Bloomfield Man Competes in Cowboy Contest—"Ultimate Cowboy Showdown”


The best cattlemen and ranchers from across the country—men and women who make their living off the land – lock horns in a series of grueling challenges on the third season of INSP’s “Ultimate Cowboy Showdown.” Filmed in harsh Douglas, Wyo., it premieres on April 21, and features a local cowboy from Bloomfield, New Mexico, 25-year-old Sal Campos. By Donna K. Hewett. This story is sponsored by Three Rivers Brewery and Pop's Truck and RV Center

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New Mexico native Sal Campos has thrown his hat into the ring to prove that he deserves the reigning title in Cable TV's "Ultimate Cowboy Showdown." Top Cowboys from across the United States compete to win a herd of cattle. Those who fall short are sent packing by country music icon Tracy Adkins, and the panel of expert judges. You're watching the Local News Network brought to you by Three Rivers Brewery and Pop's Truck and RV Center. I'm Wendy Graham Settle. General entertainment network INSP is the ultimate destination for Western programming on cable TV. It airs the "Ultimate Cowboy Showdown" which showcases the best cattlemen and ranchers from across the country. Men and women who make their living off the land and who lock horns in a series of grueling cowboy challenges. They're judged on their skills, knowledge, grit, and passion. Originally from Albuquerque, 25-year-old cowboy competitor Sal Campos lives with his wife and two children on the outskirts of Bloomfield where among other things, he shoes horses and trains them.

I ride every day. I rope pretty much every day. And whenever I like, so what I do day-to-day is I make a living out of my saddle or under a horse, I'm on top or on bottom. But I'm making, trying to make a dollar either way.

Campos decided early on that he didn't want to be just a rodeo cowboy.

I didn't get a chance to grow up on a ranch or nothing like that. My dad had a couple horses and he roped them. So that's how I grew up. I grew up around horses but I didn't want to become the rodeo cowboy, I wanted to become a real cowboy. And real cowboy is being able to go out and check cattle, talk to cattle, keep things alive and pretty much keep everybody fed is what the cowboy is. That's what I wanted to do. And so I kind of just quit roping in like competition-wise. I went more towards just becoming a cowboy, an actual cowboy

In the third season of the "Ultimate Cowboy Showdown," the level of talent and drama becomes much more intense like the climate. Filmed in the beautiful but cold Douglas, Wyoming, the weather conditions proved harsh, harsher still for a single pod cowboy.

So me having one hand it doesn't affect me one bit. A lot of people, they don't even notice until it's already the end of the day and we got everything done and they're like, "Whoa, what happened?" I just tell 'em I left it out there somewhere, maybe you can go find it next time we go.

Watch who brings home the cattle, $50,000 worth, the buckle and the bragging rights. Tune into "Ultimate Cowboy Showdown" on April 21st at 8PM Eastern on INSP TV. Thanks for watching this edition of the Local News Network. I'm Wendy Graham Settle.


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