Life On The Rodeo Road: It's The Economy, Stupid
|Photo by Paul Knight|
Name: Jerrad Hofstetter
Hometown: Portales, New Mexico
Event: Tie-Down Roping
I got into rodeo by watching it on TV. My parents got me a rope for Christmas one time and I just started learning it. My parents didn't rodeo or nothing, but I was fortunate to meet the right people and they got me going. I was probably 11.
If I didn't rodeo, I don't know what I'd do.
I'm on the road not as much as some guys. I don't rodeo very much in the winter, but I leave early in the summer, like May, and I don't go home until I'm done. I met my wife at the rodeo in Cheyenne. She had her brakes catch fire on her when she was rodeoing in another rig, just going rodeo to rodeo, and handling that was probably the worst that's happened.
This economy hurts cowboys because right now nobody has any idea what to do. Me and my wife were both not going to rodeo this year, but everybody else is having a hard time getting a job, so we stayed here and stayed doing it. I don't want to rodeo forever.