When John and Karen Kissel married 48 years ago, they not only committed to a long term successful marriage, they also quickly became a well know team of professionals, much in demand for providing judging, flagging, timing and secretarial services.
John, a junior high and high school math teacher for 30 years, joined the PRCA shortly after he and Karen were married in order to rope calves and team rope with his Dad. His teaching position allowed him to travel the rodeo circuit during the summer with Honeycutt Rodeo Company as a pickup man.
In approximately 1989, John joined the NSPRA and placed in the calf roping at four of the five rodeos he entered that summer. Those five rodeos were among NSPRA's biggest and best: Rocky Ford, CO; Longmont, CO; Woodland Park, CO; Henderson, CO; Douglas, WY. John has always trained his own rope horses and also prefers to flag rodeos on one of his own.