I was born in Marietta, Georgia, in November 1963 and have lived in Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, Texas, California, and Colorado. I have a business degree from the University of Louisiana, Lafayette. I enjoy traveling and riding horses.
I have been involved in rodeo since high school. As a contestant and organizer of rodeos in the late 1980s and early 1990s, I began to be aware of the misinformation perpetuated by the animal rights movement about the care and management of rodeo livestock. I began to help on a volunteer basis writing letters, testifying at city council hearings, and educating the public. In 1997 I applied and was chosen as the animal welfare coordinator for the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. In my position, I am given the opportunity to clarify misinformation perpetuated by animal rights groups that wish to end the use of animals in entertainment, sport, and industry. I enjoy educating people about the care and treatment of rodeo animals and am motivated by the fact the people are so pleased to see rodeo livestock up close and learn that the animal rights groups are dead wrong about the life the animals lead, as well as their daily treatment.