Cowboy Diaries 2014: Cooper Shofner, Rodeo Houston First-Timer
Photo by Brian Austin
True cowboys are hard to find, but not at the Houston Rodeo. Life on the road leads them here this time every year for the biggest rodeo in the world, where they'll ride and wrangle livestock for cash and glory. Each day, Hair Balls will spotlight one person with enough dirt on his boots to call himself a cowboy -- and mean it.
Name: Cooper Shofner.
Hometown: Jasper, Texas.
Event: Steer wrestling.
I've been to Rodeo Houston once. This time. It's my maiden voyage.
I started rodeoing when I was 12. My older brothers were all starting to steer wrestle and I wanted to do everything they were doing, so I started wrestling also.
My favorite part of rodeoing is getting to enjoy the camaraderie of all of us together, and the hospitality. Everyone is always really nice.
When I'm not rodeoing, I work for my older brother. He has an oil field service company in South Texas and I do a little of everything, pretty much anything that needs to get done.
If I wasn't rodeoing, I would be down in South Texas working. It's busy down there right now.