I grew up on a small ranch and farm in North Dakota where we raise small grains, Angus, Longhorn, Bison and American Quarter horses. Along with our cattle and horses, we had many other pets such as dogs, cats, rabbits, and goats. Growing up in this environment gave me many opportunities to not only develop my interest in veterinary medicine but also to learn and appreciate the difference it can make in the well-being and performance of animals. While working hand in hand with my parents, breeding and selling our bison, cattle and horses it became apparent what good health care can do for our animals. I saw it while breeding and selling Angus cattle, with my brother, and while caring for our various pets around the ranch.
Spending most of my life on the farm, I enjoyed not only being outdoors but spending time with my animals eventually, this grew into my passion for the sport of rodeo. I have competed in rodeos for the majority of my life, from elementary to high school. This passion followed me to college where I competed in the Big Sky Region competing in breakaway roping and goat tying events at Dawson Community College for two years before transferring to Montana State University to compete. Like many college sports, rodeo came with a demanding schedule of practice while staying on top of academic work. The difference between a college rodeo...
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...performance horses. I have a strong desire to not only help heal performance horse injuries and return them back to peak physical condition but to also help owners maintain healthy performance horses. I am determined to become a veterinarian because I have the drive and desire to care for animals and improve animal health-care and I am determined to do what it takes to achieve my goals.
“I never lose. I either win or I learn” became an important quote for me as the summer of 2015 was a difficult rodeo season. The summer of 2015 was also the summer I learned the most about facing a difficult setback. After many hours of hard work, I finally was able to get back on track with roping and ended my season on a better note. Although it was not the rodeo season I hoped for, I learned a valuable life lesson. There is always success even when facing a difficult situation.
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