In the May/June issue of Western Horse Review, we searched out some of the most accomplished and influential youth in the western horse industry and compiled our first-ever Young Guns – Top 25 Youth Under 25. We came up with six categories: Ambassadors, Artisans, Entertainers, Competitive, Entrepreneurs and Science. From self-discipline to unwavering focus, we were reminded that the dreams often fostered in young minds and hearts can translate to adulthood, and that good old fashioned determination can still achieve what many think is impossible. We loved the true western code of ethic each of our top 25 exude.
It evolved into such an inspiring piece we decided to recreate it online, with the fuller interviews and stories of each of our deserving Top 25. Look for them here at Screen Doors & Saddles blog.
Ted Stovin(Nominated for Entrepreneurs) Age: 22 Calgary, Alberta
Take the aptitude of a writer, the drive of a businessman and the air of a cowboy, mix it up and you have Ted Stovin, creator and owner of Everything Cowboy. For this young is rodeo promoter, his goal is to formulate a way to showcase rodeo to the masses. Since 2011, Stovin’s website and rodeo reporting have been raising some eyebrows and the profile of the sport.
I want to see pro rodeo cowboys on cereal boxes and making a pro athlete\’s salary,” mentioned Ted Stovin. “That drives me to promote and help move our sport forward.”
From his first experiences riding steers in 2002 to winning his first trip out on a bull in 2005, the rodeo bug has bitten him good.
Typical cowboy? Not really. He has an Associate of Arts Degree in General Studies from New Mexico Junior College and continued his education at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where he studied Business and Construction Management. In 2012, he landed back in Alberta to attend University of Calgary for a semester towards his Business Degree.
“I have the goal to be a millionaire by the time I\’m 25,” smiled Stovin. “I\’d like to do the television broadcast for the Calgary Stampede at some point. I\’d like to do the same all year and for the CFR, too. I\’d like to write for some bigger publications as well.”
With a load of confidence and the goods to succeed, this young cowboy is on a mission.
“I want to be in the Canadian Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame, as a builder of the sport someday.”
~ Deanna Kristensen