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Josh saddles up as a Rodeo cowboy

  • Official cowboy gear

  • Belt buckle specially designed for Josh from Burnt Well Guest Ranch

  • Josh riding and looking like a real cowboy

  • Josh and Miss New Mexico

  • Josh riding with his family

  • Josh enjoying the scenery

  • Josh trying out his new lasso

“ ...I think maybe I could be a real cowboy someday ”

- Josh

Josh is a precious six-year-old boy and a brave one at that.  A few years ago, Josh began complaining of headaches and had some trouble with his speech. His doctor’s found that he had a brain tumor on his pituitary gland.  After months in the hospital and undergoing seven brain surgeries, he is back at home and making great progress.

Make-A-Wish met with Josh to learn his one true. He brainstormed a few ideas—one of which was a trip to the moon—before he decided that he wanted to be a rodeo cowboy. He and his family love going to the Franklin Rodeo every year and he wanted to try to his hand at ranch life.

Josh’s wish took him and his parents out to Roswell, New Mexico.  There they attended a rodeo held in honor of Josh.  It seemed that the entire town was there, including Miss New Mexico.  He got front row seats to watch all the action.  He loved meeting real life cowboys and seeing the bulls. 

While in New Mexico, Josh and his parents stayed at Burnt Well Ranch, one of the last family own and run ranches in the country.  The Chesser family hosted them and gave them a chance to experience life on a ranch. They made Josh a custom Chesterfield cowboy hat fit to size, a set of spurs and belt buckle customized with Josh’s logo (a Super Josh logo, which his uncle designed while he was in the hospital).  Josh was able to ride horse trails every day and even helped brand the cattle.  

Josh’s trip has inspired him to continue his love for horses. Josh’s mom, Lindsay, said, “When he is with horses, he’s just Josh, and that’s the end of the story.” There is not medical backstory.  He practices roping his very own PVC pipe bull at home.  In addition he is now on a competitive horse showing team and placed sixth in his class at the World Championship Appaloosa Youth Show in Forth Worth Texas.  Josh’s dad, Ryan, said, “This Make-A-Wish experience, for Josh, has been life-changing, and for us too. I think it’s going to have lifelong rewards for Josh and our family.”


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