Be All You Can Be

Every performance at a Championship Bull Riding event is dedicated to the military from all branches of the service, both active service men and women and veterans.  

This year CBR was pleased to welcome to the 2015 Mahindra Road to Cheyenne tour United States Army Veteran Juan Alonzo, who jump started his CBR career at the season opener in Jackson, Tennessee, and went on to finish the regular season with four 90 point plus scores on his record in this his rookie season with Championship Bull Riding.  

Juan Alonzo, 22 years old, is from Weslaco, Texas. He recently retired from the US Army after 5 years with one tour in Afghanistan. Despite experiencing combat on a daily basis, Alonzo always wanted to become a bull rider.

"I love this sport, this is all I ever wanted to do and it's always been on my mind," said Alonzo, who even during his deployment would practice on a homemade bull machine made with a barrel and rope. "Right after I got in the military, they wanted to keep me in and send me to Special Forces to do all kinds of stuff. But I turned everything down and told them 'No. I want to ride bulls for the rest of my life.' "

Now, more than a year has passed since Alonzo traded combat boots for cowboy boots, and he's worked hard to move up the ranks, qualifying for his first CBR World Finals.

"It's about who's got the biggest heart and who wants it real bad," Alonzo said. "Yeah, it's going to be rough, you're going to be scared, but you've got to know how to control your fear and go on with your business and let your skill and muscle memory take over.”

His father rode bulls in amateur competition and it has always been his dream and he was determined when he got back to the United States he was going to make it happen. He was not qualified for the Mahindra Road to Cheyenne televised tour, but came in as a qualifier in January at the Oman Arena in Jackson, Tennessee for the Friday night Horizon Series portion of the event. Alonzo covered his bull and Hedeman rewarded him with a draw in the second night’s portion of the event.

Juan earned his way on the televised tour on night two by riding Benny Cude’s White Wings for 86 points in round one. He then marched on thru the season covering Elite Bucking Bull’s 626 Karaoke for 91 points in Hobbs, the second event on tour.

He qualified for his first Final Four Shootout appearance at the end of February in Lufkin by posting a 91.5 on Black Betty in round two. He bucked off of former Bucking Bull of the Year, Penny Lover, in the Shootout Round, but earned valuable points to keep him in the top ten standings of the CBR World rankings.

Alonzo, continued his consistency riding two of three in Las Vegas for his second Shootout appearance. Vegas would prove to be his career best earning two 90 point plus rides, 90 on Rawson’s Little Shyster and 91 on JQH’s Wicked Ways, before bucking off Harris’ Grey Goose in the final four portion of the Las Vegas event.    

Alonzo would hit a dry spell in the middle of the tour but finished with a 89.5 score on Cude’s Energy Too in Del Rio, Texas at the George Paul Memorial Bull Riding. 

Juan Alonzo will be making his first appearance at a CBR World Finals competition in Cheyenne and is an inspiration to all, living out the American dream.