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Cesar de la Cruz

Events: Team Roping (Heeling)
Born: 4/29/1983 Tucson, Ariz.
Joined PRCA: 2004
PRCA Career Earnings: $1,256,112.00
World Titles Won: 0
Wrangler NFR Qualifications: 9 (2006-14)
Current Residence: Tucson, Ariz.

2018 world standings place: 40th 
2018 earnings: $35,040
Tour Finale titles: 3
   Championship: 2008, 2013-14
Tour Finale qualifications: 9
    Winter: 2006
    Summer Finale: 2006
    Championship: 2006-08, 2011-14 
RNCFR qualification: 2 (2010, 2013)
Education: Central Arizona College (Coolidge)

2019 Highlights- Partner Lane Ivy
• Won the Cody (Wyo.) Stampede
• Won the Rodeo de Sante Fe (N.M.)
• Co-champion at the Big Fork (Mont.) Summer ProRodeo
Career Highlights
• 2018: Won the Clovis (Calif.) Rodeo, with J.B. James Jr.
• 2017: (Partner Tanner Baldwin) W
on the Poway (Calif.) Rodeo and the Sheriff's PRCA Rodeo (San Bernardino, Calif.). Finished 42nd in the world standings with $34,164
• 2016: Finished 25th in the world standings with $42,591. Won the Ute Mountain Roundup Rodeo (Cortez, Colo.), with Aaron Tsinigine, Won the Cache County Fair and Rodeo (Logan, Utah), with Paul David Tierney. Co-champion at the New Mexico (Albuquerque) State Fair & Rodeo, with Paul David Tierney and the Gooding (Idaho) Pro Rodeo
• 2015: (Partner Tom Richards) Won the Wild, Wild West ProRodeo (Silver City, N.M.). Co-champion at the Gooding (Idaho) Pro Rodeo, with Lane Ivy. Finished 33rd in the world standings with $34,503
• 2014: (Partner Tom Richards) Placed in four rounds of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. Won the Justin Boots Championships (Omaha, Neb.). Co-champion at the New Mexico State Fair & Rodeo (Albuquerque). Finished 14th in the world standings with $92,842
• 2013: (Partner Derrick Begay) Tied for the win in Round 10 of the Wrangler NFR with a time of 4.4 seconds and placed in three other rounds; finished 12th in the world standings with $107,598. Won the Justin Boots Championships (Omaha, Neb.); the Redding (Calif.) Rodeo; the Pendleton (Ore.) Round-Up; California Rodeo Salinas and the Ute Mountain Roundup (Cortez, Colo.). Co-champion at Montana’s Biggest Weekend (Dillon, Mont.)
• 2012: (Partner Derrick Begay) Finished second in three rounds of the Wrangler NFR and placed in two others to finish sixth in the average standings and sixth in the world with $153,805. Won the RAM Turquoise Circuit Finals Rodeo (Las Cruces, N.M.); the World’s Oldest Rodeo (Prescott, Ariz.); the Lawton (Okla.) Rangers Rodeo; the Central Wyoming Fair & PRCA Rodeo (Casper, Wyo.); the Navajo Nation Fourth of July PRCA Rodeo (Window Rock, Ariz.) and the Missoula (Mont.) Stampede. Co-champion at the Last Chance Stampede (Helena, Mont.) and the Dinosaur Roundup Rodeo (Vernal, Utah)
• 2011: (Partner Derrick Begay) Placed in two rounds of the Wrangler NFR. Won the Justin Boots Championships (Omaha, Neb.); the Pendleton (Ore.) Round-Up; the Omak (Wash.) Stampede; the West of the Pecos (Texas) Rodeo; Rodeo Austin (Texas); the Laughlin (Nev.) River Stampede and the Steamboat Springs (Colo.) ProRodeo Series on July 9. Co-champion at the Treaty Day Celebration & PRCA Rodeo (Window Rock, Ariz.); the Missoula (Mont.) Stampede and the Gary Hardt Memorial Rodeo (Payson, Ariz.). Finished eighth in the world standings with $134,043
