Young Guns: The Five Best Cowboys 20 And Under

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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.

Sundell, Hughes, Tovar Seize Titles At The 2017 CINCH Boyd Gaming Chute Out

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The 2017 CINCH Boyd Gaming Chute Out did not disappoint even the most avid rodeo fan with it’s match ups of World Champions and young talent promising to be the next big thing. They started with a field of 64 competitors, dwindled it down to the top 6 in each event for the semi-final and then the top three faced off in a sudden death final.

Junior NFR Ups The Ante In Year Two

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By Lincoln Shryack

While rodeo’s biggest stars duke it out this week at Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, the future wave of cowboy and cowgirl talent will share a portion of the Las Vegas spotlight. The second annual Junior NFR will raise the bar set by last year’s inaugural rodeo, as more qualifiers, events, and competition days will make for an even grander spectacle.

Coming In Hot: CINCH Boyd Gaming Chute-Out Competitors

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By Katy Lucas

The CINCH Boyd Gaming Chute-Out promises high scores and fast times with this year’s lineup of legends and young hot-shots. Not only do you have the likes of world champions and veteran competitors like Fred Whitfield, Rich Skelton, Sherry Cervi, and Shane Proctor, but mix in cowboys that have already gotten their roll on for the 2018 rodeo season and you’ve got a deadly combination.

Junior NFR Preview: Carrying On The Family Name

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By Katy Lucas

Magnus, Kelton, Goodrich, Timberman, Myers, Skelton, and Brazile.

You know the names, you remember the runs and rides under the bright lights of Las Vegas’ Thomas and Mack Center, and you saw the pride in the gold buckles won that they still wear to this day.

CINCH Boyd Gaming Chute-Out Preview: Cast of Rodeo Legends In Las Vegas

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The most glamorous and lucrative portion of the rodeo season has officially arrived now that the calendar has turned to December. For the world’s best cowboys and cowgirls, the next two weeks can make or break their 2017 campaigns, as Wrangler National Finals Rodeo awaits. But, of course, NFR isn’t the only show in town: the CINCH Boyd Gaming Chute-Out, December 7-9 in Las Vegas, will stream live on FloRodeo featuring several legends of the sport.

Wyoming Rodeo Coach Passes Away After Gunshot Wound

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On Sunday, the University of Wyoming rodeo community lost longtime coach George Howard to a gunshot wound, according to the Converse County Sheriff's Office. Howard was 59 years old. University president Lauri Nichols released the following statement about Howard's passing:

Competitors See Big Payouts As 2017 Pro Agribition Rodeo Concludes

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Champions are headed home with shiny buckles and a win at the first rodeo of the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association (CPRA) season! Those that win big at the Canadian Western Agribition’s professional rodeo can sleep easy this winter knowing they are starting off the spring 2018 season in the driver’s seat. 

Aggregate Titles In Jeopardy After Pool B Competitors Rock Leaderboard

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If you were entertained by Pool A’s performance at the 2017 Pro Agribition Rodeo, you haven’t seen the half of it! Friday night meant Pool B was in town, and when the lights went out on tonight’s performance, the leaderboard had been shattered in almost every event.

More Bull Riders Make Eight On Night Two At The 2017 Pro Agribition Rodeo

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Now that Pool A has completed both of their go-rounds, they'll have to sit back and watch while the Pool B competitors take their shot at the $12,300 in added prize money at the 2017 Pro Agribition Rodeo tonight.

Ky Marshall Leads Bareback Competition After Day One At 2017 Pro Agribition

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Under the floodlights at the spectator-packed Brandt Centre, competitors at the 2017 Pro Agribition Rodeo showed they weren't holding anything back on the first day.