‘Crazy Cowboy’ gallops in Calgary after eight years of traveling the Americas on horseback

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He hopes that his journey will inspire others to “get into the cowboy” and make their dreams come true.

2020 Calgary Stampede Field Marshal Filipe Masetti Leite arrives in Calgary after an eight-year journey across the Americas on horseback on Friday, July 3, 2020. He salutes the people who have gathered outside Stampede Park as he heads for the Tribune. Azin Ghaffari/Azin Ghaffari / Postmedia

“Fear is a monster that lives in our minds and if we put it aside, we can do great things,” said Masetti Leite. “Cowboy up – it means that you are afraid of death but you still get on this bull; you saddle your horse.

He said there were moments in his trip when he was afraid or thinking of quitting. He “saw a guy try to kill his wife with five shots”, stayed in the home of powerful drug lords, climbed mountains he was not sure he could get over, was followed by a bear and worried about his animals.

“Of course I was scared, but that’s what’s so great about this culture we live in. The first lesson we learn is that quitting smoking is not an option, ”said the cowboy.

Many said that his trip was about something bigger, especially since people around the world are losing their lives due to COVID-19 and thousands more are suffering.

“You have super high moments and you have super low moments but what I can tell you is that the high moments helped me to continue, but the lessons came from the low moments”, Masetti Leite. “Better days are coming. We’re going to roll again. “

Despite the cancellation of the Calgary Stampede 2020, Clarke and Launi Elliott, on the left, and Mark and Carol Pollard have come each year to greet and shout Yahoo in cars in downtown Calgary where the parade would have taken place on Friday July 3.  2020. The Pollards have not missed a Calgary Stampede parade in 69 years.  Azin Ghaffari / Postmedia
Despite the cancellation of the Calgary Stampede 2020, Clarke and Launi Elliott, on the left, and Mark and Carol Pollard have come each year to greet and shout Yahoo in cars in downtown Calgary where the parade would have taken place on Friday July 3. 2020. The Pollards have not missed a Calgary Stampede parade in 69 years. Azin Ghaffari/Azin Ghaffari / Postmedia

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