Talking to bareback riding winner Austin Foss in St. Paul

Janie Johnson calls Flying 5 Rodeo’s Cougar Country the horse of the summer — just in June, she got Tim O’Connell to 85.5 points and Tilden Hooper to 87 points and a round win in Reno.

Last night at the St. Paul Rodeo in St. Paul, Oregon, Cougar Country helped Austin Foss move into the No. 1 spot with 87.5 points.

When Janie asks how he felt about the matchup, Foss says, “Just a big smile, when I opened up my email and saw that.”

The Oregon native and 4X NFR qualifier now holds the lead in St. Paul by 3.5 points. “St. Paul is the place to be over the Fourth of July,” he says, “there’s nothing better.”

AUSTIN FOSS | 87.5 POINTS | ST. PAUL RODEO

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Meet the NFR Athletes is presented by Montana Silversmiths
Meet the NFR Athletes is presented by Montana Silversmiths
Meet the NFR Athletes is presented by Montana Silversmiths