Meet Ultimate Cowboy Showdown Contestant Katey Jo Gordon

Today on What On What’s Good with Jovin Tardif, I am here with Katey Jo Gordon.  Katey is a contestant on the upcoming season of Ultimate Cowboy Showdown. In this Reality-TV series, fourteen cowboys compete in the gruelling Texas heat for a chance to win the prize of a lifetime.  The 2nd Season hosted by country music icon Trace Adkins begins on Wednesday, February 24th at 9 PM ET on INSP.  Today we meet Katey Jo Gordon.  Last week we spoke to Ora Brown.  Stay tuned for another interview with Jennifer Hudgins.


1. Can you tell us a little about your background?

I grew up on my family ranch in Jal, NM, but my parents later sold it and bought a ranch in Oklahoma, which is where I live now.  I was home-schooled growing up, so I worked alongside my dad and competed in rodeos on the weekends. My sister had heart problems and was gone a lot with my mom, so I spent a lot of time with my dad. Once I graduated high school, I attended college on a full-ride rodeo scholarship and studied kinesiology. Since then, I have competed in all kinds of rodeos and competitions.

2. What made you decide to be part of Ultimate Cowboy Showdown?

The opportunity kind of caught my eye when I spoke with casting. I thought it would be a good opportunity, and I wanted to give it a shot to see if I was any good at it.

3. Describe what it was like when you were picked to be on the show.

I was so nervous because I am not used to talking in front of a lot of people, especially in front of a camera.

4. Ultimate Cowboy Showdown is hosted by country music icon Trace Adkins.  What is it like working with him and meeting him?

Trace was cool! He can be a little intimidating, but he was obviously judging us. I didn’t get to spend too much time with him, but he was very nice and down to earth.

5. What are some characteristics needed to be an ultimate cowboy?

Perseverance is number one. Ultimate cowboys have to have a hard work ethic and complete every job to the best of their ability. Even if it isn’t the best situation, ultimate cowboys show up with a lot of grit and perseverance and perform every job the best they possibly can.

6. What would you say is the one of toughest cowboy skills to learn and why?

Being a good horseman is very important, and it does take a lot to learn how to treat a horse right. It can be very difficult to incorporate the horsemanship with running cattle, and not everyone can do both.

7. In your opinion, what can we learn from watching Ultimate Cowboy Showdown on INSP?

Viewers can learn that people from all walks of life can come together and learn from one another.  There isn’t one way to do something, and we can all learn from others. I think it is important not to judge others, and instead, be open-minded and take the time to get to know someone.

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Jovin Tardif
Jovin Tardif is a freelance writer, storyteller, interviewer, reviewer and conversation starter.