Born to a mother and father that immigrated from Cuba to Florida when they were in their 20s, Juan grew up right here in Osceola County, Florida. In 4th grade, he set some big goals, dreaming of becoming a professional rodeo cowboy with the PRCA. Now 30 years old, Juan has certainly been able to achieve that goal!
Riding with his horse “Little Jack”, Juan travels all over the country competing as a steer wrestler. This summer, Juan traveled over 250,000 miles trying to qualify for the 2017 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (WNFR). He competed in over 70 rodeos all across the US, spending much of his time in the northwest. The rodeos he competed in include Cheyenne Frontier Days in Wyoming, Days of ‘76 in Deadwood in South Dakota, Pendleton Round-Up in Oregon, and many more! Though he worked extremely hard, unfortunately making it to the WNFR this year just didn’t pan out.
Instead of pouting about it, he simply set new goals! This November, he will be competing at the Southeastern Circuit Finals Rodeo in hopes that he’ll qualify for the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo for the third year in a row. Juan has qualified eight consecutive times to compete at the Southeastern Circuit Finals Rodeo. Having won rodeos in Florida and Texas, then placing at rodeos in Idaho, New Mexico, Washington, and again in Texas, he was able to qualify to compete this year at the Southeastern Circuit Finals.
What rodeo fans might not realize is that it takes all of that travel to try to make it to one of the twelve PRCA circuit finals rodeos. Once cowboys or cowgirls make it to their respective circuit finals rodeos, they then compete to advance to the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo.
“Needless to say, it was a very productive summer and very enjoyable. I am honored to represent my hometown across the US doing what I love most,” says Juan of his rodeo-filled summer.
November will be a big month for him for more than one reason. This cowboy is getting hitched on November 5, just before the Southeastern Circuit Finals kicks off. Congratulations, Juan!
Best of luck to all contestants competing at the Southeastern Circuit Finals. We look forward to seeing the champions come to Kissimmee in April!