Cowboy Diaries: Dustin Flundra, Canadian Cowboy

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. Here we spotlight one person with enough dirt on his boots to call himself a cowboy -- and mean it. Name: Dustin Flundra.

Hometown: Pincher Creek, Alberta

Event: Saddle Bronc Riding.

I've been to Rodeo Houston since 2003 so I've been coming here a lot. My wife has been coming here since 2003, too. We weren't married then, but we've both been coming here every year since then, and it's become a real family thing, something we always do together. It's a real family affair where we all get to be on the road together.

I started rodeoing when I was a kid. I just grew up with it.

My favorite part of rodeoing is the way you get to get out and see so many different places and all the people you get to meet. We get to make friends and see places we might otherwise never get to see. And here at Rodeo Houston, the committee goes out of its way to make sure they treat us well. We don't just stay next to the rodeo; they get us out to see the city, to enjoy the food and enjoy the place. They really make it special.

When I'm not rodeoing, I'm home ranching. We have 400 head of cattle of our own and that takes up plenty of time.

If I wasn't rodeoing, I'd be ranching. It's about the lifestyle that you lead whether you're rodeoing like this or working a ranch. You get to be your own boss and to make your own decisions. You have a lot of freedom in this lifestyle, and that's something that is pretty unusual these days. It's as much about the lifestyle this affords as anything else.

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Dianna Wray is a nationally award-winning journalist. Born and raised in Houston, she writes about everything from NASA to oil to horse races.
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