Tammy was born in the Midwest and developed a love of horses at an early age watching her dad work and compete on horses. In 1983 Tammy’s family moved to Arizona where she continued her life long dream of working with horses. She started competing in gymkhanas, team penning and sorting and spent time working with world class cutting and reining trainer Larry Lilly and world champion cutter Joe Suiter of Suiter Ranch. It wasn't long before her own talents and work ethic were in demand and she began working at Durango Equine Veterinary Clinic with Dr Lloyd Kloppe DVM. The practice focuses on performance horses and reproductive therienology. It was at this time she co-founded with her husband the Cross A7 Ranch ranch in Elfrida Arizona. She has obtained an AAS degree in Agricultural Technology and Equine Management from Western Dakota Technical Institute in South Dakota. The degree focuses on agricultural science, business and biology, equine science, training and nutrition. A relative new comer to competing in rodeos, Tammy competes in several barrel racing and rodeo associations and has already qualified, earned money and a buckle at the NBHA World Championships in Augusta Georgia. She is dedicated to her breeding and training program and helping equine athletes of all disciplines with human problems.
Jim was born on the east coast and grew up around horses learning first to ride English and then Western. His life in rodeo did not begin until his family moved to Arizona in 1979. He started out by riding bulls when he was 11 years old. Eventually he added bareback bronc riding and roping as a heeler to his resume when he was 13. Jim competed in open rodeos, Little Britches Rodeo Association, Arizona Junior Rodeo Association and jackpots through high school and was also a member of the FFA. Moving up to Idaho in 1984 Jim worked on several ranches with cow calf operations, the livestock auction and feedlot. He helped start colts and train ranch horses for work on the ranch. It was during the 90’s when Jim moved back to Arizona and decided to join the PRCA, IPRA, SPRA (now the GCPRA) as a saddle bronc rider and earned three trips to the southwest finals with SPRA. In 1996 he became the saddle bronc riding director and certified rodeo judge for the SPRA; judging rodeos for the SPRA, NHSRA and roping events in Arizona.
In 2000 he co-founded the Cross A7 Ranch in Elfrida with his wife Tammy. He learned to shoe horses from George Goode with the Tucson School of Horse Shoeing and dedicates his service to promote a sound breeding and training program for performance horses.