Tye Sturgeon began his 48 state horseback ride to raise money for children’s charities in March of 2014 at the ripe young age of just 19. He left out on ‘The American Wish Ride’ in his hometown of Batesville, Arkansas with a horse named Edward, saddle bags and a passion to raise money for children in need. Over the past 4 years he has ridden 6,000 miles and has currently made it through 17 states (Oct 2017). He is so thankful to all the wonderful folks who opened their homes, hearts and pastures along the way. Tye plans to continue his ride into ALL 48 Lower States to raise money for Ropin’ Dreams (Non-profit children’s foundation), New Horizon Ranch (therapeutic riding center) and other various children’s charities along his route. It has always been a hope of his to make an impact in the lives of young people who may never get to experience their dreams to the fullest.
Tye knows a bit about having a dream. All of his life he wanted to be a Cowboy, Horsemen and a Pro Bronc rider. He was able to rodeo for a period of time, but sadly due to injuries he realized that aspiration had to come to an end. Although he was not able to continue towards his dream of the pro circuit; he still feels blessed that God gave him the experience. Soon after is when ‘The American Wish Ride’ became not just a new dream, but a reality. Little did he know how much this ride would not just change the lives of children, but his own life as well.
In September of 2014, he and Edward just so happened to stumble upon a boarding barn in the small town of southern Wisconsin. This is where he met Hannah, a hazel eyed, honest as could be type of gal who Tye refused to let slip on by. Soon after meeting they fell completely head over boots and could not wait to spend the rest of their lives together. Tye always knew God had a plan for him and that day he unknowingly rode up to the future love of his life. On September 3rd of 2016, Tye and Hannah tied the knot under a 16 foot tall cross in her hometown of Evansville, Wisconsin. Since then the Sturgeons have been planning to continue this 48 state ride as a team. To learn more about all of the exciting details of what is to come with The American Wish Ride please continue to read through their website and follow them on social media!
If you are willing to help The Sturgeons support the American Wish Ride, Ropin’ Dreams and the New Horizon Kids Ranch along the way, check out his route to see when they will be close to you. Perhaps you can help them out with a warm meal, some hay or a safe place to rest. Everyone has a wish. What is yours? Saddle up and ride with us when we get to your city.