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Cowboy Diaries 2013: Will Lowe, Three-Time World Champion

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: Will Lowe Age: 30 Hometown: Originally from Olathe, Kansas. Lives in Canyon, Texas. Event: Bareback riding

I've been to Rodeo Houston every year since 2002. I've got some family that lives and works down here. My dad used to have an office over in Alvin.

I started junior rodeo when I was seven years old and riding regular sized horses when I was 14.

My favorite rodeo is Calgary. Here in Houston is a blast. I always have a good time here. Just wherever the horses buck the best.

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My favorite part about rodeoing is it's the original extreme sport. It's what I love to do.

When I'm not rodeoing, I'm not doing anything very extreme. I like to lay low and relax.

If I wasn't rodeoing, I'd probably be a bum on the street or something [laughs]. I don't know what I would do if I didn't ride bareback horses.

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