Big Sky Country
- January 12
In the Rocky Mountains of Colorado on a real
working ranch, eight more city slickers will trade the creature comforts of home
for two weeks of dirt... and pain... and probable dismemberment. And for what?
$25,000 and the right to be called "cowboy."
This semester, as with other semesters, the
slicks will be tested to their very core on all of the makings of a cowboy.
Success brings reward. Failure brings the possibility of kissing your ultimate
rodeo dream goodbye.
Your eight slicks are...
Candace; Landsdale, PA; stay at home mom
Bobby; Baltimore; college football coach
Katie; Venice, CA; 5th grade teacher
Cosmo; Philadelphia; unemployed
Farrah; Dallas; real estate agent
Malcolm; Chicago; graphic designer
Sarah; Clayton, NJ; surgery coordinator
Rich; Visalia, CA; restaurant operator
We all remember Rocco Wachman, the best friend
and the worst enemy you'll have. We also meet Judd Leffew, the wrangler and a
man who scares most people to death... for fun. He lets everyone know that in
two weeks, they're gonna do what he just did... and that's ride a bull for eight
Time to process. Unlike last year, Rocco lets
everyone keep ONE thing from their baggage. Bobby keeps a deck of cards;
Candice, a lip balm; Rich, a Leatherman; Katie, hair ties; Malcolm, a bar of
soap; Sarah, bronzer (WTF?!); Cosmo, toothpaste; and Farrah, a hairbrush... for
her extensions. Judd mentions that Farrah's high maintenance lifestyle will be
her own undoing at Cowboy U.
Day 1, 1:30p. Time to move in. Some people
discover that their one item has already been packed into their saddlebags.
Woops. It's enough to drive Farrah to quit (since they took all of her luggage
with all of her clothes in it). But does she? Naaah... She'll just make a big
to-do about it. Without any undies on, okay!
4p: Calf dressing contest. In teams of two, the
object is to get a calf in the circle, pick up their hind legs, get on a pair of
tighty-whiteys, and drag them to the finish line. There's a 3-minute time limit.
Katie/Malcolm: time out
Cosmo/Sarah: time out
Bobby & Farrah win this one. Bobby's the toughest
guy here. Rocco's hoping for a lot of great things.
5:30p: shower. The water... is freezing.
7p: Dinner. Enjoy it tonight, because starting
tomorrow, you'll be cooking your own meals, three times a day. It is at dinner
when the slicks find out about the evals, the campfire, and the dream rodeo with
25 G's on the line. But, as always, the rodeo only has four slots.
Day 2, 6a. What better way to wake up some slicks
8a: Horse assignments. Remember, your first duty
is to your horse. Farrah gets Chief. Katie gets Killer... Remember, it's only a
10a: First riding lesson. The same problem Sarah
had with saddling, she has with mounting. Remember, walk and give an even
squeeze with both legs. From there, we go to a job. Farrah and Candace and Bobby
are quick studies. "End of the first riding lesson. Nobody's dead, so that's a
Afterwards, Farrah goes on about her hair and
thinking that every meal would be catered. Katie: "Are you out of your fricking
2:30p: Bull riding lessons. Begin at the
beginning... Jackasses! It's an eight-person donkey race. And some of the
donkeys end up riding the slicks. Katie ends up the winner, though. She worked
that ass. And coming in dead last... is Sarah. The price you pay for being
Farrah talks to Rocco about feeling really
uncomfortable. She wants a hairdryer, a cell phone, and a belt buckle. No can
do. Wouldn't be fair to anyone else. It's up to Farrah here. If she stays, she
agrees to Rocco's law. If not, then there's the flatbed.
6:30p: Farrah decides to leave. Needless to say
that Rocco's disappointed. "That's going to stick in my craw for a long time."
Wah, wah, wah, bye. "Any final words for us?"
Day 3: 7a. Breakfast.
10:30a: second riding lesson. It's a simple
barrel turn. They quickly learn what a canter is, 123, 123, 123. Candace and
Bobby are quick again. Katie and Sarah... not so much. Katie can't stop
apologizing. "I feel like I'm not doing the job." Forget being sorry. Now start
being the master of your horse. Do not get frustrated. She ends up jogging the
horse after Rocco relaxes him. "I'm the frontier Dr. Phil."
6:30p: Katie gets told that she's making herself
an underdog, and that's not the way to go. Katie is offered Farrah's old horse.
She agrees to try it out. Whatever you do, though, don't eliminate yourself.
8:30p: Reward. So far, the best person of the
pack is Bobby. He's going to the honky tonk in town.
Now on to one final note. After Farrah left, the
attitude changed to one of positivity. But this will get tough fast. Is everyone
going to stick it out? Everyone's in. Good.
Next time, the seven remaining players shoot off