Cowboy Diaries 2013: J.W. Harris, Rodeoing Is His Vacation
True cowboys are hard to find, but not at the Houston Rodeo. Life on the road leads them here this time every year for the biggest rodeo in the world, where they'll ride and wrangle livestock for cash and glory. Each day, Hair Balls will spotlight one person with enough dirt on his boots to call himself a cowboy -- and mean it.
Name: J.W. Harris Age: 26 Hometown: Mullin, Texas Event: Bull Riding
I've been to RodeoHouston every year except for 2006. I've finished first twice and finished second twice. I've always made the final round, so it's been pretty good to me.
I started riding calves when I was three years old. I've been doing it ever since then.
My favorite part about rodeoing is that you get to go to different places, meeting different people, and you've got friends all of the country.
When I'm not rodeoing, working is all I do when I go home. Raising cattle and ranching and stuff like that. When I'm on the road, that's really a vacation to me. Rodeoing is my vacation.
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