As a retired Fort Worth firefighter, it had always been in Bob Garcia’s nature to help people. In 1992, he was doing business with the city attorney who mentioned Bob might be interested in volunteering with the Roundup for Autism Rodeo. Bob signed up to help transport guests of the event and one day after dropping a visitor off at the rodeo venue, he went inside to see if he could help with anything else. Roundup founder Bobby Norris quickly took him up on his offer and Bob moved into a new volunteer position handling the horses and cattle.
When Bob first became involved with Roundup, he didn’t know anything about autism. In the early days of the event, some of the Autism Treatment Center residents were able to ride horses led around the arena by Bob and other volunteers.