Although James didn't ride before the age of 15 he has made up for it since. He rides 5-10 breakers a day and up to 5 racehorses a day on the track. He has competed in Rodeos, Campdrafts, Picnic Races and Agricultural shows.
He has previously worked for a year in Canada on a horse and cattle ranch and for three years on a cattle ranch in North Australia. While up there he caught a 'Brumby' (feral horse) which he broke and used for mustering and competitions.