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Broncs for Breakfast

A ranch bronc rider's gear.
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Credit: Scott Slusher  "I’m a pretty basic kind of guy. I don’t use my bronc halter  every day, of course, but my saddle, spurs, boots,  and leggings I use just about every day. I just punch cows  and live on cheap wages, but it’s a livelihood."

Credit: Scott Slusher "I’m a pretty basic kind of guy. I don’t use my bronc halter  every day, of course, but my saddle, spurs, boots,  and leggings I use just about every day. I just punch cows  and live on cheap wages, but it’s a livelihood."

Jared Johnson works for the Rocker B Ranch, on their Whoodoo Camp, near Big Lake, Texas. When not punching cows or starting colts, he slips off to town for ranch bronc ridings. Earlier this year, he won the preliminary and final rounds of the Tom Butler Memorial Bronc Riding in Post, Texas, for a total score of 154 points on two head (pictured). His bib and tucker for the bronc riding—which is basically the same as his everyday garb—is shown below. 

Credit: Scott Slusher Click photo to enlarge.

Credit: Scott Slusher Click photo to enlarge.


Boots
Guy Spikes Custom Boots, Seymour, Texas.
facebook.com/guy.spikes

Hat
Rodeo King straw hat.
rodeoking.com

Sunglasses
I wear Ray-Ban aviators with cables. I take them off to ride broncs; they’re too expensive to ruin—especially on cowboy wages. 
ray-ban.com

Shirt
That’s my lucky Cinch shirt. I’ve won or placed at more bronc ridings in that shirt than any other shirt. I’ve probably had it for seven or eight years. 
cinchjeans.com

Spurs
These are Kevin Burns spurs. I’ve been hunting a pair of Kevin Burns for a long time and I finally found ones I liked, so I traded for them. I built the spur straps.
806-878-2475

Buckle
I won that at San Angelo Cowboy Church bronc riding last winter. 
sanangelocowboychurch.org

Knife
That’s an Eye Brand knife, and it’s been with me many years. I lost it for about a year and a guy picked it up out of a roping pen and brought it back to me. 
bigbendsaddlery.com

Leggings
Coye Cody in Henrietta, Texas, made those. My leggings are less than a year old and they look wore out from use.
facebook.com/coye.cody

Saddle
A feller in Iowa Park, Texas, built my saddle. His name is Mark Vickers. He made my bronc halter, too. His son, Zach, built my rein. I’ve had that saddle rebuilt once. I used to just cowboy out of it, but I started a bunch of colts out of it and now it’s my colt saddle. I’m in that saddle more than any other.
940-855-6141

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