Wyola rancher will cowboy up on reality TV show

Jake Iverson

Stephen Yellowtail has been riding horses since before he could ride a bike. He “grew up on horseback,” he said, noting that he’s been doing it as long as he was “able to hold my head up and hold on.”

That training has come in handy. Not just because Yellowtail, 28, now owns and operates the ranch he grew up on near Wyola, Montana, but because he’s one of 14 contestants on the new season of “Ultimate Cowboy Showdown,” a reality show that pits cowboys against each other on various challenges to see who can hang in the saddle the longest. Winner gets bragging rights, a custom belt buckle and a herd of cattle worth at least $50,000.

Trace Atkins hosts Season 3 of “Ultimate Cowboy Showdown,” premiering on INSP on Thursday, April 21. 

Courtesy photo INSP

The show airs on INSP, a channel originally founded in 1978 by Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker that nowadays shows vintage westerns, episodes of “Gunsmoke” and “The Waltons” and original programing like “Ultimate Cowboy Showdown.”

Yellowtail is on season 3,

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