Meet Ultimate Cowboy Showdown Contestant Ora Brown

Today on What On What’s Good with Jovin Tardif, I am here with Ora Brown.  Ora is a contestant on the upcoming season of Ultimate Cowboy Showdown. In this Reality-TV series, fourteen cowboys compete in the grueling 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 9PM ET on INSP.  Today we meet Ora Brown.  Stay tuned for more interviews coming soon including contestants Katey Jo Gordon and Jennifer Hudgins.


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

My name is Ora Brown, and I am 36 years old. I have been married to my lovely wife, Blakelea for five years, and we have three boys. I come from the small, upcoming town of Pawhuska, OK, in Osage County. My father was a cowboy from Sedan, KS, and my mother was a Pastor from Pawhuska, OK. My father passed away when I was young, but I grew up idolizing him. I started cowboying when I was around twelve, and since I did not have my father around, I had to teach myself a lot. I was also fortunate to have several local cowboys take me under their wing.

I joined the US Army when I was 18 and spent several years at various bases, which was a big learning experience. I enjoyed it, but punching cows always tugged at my heart. When I returned home, I continued to daywork, and I attended college to obtain a ranching degree. I worked at several ranches along the way and spent five years managing an operation, until I gained an opportunity to wrangle horses on a movie set. Working in the film industry had always been a dream of mine, and I later received an offer to work as a stunt performer/rider.

2. How did you become interested in being part of Ultimate Cowboy Showdown?

I had just started working in the film industry and a friend told me to sign-up. I thought it would be a great way to show others that there are Black cowboys that work on ranches and rodeo. I felt like it was an opportunity to educate viewers and encourage others to chase their dreams.

3. How did you feel when you were picked for the show?

I was ecstatic! I felt like I was going to make a difference and accomplish a dream all at the same time.

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

Trace was very down to earth. I admire him for what he has achieved in life, so he was a great motivation.

5. Describe some characteristics that are needed to be an ultimate cowboy.

It takes effort and grit to be an ultimate cowboy. An ultimate cowboy leads with love, honesty, and respect. The knowledge will come; you just have to keep trying.

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

I would say cowboying in general is toughest because it takes so many components and skills to be a cowboy, like roping, horse training, doctoring animals, accounting, and stewarding the land. It is a constant process of increasing knowledge and skill, but all the skills can be improved upon.

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

I think viewers can learn that cowboys are diverse, and all have varying styles. Everyone is unique in their own way with their own set of unique skills.

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