Chasing the Rodeo: On Wild Rides and Big Dreams, Broken Hearts and Broken Bones, and One Man's Search for the West

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, May 1, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 326 pages
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From its roots as the quintessential Western pastime, rodeo has grown into an international, prime-time television sport. Steeped in tradition and spirit, the rodeo calls aspiring cowboys and cowgirls to its rough-and-tumble fame as they repeatedly risk their lives for eight seconds of triumph. In Chasing the Rodeo, Kip Stratton takes us into the addictive core of bull riding and the circuit that has grown up around it. Immersing himself in the world of rodeo, Stratton collides with the specter of his runaway "rodeo bum" father, finding part of the cowboy dream that was his father's legacy.

As much a tribute to the famed characters of the old West-Freckles Brown, Lucille Mulhall (the first cowgirl), Wild Bill Hickok, Lane Frost-as it is a riveting look at today's superstars who are triumphantly rocketing the sport to NASCAR fan levels, Chasing the Rodeo is a bucking, riveting, glorious ride.

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User Review  - jennyo - LibraryThing

First of all, a caveat: Kip (the author) is a friend of mine. With that out of the way, this was an enjoyable book about a subject most people know little or nothing about. It's sort of a combination ... Read full review

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User Review  - Will Mayo - Goodreads

A book all about rodeoing. The history, the heroes, the life. I was drawn to read it because my uncle on my mother's side of the family, Jim Sullivan by name, was an oldtime rodeo cowboy until a plane ... Read full review

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About the author (2006)

W.K. (Kip) Stratton is the author of fournbsp;books, includingnbsp;Backyard Brawl, Chasing the Rodeo, and Boxing Shadows. He has written for GQ, Sports Illustrated, Outside, Texas Observer, the Dallas Morning News, and others.nbsp; He lives near Austin, Texas.

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