The beginning of my story starts sometime around 5 years old. Even though we always had horses growing up, some of my first memories evolved when I joined the Filer Jr. Riding club as the youngest member to perform in front of the Magic Valley Stampede PRCA rodeo. I had two older siblings who were also involved with the riding club and we all spent time as a family riding horses, going to practice every Monday once the weather started cooperating to prepare for our 3-day special at the pro rodeo. A couple of years down the road my older siblings signed up for Champions Rodeo Camp, of course I was too young to participate but I couldn’t wait til the day I was old enough. Champions Rodeo Camp was an awesome opportunity for the people in our area. Amazing Grace Fellowship collected a handful of top cowboys in the world to educate the students about life in and out of the arena. This is the first time I remember us getting more involved into the rodeo world. When I was finally old enough to participate I met some awesome cowboys and cowgirls such as Lynn Mackenzie, Allen Bach, Cash Meyers, Charlie Kingsberry, Daniel Green, Paul Tierney and so on. My older sister and brother eventually went on to high school rodeo and I began pushing cows out of the arena after each roper finished their run. I loved being able to be part of the rodeo even though I was less than 10 years old when I first started. We had several horses as a kid and I remember my mom saying “whoever rides the horse the most gets it”. So I took it upon myself to ride more than any of my other siblings because who can own too many horses right! Eventually, I was old enough to enter the high school rodeos and I loved going every weekend rain, shine, sleet or hail. To be continued…..