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It's a whole new ranch as Texas serves as proving grounds for eight city-slickers, fighting for $25,000 and the right to be called...  cowboy.

Recaps by Chico Alexander, GSNN


FACT FILE:
Instructor:
Rocco Wachman
Wrangler: Judd Leffew
EP: Stu Schreiber, Stephen Kroopnick, Chris Greenleaf, David Wechter, Melanie Moreau
Packager: Triage Entertainment, CMT Productions
Origin: CF Ranch; Alpine, TX
Airs: Fridays at 9:00pm ET on CMT


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"Once a Cowboy, Always a Cowboy" - July 22

It's the final day of Cowboy U, and it's time for a rodeo. Rocco's hoping that everyone makes it out in one piece. We have Sal, Rachel, Tera, and Corey. One will win $25,000.

First thing they do is meet some meet. They get smaller-but-meaner bulls. Rachel still sees them as very big. "I just hope today's my day."

Time to spend some time in the arena to cowboy up mentally. Rocco tells them to get intense, get peaceful, and picture each event mentally. Tera thinks that she has the best chance. She's cowboying up to every challenger, being one of the better ropers and better riders, but will this day push her to the limit?

Sal quit his job to be here. He needs a win. He started rocky, but caught on. He may not look pretty, but he gets the job done. Sal's come a long way, but will it be enough?

Corey wants to stay as relaxed as he can. He's been the leader all the way through, but he is way too reckless. He's got a little temper, but looks great on horseback. He's the most aggressive of all the riders.

Rachel is the underdog, having the greatest transformation from softback to the big dogs via sleeping out with the horses. She caught fire with dogie punching, but can she dance with the bulls?

The ambulance is set, the field is ready, the bulls are irate. Let's rodeo!

EVENT 1: Mounted Shooting (15 points available). Winner take all. Each cowboy gets 60 seconds, and 5-second penalties will be assessed for any missed balloons. Break from the pattern is a DQ.

Sal 48.02 + penalty = 53.02 0 points
Tera 41.36 + penalty = 46.36 15 points
Rachel 38.00 + 3 penalties = 53.00 0 points
Corey Eight penalties push time over maximum, no score. 0 points

EVENT 2: Barrel Racing (20 points available). Winner take all. Fastest time wins. Break from the pattern is a DQ.

Corey 19.81 20 points
Sal 25.05 0 points
Rachel Broke pattern, no time. But fastest we've ever seen her. 0 points
Tera 27.30 15 points

EVENT 3: Breakaway Roping (15 points available). Everyone gets three steers and three chances to get one loop. Legal catches - slick horn, half-head, or neck - count for 5 points each.

Corey 0 for 3. From hero to zero. 20 points
Tera 0 for 3. 15 points
Sal 2 for 3. 10 points
Rachel 2 for 3. 10 points

EVENT 4: Bull Riding (50 points available). Winner take all. Time to stare death in the face, eight seconds at a time. The clock stops when a rider lets go, touches the ground, or touches any part of the bull with the free hand.

Rachel 3.42 10 points
Sal 4.37 10 points
Tera 4.21 15 points

It's down to Sal vs. Corey for $25,000! If Corey can beat Sal's time, it's all him. If not, it's all Corey. Ambulance is still at the ready. Let's go!

Sal 4.37 60 points
Corey 2.96 20 points

And Sal, choir director form Los Angeles, takes away the 25 G's! And he's off and running. What's more, he beat Tera by two-tenths of a second! What does Sal say? "Four seconds felt like a lifetime. This is the moment that changed everything. I quit my job to come to Cowboy U... and I WON!"

Graduation: Everyone gets a belt buckle, signifying graduation from Cowboy U Texas. Sal gets the all-around buckle, having REALLY earned it. Lots of love to go around, but as Judd loves to say, "Love gets you thrills, but money pays the bills." Here's a check for $25,000! He wants to spend it on "real wedding rings." He fought for everything and won. He earned his buckle. Judd has never seen so much heart from four people. "I think every one of them has earned the right to call themselves cowboys."

Corey learned to get back on the horse when you buck off. Rachel likened this to therapy, Tera gets an appreciation for all that cowboys do, and Sal has a newfound appreciation to the fire within.

Cowboy U is not a place but a journey. The journey of all that have come before. The stewards of the land, the livestock, and the people they love. "They have to be better people than they came." With that, you can visit Rocco at www.arizonacowboycollege.com. And with that, just remains to ride us into the sunset. See you, space cowboy.

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