Cowboy Tales From The Rodeo: A Big Win In San Antonio

Rodeo cowboys basically live on the road, traveling with men and women crazy enough to ride, rope and wrestle live animals for a paycheck. Each day, Hair Balls is asking a different cowboy to tell us a little bit about himself and his wildest story from a life of rodeo.

Name: Micky Downare
Age: 26
Hometown: Hartsel, Colorado
Event: Bareback riding

I got into rodeo because my dad rodeoed and grew up telling me stories, so I always wanted to do it. Nothing that really comes to mind, but he just told me about all the fun he had doing it, and all the passion he had for the sport. I started junior rodeoing when I was about 12, and then I high school rodeoed. I was 19 or 20 when I started professional rodeo.

If I didn't rodeo, I'd probably go back home. My family owns a ranch back home, so I'd probably just stay there and work if I didn't do this.

I've been away from home for about a month right now. About a week and a half from now, I'll go home and get to be home for a little bit, and then we'll head out again. I travel with the same group of guys, and everyone has always been real good to travel with. I've never had any problems. There's always crazy stuff that happens, but nothing that really sticks out in my mind.

If someone wanted to get into rodeo, I'd tell them to go for it. I'd tell them to find a good school, and find someone real good to teach them. Just so they could definitely get into it the right way.

The best thing that's happened to me in rodeo is that I won San Antonio about a month ago. That was a great highlight in my life.

The worst thing about rodeo is when I'll kind of get in a slump or something, and I'll get aggravated. But I've never thought about quitting, or anything like that.

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