Melissa began riding at the age of 4. She grew up riding a small pony, Judy, in small local rodeos in Cave Creek, AZ. When she was 9, a family friend introduced her to an exciting sport called Cowboy Mounted Shooting. This sport combines firearms, obstacle courses with balloons/barrels, and our large 4 -legged friends to make a fun-filled competition! Melissa won the Reserve Overall Ladies World Champion at the ripe age of 12 back in 2006. She wasn’t satisfied with second place, so in 2007 she kicked a little harder and was the youngest Ladies Overall World Champion in Cowboy Mounted Shooting a the age of 13. She liked the feeling so much, she actually achieved the same title in 2010 and is a Two-Time World Champion in the fast growing sport. This was a huge accomplishment for Melissa and she couldn’t have done it without her trusty steed, Slapshot. The blonde pair are perfect for each another. They both enjoy Cheese-Its, apples, and going fast! At the height of her career, Melissa was sponsored by Ruger Firearms and Cowgirl Tuff Co clothing. She went to the University of Nebraska and ran Division I Track and Field, graduated with her business degree and moved back to the Valley of the Sun in 2015. Currently Melissa works in the commercial insurance industry as a risk management consultant. She likes to hike, cook, and travel with her husband Tom.