Chandler Bownds has had his PRCA card for two years and has won several major rodeos in that short amount of time. In 2011, he was not only named Resistol’s Rookie of the Year, but also qualified for the 2011 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. Be sure to catch Chandler on February 8th and 9th when he will be competing at the 117th annual Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo!
Name: Chandler Bownds
Hometown: Lubbock, Texas
Rodeo Event: Bull Riding
How did you become interested in riding bulls?
My Dad is a team roper and when I was little I used to follow him around every time he went to go rope. However, I was introduced to bull riding and raising bucking bulls at age ten when I met stock contractor Lyndal Hurst. His daughters moved into our school district and we stock showed together. He invited me to come and try to ride and it stuck…I’ve been doing it ever since then.
What is your most memorable moment in the arena?
My most memorable moment in the arena is when I was 95 points and tied the arena record is Ellensburg, Wa.
Who would you consider one of your heroes in the sport of rodeo?
Lane Frost because he was a great bull rider and an inspiration to the rodeo world. I had the honor of meeting Lane Frost’s parents at the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo a couple of years ago. I consider that to be a memory I will never forget.
What would your advice be to someone interested in becoming a bull rider?
Set a goal, try hard, be positive, and surround yourself with a good support system. Make sure you have the right equipment, especially your Justin boots, and you get on a lot of practice bulls when you get the opportunity. Most of all, don’t forget where you came from and what it took to get there.
What is your favorite thing to do outside of competing when you visit Fort Worth?
I like going to a Rangers game or hanging out with friends that live in the area.
What is your favorite place to eat when you visit Fort Worth?
My favorite place to eat is Fred’s. It’s a great atmosphere and I like to listen to some of the bands that they have play there.
Photo Credit: James Phifer