Cowtown Rodeo continues into 64th season

Cowtown Rodeo continues into 64th season


Most of the time it’s not the fall. Most
often a guy will fall down. An animal inadvertently usually step on. For every
action of the animal there’s a reaction. If you think about it you’re already
late. That coordination between man and beast, when it’s done correctly, it’s
poetry in motion. My dad and myself were raised here at
Cowtown around the rodeo and always aspired to
be Cowboys. I competed a competitively, professionally for about ten years. I
guess my dad decided I need more to do than just traveling down the road
rodeoing and told me that he was selling the rodeo company and I got first dibs
on it so I purchased the rodeo operation from my mom and dad in 1978. We raised a
lot of these horses and the cattle that used in the rodeo and take a lot of
pride in doing a good job with that. We’re farmers. We’re ranchers. We’re cattle
people and what else in the world could I do to make a living at my hobby? Horses
and people just get along and there are people who love horses and love doing
things on horseback and that is certainly part of the draw for a lot of
these guys to interact with horses. One of the things I think that’s important
in our world is to know your roots. The cowboy is an icon of the United
States. It’s part of our culture. Very very few people in this day and age make
a living on the soil. We have more computer analysts, stock market guys, you
know they come from all walks of life from all over the United States as
opposed to what we traditionally saw. It’s a reminder of our culture and our
heritage and it’s been transformed a little bit. The cowboys doing their thing
in a sporting event called rodeo.

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