Max Reynolds, now living in Lexington, Nebraska, grew up on a farm and ranch on the eastern Colorado plains near Arapahoe and grew up with a variety of farm animals with horses being his favorite. When he was 3 years old, his parents found him sitting on top of a pair of (already harnessed) work horses and knew he was destined for a thrill-seeking life with these versatile animals.
As the years went by, Max was involved in all school activites and sporting events as well as 4-H where he raised and showed horses, cattle, hogs, sheep and competed on the livestock judging team. The summer months were busy with gymkanas and Little Britches Rodeos where he competed in most of the events with his older sister. At an early age it was at the local county fair and rodeo where Max first saw rodeo entertainer legends Leon Adams(roman rider) and J.W. Stoker(trick roper and trick rider)performing their acts for the crowd. This is where the inspiration happened. This is where it all started. Over the years to come, his two life-time idols, Leon and J.W., befriended him and helped out in many ways throughout his career. Eventually, as fate would have it, they were chosen to perform together in a few select rodeo/wild west show venues in the U.S. and several foreign countries.
After graduating high school (from a class of six) Max continued on to Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado earning a degree in Animal Science and competing on the rodeo team as a calf roper and team roper. After graduation he continued to compete in a few rodeos, but the guaranteed paycheck in entertainment provided to be more appealing! Shortly after graduation, he acquired his RCA card( now the PRCA) and hit the road!
That road lead him to Nebraksa where he met his wife, Cathy who became his wardrobe designer and performance manager. Through the years Max kept adding and perfecting new acts which include Roman Riding (standing on the backs of two running horses), Trick Roping, Bullwhips, Gun Spinning, and horseback-mounted Trick Shooting.
As an accomplished western entertainer, combined with his roots of a true ranch cowboy and horseman, he has been led to perform around the world at special events ranging from rodeos, wild west shows, stage shows, television, and even the silver screen. Although Max never pursued an acting career, he has doubled for Peter Coyote as Buffalo Bill in the movie “Buffalo Girls”, and occasionlly portrays the characters of Buffalo Bill and Wyatt Earp in some of his performances. Max continues to “live the dream”, that started all the way back during childhood , and brings a taste of the old wild west to the present and the future for both young and old alike!
Be sure to say “howdy” to Max and his wife Cathy when you see them somewhere down the road!