By Corsi Crumpler
Contrary to popular belief, being a cowboy has little to do with hats and boots and a lot more to do with heart and soul. Cowboys come from all over, in the form of all walks of life. Terrell Ryan Houston is living proof that there is much more to being a cowboy than what meets the eye.
Houston was born and in the vast suburbs of Oklahoma City, and was raised on the north side of town by a loving mother, whom he greatly admires.
“I was raised in a house full of women,” Houston says. “I’m my mother’s only boy and the baby.”
Aside from growing up around women in his family, Houston took an interest in the stories he had heard of his great-grandfather, who was a rodeo cowboy in years past. Although he never got the chance to meet his great-grandfather, Houston naturally took a liking to horses and ranching.
Upon graduating high school, education was on the to-do list, but not among his passions. Houston later attended Langston University and Oklahoma State University before realizing that his heart simply was not in it. While he wanted to make his mother proud and complete his education, as his sister did, Houston was avid about pursuing a life in Texas that would fulfill his passion for horses and the outdoors. The life of a lawyer, doctor or policeman didn’t suit him, so as soon as he was able to, he moved to Texas.
“I knew that my dreams of becoming a cowboy and a world champion would start here,” Houston says. “All I ever wanted in life was a house on a lot of land and a small pond with cattle and horses.”
Being that Houston has heard so many wonderful stories of his great-grandfather and his rodeo days, it was rodeo that first sparked his interest. However, he would be introduced to the sport of cutting by way of his riding coach, Sarah Webb. Still unsure about the sport, Houston decided to enroll in a cutting clinic that was offered by Chubby Tuner, otherwise known as “Mr. NCHA.” If the National Cutting Horse Association had a face, it would be Chubby’s.
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