Before Douglas Duncan started stockpiling top 5 and top 10 finishes on the Professional Bull Riding circuit, the 24-year-old cowboy was riding sheep in Alvin.
Duncan -- who grew up on a small ranch on Sandpoint/County Road 812 (his grandfather raised racehorses and cattle) -- is a rising star in the rodeo world. Last year, the 2005 Alvin High graduate and son of a bull rider finished 16th nationally. During his 42 rides in 49 career PBR events, he's compiled an 86.72 average score.
"It's good. It's like the NFL for bull riders," says Duncan (who spoke by phone on his way to San Angelo for a bull-riding competition) about his two-year stint in the PBR.
So far, Duncan says that his favorite professional riding experience has been Calgary, due to the town's western tradition.
That's probably going to change on Saturday when he's riding (and hopefully winning) in front of his family and longtime buddies. The PBR Build Ford Tough Series, scheduled to take place in conjunction with Rodeo Houston for the first time, takes place at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Reliant Stadium. (The purchase of a separate ticket is required.)
"Houston's my hometown so it's definitely a big deal," says Duncan. "I'm looking forward to it."
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Duncan won't be sticking around for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, where, in 2009, he finished first in the bull-riding competition. Instead, he's hitting the road to compete in the 18th annual Glen Rose PRCA Rodeo in Somervell County.
That's cool, though, because Hair Balls, beginning Wednesday, will once again feature many Rodeo Houston cowboys in its "Cowboy Diaries" series.