- Cowboy U
Cowboy U first season logo
Format Reality Developed by Triage Inc., CMT Productions Starring Rocco Wachman (Instructor)
Judd Leffew (Wrangler)
Country of origin United States Production Camera setup Multi-camera Running time 60 minutes Broadcast Original channel CMT Original run August 29, 2003 – 2007 External links Website
Cowboy U was an American reality television series that aired on CMT from 2003 to 2007. The show premiered on August 29, 2003. Each season, eight "city slickers" were brought to a ranch and competed to win the final rodeo and $25,000.
- 1 Aspects
- 2 Cowboy U: 2003
- 3 Cowboy U: 2004
- 4 Cowboy U: Moloka'i (2004)
- 5 Cowboy U: Texas (2005)
- 6 Cowboy U: Oklahoma (2006)
- 7 Cowboy U: Colorado (2007)
- 8 Criticism
- 9 See also
- 10 References
- 11 External links
The show has several weeks of contests (called "boot camp") to determine who will go to the final rodeo, and who will be going home. Recurring competitions throughout the series include the seven rings of fire, calf scrambling, cow dodging, firearm competitions, steer wrestling, driving a horse and wagon, buckboard wagon shooting, pig chasing, barrel racing, wild cow riding, bull riding, and various eating contests that (most recently) have included Rocky Mountain Oysters.
At the campfire, Rocco announces who has worked the hardest over the past few days and announces the reward. The winner gets a special reward, like a warm bubble bath, instead of the daily cold showers.
Once during each season, Rocco will show up at the bunkhouse and ask the contestants to decide who has done the least over the past few days. After they decide, the unlucky person has to do a special chore, like shoveling out horse barns.
Every few days at the campfire, someone who is just not getting the job done is eliminated. They say goodbye to the other contestants, get their stuff loaded on the back of a truck, and they leave the ranch. Only four of the contestants not eliminated get to participate in the rodeo and have a chance at winning all-around cowboy and walk away with a check for $25,000.
After boot camp, the city slickers go out on the trail for a two-day ride to gather cattle and bring them back to the ranch. Everyone works hard to escape the final elimination and make it to the next day's rodeo.
Rodeo day is finally here, and the city slickers will put all they've learned at Cowboy U to the test. They will compete in barrel racing, steer wrestling, wagon racing and shooting and bull riding. One person will be named the all-around cowboy and walk away with a check for $25,000.
Cowboy U: 2003
Season 1 Contestants
Status Name Sex Hometown Day Job Week Eliminated Dotan Baer M Jerusalem, Israel Commodities broker Justin Rae Barnes F Lake Tahoe, Nevada Waitress/Writer Jason Ebs M Camden, New Jersey Musician Winner Drea Gunness F upstate New Hampshire Fitness instructor Marc Heber M Agoura Hills, California Sales executive Chelsea McElroy F Portland, Oregon Boutique owner
Cowboy U: 2004
Cowboy U: 2004
Season Number: Two
Season 2 Contestants
Status Name Sex Hometown Day Job Week Eliminated Dani Armstrong F Highland, Michigan Singer/dancer Winner David Bauman M Burlington, Wisconsin Children's book author Megumi Hosogai F Honolulu, Hawaii Restaurant hostess voluntarily quit Brandie Lyons F Visalia, Calif Registered nurse Frank Prather M Bethesda, Md Software salesman Amir Raziq M St. Louis, Missouri Salesman Chris Shurley M Gainseville, Florida Marketing director Elli Wooten F Key West, Florida Flight attendant
Cowboy U: Moloka'i (2004)
Cowboy U: Moloka'i
Premiered: November 19, 2004
Season Number: Three
Season 3 Contestants
There were ten contestants competing in Cowboy U Season 3. The ten contestants were composed of five couples teams.
Status Names Hometown Day Job Week Eliminated Winner Eric Rojas and Yancy Mendia Eric (Fireman), Yancy (Secretary) Rodeo Eric Dunn and Tiffany DeClark Rodeo Lance and Vicky ' Bill and Annette ' Tom and Sandra
Cowboy U: Texas (2005)
Cowboy U: Texas
Premiered: July 1, 2005
Season Number: Four
Season 4 Contestants
Status Name Sex Hometown Day Job Week Eliminated Winner Sal Williams M Los Angeles, California Music Director N/A Eliminated Candice Fields F Sacramento, California Lawyer Eliminated Brian Simpson M Lakeland, Florida Artist Rodeo Corey M Westwood, California Personal Trainer Eliminated Fawn F Los Angeles, California Fashion Merchandiser Eliminated George M Oviedo, Florida Salesman Rodeo Rachel F New York, New York Ballet Teacher Rodeo Tera F Santa Monica, California Graphic Designer
Cowboy U: Oklahoma (2006)
Cowboy U: Oklahoma
Premiered: January 6, 2006
Season Number: Five
Season 5 Contestants
Status Name Sex Hometown Day Job Placing in competition Winner Joe McEachern M Dorchester,Massachusetts Technical Director 1st Rodeo Dan M Promotions Director 2nd Rodeo Gina DeFreitas F Office manager 3rd Rodeo Trish F Fashion Sales Rep 4th Eliminated Anthony Siniscalco M Hair Stylist 5th Eliminated Kalia M Bartender 6th Eliminated Kimberlie F Life Coach 7th Eliminated Ryan M 8th
Cowboy U: Colorado (2007)
Cowboy U: Colorado
Premiered: January 12, 2007
Season Number: Six
Season 6 contestants
Status Name Sex Hometown Day Job Placing in competition Winner Malcolm Williams M Park Forest, Illinois Freelance graphic artist 1st Rodeo Bobby Chesney M Baltimore, Maryland Assistant College football Coach at Johns Hopkins University 2nd Rodeo Rich Kreps M Hanford, California Restaurateur 3rd Rodeo Candace F Lansdale, Pennsylvania Stay at home mom 4th Eliminated Katie F Los Angeles, California Fifth grade teacher 5th Eliminated Cosmo Fattizzo M South Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Unemployed 6th Eliminated Sarah F Sugerical Coordinator 7th Eliminated Farrah F Dallas, Texas Sells residential Real estate Last (Voluntarily quit competition)
Cowboy U has received some criticism, mainly for being, to some, sexist. Critics said that the women are portrayed as "materialistic and prissy". The critics also said that the women are depicted differently in the competition than the men are, along with focusing on animal rights issues, and the fact that there aren't many female ranch hands on the show.
- ^ Cowboy U website (August 2003 archive)
- ^ M.B. Roberts (2004-11-14). "Cowboy U Isn't Horse Play". AmericanProfile.com. http://www.americanprofile.com/article/4434.html. Retrieved 2007-02-19.
- ^ Pam Gelman (2007). "Common Sense Note". commonsensemedia.org. http://www.commonsensemedia.org/tv-reviews/Cowboy-U.html. Retrieved 2007-02-20.
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