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"Rodeo Dad" Teaches His Son the Cowboy Way

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GARNER — If you have children, you are probably busy running them from one activity to another. You have also probably heard the name "Soccer Mom" associated with mothers of active children, but have you heard the name "Rodeo Dad?"

Stone Gulley is 3 years old and is following in the boot steps of his father, the same boot steps his older brothers Austin and Jeffrey are following.

A bucking barrel is training for mutton-busting calf riding and eventually taking on the big boys.

"It goes hand-in-hand with the cowboy deal and the heritage and all and the love of family and the land and such," said Tony Gulley.

Gulley lives the cowboy heritage, roping calves, taking his sons to regional rodeos and even hosting an annual event on his own ranch south of Garner.

The rewards are cash prizes, shiny belt buckles and fancy saddles. Even if they go home empty-handed, they say it is worth the bruises.

"This day and time it's hard to find something for your kids to really sink into. We feel mighty blessed to do something that we enjoy," said Gulley.

Gulley says the annual rodeo at his own Rockin' G Stables has grown so big that he is trying to get it moved to the Hunt Horse Complex at the State Fairgrounds next May.