The Eye of the Tiger

Talent, heart, and determination are the words used repeatedly to describe the 2012 CBR World Champion Bull Rider, Josh Barentine, who will be making his fourth appearance in Cheyenne, Wyoming this summer. Since 2012, the right handed Louisiana cowboy from Johnson’s Bayou, has been a constant on the Mahindra Road to Cheyenne tour. He has racked up ten 90 point plus rides on the elite tour and takes his place in history as the only CBR cowboy in CBR history to win the Horizon Series Championship in the same calendar year he earned the CBR World Championship.   

Barentine’s best performance in 2015, 91.5 points, was earned on Ragin JT at the season opener in Jackson, Tennessee. Riding in Cheyenne is a familiar atmosphere for the father of two. Josh went three for three in 2012 to capture the World Championship by 314 points over Louis Blanco. Each and every ride he scored over 90 points with his career high, 92.5 on Mike Rawson’s W4 Lumberjack.  In that same year he posted qualified rides on eleven bulls in eleven different cities and finished with multiple tour wins.

An accomplished and talented rider during his high school years, Josh was forced to put his riding career on hold because of unexpected personal tragedies. A humble and modest cowboy, Josh shared with fans his story of triumph through tragedy, “When you don’t have much, and you lose everything, there isn’t much to brag about,” Josh remarks. “But, I figure if I can come from where I did and stand where I am now, its proof that with hard work and determination you can make anything happen, which is why I share my story.”

Tragedy struck twice for the proud Louisiana native, with Hurricane Rita and Ike devastating his entire family’s livelihood, and an already meager living situation turned from bad to worse. Josh soon found himself aimless and destitute. 

“I didn’t want to take a break from riding, but I had to do other things just to survive,” remembers Josh. “My dad had my two sisters he was putting through college, so it was just me. I had to do what I could to get by.”

Josh continued to put the pieces of his life back together, until his attention came to focus on the birth of his son, Kayson.

“I knew when Kayson came I was going to have to focus and straighten myself out. I was going to be a father, and I now had to provide for my family,” Josh states.

It wasn’t long before Josh found his way back to riding bulls, determined to make some money. Not soon after, eight-time PRCA World Champion Don Gay, took a liking to the young man’s style.

“Don really helped me; he coached me and gave me advice, and I listened, continuing to improve,” Josh recalls. “When someone like Don Gay takes an interest in you, you take it seriously.” 

Josh developed a momentum riding in small rodeos, but with time and the help of Don Gay and Jerry Nelson, he eventually made his way to the CBR Horizon Series where he racked up enough points to land him on the CINCH CBR Tour which is now the Mahindra Road to Cheyenne. 

Throughout the years, Josh has earned the respect of all the staff and riders on tour. Tuff Hedeman had this to say about the cajun cowboy, “I have never seen a bull rider try harder than this cowboy does every time he gets on a bull. He is extremely talented and has lots of try.”  

Josh, known as the quiet cowboy, had this to say about his fame, “When I look back from where I was to where I am today, it is worlds apart. I really couldn’t ask for anything more.”