Ben Londo says he is enjoying the "Toughest Cowboy" competition.
The Athena cowboy is a part of the third season of the sports/drama series on Spike TV. Toughest Cowboy fields 12 contestants in all three rough stock events: bareback riding, bronc riding and bull riding.
The ultimate Toughest Cowboy Champion at the end of the seven-tournament series will win the deed to a ranch in the Rocky Mountains of Wyoming.
"They had tryouts back in October down in Mesquite," he said. "A couple of buddies of mine have always talked about doing it, but I always had conflicts. This year we went down and they picked 12, and I made it."
Londo said the events are held indoors in the bigger cities and draw big crowds. The first event last week, was held at Raleigh, N.C.
"I was blown away. There was a huge crowd and they were very enthusiastic," he said. "Most of them have never been to too many rodeos, and you know, this isn't your average rodeo."
Londo said when you compete there isn't much time between the events.
"You get on all three back to back, really quick," he said. "It's an exciting atmosphere."
Londo has been very busy with the Toughest Cowboy schedule and also getting to as many PRCA rodeos as he can this winter. Londo's next competition is in San Antonio, where he will compete in bareback and saddle bronc riding.
"I don't want to get on any more bulls than I have to," he said with a chuckle.
Londo says he is not sure which event is his strongest right now, but he enjoys the competition.
"It kind of varies back and forth between bareback riding to the broncs, but right now I am riding broncs better than the barebacks."
Toughest Cowboy can be seen Thursday nights at 11 p.m.
PRCA: The 113th annual Fort Worth Stock Show Rodeo came to a close on Sunday night at the Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum.
The big money winner was Jason Miller, who cashed in for nearly $17,500 in the steer wrestling. He topped three steers in 11.3 seconds. Miller, the 2007 PRCA World Champion, is from Creek, Wyo.
Miller credited his mount Willie, AQHA Steer Wrestling Horse of the Year owned by Curtis Cassidy of Donalda, Alberta.
"That horse is phenomenal," Miller said. "He works awesome every time and is probably the most dependable horse I've ever been on."
Bobby Mote from Culver won the bareback riding. He turned in a four-round score of 322 points to collect $7,765.
Tyson Durfey of Colbert, Wash., claimed the calf roping title at Fort Worth. He roped and tied three calves in 26.0 seconds to win $14,786.
PBR: The Professional Bull Riders return to NBC Sports Saturday for the Express Classic at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City. A special matchup will take place during the telecast as world standings leader J.B. Mauney will try to ride the PBR World Champion bull "Bones" owned by Tom Teague. Teague has put up $20,000 if Mauney can cover the unridden bull.
"I think my chances are good right now," Mauney said. "I'm riding as good as I ever have. Shoot, I feel that there's nothing that can throw me off, so as long as I can keep that going, I will be alright."
Butch Thurman has covered professional rodeo for 29 years. His e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org