Profile on Richard Bumpus

By staff writer Jessica Bartel
It’s been heard before, “When I grow up I want to be a cowboy.” Not all who set out to be one ever make it. Reasons why? A job that is essentially 24 hours a day, sun up to sun down, seven days a week, no vacations, in blistering heat and bone-chilling cold usually deter most. This occupation is not for the faint of heart. With it, come tools of the trade that make your living: a horse and rope, both of which take talent to operate. Sounds difficult, so what are the benefits? Living a lifestyle very few ever experience: seeing the brightest sunrise, a doe and new fawn, illusive wildlife, the enchanting in-sync motion of a cattle drive, the sight of poetry in motion watching a cowboy aboard his horse coexist and the camaraderie between hands at a branding.
At six feet, one and a half inches, the tall cowboy, Richard Bumpus, presently resides in Joy, Texas. At 76 years young, the long-time cowboy and horseman had the opportunity to work on some of the most outstanding ranches in the state alongside top hands.  To read more pick up the July 2014 issue of North Texas Farm & Ranch.

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