Quentin, Hawkins, Brody, Casey and Mario moves a set of calves from one pin to another. They've been out since 7 in the morning, and they're getting ready to brand, castrate and vaccinate.
Horse catching up with a cow in the team roping event at the college rodeo in Brownwood.
Quentin and Joe working on a cow. Quentin is holding the back legs, so Joe can castrate the cow.
Shawn Hogg used to be a professional bullrider. For 9 months, he was nr. 1 in the states. That same season, he won the Houston Livestock and Rodeo Show, which is one of the biggest rodeos in the world. 6 months ago he retired, and now he's getting used to the life of a regular cowboy. But he can't just abandon rodeo, so he teaches young riders at Odessa College as assistant coach for the rodeo team.
Amber and Shawn is sitting in the back of the pickup with their two kids, Colter and Paisley, waiting for a thunderstorm to pass by. Amber and the kids walked in just before the rain came. Shawn put on his raincoat and ran around outside.
Hawkins is a rodeo rider at Odessa College, and him and Shawn are best friends. They're together almost every day working, eating, laughing and training. Hawkins rides saddled bucking horses. This summer he became the 8th best in the nation, at the National College Rodeo Finals in Casper, Wyoming.
Ty Ellis is a student at Odessa College, and he competes in bullriding. This day his legs were hurting, but he got on 2 bulls anyway. He got bucked off both times.
Shawn getting a massage. His back is still acting up from time to time. Some days he's in considerable pain, but he doesn't like talking about it. "It's all part of being a bullrider. It's not healthy, and it's gonna hurt for the rest of my life".
Ty Ellis before a bullride at the college rodeo in Brownwood, Texas.
Before going out into the pasture, the cowboys meet at Dewey's Breakfast Shop to have breakfast. This morning, everyone had been a bit early, so they waited outside for the sun to rise, before riding out.
All the cattle have been gathered at the end of the pasture, and now they only have to drive for half a mile before they put them in the pins. This is usually the easy part of the job, unless some of the cattle decide to run off. Not this day, though.
Shawn and Casey flanking a cow.
When the cowboys go out to drive the cattle, they ride from one end of the pasture to the other. By the time they reach the far end, they'll know where all the cows are, and they turn around and drive them all back.
Every beginning of a rodeo starts with the national anthem and a prayer. Here is the coach of Odessa College, C.J. Aragon, with one of the athletes, Jake Trujillo.
Katy Kamm at the college rodeo in Brownwood, Texas. His primary event is bulldogging. He and his "chaser" has to catch a bull in high speed, and once they're right next to it, Koty will jump off his horse, and wrestle the "steer" to the ground. The cowboy able to do it in the shortest amount of time, is the winner.
Lon Danley got hurt after a bullride at the college rodeo in Brownwood, Texas.
College students have a final blowout in Stephenville, Texas after the final rodeo of the season. Only the College Finals in Casper, Wyoming is left.
Ty Ellis after the last college rodeo of the season in Stephenville, Texas. His roommates and girlfriend put a cigarette in his mouth, to try and convince him that he smoked cigarettes the night before, even though he never smoked before.
Shawn Hogg getting ready for work at 4:00 AM. Usually he wakes up at 4:30 when he has day work, but this day he was working at Hooper's which is almost an hour away from Gardendale, so he had to wake up even earlier.
West Texas Cowboy Church. Almost every wednesday, there's a roping session at the cowboy church a few miles from Shawn's house. People gather with their horses and have a short bible study, before spending the rest of the evening to practice team roping.
Cowboys in West Texas dress a certain way. Cowboy hat, long-sleeve button-down shirt, jeans, boots and chaps. Your shirt has to be tucked in your pants. Showing up at a ranch any different, is seen as a sign of disrespect from the old cowboys.
Shawn watches the stars with his daughter, Paisley Jo, outside the house of his father. "My kids have made me a better man. I wouldn't change it for anything in the world".