Michael is no stranger to the rodeo world. From the day he was born he traveled throughout the year with his grandparents, both former rodeo personnel. His desire to live the life of a traveling cowboy truly developed into his heart at a very young age. With the retirement of his grandparents, Michael began riding bareback horses, team roping, calf roping, and bull riding. After graduating high school Michael joined the United States Army, and served on active duty in Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Even during his enlistment he was able to attend a few rodeos each year to satisfy his passion for the sport of rodeo. Once Michael’s enlisted term was over it was no surprise to see that he went straight back into rodeo as soon as he returned home. Michael focused his attention on bareback and bulls and began competing on an amateur and professional level while working as a member of Hampton Rodeo Company. Enjoying the life of a cowboy, Michael was always making people laugh. Kevin Hampton, a man Michael has always admired, gave him the nickname “Goobie” during one of his rodeos, and since then the name has stuck. In the year 2011, Michael fractured his skull competing at a bull ride in Illinois. Although he still competes in bareback and bulls a few times a year he has for the most part retired from competition. With the encouragement of many friends in the rodeo industry, Michael decided to enter his goofy personality in the 2012 Ipra Contract Acts Showcase in Oklahoma City. As a rookie he finished as the reserve champion, only losing by a few points to the great Bert Davis. Since then, rodeo committees, contractors, announcers, and rodeo fans nationwide have fallen in love with what has been said to be one of the funniest men in the business.
Michael GOOBIE Smith