Joe grew up in Southern California where he spent all of his free time playing baseball. Joe moved to Colorado in 1987 and eventually ended up joining the Air Force, where he served for 8 years. He is also an accomplished athlete, having completed the infamous Leadman race series, which includes finishing the Leadville Trail 100 Run and Mountain Bike Race just a week apart. It was after the 2017 mountain bike race that Joe and his wife, Kim, stopped in Buena Vista for lunch and saw their first burro race. Shortly after that, they adopted their first burro, Tin Cup, who was only four months old and two months later, adopted another BLM burro, Jake. Since then, their family has grown significantly to “countless children” including six burros, five horses, seven goats, one llama, three pigs, five dogs, and a lot of chickens and cats.
Dodger, Joe’s chocolate Labrador and he are a registered animal therapy team through Pet Partners where they have visited many hospitals and senior centers. Joe and Kim are working on developing a non-profit centered around animal therapy activities.
One of Joe’s main goals for serving on the board is to help people understand that Donkeys/burros are not stubborn animals as they are often portrayed to be. They have reasons for acting the way they do and believe it or not, they do love to run. Joe hopes to spread the word about the great sport of burro racing and to educate the public on the animals and the sport.