You know you live in a cool city when your Mayor supports youth, nightlife, the betterment of the community and roping! Yes sir, our mayor loves his horse loves to rope calfs. Join as the Mayor kicks off Rodeo de Santa Fe with his live demonstration of roping skills. Don’t miss this Santa Fe. Check out this article I found in the paper today…
When a rodeo kicks off in town, most mayors would be content to ride in a snazzy convertible in a parade. Leave it to the mayor of the City Different to take a different approach.
Mayor Javier Gonzales, who often sports cowboy boots, will participate in a team-roping exhibition the first night of the Rodeo de Santa Fe, which runs from June 18 to 21 at the Santa Fe Rodeo Grounds on the city’s south side.
“I certainly don’t want to miss the steer, but if I do, it won’t be for lack of trying and for the excitement of being there at the rodeo,” Gonzales said.
He said he has loved horses since he was a kid but never had a chance while growing up to develop the experience needed for rodeo.
“Over the last two or three years, I’ve been learning how to rope,” he said.
Gonzales said he chose the sport for three reasons: He loves horses. He’s a rodeo fan. And he wanted to find something that would challenge him and get him out of his comfort zone.
“A friend of mine suggested team roping, and I gave it a shot and enjoyed it ever since,” he said.
“It keeps me around horses, and it keeps me around people who enjoy roping as well, and it definitely keeps me out of having to talk about politics,” he said. “That certainly is a benefit.”
The sport can be dangerous. “Annually, there are people across the country who have gotten killed,” he said. “Others have lost their thumbs.”
Roping requires a good horse, Gonzales said. “I happen to have a really good horse” named Maverick. “He’s a horse that I bought off of Walt Woodard, who is a two-time world National Finals Rodeo team roping champion.”
Gonzales said he spent a lot of time practicing last summer but was forced to stop when he started campaigning for mayor in September.
“I’ve been roping back on for about the last week, so I’ve got a long ways to go before I’m ready, but I’m headed out there tonight,” he said Thursday.
Gonzales said he’s excited to participate in the rodeo. “It’s something I never, ever in my wildest dreams thought that I would get to do,” he said.
His niece, Miriah Borrego Gonzales, is this year’s rodeo queen, which Gonzales said is a great source of pride.
Gonzales, by the way, also will be in the rodeo parade, but not in a convertible. “I’ll be on my horse,” he said.
In today’s Santa Fe New Mexican
Saturday, June 7, 2014
By Daniel J. Chacón
The New Mexican