I learned how to ride a horse before I learned how to walk, and my love for horses and animals of all kinds is the bedrock upon which all of the rest of my personality resides. I grew up on Leonard Creek Ranch, a working cattle ranch and alfalfa farm that is 90 miles from the nearest town. I attended the one-room schoolhouse on the ranch from first through eighth grades and it was rare that my mom did not have a saddled horse ready for me upon the bell marking the end of the day so that we could buckaroo or rodeo practice.
I started out going to rodeos with my older brothers and I never remember any time in my life that I have not been around rodeo. From stick horse barrel racing through junior rodeo keyhole racing to the short go of the College National Finals Rodeo I feel more at home in the rodeo arena than anywhere else.
A few of the highlights of my rodeo career have been: High school, three times as the Nevada State Goat Tying Champion (1997, 1999-2000), two times as the Nevada State All-Around Champion (1999-2000); three times as the Nevada State Breakaway Roping Champion (1998-2000), two times as the Nevada State Girl’s Cutting Champion (1999, 2000), once as the Nevada State Pole Bending Champion (2000), Nevada State Rookie of the Year (1997), 3rd place at the National High School Finals Rodeo (NHSFR) in the Goat Tying (1997), 3rd place at the NHSFR in the Breakaway Roping (1999), 3rd place at the NHSFR All-Around Champion(1999), and 4th place at the NHSFR Girl’s Cutting (2000). I attended college at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where among other accomplishments I count: I was a four time West Coast Regional Goat Tying Champion (2001-2004), a three time West Coast Regional Breakaway Roping Champion (2002-2004), a three time West Coast Regional All-Around Champion (2002-2004), I set the World Record in Goat Tying with a 5.8 second run (2001), I then broke the World Record with a 5.7 second run (2001), set the record for the fastest average on three in the Goat Tying with 17.7 seconds (2001), was a four time College National Finals Qualifier (2001-2004), was twice the College National Finals Goat Tying Champion (2001, 2003), and was twice the College National Finals All-Around Champion (2001, 2003). After graduating from college I have continued to compete and I am a seven time California Cowboys Professional Rodeo Association (CCPRC) finals qualifier, the 2008 CCPRA Breakaway Champion, 2011-2015 CCPRA Breakaway Champion, 2011 CCPRA All-Around Cowboy/Cowgirl; one of only two cowgirls to win this prize. In the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association I have been the 2015 WPRA Reserve World Champion Breakaway Roper, 2015 WPRA Heeler Average Finalist, and the 2015 WPRA California Circuit Champion Breakaway Roper and Heeler.
I still enjoy being around horses and animals more than anything. I am married to fellow cowboy Dan Williams and there is nothing we enjoy more than spending time together in our own practice pen getting ready for our next foray in the rodeo world.