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Bareback Boy

Jon Luse, originally uploaded by elefanterosado.

New Mexico’s number one bareback bronc rider, Jon Luse, takes a minute to pose for me at The Blue Swallow Motel in Tucumcari, New Mexico.

Mr. Luse was kind enough to take the time to give me some suggestions on where I might keep three horses in Tucumcari when I move here in August.

When I asked him why he chose bareback riding over other rodeo divisions, he answered matter-of-factly.

“Originally I wanted to do reining, but then I’d need a $30,000 horse. With saddle broncs, you need a fancy, expensive saddle. With bareback, you don’t need much gear,” he told me.

“But you’ve still got to stay on for eight seconds, don’t you?” I ask.

“That’s right ma’am,” he replies.

I love these polite western boys.

Tucumcari, New Mexico.

(where people are exceedingly helpful and friendly.)