Legendary cowboy Paul Cleveland reflects on life as a true horseman

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HUMBLE, TX - Paul Cleveland has been around horses almost his entire life. For the last six decades, he's raised and trained horses, as well as competed as a calf roper.

In 2008, Cleveland was inducted into the National Multicultural Western Heritage Museum's Hall of Fame.

"It's been real good," Cleveland said. "I got to be a good trainer, and I blessed out."

With the support of businessman Robert Dunston, Cleveland was able to compete in the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, even won first place in an event in 1966 - the first year the rodeo was held in the Astrodome.

"I was so excited just to have the chance, and that someone thought enough of me to give me a chance," Cleveland said.

A large portion of his career was also spent working in tandem with Jack Bass. Paul trained several horses for Jack and also worked with his daughter.

Now, at 81 years old, Cleveland says he hasn't retired as a trainer. He still enjoys taking care of two horses. As a regular visitor to Mr. C's Barbershop in Humble, Cleveland can often be found telling stories and passing on wisdom to younger generations.