T E X A R K A N A M A G A Z I N E
E very parent dreams their child will do big things and make a difference, but for Amanda and Lance Gainey, that dream is a reality… and a wild ride! The Gainey’s 13-year-old twin sons, Ethan and Hayden, are sweeping titles across the country for Miniature Bull Riding, and both boys have achieved world champion status. Ethan won the International Miniature Bull Riding Association (IMBA) Junior World Championship in Mesquite, Texas, and Hayden won the International Miniature Rodeo Association (IMRA) Junior Mini Reserve World Championship in Guthrie, Oklahoma. “Both boys hold titles in different associations,” Amanda explained. “They go back and forth with each other and are each other’s biggest supporter! They say, ‘We aren’t against each other. It’s us against our bulls.’” Along with their big sister, Makayla (17), the Gainey kids are a tight-knit, Jesus- loving, hard-working crew. Makayla is their biggest fan, and uses her talents to serve as their photographer, Instagram manager and stylist. Living in Fouke, Arkansas, the Gaineys are raising their children to work hard, stay humble and chase their dreams.
Professional bull riders Ethan and Hayden Gainey on their farm. photo by Brian Jones
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