vehicle accident that could have potentially ended his life, the 2017 Canadian champion tie-down roper is back in action. 

Bear Pascoe Trades Football Cleats For Cowboy Boots At The American

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The last time McKenna Sean “Bear” Pascoe entered AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, he was wearing cleats. The next time he enters the stadium it will be wearing cowboy boots. 

How To Win RFD-TV’s The American, Presented By Dish

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Hundreds of competitors will soon descend upon the Fort Worth, Texas, area for RFD-TV’s The American, presented by Dish, with the semi finals at Cowtown Coliseum in Fort Worth on Feb. 20-24 and the finals at AT&T Stadium in Arlington on Feb. 25. 

Around The World: Who Traveled The Farthest To Get To The American?

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How far would you travel in the hopes of winning a share of over $2 million?

FloRodeo to Live Stream RFD-TV’s The AMERICAN, Presented by Dish

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AUSTIN, Texas -- February 12, 2018 -- FloSports, the innovator in live digital sports and original content, today announced an exclusive partnership with RFD-TV’s The AMERICAN to live stream the Semi-Finals and Finals. Known as The World’s Richest One-Day Rodeo, the top rodeo competitors from around the world compete for $2,500,000.

Will Jess Lockwood Become The Youngest Champion Of The American?

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As of 2017, the youngest competitor to ever win RFD-TV’s The American, presented by Dish was the very first winner of the event. Richmond Champion took home the bareback title and full $1 million bonus in 2014 at the age of 21. 

Top Draws: Frontier Rodeo Company's Show Stomper And Maple Leaf

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Frontier Rodeo Company has produced some of the top horses in the professional rodeo game for many years — notably saddle bronc horse “Medicine Woman” and bareback horse “Full Baggage,” who have earned a combined total of six PRCA stock of the year awards.

$40,000 Per Second: The Numbers Of The American

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When it comes to numbers, RFD-TV’s The American, presented by Dish goes big: hundreds of contestants spread all over a large area of the U.S., Canada, and even Brazil, and the biggest one-day payout in rodeo.

The American: Stories Of David vs Goliath

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RFD-TV’s The American, presented by Dish is a unique event because it brings together matchups that you would never get to see within just any rodeo circuit. All are welcome at the world’s richest one-day rodeo where legends, current champions, unknowns, and up-and-comers from many different associations and avenues meet to see who will walk away with the multi-millions up for grabs. 

Black Hills Stock Show And Rodeo: Broncs For Breakfast And Burch Horses

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What are you doing for breakfast? Sipping your coffee? Having your bacon and eggs maybe?