Q: What do you do for a living?
A: My family owns sugar cane plants, where we make sugar and also ethanol fuel for cars. I’m the president of our company, Usina Alto Alegre, and I work for the board. I meet with the partners and owners of the company once a month. My brother Jose is the CEO, and he runs the company.
Q: How much does your job allow you to rope?
A: I ride and rope every day. We raise about 30 colts every year, so they keep me busy.
Q: So you mostly heel?
A: Yes, now. But I used to rope calves, too. I moved to Joe Beaver’s house in 1999, and rodeoed in the U.S. for three years from 2000 to 2002. I heeled and roped calves at the rodeos, and was the runner-up Resistol Rookie of the Year in the all-around, heeling and calf roping in 2000. I won the all-around at Sisters (Oregon) and the team roping at Omak (Washington) in 2000, and the calf roping at Sheridan in 2001 or ’02. I also placed at the Cheyenne Frontier Days when they team roped muleys.
Q: Tell us more about the Joe B. connection.
A: I made my first trip to America when I was 14. We flew into Miami, and went to Disneyworld. A few years later, Joe put on a roping school in my hometown in Brazil, and I won the jackpot at the end. I went to a second school of his, and he told me if I won that second jackpot, he’d give me a free month of roping with him in Huntsville. That’s what got me roping in the U.S. the first time.
Q: Who did you team rope with at the U.S. rodeos?
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