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Event in which you compete: Reining

Hometown: Whitesboro, TX, USA

Number of years riding: 15 years

Career accomplishments to date: 

  • • Open Futurity Finalist
  • • Open Pre-Futurity Champion and Reserve Champion
  • • Open Derby Finalist
  • • Intermediate Open Derby Reserve Champion
  • • Open Pre-Derby Champion
  • • Open National Reining Breeders Classic Finalist
  • • Multiple Open Championships and Clinician.


How you got started in your event: Larry Kasten introduced me to the sport of reining my third year of college at the University of Wisconsin, River Falls.

Favorite Ariat product: The Solid Twill Shirts and, although I have many favorite styles of boots, I work everyday in the Quickdraws. They are the longest lasting, most comfortable work boot I’ve ever owned!

Proudest career moment: The very first time I made the NRHA Open Futurity Finals.

Tell us about your first horse: My first Horse was named JR. My parents bought him for me when I was 14 years old; he carried me all the way through college. He was a speedy Quarter Horse but had a great mind and was very willing to teach. We had many good years together.

You ride because: I love to teach the horses how to do the exquisite maneuvers that reining calls for and to teach them how to love what they do.

If you weren’t a professional rider, you would be a: Lawyer, or that’s what my wife tells me I’d be good at.

Favorite mentor or idol growing up: My Grandpa Paul, I found my love for horses on his farm in Minnesota.

Favorite place to travel: : I haven’t traveled much outside of horse shows but I really enjoy traveling to Minnesota to see my family.

Name one fun fact that people don’t know about you: I have always dreamed of going for a joy ride in a fighter jet.

Favorite way to unwind outside the barn: Working out at Crossfit Solus and hanging out with my friends and family around the swimming pool at home.

Good luck charm: My faith in God