Ernest was born February 20, 1943, to Ernest & Edith Forsberg in Yuma, Arizona.
He moved to California in 1946. At the age of 6, he went to his first horse show. When Ernest was 8, he learned to rope from his Uncle, Jess Todd.
At 14, he moved in with his Uncle Jess and practiced his team roping and calf roping every day. At 16, he competed in his first PRCA rodeo at Palm Springs, CA. Ernest met his wife, Candy, at a team roping in Castic and were married in 1990.
They share a common love of horses and rodeo and compete together whenever they can.