Non-Profit helps military members cowboy up to rodeo

Military members help community cowboy up to rodeo
Military members help community cowboy up to rodeo(Valeria Fugate)
Updated: Nov. 23, 2022 at 7:13 PM CST
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - A non-profit organization helps rope in “community” for soldiers.

Two military personnel not only defend our country but what they do on their off time that really ropes you in helping other service members cowboy up.

“She was barrel racing as a young kid with her parents. Both her parents active duty Air Force. Her dad is retired Air Force as well. She kind of grew up around it. I was a city boy from Michigan that kind of just fell in love with it and went all out,” said CMSgt. David Teets, 90th Mission Support Group Superintendent.

Air Force service members David and Jennifer Teets started PAFRA, or professional armed forces rodeo association, over 12 years ago.

Jennifer grew up with horses her whole life she met David when they were both military drill sergeants in san Antonio.

This non-profit organization teaches armed forces members how to compete in rodeos, and through this company, they help members find a new community and an outlet outside the military.

Their organization competes nationally, bringing riders from all over the world.

Taking home prizes in steer wrestling overall champion and overall break-out champion in the 2022 PAFRA competition.

“We’d love to have them come out; it’s just done wonders for us as a family. It’s a community, it’s an involvement, its i’s just like living in Wyoming, you know. You just feel right at home from day one,” said MSgt. Jenniffer Teets, 90th Comptroller Sq. Senior Enlisted Leader.

They credit the Langley family and the supportive Wyoming rodeo community for helping them navigate the industry.

They give back by reaching out to local VA hospitals and other veteran organizations when competing nationally.