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Episode 921 - Courtroom Cowboy  Watch Video

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Courtroom Cowboy

We go behind the scenes at a Southern California rodeo to profile one of the many volunteers who puts on this yearly event in San Dimas, just 35 miles east of Los Angeles.

The San Dimas Rodeo has been in place for the last 14 years and its run entirely by volunteers. Bob Hardcastle, a volunteer and the PR rep says they're just a group of volunteers passionate about rodeos and keeping the traditions of the cowboy alive -- because these events demonstrate what cowboys did day to day, it’s how they lived their lives.

Fans in stands range from 2500-3600 a day and the events include: Saddle bronk, bare back, steer wrestling, team roping header/heeler, tie down, barrel racing (predominantly ladies) and bull riding.

We meet Ed Madrid. By day, Ed is a criminal attorney and has been for 30 years. But while he fights for justice during his day job, the other side to this hard working, no nonsense lawyer is a cowboy who loves to team rope!

Originally from New Mexico, Ed says he’s a cowboy at heart but didn’t get into team roping until 10 years ago. He says when he’s not in Court or at his office, he’s on his beloved horse, Johnny Ringo and team roping. Ed is not only a volunteer for the San Dimas Rodeo; he’s also a competitor.

 

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