City: Pleasant Grove
The Journey Will bought his first horse with his own money when he was 13, and now he works with horses everyday as executive director at Courage Reins, where horseback riding is therapy for children who suffer from abuse as well as physical and cognitive disabilities. After moving to Brazil at age 15 and spending the next several years on family and personal missions for the LDS Church, Will graduated from BYU with his bachelor’s and Utah State with his master’s in accounting. He balances his outdoor life by performing in local theater productions including playing Curly in “Oklahoma,” Gaston in “Beauty and the Beast,” and Joseph in “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” He also performed with the BYU Ballrooom Dance Company and is a soloist in “Lamb of God.”
Vacation Destination “Horseback riding in the High Uintas. I love feeling closer to the heavens, the sound of nature and the smell of leather on a sweaty horse.”
Road Blocks “Personal doubt. I want things to be perfect, and my view of perfection is set with impossible expectations, hopes and dreams. When they aren’t met, I doubt, struggle and feel discouraged. But disappointments have taught me the most. Seeing ‘perfect’ differently has helped me, as well as finding ways to be grateful.”
Local Destination “Thai Village. It was where I learned to love curry and also my first date with my wife. Now we’re expecting our first baby.”
Where horsing around heals!
To sponsor a child, to sponsor a horse, or to learn more about the Courage Reins gala on April 14, visit couragereins.org.