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Horses That Buck

“I thought if you weren’t a cowboy, you were just underprivileged,” Smith says of his years growing up in a Montana coal town. Rodeo looked like his ticket out, but what started as an escape turned into a dream: in a storied career of broken bones and championship wins, Smith earned thirteen trips to the National Finals Rodeo and won three world titles, becoming one the best bronc riders in rodeo history. At 40 years old and ready to retire from the sport, Smith had to reinvent himself and his relationships to become a modern man in the modern American West. This is his story.

Published by the University of Oklahoma Press

Winner of the 2009 High Plains Book Award

 

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