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From the best seat in the house


A proud mother emailed to tell me that the mugger in a picture I ran from the Aldercreek Rodeo, last week, was Aaron Cochran.

I was very glad to learn that. It has always bugged me that rodeo programs never include the name of the mugger.

The mugger is the guy who is getting the snot knocked out of him by the cantankerous cows in the cow milking competition. These are range cows, not docile Holsteins. If he doesn’t get garroted by the rope, he can work his way up to the neck and try to subdue the cow long enough for the guy who roped her to get down from his comfortable seat on the horse and go milk the girl.

But, his work isn’t done. As the milker races to the finish circle, the mugg...

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