“I feel so blessed to get to race. I met so many people and a lot them, I will be friends with forever,” said Cord, 32. “I think it gives hope to every small-town kid. I never thought in elementary that I may get to race all the way around the world.”
In rodeo, Jet won five International Professional Rodeo Association titles, including three all-around cowboy championships. Cord won five titles in the same association, including two all-around cowboy championships. Cord is a former qualifier to the National Finals Rodeo of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and has qualified multiple times for the Professional Bull Riders World Finals.
A lot of the miles logged in earning titles came while they were traveling together. Still, this experience brought the brothers closer.
“Jet, he is the real deal, good days and bad,” Cord said.
And in turn, Jet commented: “I definitely appreciate him more. Being on the race and seeing that not everybody gets along the way we do, that made me realize that we have kind of a neat relationship. I have a brother that I am that close to and I definitely should not take that for granted.”
The experience also enlightened them about the lives they enjoy.
Jet especially was saddened by the poverty he saw in some areas, with people who “live on a day-to-day basis.”
“It was very humbling,” Jet said. “It just makes you realize how folks here in the U.S., well not everybody obviously, but a lot of people, complain about a lot of trivial things that over there you don't complain about it, because you don't have to worry about it anyway.”
As a result of their celebrity status from the show, the brothers have had the opportunity to speak at events and to help promote and raise funds for “good causes.”
For each, it was a special chapter in their life. For Cord, especially, it was another chapter in a life that has had its dramatic moments. That includes when he was kicked in the head by a horse during the State Fair Championship Rodeo in September 2004 in Oklahoma City.
“Well, the experiences I have been through have made me who I am today,” Cord said. “I wouldn't put some of my experiences on anyone, but it makes you wonder what God has in store for all of us.”