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Johnny Urrutia

Equine Specialist

BlueFire Wilderness

HQ Phone: (208) 934-4444

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BlueFire Wilderness

1832 E. 1750 S.

Gooding, Idaho 83330

United States

Company Description

BlueFire Wilderness is a wilderness therapy depression, anxiety, ADHD, and ODD treatment center for adolescents, ages 11 to 17. We offer therapy for depression, bullying, anxiety, ADHD, and other emotional or behavioral problems. We understand that this i ... more

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Idaho State University

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For Johnny, it is the most wonderful, powerful thing I've ever seen.


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Johnny Urrutia

Johnny Urrutia -Equine Specialist Johnny U is a certified equine specialist through EAGALA, a model of equine-assisted psychotherapy services which focuses on growth and learning. Participants interact with a horse/horses in guided activities led in tandem effort by the equine specialist and a mental health specialist. He has partnered with the SUWS Adolescent and Youth Program to provide this service to their students, ages 11-17. Click here for complete bio.

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Each one had a string tied around it for reins and little Johnny rode his stick horses every day.

He worked like a man since he was 12 years old, Before the morning light
Johnny learned horsemanship, integrity and the value of a hard day's work from his father, who was also named Johnny. Father and son became best friends, confiding in one another, never judging, always understanding. An honest and sincere man, the elder Johnny made a living as a rancher, but the family never had a lot of money. Notwithstanding, Johnny's dad always believed he was the most fortunate man alive. "I've lived in the best part of life as any human being can imagine," Dad would say. "I was raised in the horse age and here they are putting a man on the moon. If I were to die right now, I can't imagine it getting any better. This has been a great life." Nothing was better for the boy than to ride in the saddle alongside his father and best friend. The man was everything Johnny ever wanted to be. After high school in Shoshone, Johnny attended Idaho State University on a track scholarship. Following graduation, he became a high school math teacher. But it wasn't the algebra or geometry that motivated Johnny. "My favorite part of teaching was the counseling," Johnny says. "Some kids have come back and said, 'You saved my life because you let me spend time to visit with you.' That is the best thing." During his years of teaching, Johnny competed in local rodeos. Then, in the fall of 1983, Johnny began down a new road. He and his wife divorced and he quit teaching. "I was too young to have a midlife crisis," he says. But in a way, it was. In his late 20s, Johnny knew if he wanted to follow his dream of riding horses to rodeo fame, he was running out of time.
I wasn't getting any younger," Johnny says. So he hit the professional rodeo circuit, made some money and was on his way. During his early rodeo years, Johnny Urrutia became simply known as, "Johnny U."
Johnny met with more adversity when knee, shoulder and wrist injuries forced him into surgery and out of rodeo. "Maybe it's good that I didn't know then what I know now because maybe I would have skipped all that adversity and wouldn't have learned a thing," Johnny says.
During his recovery, Johnny struck a music deal with Dodge Rodeo and became their national representative. For the next 15 years, Johnny U and the Dodge Country Band toured the nation 300 days out of the year. The deal with Dodge catapulted Johnny U's music career and he went on to record 10 albums. His first single, "He's a Cowboy," charted in 1984. His music was especially hot in Europe, where he had six top-10 songs. He nearly always attracted the best musicians to play in his band. Coupled with his good looks and genuine cowboy charm, it wasn't long before Johnny U had a loyal fan base. "It always bothered me to sign autographs," he says.
Growing up on the ranch in Shoshone, Johnny had learned to be a real cowboy. He didn't have to pretend, like Alan Jackson, Toby Keith, Kenny Chesney and several other country music stars do. During his time in Nashville, that's what set Johnny U apart from the rest. He's a true cowboy singing true cowboy songs. "Those guys don't have an idea of what it's like to go out and break the ice for the stock cows in the winter, or be on a green broke colt when you're out on the range and it's about to buck you off. They don't know that side of cowboy life. Yet, the perception is that they're cowboys. They can never know what being a cowboy is if they don't feel that adversity." All the lessons Johnny had learned on the range as a young cowboy couldn't have prepared him for the unique challenge of playing on the road 300 days of the year.
One night, Johnny was at the famous Bluebird Café in Nashville when his old buddy Garth Brooks walked in.
"Yeah, but I don't think I have anything that's worthy," Johnny replied.
I never wanted to be that guy," Johnny says. "That guy's got as much money as God and he can't buy what I've got. What a price he has to pay. And all he really wants is what I've got." Around that same time, Johnny U's dad was critically ill back in Idaho. Johnny desperately wanted to spend time with his best friend, his father, while he still had the chance.
Johnny came home to Idaho. The walls of his house in Twin Falls are covered with pictures of his family. There's a Bible on the coffee table, although Johnny claims to be more spiritual than religious. That's why he was able to make sense of the impending events in his life. Johnny's dad had a favorite horse named Candy. When Candy died, Johnny's dad was heartbroken. One day, while sick in bed, Dad told Johnny he dreamed that God told him He would send Candy down to get him. The next day, when Johnny entered his dad's room, he appeared to be asleep. Then suddenly, he sat up, grabbed the bed sheets like they were reins and said, "Whoa Candy!
Johnny wrote dozens of songs about his dad's death because he agonized so much over losing his best friend.
Johnny realizes that could have been him, but he's not looking back. "I'm where I'm supposed to be," he says.
While his life now is busy with family, horses and business, Johnny is enjoying the adventure. "I think the most fulfilling thing I could do in my life is take all my adversities and struggles and help younger people," he says. "I look back on all the adversities I've had, and I'm telling you, in this last year, I've been able to use every one of them to my benefit. I've reached a higher level, because of the trials, that I would have never reached without them." Someday Johnny wants to slow down and focus on just two things: Counseling youth and riding cutting horses until he can no longer sit in the saddle. Until then…
I just wanted to let you (Johnny) know that the first time I saw your band play I was about 9 years old.
Addition to Dec 16 note, would like to know how to obtain Johnny U CD's, tried to send email to Johnny but it came back not valid...thanks....M Jones...

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