Sandy Mahl is known as an American wildlife rehabilitator and businesswoman. She is most famous for being the first and ex-wife of country music star, Garth Brooks.


Sandy Mahl was born January 16, 1965, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Her parents are Pat Mahl and John Mahl. She was born with her sister, Debbie Mahl. She finished her university degree at Oklahoma State University.

Marriage to a Garth Brooks

Sandy and famous country music singer, Garth Brooks got married in the year 1986. They met for the first time when Garth was working as a bouncer as a part-time job at the Oklahoma Bar. The two both went to Oklahoma State University. They were destined to be together because they were both born in the same Oklahoma hospital but Garth was born three years earlier than her. While in school, she was a basketball player, cheerleader, and track runner.

During their marriage, they gave birth to three children, and all are daughters. The eldest is Taylor Mayne Pearl, the second is August Anna and the third is Allie Colleen. She also helped her husband during a certain period with his music. She helped write some of his songs. Some of the songs she is credited for are “I’ve Got a Good Thing Going” and “That Summer”. She will forever be in Garth’s heart because she helped him with some of his creative outlets and expressions.

They lived together for over 15 years but they got divorced in the year 2001.

Another Woman in the Picture

In a candid interview with The Buffalo News, Garth Brooks talked about his ex-wife, Sandy “We didn’t have cell phones then, so I wasn’t much of a partner to her. My busy touring schedule impacted my family relationships. Three, four days would go, we’d be playing at clubs, I wouldn’t call her, and that’s just not right.”

Their marriage wasn’t going well at all but Garth tried to work hard so that their marriage could be fixed, “Being married, it’s gotta be right. This is who you went to college with and you were married in front of God and your family and everybody. Still, at the end of the day. There comes that time where you’re looking at the rest of your life and going, ‘How do you want to live it?’”

There was another woman that was catching the eye and attention of Garth. It was revealed that his affection for this woman was one of the main causes for his lack of love towards Sandy. Garth first met another country star named Trisha Yearwood only a year after he married Sandy. It was a hard feeling for Garth to deal with because in his mind he was supposed to be devoted and committed to Sandy. He went on the Ellen DeGeneres talk show and told Ellen that when he met Trisha, “I felt that feeling like when you just meet your wife.”

He wanted to be a good husband to Sandy but he knew that deep in his heart, the right woman for him was Trisha and not Sandy. Even though the reason for the marriage ending was Garth being attracted to another woman, the two had to still be civil with each other for the sake of their children.

Health and Fight with Cancer

Sandy Mahl suffered breast cancer and was diagnosed in the year 2006. She was able to survive the medical condition through hard work and perseverance. She knew that she had a lot to live for still and did not want to give up. She wanted to make her family and friends proud.

Career and Net Worth

Sandy works as the Wild Heart Ranch Vice President and as the co-founder for the Wildlife Rescue Service. She got interested in Wildlife Rescue Services when a mother dog and her puppies got dumped in front of her house. The Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation known also known as Wild Heart Ranch has a nice bio describing Sandy and what she has done for their center, “Sandy Brooks has been part of Wild Heart Ranch since shortly after she moved home from Nashville. A mother dog and her pups were dumped at Sandy’s gate and taken to Wild Heart Ranch for help. Sandy later called to check on them and found out they went to a wildlife rescue.”

Sandy was very passionate about getting involved with the center. After getting her foot in the door, she eventually even started providing funding for them, “Sandy, passionate about wildlife rehabilitation, jumped on board to get licensed by the State and assist with the work of raising hundreds of infant wild animals. Several years later, Sandy assisted in founding and funding the nonprofit so it could expand and grow and be a full time, all species, all situation facility.”

Sandy started the nonprofit organization so that she can help animals. Her organization grew bigger and expanded after the word started spreading about their noble mission. As a businesswoman, Sandy Mahl had was able to make up 125 million dollars in net worth. Most of her net worth comes from being the wife of wealthy country music star, Garth Brooks.

Last Modified: Apr 7, 2020

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