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: Jesse Bail.
Hometown: Camp Crooks, South Dakota.
Event: Saddle Bronc Riding.
I've been to the Rodeo Houston 14 times, at least.
I started rodeoing early. I grew up on it. My mom rodeod and I just went into rodeo too.
My favorite part about rodeoing is the people you meet out here. We're all here and we're all excited about doing this. It's great.
When I'm not rodeoing, I ranch at home and I raise cows.
If I wasn't rodeoing, I guess I'd be ranching. I grew up ranching and that's what I know and it's what I've always done.
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