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 travels across the country competing in rodeo events and representing the Rodeo Austin brand.
During the Fair and Rodeo, the TEAM interacts with fans and holds autograph sessions in the official Rodeo Austin Souvenir Booth in Luedecke Arena.
Pictured left to right: Brian Bain, Angie Meadors, Chet Johnson, J.W. Harris and Lance Brittan
Chet Johnson - Saddle Bronc Rider
Gillette, Wyo. is the home of three-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (WNFR) qualifier Chet Johnson. Johnson experienced success early in his career, winning the Wyoming State High School Saddle Bronc Championship in the late 1990s. During the 2008 WNFR, Johnson placed in three out of 10 rounds, and in 2009 he was the Canadian Finals Rodeo Saddle Bronc Riding Champion.
Lance Brittan - Bullfighter
Lance Brittan of Windsor, Colo., is a world-renowned bullfighter. As the 1999 World Champion, he has protected cowboys at high profile ProRodeo events all over North America. In addition to fighting bulls in 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. Brittan 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, often travel together on the rodeo circuit.
J.W. Harris - Bull Rider
This cowboy is no stranger to the rodeo world. J.W. Harris from Peaster, Texas, entered the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) in 2005 at the age of 19. A year into the job, he was about to give up the rodeo life and head home before his short-round win in Cheyenne, Wyo. That win was just the beginning. Harris has achieved seven 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. During the 2012 WNFR, Harris won the first round with a 90.5 ride, finishing second in the world behind Cody Teel.
Brian Bain - Bareback Rider
A native of Oregon, this bareback rider did not start taking on broncs until his 20s. Bain graduated from Culver High School, where he participated in team roping. He started riding bucking horses in 2004 at the age of 22. By 2006, he won his first rodeo at Duchuets County Rodeo in Redmond, Ore. In 2007, he joined the PRCA, and in his first year finished fourth in the Bareback Rookie Standings. When he won Laughlin River Stampede in Nevada and Livermore Rodeo in California, he managed to finish ninth in the 2011 World Standings. Bain is a two-time WNFR qualifier; during the 2012 WNFR he placed in three rounds.
Angie Meadors - Barrel Racer
Residing in Blanchard, Okla., this lady does more than just ride horses. Not only does she maintain her rankings in the Women's Professional Rodeo Association (WPRA), she is also a model and a hairstylist. Meadors joined the WPRA in 1989, and within one year finished fourth in the world rankings. She won the WPRA World Finals Richest Run and finished 3rd in the average. In 2011, she finished 10th in the WNFR and has qualified for the WNFR seven times in her career so far.