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Amber Cooper and her son's discuss life on the road in their trailer at the rodeo.

How do rodeo cowboys handle life on the road? One trailer for the family, another for livestock


CHEYENNE, Wyo. (CIRCA) - Cowboys like Clint Cooper spend more than half the year on the road traveling from rodeo to rodeo.

Sometimes they're able to bring their families along, but that means making a few sacrifices, like sharing a trailer with your family and with livestock never far away.

Cowboys and their families often spend up to half the year on the road traveling from rodeo to rodeo. (Circa)

Cooper, a tie-down roper at Cheyenne Frontier Days, and his family spoke with Circa about their life on the road.

"They kinda want to be home." Cooper said. "They’ve been on the road for three weeks and it's three weeks too many."

Cooper, his wife Amber and their two boys live in a trailer when they're traveling. While the trailer has amenities like a bed, pull-out couch, pull-down bunk, shower and bathroom, life on the road can be very stressful, especially for a family of four in an 8-foot-by-17-foot trailer.

Rodeo trailer
An inside view of living conditions in a Rodeo Cowboy's trailer. (Circa)

“We love it. I mean, it’s hard being away, but we don’t go as much now that the boys are older,” Amber said. “But when we’re home, they’re like, 'I want to go see Daddy! I miss Daddy!' And then when we come out here, they’re like, 'I want to go home! I want to go home!' But we love it."

Horse trailer
Space in the trailer for a family of four is hard to come by, so sometimes items like bikes, soccer balls, and extra clothes are kept in the horse trailer. (Circa)

If cowboys win their event, they can take home upward of a couple hundred thousand dollars. If they lose, however, they can go home with nothing. Traveling to compete in multiple rodeos throughout the year provides more opportunities to earn an income.

Dirty boots
Dirty boots kept near the door of the Coopers' trailer. (Circa)

“It’s a hard life,” Amber said. “It’s very hard, but love, love, love watching him rope and supporting him and letting him fulfill his dreams."

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