Cowboy Diaries 2014: Chad Ferley, in It for the Adrenaline
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: Chad Ferley.
Hometown: Oelrichs, South Dakota.
Event: Saddle bronc.
I've been to Rodeo Houston nine or ten times. I don't even know how many for sure anymore.
I started rodeoing when I was just a kid. I don't even remember when I started, really. It's something I've always done.
My favorite part about the rodeo is getting on a bucking horse. It's a great adrenaline rush. It feels really good, and it feels even better when you get in a really good ride.
When I'm not rodeoing, I'm ranching.
If I wasn't rodeoing, I'd be ranching.