“Ultimate Cowboy Showdown” stands out in the crowded reality competition space by showing a way of life many only thought existed in old Westerns. The series shines a light on the cowboy competitors’ unwavering work ethic and hard, physical labor through a well-thought-out series of challenges. Set in a sprawling Texas ranch, 14 cowboys compete in barrel racing, a six-stage relay race to test their horsemanship skills and the estimation of livestock value. All this is done under the watchful eye of country music icon and host Trace Adkins and a panel of judges. The winner takes home a herd of cattle and the gold-plated Ultimate Cowboy belt buckle.