Richmond Champion| Bareback Rider
- Hometown: The Woodlands, Texas
- Weight: 215
- Rookie Year: 2010
- DOB: 12/16/92
Richmond Champion, Professional Bareback Rider, has competed professionally since 2010. He said, “I started out riding bulls and I was terrible! My brother rode bareback horses and one day he was going to get on a practice horse, so I decided to try it and I have loved it ever since.”
Bareback riding must be his calling because Champion is now considered “The Million Dollar Cowboy” and was the first athlete to win RFDTV’S, The American Rodeo in 2014. He won $1,000,000 in just one day! The ERA much like The American is new and exciting to the sport of rodeo. We asked Champion what he is most looking forward to regarding the ERA he said, “It will bring more attention to the sport and allow fans to truly follow their favorite athletes and animals. It gives the public an opportunity to be involved and understand what it takes to be an Elite Rodeo Athlete. The fans will be able to have that one on one interaction with their favorite contestants. For the contestants it’s the opportunity of a lifetime, it’s a change and it’s an opportunity to secure the future.”
RICHMOND CHAMPION Q&A
Q: What do you hope is different about the ERA based on a fan’s perspective?
A: It will give the fans the opportunity to follow their favorite athletes and the sport of rodeo. There will be a set schedule that will make it easier for the fans to follow.
Q: What excites you most about the sport?
A: It’s electric! Everyday is a new challenge. I love the camaraderie of the sport and just being surrounded by good people.
Q: Who was your mentor or role model at the start of your career?
A: Clint Cannon, Bobby Mote and Kaycee Field have had a huge impact on my career. The list is endless.
Q: Tell us about your rookie year and any advice you have for those just starting out?
A: My rookie year was a test. I had a strong winter and then quickly learned that an entire year is a long process. There are a lot of ups and downs and I got down on myself. I give my dad the credit for helping me finish out the year on a positive note. You will definitely learn a lot after going to about 102 rodeos in one year. After my sophomore year I felt like I could take on the world!