2x WNFR Qualifier
- Tell us about your main mount(s).
I actually have two main horses that I compete on. I switch up between Tucker, a 16-year-old gelding and his half brother Goodie, a 13-year-old gelding, depending on the circumstances of the arena.
- How did you get into rodeo?
My step dad got me into rodeo when I around 12 or 13, so I had a little bit of a later start than most cowboys. I spent my youth going to Little Britches rodeos and just developed a love for the sport.
- Who are your idols?
I have always looked up to Luke Branquinho and admired his steer wrestling technique. I used to watch him at the finals when I was in college and knew I would compete against him some day.
- What has been your best memory so far?
Qualifying for the National Finals Rodeo in 2010 has probably been the biggest highlight of my professional career so far. Some guys go their whole career without ever making it to the finals, so to make it there so early in my career was a huge confidence booster for me.
- What do you like most about feeding SLH?
SLH keeps my horses feeling good and energized, which is essential when you are putting on thousands of miles hauling them all across the country. I feel better knowing that I’m feeding my horses something that I know is going to keep them in top health and in their top condition. If they aren’t at 100%, then I can’t perform at my best.
- What products do you use?
#24 Immune Support, #12 Feet and Bone Support, #37 Kidney Support, #17 Kolik Eaz
- What is your feed program like?
I feed my horses their SLH every morning with their oats.
- What do you like to do for fun outside of the arena?
I am a Wisconsin guy so I enjoy hunting and fishing. I like to catch up with family and friends when I’m not on the road since I’m gone for such long periods of time.
- What is your favorite movie?
Dumb and Dumber
- What is your favorite food?
Steak and potatoes
- What super power would you like to have?
To be able to fly.
- What is your routine for warm-up/preparing for your run?
I usually like to saddle up an hour and a half before the rodeo, check the draw, and get myself and my horse warmed up. I definitely try not to over think about my upcoming run.
- Can you give a training tip?
My biggest advice is to just take your time and focus on using good technique. It’s also important to just let your horse do things naturally and not to try and force things on them.
- If you didn’t rodeo full time, what career path would you choose?
I have a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and started on my Master’s in Sports Business, so I would probably do something in sports business management.
- What is something most people don’t know about you?
For most of my life rodeo was always just a hobby to me. Hockey was my real passion growing up and if you had asked me back then I would never believe that today I would rodeo professionally for a living.
- Tell us a funny story from the road.
One time I was driving in the middle of the night near the border in Texas and my traveling partner Kyle was sleeping in the nose of the horse trailer and a border patrol police car pulled me over. I figured the officer would just ask me a few questions and be on the way, but he opened up the door to the living quarters of the trailer and went in before I had the chance to tell him that there was a person sleeping in there. He searched all through the trailer and cupboards, but never discovered Kyle sleeping in the nose! To this day we laugh when we think about what would have happened if Kyle had woke up and sat up when that border patrol cop was in the trailer.