• 2010: (Partner Derrick Begay) Placed in three rounds of the Wrangler NFR, including a win in Round 8 with a time of 3.8 seconds. Finished 10th in the world standings with $104,927. Won the Wayne Wilson Children’s Charity Rodeo & Carnival (Cave Creek, Ariz.); the Pioneer Days Rodeo (Clovis, N.M.); the Lions Dixie Round-Up (St. George, Utah) and the Amarillo (Texas) Tri-State Fair and Rodeo; co-champion of the Cheyenne (Wyo.) Frontier Days Rodeo
• 2009: (Partner Derrick Begay) Won Round 7 of the Wrangler NFR with a time of 3.6 seconds and placed in one other round. Won the World’s Oldest Rodeo (Prescott, Ariz.); Rodeo de Santa Fe (N.M.) and the Colorado State Fair & Rodeo (Pueblo); co-champion at the Pioneer Days Rodeo (Clovis, N.M.). Finished 14th in the world standings with $92,680
• 2008: (Partner Colter Todd) Won Round 10 of the Wrangler NFR with a time of 4.0 seconds; placed in four of 10 rounds. Finished eighth in the world standings with $114,692. Won the Wrangler ProRodeo Tour Championship (Dallas), earning a share of the then-world record with a 3.5-second run in the semifinals. Won the Puyallup (Wash.) Pro Rodeo (Tour Playoffs) and the Wild Wild West Pro Rodeo (Silver City, N.M.)
• 2007: (Partner Colter Todd) Won Rounds 6 and 9 at the Wrangler NFR to finish second in NFR team roping earnings with $93,958 and second in the world standings with $165,790. Won the Silver Spurs 118th Semi-annual Rodeo (Kissimmee, Fla.) and the Caldwell (Idaho) Night Rodeo, (Tour Playoffs)
• 2006: (Partner Colter Todd) Placed in two of 10 rounds at the Wrangler NFR, winning the eighth round with a time of 4.3 seconds. Won the Cheyenne (Wyo.) Frontier Days Rodeo; the Pioneer Days Rodeo (Clovis, N.M.); the Scottsdale (Ariz.) Jaycees Parada del Sol and the National Western Stock Show & Rodeo (Denver). Co-champion at the Larimer County Fair & Rodeo (Loveland, Colo.)
• 2005: (Partner Colter Todd) Won the Andy Devine Days PRCA Rodeo (Kingman, Ariz.) and the Sheridan WYO Rodeo. Won the Wrangler ProRodeo Tour Round at the Puyallup (Wash.) Rodeo. Finished 19th in the world with $33,149

Finished as the reserve champion at the college shoot-out in Hobbs, N.M., 2002

5-10, 160 … Wife, Arena (married May 24, 2008), shared the women’s all-around championship at the 2008 College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyo., competing for Weatherford (Texas) College; three sons, Camilo and Gio Rocco and Zorro Q. … Hobbies include horse training … Got involved in rodeo through his family, uncles George and Victor Aros and grandfather, Vic Aros … His stepfather, Larry Olivar, works for UPS; his mother, Zenaida, works as a cancer nurse and has done some barrel racing. Has an older brother, Santiago, an older sister, Dalia, and a younger brother, Philip … When he was 12, he cut off the thumb of his right hand while roping, but was back two weeks later. Started competing when he was 14 in junior rodeo … Graduated from Desert View High School … Favorite food is steak; favorite book is the Bible; favorite movies are “Gladiator” and “Tombstone”; enjoys all types of music, especially rap and rock ‘n’ roll … Favorite place to eat is his grandmother’s house, where she fixes home-cooked Mexican food … Is fluent in Spanish … Enjoys watching movies while on the road … Rodeo idol is Clay O’Brien Cooper
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