Cowboy Diaries: Ace Slone

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Photo by Dianna Wray

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. Here we spotlight one person with enough dirt on his boots to call himself a cowboy -- and mean it.
Name: Ace Slone.

Age: 26.

Hometown: Cuero, Texas.

Event: Tie-down roping.

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Cowboy Diaries: Dustin Flundra, Canadian Cowboy

Categories: Rodeo

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Dianna Wray

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. Here we spotlight one person with enough dirt on his boots to call himself a cowboy -- and mean it.

Name: Dustin Flundra.

Hometown: Pincher Creek, Alberta

Event: Saddle Bronc Riding.

I've been to Rodeo Houston since 2003 so I've been coming here a lot. My wife has been coming here since 2003, too. We weren't married then, but we've both been coming here every year since then, and it's become a real family thing, something we always do together. It's a real family affair where we all get to be on the road together.

I started rodeoing when I was a kid. I just grew up with it.

My favorite part of rodeoing is the way you get to get out and see so many different places and all the people you get to meet. We get to make friends and see places we might otherwise never get to see. And here at Rodeo Houston, the committee goes out of its way to make sure they treat us well. We don't just stay next to the rodeo; they get us out to see the city, to enjoy the food and enjoy the place. They really make it special.

When I'm not rodeoing, I'm home ranching. We have 400 head of cattle of our own and that takes up plenty of time.

If I wasn't rodeoing, I'd be ranching. It's about the lifestyle that you lead whether you're rodeoing like this or working a ranch. You get to be your own boss and to make your own decisions. You have a lot of freedom in this lifestyle, and that's something that is pretty unusual these days. It's as much about the lifestyle this affords as anything else.


Cowboy Diaries: Matt Shiozawa

Categories: Rodeo

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Dianna Wray
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. Here, we spotlight one person with enough dirt on his boots to call himself a cowboy -- and mean it.
Name: Matt Shiozawa

Hometown: Chubbuck, Idaho

Event: Tie-down roping.

I've been to Rodeo Houston 13 times at least.

I started rodeoing when I was a kid. A lot of the guys come into it that way, through family. It's a sport that is passed down. My dad was amateur rodeo and my big brother did it, so I started doing it, too. I love it.


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[VIDEO] Scenes From the Longhorn Showdown

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Nico and Bella Rodriguez gasped when the longhorn stopped in front of the man and his horse.

"Don't kill him!" they cried.

The longhorn took a long look, shook his head and continued to gallop around the arena.

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[VIDEO] Baby Crazy: Inside the Houston Rodeo's Animal Birthing Center

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Everyone loves babies, especially baby animals. And at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, you can watch cows, pigs and sheeps give birth in the AGventure Birthing Center at NRG Center.

Thankfully nothing was being born the day I visited, but don't worry if that's what you want to see: Giant TV screens show previous and ongoing births in all their bloody, gooey glory.

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Cowboy Diaries: Trent Creager

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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, Houston News will spotlight one person with enough dirt on his boots to call himself a cowboy -- and mean it.
Name: Trent Creager..

Age: 34.

Hometown:Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Event: Tie-down roping.

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Cowboy Diaries: Ty Wallace

Categories: Rodeo

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Photo by Dianna Wray

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, Houston News will spotlight one person with enough dirt on his boots to call himself a cowboy -- and mean it.
Name: Ty Wallace.

Age: 21

Hometown: Collbran, Colorado.

Event: Bull riding.

I've been to Rodeo Houston this time. This is my first year. It's awesome so far.

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Cowboy Diaries: Timber Moore

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Photo by Dianna Wray

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, Houston News will spotlight one person with enough dirt on his boots to call himself a cowboy -- and mean it.
Name: Timber Moore.

Age: 28.

Hometown: Aubrey, Texas.

Event:Tie-down roping.

I've been to Rodeo Houston six times It's been great every year. I'll bet that's what everybody says right?

I started rodeoing when I was probably 8. My parents rodeoed a little and I picked it from them.

My favorite part of rodeoing is the atmosphere, the fans, the crowd, the competition, the whole rodeo thing. I love it.

When I'm not rodeoing, I'm hanging out with my family. I've got a little girl, she's a little over two, and my wife. That's what I like doing when I'm not doing this.

If I wasn't rodeoing, I don't know what I'd be doing. Maybe I'd ranch or do something with cattle. I've been doing this all my life. I even went to college on rodeo. I didn't graduate, dropped out to get out here and start competing instead. I can't imagine what else I'd do if I wasn't doing this.

[VIDEO] Adrenaline Junkies: Scariest Rides at the Rodeo Carnival

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It can be tough for adrenaline junkies to get their fix in Houston. AstroWorld has been gone for ten years now, and the nearest theme park is a few hours away (Kemah doesn't really count, though it can take an hour or more to reach in traffic on 45).

Luckily, we have the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo RCS carnival to look forward to every year: Sparkling lights, fried everything and some of the best rides that don't require a two-hour drive.

Over a few days, we rode some of the fastest, tallest, scariest rides at the carnival. For y'all who are too terrified to ride or "don't do carnival rides," like several of my friends, read on for the scariest rides at the carnival:

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Rodeo by the Numbers: Cowboy Boots, Turkey Legs and Truckloads of Twinkies

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Every year this city throws a huge boot-stompin' party called the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. To get a better understanding of what it takes to put on one of Houston's biggest annual events, we asked the rodeo folks for some stats. From truckloads of Twinkies to a veritable army of baby chicks, here's what we found (mostly based on last year's numbers):


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