"What's your handle?", that was the question in Zane Grey cowboy novels. There was a great difference in heroes and villains, Arizona Ames vs. Lassiter, for instance.

Reading those books gave me a fascination with "cowboy names" and I get to relish it during Rodeo Houston finals.

Have you noticed names of cowboy competitors? Clint, Dakota, Cody, Brody, Zeke, Ryder, Riker. These are competitors in bareback, saddle bronc, bull riding or steer wrestling. The top money winners in those categories are named JR, Tyler, Heith, and Sage. Don't you love it? I guess mammas name their babies to grow up to be cowboys.

The barrel racing women? Nellie, Kelli, Tammy and Stevi.

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