FORT WORTH, Texas - Given the nature of his job, Shorty
Gorham must be fearless in the arena.
However, the veteran bullfighter isn't without other fears.
"I've been fortunate all my life to have a job I love coming
to," he said. "To me, the fear of retirement isn't walking away
from the arena, it's going and doing a day job I don't love as much
as I love bull riding."
Although he doesn't intend to retire from bull riding this year,
Gorham has openly discussed his intention to do so in the next
couple of years.
Lately he's been asking himself, "What's after bull riding? What
do I do?"
The answer may involve his other passion: hunting.
This past spring, Gorham was talking with Dale Folds at a Built
Ford Tough Series event when Folds asked what Gorham planned to do
once he retires.
Gorham was honest and said, "I really don't know."
Folds has owned a hunting outfitters business for more than 20
years. He explained to Gorham that he's getting too old to guide
hunts and asked if Gorham wanted to be part of World Class Hunts
- with the intention to one day takeover the business.
"That sounds like a heck of a deal," replied Gorham, "but let's
talk some numbers."
Over the years, Folds has offered guided Louisiana alligator
hunts, along with exotic animal hunts in Texas.
Gorham has hunted all his life and a few years ago was part of a
long-range hunting series on TV.
"Hopefully, when I hang my hat up here, I
can fall right into that and keep on going."
With Gorham now involved, plans are in place to offer western big
game hunting, and he'll spending his summer break from the BFTS
working on putting together hunts for elk, big horn sheep, mule
deer, antelope, bear and mountain lions.
This summer, he's already begun scouting, working his dogs and
trying to get himself prepared for November and December. With the
PBR schedule the way that it is, he will only have a couple of
months each of the first few years to serve as a guide.
"It's going to be a slow transition into it," Gorham said. "I am
going to run some hunts this year and then over time, as my
clientele builds up, hopefully, when I hang my hat up here, I can
fall right into that and keep on going."
Gorham later joked, "In the future, hopefully, I'll be too busy
to come to these (BFTS) deals.
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