Jody Sheffield, barrel racing
Jody Sheffield, barrel racing
Steve Jansen

Cowboy Diaries: Jody Sheffield -- Ex-Corporate Stiff

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: Jody Sheffield Age: 29 Hometown: Ogden, Utah Event: Barrel Racing

This is my second year at Rodeo Houston. I won it last year.

I've been barrel racing my whole life. I don't even remember the first time I rode a horse. I was that young.

My favorite part about rodeoing is the excitement, the teamwork with your horse and the friends that you make. The whole lifestyle is great.

When I'm not rodeoing, I spend a lot of time with colts. Other than that, I like to read and relax.

If I wasn't rodeoing, I have no idea. I quit my job about a month ago. It was in marketing, a desk job. I don't know if I would do that still. This is actually the first time I've been on my own and not at a company. It's been really fun to be on the road all of the time.

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