Life On The Rodeo Road: The Road Was My Home
Photo by Paul Knight Scotty Drennan
Rodeo cowboys basically live on the road, traveling with a herd of 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. In the end, we hope, we'll have a collection of stories that re-enforce our Texan ideals that rodeo cowboys still like to raise hell.
Name: Scotty Drennan
Hometown: Buffalo, Texas
Event: Bareback Riding
I got into rodeo because I went and watched one. I grew up in Little Rock, in the city, and I just happened to watch a rodeo when I was ten and wanted to try it.
I tried to quit rodeo after college and went back to work. Then the guys I was in college with, all they did was rodeo for a living, and they kept calling me like, 'Hey, you need to get out here and rodeo and forget that working.' I quit Union Pacific Railroad and I've been rodeoing for the last 14 years.
I'm on the road for about 170 days, away from home. That's been the average for the last couple years. One time, I fell asleep on a Southwest Airlines plane on a Fourth of July run, and I was supposed to get off in Phoenix, on a connected flight, but the flight attendant said I was sleeping so well that she thought I was supposed to get off in Seattle. Needless to say, I missed a couple rodeos.
When I first started I didn't ever go home. The road was my home. I had a camper on my truck, and I might stay in Oregon for a month, I might stay in Canada for three months. I'd just enter rodeos, win money, and back then when I was single, I kind of rodeoed around where I had the prettiest girl. Kind of how it was. Now my traveling partners are all younger and single, so it's fun to watch them and see how they're doing.