Cowboy Lifestyle Network’s Official PRCA Celebrity of the Month for September 2014 is Richmond Champion, a professional driver who happens to ride bucking horses. The 21-year old Professional Rodeo Cowboy and CLN Celebrity is from The Woodlands, Texas, better known as, the “Million-Dollar Cowboy” after winning RFD-TV’s The American top prize of $1.1 Million Dollars.
Many cowboys and bareback riding contestants look at him for all the answers, especially after winning the most significant cash payout ever awarded to a rodeo contestant in a single day at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
This bareback rider certainly knows how to position himself to keep his body on some of the biggest and baddest bucking horses in the sport today.
Meanwhile, Richie Champion has proven to be one of the toughest competitors in Pro Rodeo because he also knows how to read the horses he hops on, which allows him to produce some of the most amazing 8-second rides that leaves rodeo fans stimulated for months.
Champion has been clinching victories left and right this 2014 PRCA Rodeo season. Including, 2014 Cheyenne Frontier Days “Daddy of ‘Em All” with one of the most adrenaline-packed rides that CLN has ever witnessed behind the chutes, landing him a 91-point ride. In fact, the CLN Team got to spend some quality time with Richmond at #CFD2014 and were able to get to know this extremely nice and genuine young man.
Richmond began his rodeo experience in 2006 as a teenager riding bulls at the age of 13. As a matter of fact, he rodeo bucking bulls until his junior year in high school, when he tried bareback riding for the first time at the age of 17 on July 4, 2010.
Clint Cannon, Chris Harris and Pete Carr and a great impact on Richmond Champion when he attended 3 separate bareback riding schools during a 6-month period.
After attending Eastside Catholic School and graduating from The Woodlands High School 3 years ago, Richmond Champion began pursuing an Agriculture Major at Tarleton Sate University.
Champion is an active member of the Texas A&M University system as a Junior at TSU in Stephenville, Texas.
Richmond travels with his team mate and friend Taylor Price of Huntsville, Texas. Coming from an equestrian background, his parents Greg and Lori Champion supported Richmond and his brother to Doug, who is also a PRCA bareback rider, to follow their passion of riding bucking horses.
Richmond Champion enjoys all kinds of music, staying in shape by working out and living healthy. He also loves fishing, hunting and being outdoors when he isn’t competing in the rodeo arena. But when it comes down to bareback riding, Champion is a new breed of celebrity.
According to PRCA’s 2013 World Standings, Champion placed 25th with a total earnings of $36, 124. He won the Pikes Peak aka Bust rodeo in Colorado Springs and was a Co-Champion at the Eagle Country Fair & Rodeo in Colorado.
Other rodeo highlights consisted of winning Washington’s Ellensburg Rodeo and Cowboy Capital Pro Rodeo in Bandera, Texas.
Champion’s professional highlights in 2014 have been nothing short of spectacular, as he won bareback riding events at Cheyenne Frontier Days, Spanish Fork’s Utah Fiesta Day Rodeo, Dodge City’s Kansas Round-Up Rodeo and not to mention the $1M Dollar purse at The American.
In addition to being the Co-Champion at Denver’s National Western Stock Show & Rodeo, Montgomery’s Southeastern Livestock Exposition, Guymon’s Pioneer Days, and Walla Walla’s Frontier Days.
Join Cowboy Lifestyle Network this year at the 2014 (NFR) Wrangler National Finals Rodeo to cheer on bareback rider Richmond Champion in Las Vegas, Nevada!