What’s Up South Texas!: Truck-riding cowboy spreads joy in community

Darryl Mitchell rides on the East Side to show children anything is possible

San Antonio – A local cowboy is sharing his passion of trucking and trail riding to spread joy in his community.

Darryl Mitchell has loved truck driving since he was a boy.

“I loved it,” Mitchell said. “I got it from my uncle. I used to go with him everyday to work. The days I couldn’t go, I was mad but I had a feeling I was going to be a truck driver one day.”

His other goal was to own his own horse.

“I have three now,” Mitchell said. “I was just a toddler when I first started loving horses. I came out in the front page of the newspaper as the youngest rider in the MLK March. Since then, I was asking everyone to ride their horses. I got a few no’s and a bunch of yes’s.”

The major setback of making his goals a reality was when he was 17.

“My stepdad walked out on my mom and I,” Mitchell said. “I had to become the man of the house and take that step forward. I had to give up on my riding and dreams for a while to make sure my mom was OK.”

In the process of getting his license to become a truck driver, he lost his car.

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