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Keep an eye out for cowboy hats this week. Riders are in town for the Madison Square Garden Invitational, where 40 will compete to cling to bucking bulls.

Keep an eye out for cowboy hats this week. Riders are in town for the Madison Square Garden Invitational, where 40 will compete to cling to bucking bulls.

Before the event begins Friday, the riders are city sightseeing — and they say they’re dazzled.

“The more you come [here], the better it gets,” said Shane Proctor, a Washington native who won last year’s event. He and fellow wrangler Luke Snyder hit a Knicks game and have Rangers tickets.

Their cowboy boots are surviving the concrete, they said, and — surprisingly — the hats don’t
provoke too many stares, although they’ve gotten hugs. But both men are used to more space. “Where everyone’s on top of each other is a little different for me,” said Proctor.

And only Snyder’s braved the subway. “I took it about 17 miles the wrong way,” he laughed.

 
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