Rodeo Austin is proud to be the first ProRodeo event to sponsor a rodeo team. TEAM RODEO AUSTIN consists of Saddle Bronc Rider Chet Johnson, World Champion Bullfighter Lance Brittan, World Champion Bull Rider J.W. Harris, Bareback Rider Brian Bain and Barrel Racer Angie Meadors. The TEAM rodeo full-time traveling the country for Rodeo Austin. These cowboys and cowgirl do an excellent job representing Rodeo Austin around the country!
During the Fair and Rodeo, the TEAM interacts with fans and holds autograph sessions in official Rodeo Austin Souvenir Booth in Luedecke Arena.
Pictured left to right: Brian Bain, Angie Meadors, Chet Johnson, J.W. Harris, Lance Brittan
Chet Johnson - Saddle Bronc Rider
Gillette, Wyoming is the home of three time WNFR qualifier, Chet Johnson. Chet experienced success early in his career as he was the Wyoming State High School Saddle Bronc Champion. In 2009 Chet was the Canadian Finals Rodeo Saddle Bronc Riding Champion. At the WNFR in 2008, Chet placed in three of the ten rounds. Chet became a part of the TEAM in 2006 and always enjoys riding at Rodeo Austin.
Lance Brittan - Bullfighter
Lance Brittan of Windsor, Colorado, is a world renowned bullfighter. As the 1999 World Champion, he has protected cowboys at high profile ProRodeo events. In addition to fighting bulls in the rodeo arenas, his freestyle bullfighting skills have been used at events such as the Pace Picante ProRodeo Tour Finale and the WNFR Bucking Bull Sale. Lance has also participated in notable tours such as the Wrangler Bullfight Tour and The Boys are Back in Town Tour. Brittan’s wife Cami, and their two daughters, Madison and Morgan, travel with him to many of these events. After fighting bulls at Rodeo Austin for many years, Brittan was welcomed onto the TEAM in 2007.
J.W. Harris - Bull Rider
This cowboy is no stranger to the rodeo world. J.W. Harris from Peaster, Texas entered the PRCA in 2005 at the age of 19. Within his first year, he was about to give up the rodeo life and head home to start work before his short-round win in Cheyenne, Wyoming. After that he began to grasp some amazing accomplishments. He has had five WNFR appearances winning two average titles in three years (2008-2010). In 2009 Harris broke his right (riding) hand in the second round of the WNFR but still managed to receive the title of World Champion Bull Rider. This past year in 2011, J.W. finished 2nd in the World Standings. We welcome J.W. with open arms for his inaugural season on the TEAM.
Brian Bain - Bareback Rider
Born in Bend, Oregon, this Bronc Rider did not grow up riding. Bain graduated from Culver High School where he participated in team roping and then started riding bucking horses at the age of 22 in 2004. By 2006 he won his first rodeo at Duchuets County Rodeo in Redmond, Oregon. In 2007 he joined the PRCA and in his first year he finished 4th in the Bareback Rookie Standings. When he won Laughlin River Stampede in Laughlin, Nevada and Livermore Rodeo in California, he managed to finish 9th in the World Standings for 2011. We cannot wait to see where this cowboy is going to go in his career.
Angie Meadors - Barrel Racer
Residing in Blanchard, Oklahoma, this lady does more than just ride horses. Not only does she maintain her rankings in the WPRA, she is also a model and a hairstylist. Angie joined WPRA in 1989 and within one year she finished 4th in the world rankings. She has won many titles such as WPRA World Finals Richest Run and finished 3rd in the average. In 2011 she finished 10th in the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (WNFR). She has qualified for the WNFR 6 times in her career so far. We are looking forward to this lady bringing some heat and beauty to the TEAM.