As a kid, I can remember having three dreams, I wanted to accomplish more than any others:I wanted to get paid to hunt, I wanted to be a Marine, and I wanted to be a cowboy. On February 8, 2011 I shipped out for boot camp and stood on those yellow footprints that so many Marines before me had. I enlisted as a reservist so I could go back to college and become an officer after graduation. I was the Company Honor Graduate at Marine Combat Training. I spent the summer of 2012 in Estonia doing the NATO operation BALTOPS. Not long after our return in 2012, the sequester hit which did away with a lot of military funding. Units were getting shut down and consolidated all over the country. I had the opportunity to transfer to an infantry unit in Reno, NV and took it. Unfortunately, after three months in my new unit, I learned that they were going to be shut down. Since I didn't live within 100 miles of another drill station, I got dropped to Inactive Ready Reserve status for the remainder of my contract.
Shortly after I received my orders to drop to IRR, I bought a bull rope, spurs, vest, and entered into a rodeo.
The other riders gave me a lot of crap as I strapped spurs my boots and taped on an old leather work glove on. That ol' phrase, “This ain't my first rodeo,” I know what that means first hand. I didn't have a clue what I was doing and the ride was over almost as soon as they opened the gate but I did know one thing; I was hooked. Since that day, I have progressed through the sport and Competed in the California Cowboys Professional Rodeo Association (CCPRA), Professional Armed Forces Rodeo Association (PAFRA), Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA), and the Professional Bull Riders Association (PBR). I have even adopted Saddle Bronc Riding as a second event, which in 2015 I won the year end Reserve Champion Saddle Bronc Rider for PAFRA.
2016 had me plagued with injuries which sidelined me the second half of the year as well as the first half of 2017. But I always try to look at the bright side to every situation. The time away from rodeo has given me time to develop and expand my hunting business, trueobsessionoutdoors.com. It has also fueled the fire of desire to come back stronger than
ever. Both mentally and physically. If you're going to do something, be the best at it.