Stetson Stories: Bull Rider Ouncie Mitchell

Just a few months ago, photographer Ivan McClellan visited bull rider, Ouncie Mitchell in Houston, TX.

At a small muddy arena in Crosby, Texas Ouncie fights his way back riding bull after bull to get back in shape. Last season he got caught in his bull rope and a bull broke his leg, ending his season. His entire family and community are behind him believing that he has the talent and tenacity to reach the pinnacle of the sport. 

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Rodeo careers can end without warning, as quick as the next try at an eight-second ride.”    -John Branch

Ouncie Mitchell grew up traveling across the country to watch his dad, Teaspoon compete as a bull rider. The minute that he was old enough he hopped on a bull and hasn’t come down since.

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Once he gets on a bull, he’s only focused on holding on for eight seconds.