One of the best tie-down calf ropers ever to come out of South Texas, Juan Salinas grew up on a 15,000-acre ranch near Laredo. He roped in Texas rodeos large and small from the mid-1920s to 1935. From 1936 to 1946, he followed the national rodeo circuit and competed from Texas to New York's Madison Square Garden. At the time, few if any other Mexican Americans competed in rodeo, and Salinas drew a lot of attention.Salinas also operated his family's Texas ranch, where he ran cattle and raised prize roping quarter horses. Author Ricardo D. Palacios, Salinas' nephew, recounts the many tales his uncle told him - tales of life on the range and friendship with Gene Autry, going to Sally Rand's wedding reception, riding on the Rodeo Train, and sponsoring seven-time world champion tie-down calf roper Toots Mansfield.The story of Juan Salinas is also the story of the people of Mexican origin who live on the ranches of the South Texas brush country. Strong, rugged, independent, and hard-working, their social and economic success has all too seldom been chronicled.
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Texas A & M University Press
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Author Biography - Ricardo D. Palacios
RICARDO D. PALACIOS is an attorney and rancher living in Encinal, Texas. This is his first book.