Born and raised in North Central Arkansas, Tye is a quiet, soft spoken young man with a quick smile and big warm heart. Tye claims he never meets a stranger and goes out of his way to make people feel at ease.
When asked about where his respect for horsemanship began Tye stated “I learned a love of horses and mules from my father and grandfather. I grew up watching them train horses and mules. They also competed in (and still enjoy attending) chuck wagon races which were especially fun because my family was the first to ‘drive 4 Up’ at the Clinton Arkansas Chuck Wagon Races.”
Tye graduated from Batesville High School where he played football for the Pioneers. He was also a member of the FFA and showed steers in the All Star Steer program.
As a small kid, he rode sheep at local rodeos, and as a young man, moved on to his beloved broncs. But concussions and a warning from his doctor changed Tye’s rodeo path from competitor to fan. After The American Wish Ride is over; Tye plans to settle down on a piece of land with his wife to train horses and mules all while continuing his outreach for children’s charities.
“I really respect and look up to Chris Cox and the other great American Cowboys who make up an elite group. I feel their honesty, hard work and integrity make them someone to emulate and to look up to. I absolutely love the American Cowboy lifestyle and code of living and greatly admire the honest simple way of life that is being lost to a digital age.” -Tye Sturgeon