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PLAY SERIES SIZZLE REELSet on a sprawling ranch, INSP’s Ultimate Cowboy Showdown gives twelve of America’s toughest cowboys the chance to show off their skills in a series of grueling challenges as they compete against one another to win a herd of cattle and the coveted gold-plated Ultimate Cowboy belt buckle.
InfoTotal # of Episodes: 6 Length of Episodes: 40 min Genre: Reality Competition Series Ratings: G Format: HD Status: Recent IMDb Page
Towering baritone Trace Adkins has sold more than 11 million albums and charted more than 20 singles in his 25 years in Nashville, a remarkable run for one of country music’s most easily identifiable stars. With over one billion spins on Pandora (10 million per month), one million followers on Spotify and nearly 200 million plays on YouTube, the Louisiana native is back in the studio after releasing his 12th studio album, Something’s Going On, with BBR Music Group/Wheelhouse Records in 2017. A three-time GRAMMY Award nominee, Adkins has won three Academy of Country Music Awards, including the 2009 Single of the Year Award for “You’re Gonna Miss This” and Vocal Event of the Year with Blake Shelton for “Hillbilly Bone” in 2010. The Grand Ole Opry member is also an author and spokesman for the Wounded Warrior Project and The American Red Cross, for whom he raised more than $1.5 million dollars as winner of NBC’s All-Star Celebrity Apprentice. In recent years, Adkins has performed for our service members across 12 USO Tours. In his 2007 autobiography, A Personal Stand: Observations and Opinions from a Freethinking Roughneck, Adkins recounted his rise to fame, brushes with death, and battles with personal demons. Adkins has also acted in multiple films and television shows, playing a tough-as-nails biker in “The Lincoln Lawyer” (starring Matthew McConaughey), a desperate father in “Deepwater Horizon” (starring Mark Wahlberg) and a wise oracle of a tattoo artist in the family friendly film “Moms’ Night Out” (starring Patricia Heaton, Sean Astin, Sarah Drew). His most recent role was that of MercyMe’s real-life manager, Brickell, in the box office smash “I Can Only Imagine.” The film was the third biggest selling movie on its opening weekend in America.
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 saddle maker 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.