E.J. Garza


April 10, 1918 - September 24, 2011
Role: Tophand, Cowhand
Nicknames: E.J., Preacher

Edward "E.J." Garza was born in the little town of McFaddin on the McFaddin Ranch. His maternal great-grandfather was Isaiah Weathers brought to the area as a slave from England. He became a famous preacher in Lewis’ Bend and the surrounding area. It is believed E.J.'s lineage came from the Watusi tribe of Africa. E.J. was a cowhand all of his life. For E.J., his horse was the most important thing around. “If you wasn’t ridin’ a good horse, and a cow broke out and you weren’t able to turn her back in, well, those boys would give you the blues.” E.J. just felt better on top of a horse and felt much better when he started ridin’ bulls. “I love to ride them bulls. When you come outta the chute and that hide starts rollin’, it feels like he’s fallin’ in love with you, and by the time it’s over, all you can hear is your bones crackin’ and your spurs ringin’.” Bull riding was the highlight of E.J’s life.

Introduction to E.J. Garza

Louise S. O'Connor
00:00:38
Voice of E.J. Garza
00:00:32
EJ Garza – Well, the reason I like riding bulls, it just feel good. Just something in the hide felt good.

K.J. Oliver – That bull, his hide was rollin'….

EJ Garza – Feel like it's rollin', feel like you fell in love with it. I mean it felt good. Soft. It make you feel….feel like you floatin' in the air. I guess, I guess that's why the call me "Crazy Bull Rider" sometimes.

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“I love to ride them bulls. When you come outta the chute and that hide starts rollin’, it feels like he’s fallin’ in love with you, and by the time it’s over, all you can hear is your bones crackin’ and your spurs ringin'."

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