City Slickers comes to life in Kansas City as titans of industry go cowboy

The sport of steer cutting has been invaded by white-collar executives looking for the kind of thrill that doesn’t come from riding a golf cart, according to the Wall Street Journal. WSJ reporter Kevin Helliker recently visited Kansas City to watch rich businessmen on horseback competing with gritty cowboys to match their skills in “cutting,” separating a single steer from a herd of cattle and maneuvering to keep it apart from its brethren.

Besides the seasoned, rural cutters, Helliker met “a house builder, a shopping-mall magnate, a heavy construction tycoon, several lawyers and small-business owners — virtually all of them late-life cowboys.” Most avid observers of the sport admire the newcomers’ talent. But Helliker met some haters, too.

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