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