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Life Lessons at Cal Farley's Boys Ranch Rodeo

Maxine Ridling
NewsChannel 10

Amarillo, TX - Nearly 10,000 fans filled the Boys Ranch Rodeo stadium this weekend, to watch some unbelievable talent. And this talent, didn't come easy, these kids have been preparing for this rodeo for months.

"It's a lot of hard work on their behalf," Roping Coordinator John Vaugn said, "These kids have had a positive image outlooks the whole time and have worked real hard for this opportunity this weekend."

This opportunity is one of many at Boys Ranch. The rodeo participants often come from broken homes. Some with rough family situations, others with complicated financial stresses. Angelo McClain who is now a commissioner in Boston, Massachusetts was once one of them.

"I came to boys ranch when I was just 13 years old and an odd thing was I understood that it was a privilege for me to be here," McClain said.

It's been nearly 30 years since McClain has walked among Boys Ranch, and he say's it's rodeo's like this one that made who he is today.

"It's important for kids to find something they can excel in because they might not be good at sports, math, or rodeo...but not many kids came through here and didn't find something they were good at," McClain said.

"I get more enjoyment seeing how far they've come in a short period of time and how hard they work in order to qualify than I do I could careless who wins the sattles and the buckles that we give them, we give great prizes, but my greatest enjoyment is just watching them improve,"

Before earning his Ph D in Social Work McClain played tight end at West Texas State University in 1979. He also helped develop the nations first statewide Children's Behavioral Health System of Care Program.

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