Born at the Traveling U Rodeo Ranch in Marysville, Juan Carlos generally dreamed of joining the famous Cotton Rosser and his family on the qualified rodeo circuit.
On Sunday, he was in the middle of the Elks Unocal Party Heart arena with an adoring crowd cheering his each shift as a bullfighter at the 78th yearly Santa Maria Elks Rodeo – the 1st and most popular bull fighting sombrero. A desire arrive true.
“No, that’s not it – I discovered him in Las Vegas,” explained Traveling U Rodeo Standard Manager and CEO Reno Rosser through Sunday’s last functionality of the 4-day Elks Rodeo.
Hold out, what?
“He’s a vehicle, a 4-wheeler, a radio-managed Traxxis four-wheeler with a whole lot of modifications. He can journey through any arena in any sort of grime,” said Rosser. “You know he’s not a authentic particular person.”
Alright, so how did the legend that is Juan Carlos genuinely begin?
“I was considering that we necessary one thing to enable out all through the bull driving,” reported Rosser. “It can take time for the bull riders to get settled in, to get their rigging just ideal in advance of each experience. I needed to determine out one thing to entertain the crowd all through that time.
“So, I was in a hobby store in Las Vegas again in 2012, just hunting close to and I observed this Traxxis four-wheeler and it gave me an thought.”
And the legend that was to grow to be Juan Carlos was born.
“I really don’t know that he’s a legend but the crowds do appreciate him,” reported Rosser.
Just possessing an RC motor vehicle driving by the arena was not actually more than enough.
“I imagined I could place a hat on him and I finished up putting him in a Zapata,” explained Rosser. “That’s a common Mexican Sombrero. It is the only hat huge plenty of to cover a Traxxis.
“But he desired a thing else so I included a big, droopy mustache and sun shades and that gave him a character. He looked like his title should be Juan Carlos and that is how it all commenced.”
The Rosser’s Flying U Rodeo offers the rough inventory – the bucking broncos and bulls along with the sheep for mutton bustin’ – at rodeos in the course of the West.
Juan Carlos (he’s often Juan Carlos – hardly ever just Juan) is a normal element of the bull battling workforce, scooting all-around the arena, with Rosser out of sight at the controls, chasing the bulls and driving the barrelmen outrageous.
“The bulls aren’t worried of him even though the horses truly are not admirers. Ninety-nine out of 100 horses detest him,” said Rosser. “The bulls stomp on him all the time but that is the thing about a Traxxis – they are durable. 9 out of 10 periods, if he gets stomped on, he can just scoot absent. The crowd loves it. If he does get weakened, you can fix him and ship him suitable back again out. There are in fact 4 Juan Carlos autos and I have a few listed here just in case.
“And I have a Juan Carlos medical professional at a interest store in Yuba City. I just take all of them to the doc each and every Monday.”
For the final quite a few a long time, Juan Carlos has joined the Traveling U Traveling Cowboys and their daredevil motorbike act.
“The group enjoys it when Juan Carlos does a backflip in excess of the motorcycle ramp,” claimed Rosser.
The bull battling sombrero even has his very own cult adhering to.
“Juan Carlos has his individual Facebook web page,” explained Rosser. “There’s a full Juan Carlos Followers Group. Little ones really like him, grown ups like him. Persons are drawn to him – he is just so bizarre – and they even make their own Juan Carlos hats. They write-up images of by themselves in Juan Carlos sombreros.
“It’s all portion of the exhibit. We have about 400 bulls, which includes NFR qualifiers and world champions, but Juan Carlos is the star.”