Mandy Oaklander Yvan Jayne, bareback
Name: Yvan Jayne (pronounced Evan, in a thick Southern accent) Age: 28 Hometown: Cuges-les-Pins, France Event: Bareback
I grew up in Cuges-les-Pins, a little town 30 miles east of Marseille. I got started trick riding for my father in Europe. I kind of fell in love with the sport and came over to Magnolia, Texas when I was 16.
Now, I live in Dallas. I'm half French, half-American, but very Texan. I mean, I love Texas. I can't see myself living anywhere else now.
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Rodeo is different in France -- it's more of a show. There aren't really competitions. Here, it's a sport.
I gave up my French accent. When you're a 16-year-old and kids at school make fun of you, you try to hide it as much as you can.
When I'm not rodeoing, I'm a schoolteacher in Dallas teaching shop. I have a little agreement with my principal: I'm a part-time teacher and I get to practice in the afternoon and go to the gym to stay in shape. I go to rodeos on the weekends.
I rodeo because once you take a bite of the adrenaline apple, it's hard to flush it out of your system. It's kind of addictive really. You get to travel all across the United States and Canada; you get to meet great people. It's different from your 8-5 job.