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Larry Mahan. Tuff Hedeman. Jim Shoulders. Lane Frost. Ty Murray. Growing up in West Texas, these were some of the rodeo stars I could rattle off as easily as any football-obsessed kid reciting the names of Dallas Cowboys quarterbacks. My granny was the one who introduced me. Every January, she’d drive us some thirty miles from my hometown to the Sandhills Stock Show and Rodeo, in Odessa. It was there, bundled up in the frigid Ector County Coliseum, that I fell in love with the sport, especially the rough stock events: saddle bronc, bareback, and bull riding. And yet, despite my early appreciation for rodeo and its legends, it wasn’t until 2017, when I was nearly thirty years old, that I first heard the name…

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