A city slicker, named Tommy, was on vacation in Texas. His hosts, being
very hospitable, invited him to the local rodeo especially to see the
greatest bucking bronco of all time, Blue Steel.
Blue Steel was famed and renowned throughout the West for being the
toughest meanest horse there ever was. He had seen off so many would-be
riders that the rodeo organizers had promised $10,000 for anyone who could
ride him just for 10 seconds.
That afternoon, all the local Cowboys tried their best but Blue Steel
lived up to his reputation and threw them all off with the greatest of
As a joke, the organizers then offered the prize to anyone in the crowd
who would dare to tangle with such a beast.
Up jumped Tommy and of course everyone laughed at him. But the organizers
decided to let the city boy have a try.
Blue Steel bucked and lunged but Tommy not only stayed on the horse for 10
seconds but he stayed on for 20 seconds, then 30, then a minute! A few
minutes more and Blue Steel was so exhausted he calmed down and Tommy rode
him all around the ring like a birthday party pony.
Everyone was astonished.
"Considering you've never even sat on a horse before," said Tommy's
friends, "how on earth did you manage that?"
"Easy," said Tommy, "my wife's an epileptic."