Number and End: No. 4 U.S. and No. 2 ACTRA, Heeler
Association of Preference: My wife Jo and I spend roughly seven months in Ellensburg where ACTRA ropings are popular. The other five months of the year we are in Wickenburg, Ariz., where US ropings seem to be the most popular.
Rope of Choice: Fast Back
Biggest Win: In 2013, I placed second in both the #7.5 and #5.5 ACTRA Arizona State Finals.
Best Horse You Ever Rode: Licorice, a 13-year-old gelding Keven Daniel found for me from Morgan Mill, Texas.
Your Favorite Roping: For the past 14 years, our family has produced the WestStar Best of the Best Open Roping. We have a ProAm, Open Tie-Down and Open Team Roping. Last year, we had 16 past world champions entered in our ProAm, along with 24 additional NFR qualifiers, which is quite a rush for us amateurs.
Why You Rope: Initially it was something I enjoyed participating in with our two daughters, who both head. I continue to rope because we have made so many great friends both in the amateur and professional level and I love the sport.
Competition Philosophy: I practice and compete to have fun. I love to compete when a lot of folks are having fun.
Tell me about your family: My wife Jo is a retired secondary school administrator. We have two daughters: Kaley, who is a 5th grade elementary teacher, and Rusti, who is a real estate broker. Our son-in-law Jadon McClure owns an excavation company. Our entire family produces our summer jackpots along with our WestStar Open roping.
Tell me about your real job: I owned a real estate company for 28 years and am now retired. I continue to manage our commercial properties along with raising some Corriente roping cattle. My most important job is being Papa to 4-year-old Waylon and 2-year-old Clayton McClure.