“Ultimate Cowboy Showdown” shows the true grit of a cowboy

Hannah Chelton, Reporter

“Ultimate Cowboy Showdown” was released on October 14, 2019 on INSP TV. Country singer Trace Adkins hosts the show, and it brings in the top cowboys (and cowgirls) from all over the United States. They compete in various challenges to test not only their capabilities on horseback, but also their passion, knowledge, endurance, and skills in different areas of being a cowboy. Some of the challenges that are thrown at them can include: separating a herd of cattle, team challenges can be changing a tire, throwing hay into a loft, roping a calf on horseback, and carrying the roped calf to a trailer. For team challenges, each member out of the group picks a task, and they race to see who had the fastest time.

At the end of each day there is an elimination of two people, and whoever did not perform the best that day is sent home. While the cowboys are not competing, the cowboys are in charge of tending to and taking care of the prize for the winner, or the top cowboy. The top cowboy receives a herd of cattle that they have been taking care of, and the herd is worth roughly $50,000. Once the winner is declared, it is totally up to them what they choose to do with the cattle. Additionally, to top off the sweet winning, the top cowboys also receive a coveted belt buckle.

Overall, this show is enjoyable to watch, and the whole family can enjoy watching it together. Unfortunately, the show is rather new and there is only one season. However, on February 24, 2021, season two will be released. I would rate this show 4.5 out of 5 stars. After all, the show puts it into perspective how much of a labor-demanding job it is to be a cowboy.