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Once I was a cowboy, a young caballero...

For eleven years, from the age of nine to nineteen, I was a cowboy, a young caballero who lived only for horses. I rode, I loped--no, I raced through my youth in the foothills of California's central coast. For six years I spent nearly every weekend, and during the summer nearly every day, at the K5 Ranch in Cupertino, California, (home of Apple Computer) learning how to ride horses, learning how to care for horses, learning how to clean up after horses. I also learned the facts of life there, watching stallions do what stallions do--and watching cowgirls grow up and trying to do what I wanted to do. When I was fourteen, my parents bought me my first horse, Spicy (in photo), on Ground Hog's Day, 1962.


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