Molly Powell, barrel racing
Name: Molly Powell Age: 37 Hometown: Stephenville, Texas Event: Barrel racing
I've been to RodeoHouston...I don't know how many times. I started here when I was ten years old, but it hasn't been consecutively -- probably 20 times. We lived in Montana the first time, so coming here was kind of a huge deal for us. And mom [Julie Swanson] also competed, running in the Astrodome, but our best horse rode really good for me as a little kid, so she gave me the good horse.
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When I'm not rodeoing, we have a 19-month-old little boy, so he takes up 90 percent of the time. But I love to shop and travel and travel. Since we travel all the time with rodeo, it's a great lifestyle.
As for the rest of the family, my husband is also a contestant here -- Turtle Powell, who's a team-roper. And two of my nephews are showing sheep outside.
If I wasn't rodeoing, I'd still be doing something with horses -- I've always been fascinated with cutting and show-jumping. But it would only be as a hobby, because professionally it's a little late to start.