Meet The MAD 10 Part 1
Ten riders, The “Mad 10”, have been chosen by you – the fans – and PBR legends to compete in the BlueDEF Bucking Madness Boot Camp for a chance to win $25,000 and an opportunity to compete in the BlueDEF Tour World Finals. In one week, the Mad 10 will be descending upon Bowie, Texas, to lay it all on the line to achieve their ultimate goal –becoming a PBR Pro. However, before we get to Boot Camp, let’s get to know the “Mad 10.” Below are the first five riders, in no particular order. Check out Part 2 for bios on the second five here.
Hometown: Jasper, Texas
Braden Richardson drew on his family, friends and community to receive the highest number of votes during the Bucking Madness Entry period to earn a spot in the Mad 10. Braden is focused, nervous and excited for the opportunity to compete at Boot Camp. He started riding ponies and calves at 10 years old and was riding bulls by the time he was 16. Currently, Braden rides on the Panola College Rodeo team and when not riding bulls he is lifting weights, doing yoga, Pilates, riding horses bareback and enjoying the outdoors with his buddies. To prepare for Boot Camp, he’s been practicing on buckers and working to stay mentally focused in the weeks leading up to camp.
Hometown: Cookeville, TN
Cody Brewer has always been a fan of bull riding, he loves the toughness, grit and determination required to succeed in the sport. He started off riding bareback in youth rodeos as a kid until receiving an opportunity to get on a bull and since then he’s never looked back. Outside of riding bulls, Cody loves roping and tries to rope every chance he gets. He’s the consummate cowboy. To prepare for Boot Camp, Cody is focused on eating right, running, working out and doing muscle memory drills. Going into Boot Camp he’s confident and ready to ride some bulls. Also, he plans to, “Keep my mouth shut and learn what I can from the legends”.
Danny Joe Fowler:
Hometown: Bakersfield, CA
Danny is the most seasoned of the riders coming into Boot Camp at the age 36. After a seven-year break from riding, he’s eagerly looking forward to competing at Boot Camp and the opportunity to ride in a BlueDEF Tour Event. When Danny is not riding bulls or practicing, he and his wife are cottage parents at the West Texas Boys Ranch. He has spent the summer teaching the boys how to weld as they complete various tasks around the ranch. Not only is Danny teaching these boys valuable life lessons, but he also is instilling a sense of pride and work ethic in the tasks they complete throughout the summer. As Danny says, he is “Raising Boys, Building Men.” Danny is very thankful for the support he has received from the boys at West Texas Boys Ranch. They have provided Danny the moral support needed to keep his comeback to PBR going.
Hometown: Wynnewood, OK
Dustin Ratchford has rodeo in his blood; coming from a rodeo family, who has been involved in every facet of the sport. At 19 years old, Dustin is one of the young guns at Boot Camp. However, he’s a third generation cowboy who started riding sheep at 3 and gradually worked his way to calves and bulls. When Dustin is not riding bulls, he’s busy with school work. Currently, he’s majoring in Natural Gas Compression at Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology. In preparation for Boot Camp, Dustin isn’t slowing down. He’s been competing at various PBR events this summer. As boot camp is nearing, he’s confident and looking forward to competing against Jake Gowdy. He and Jake have competed against each other since they were little, so it should be an intense battle at Boot Camp.
Hometown: Bristow, OK
Jake Gowdy won his first buckle at 7 years old and hasn’t looked back since. Under the watchful eye of his dad, a former bull rider himself, he was taught how to ride the right way and the importance of hard work. Outside of bull riding, Jake helps run the family ranch. He recently took a few days off from bull riding to get caught up on some ranch work. Heading into Boot Camp, Jake is excited about the opportunity to learn from the best and compete. He’s also focused and ready to take the next step in achieving his goal of being a PBR World Champion.