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  • Jimmy "Stretch" Borunda of San Antonio, Texas is injured during a bull ride in Johnson City, Texas.  August 16, 2008.
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  • A rider prepares his bull in the chute just before competition begins in Llano, Texas.  June 7, 2008.
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  • David Gonzales of San Antonio receives a helping hand as he gets rattled in the chute at the rodeo in Wimberley, Texas. September 4, 2007.
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  • David Gonzales breaks out of the chute at Cowboys Dancehall in San Antonio, Texas. He was bucked off hard seconds later. July 27, 2007.
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  • Thirst for Grit - Rodeo Bull Riders.  Jimmy "Stretch" Borunda, 30, a bull rider from El Paso, Texas prepares for his event at the Del Rio Rodeo on July 7, 2007.  He went on to win the bull riding competition.  Amateur bull riders across Texas compete in small town rodeos where their sport is often the highlight of the night.  Bull riders risk life and limb for rewards of around $1,000 for the winner, and they often claim to have riding "in their blood."
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  • Cowboy prayer before the rodeo begins in Llano, Texas.  June 7, 2008.
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  • Miss Teen Texas and Mrs. Texas watch the rodeo action in Bastrop, Texas.  August 2, 2008.
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  • Jeff Miller is used to long hours on the open highways of west Texas.  July 26, 2008.
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  • Jimmy 'Stretch' Borunda dozes off on the long ride home after a rodeo in Utopia, Texas. June 29, 2008.
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  • Traveling partners and rodeo cowboys Jimmy Borunda and Jeff Miller at a late night diner on their way home in San Antonio, Texas.  June 29, 2008.
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  • Michael Earl of Pflugerville, Texas expresses disappointment after an unsuccessful bull ride at the Hays County rodeo.  October 11, 2008.
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  • An injured participant is tended to after being stepped on by a bull at a rodeo near San Antonio, Texas on October 20, 2007.  Injury is common among bull riders and bull fighters.
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  • Jimmy "Stretch" Borunda is comforted by friends while in the ICU in San Antonio, Texas. April 25, 2009.
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  • Bullriders often camp and party near the rodeos they compete in.  San Angelo, Texas.  July 27, 2008.
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  • A rodeo cowboy carousing with a woman in his truck camper after a rodeo in Johnson City, Texas. August 17, 2008.
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  • Jimmy Borunda of San Antonio, Texas shows his winnings in Eldorado, Texas.  July 26, 2008.
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  • Spectators and participants watch under the arena lights at the Mason, Texas rodeo on July 14, 2007.
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  • Bull riders are introduced to a small crowd at Kicker's Korner, south of San Antonio, Texas on October 20, 2007.  Amateur bull riders across Texas compete in small town rodeos where their sport is often the highlight of the night.  Bull riders risk life and limb for rewards of around $1,000 for the winner, and they often claim to have riding "in their blood."
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  • Jimmy 'Stretch' Borunda tries to keep the pain and swelling in his leg to a minimum after a bull's foot landed on him in Bastrop, Texas. August 2, 2008.
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  • An injured participant is tended to after being stepped on by a bull at a rodeo near San Antonio, Texas on October 20, 2007.  Injury is common among bull riders and bull fighters.
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  • Jeff Miller of San Antonio, Texas surveys the grounds before the rodeo in Eldorado, Texas. July 26, 2008.
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