Joel was raised in Homedale, Idaho, where he attended Homedale Public Schools, and graduated from Vallivue High School, in Caldwell, Idaho. As a young boy, Joel’s grandpa instilled in him traditional horsemanship skills. He assisted his grandpa with riding, breaking, training, and shoeing equines. Joel and his grandpa would ride young colts through the Owyhee Mountains to work and hunt. While in high school, Joel competed in a multitude of amateur rodeos.
Through a rodeo scholarship, Joel attended Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College in Miami, Oklahoma. After one year of college Joel entered the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) and for three years he traveled around the United States competing on a professional stage in the event of tie-down calf roping. After disappointing equine injuries, Joel moved back to Oklahoma, and took homestead on his fifty-acre ranch in Proctor. Joel then accepted a position for one of the world’s largest food processors, and Fortune 500 Company, Tyson Foods.
While at Tyson’s, Joel hauled feed to various farms, handled billing, payroll, demurrage fees, and various clerical responsibilities. Joel also dispatched feed haul while managing the logistics of nineteen drivers and service to one hundred forty farms. As an employee of Tyson’s, Joel focused on building a network of quality relationships with drivers and farmers, while striving to improve operations. Joel cut railroad demurrage fees by ninety percent, lowered the feed hauling cost by three dollars per mile, and cut overtime pay in half for the entire facility by working directly with the feed makers. Joel’s core values were a motivating force behind his management style. Joel structured the logistics of the needs of the farms in order to ensure that no farm ran out of feed, and that his drivers would be home on the weekends and holidays with their families.
Joel provides therapeutic horseback riding skills to Jaycee’s Horses for Healing clients, as well as caring for and meeting the unique needs of Jaycee. “My time at home with Jaycee has opened my eyes,” says Joel, “she has taught me so much.”