As a fourth generation San Luis Obispo County resident, I’m proud to call the Central Coast my home. My family’s history has shaped so much about who I am, especially our occupation as cattle ranchers.

Through middle school and high school, I would get up early in the mornings and feed the cattle before school. And when I came home, I would clean their pens. With those chores bookending my school days, I didn’t have time for the sports that are typical of most teenage boys. Instead, I competed in Junior Rodeo on the weekends.

Even during my time in the army during the Vietnam War, I spent my
weekends as a professional bull rider, building on my rodeo roots.