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Jeff Rector of Chanhassen checks the halter on Nightlinger, his 10-year-old American quarter horse, after a chilly ride in Minnetrista on Wednsday. (Pioneer Press: Richard Marshall)

City boy turns love of horses into livelihood

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — How does a city slicker who lives in Chanhassen end up with a job in the rodeo?

For Jeff Rector, who grew up in Kansas City, Mo., it started with the horses.

"I really, really loved horses," said Rector, 36. They were the reason he liked to watch Westerns as a kid.

Although none of his family members knew anything about riding, a generous grandfather gave him a horse when he was in eighth grade.

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