Event in which you compete: Bareback
Hometown: Porum, OK, USA
Number of years riding: 19
Career accomplishments to date:
• 2007 NFR Highest ride arena record 91.5
• 2008 NFR Average Record 859 points
• 2008 World Champion
• 2005 PRCA Rookie of the Year
• 2007 Ariat Playoffs Champion
• Three-Time NFR Qualifier
How you got started in your event: I was 13 years old going to the junior and open rodeos to compete in bull riding, and decided I needed something else to do while waiting for the bull riding to begin. At that time I also wanted to start competing for the All-Around Cowboy, so you have to compete in more than one event.
Length of time you’ve been sponsored by Ariat: Three years
Favorite Ariat product (by name): Exotic (Caiman or Ostrich) Boots
Proudest career moment: When I won the Worlds in 2008.
Tell us about your first horse: My first horse was a Shetland. His name was Easy Jet, and he was the meanest horse you have ever seen. I would take him to the rodeos to ride in the grand entries, and he would buck the whole way. I had to carry a whip. He was 38 inches tall.
You ride because: I love it!
If you weren’t a professional rider, you would be a: Professional baseball player.
Favorite mentor or idol growing up: Ty Murray
Favorite place to travel: Out West where there is nothing.
Name one fun fact that people don’t know about you: I never eat the end of my French fries.
Favorite way to unwind outside of the barn: Going home to my own house. Being in the middle of nowhere, away from everything and everybody.
Good luck charm: I don’t believe in good luck. I believe in opportunity.