Cowboy Diaries 2014: Stran Smith, the Consummate Professional Cowboy
Photo by Brian Austin
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: Stran Smith.
Hometown: Childress, Texas.
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Event: Calf roping.
I've been to Rodeo Houston at least 20 times and probably more.
I started rodeoing when I was born. I was born into it. My family, my dad, my granddad, my brothers, all did it. I didn't actually start competing until I was 16, though.
My favorite part about rodeoing the competition and the money.
When I'm not rodeoing, I have three kids and that's pretty much been my whole life for the past 20 years when I'm not doing this.
If I wasn't rodeoing, I don't know what I'd be doing. This is all I've ever done. I've been at it a long time, so I'll probably be looking at what the next step will be. I'll probably be a rancher.
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