PSN: What has been the key to your success this year?
SG: Riding good horses and drawing good steers. I have been riding Ron Schenk's horse, Mister, and will be riding him at the Finals.
PSN: What is your strategy as you prepare for your third Wrangler NFR?
SG: Just go in there and have fun. Last year, I went in with the attitude to have fun, and it worked out much better for me than the first year. The first year, I just had a lot of things on my mind and learned that I need to just have fun and do what I have done all year long to get there.
PSN: What do you enjoy doing away from the arena?
SG: I enjoy hunting and usually just stay close to home.
PSN: What has been your most memorable rodeo moment?
SG: The first time I qualified for the Wrangler NFR. It was breathtaking and overwhelming to be there competing at something I had dreamed about.
PSN: How did you get involved in rodeo, and what made you want to be a steer wrestler?
SG: Actually, I was in college at the time and my buddies, who were on the college rodeo team, wanted me to go down and practice with them. I think it was more of a joke than anything because they wanted to see me get dragged around for a while. About a month after that, I started jumping steers and have been doing it ever since. I think this is my 10th year.
PSN: Are any of your college buddies still competing?
SG: A few of them are up in Canada. Mike Garthwaite had been my traveling partner up until this year, when he decided to take a break. They have all been very supportive.
PSN: Had you had any thoughts of competing in rodeo prior to your college days?
SG: Oh, maybe a little. When I was a freshman in high school, I thought I wanted to be a bull rider, but I broke out and retired from that event all in the same day.
PSN: Are you a morning person or a night owl?
SG: When I am home, I am a morning person due to parenting responsibilities. Our son, Kaden, just turned 5 and our daughter, Savannah, is 9 months old. However, when I am on the road, I am more of a night owl.
PSN: Favorite breakfast cereal?
SG: Cinnamon Toast Crunch.
PSN: David Letterman or Jay Leno?
SG: David Letterman.
PSN: If you could trade places with anyone in the world for a day, who would it be?
SG: I don't think I would want to trade with anyone because I enjoy what I do.
PSN: Favorite vacation spot?
SG: The mountains of Oregon.
PSN: Favorite sports to watch on TV?
SG: College football.
PSN: Favorite team?
PSN: Favorite video game?
SG: Big Game Hunting.
PSN: Worst movie you have ever seen?
SG: Napoleon Dynamite.
PSN: Favorite holiday?
PSN: What do you enjoy most about being in Las Vegas for 10 days in December?
SG: Being able to see all your friends and competing for that much money.
PSN: Where would someone most likely find you during the day in Las Vegas during the NFR?
SG: Hiding out away from the hustle and bustle.
PSN: If you were to win the lottery tomorrow, how would it change your life?
SG: I would have a lot bigger place and a lot nicer rig. Having that extra money would make competing in rodeo a lot easier.
PSN: Best advice you could give to someone who wants to be a steer wrestler?
SG: You have to have lots of try and lots of heart. Never give up on reaching your goals and always give 110 percent.
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