Ricky Brack, 18, has been riding bulls for about 2½ years. He says that unless he's going to bed or spending time at home, his hat is nearly always on. As he has moved up in the ranks of bull riding, he has also moved up in the type and quality of the hat he wears. 'I've earned my way -- proved myself to have a felt hat on my head,' he said. He also keeps his girlfriend's picture taped inside his hat. 'It's the best place to be, because I always have my hat with me. My hat and my belt buckle are the No. 1 things in my life,' he said. 'They are me.'

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Ricky Brack, 18, has been riding bulls for about 2½ years. He says that unless he's going to bed or spending time at home, his hat is nearly always on. As he has moved up in the ranks of bull riding, he has also moved up in the type and quality of the hat he wears. "I've earned my way -- proved myself to have a felt hat on my head," he said. He also keeps his girlfriend's picture taped inside his hat. "It's the best place to be, because I always have my hat with me. My hat and my belt buckle are the No. 1 things in my life," he said. "They are me."

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