Mays Landing, New Jersey, resident Keagan Santana, age 11, hopes to make a living as a professional bull rider.
This week, he competes in the Junior World Rodeo Finals in Las Vegas, a major step toward his objective.
Keagan, a first-time qualifier from the North East Region, will compete in the Junior World Finals rodeo on Thursday, which will be shown live on the Cowboy Channel+.
Keegan claims he was 3 years old when he first rode rough stock. Rough stock is a type of horseback riding in which cowboys ride bucking horses for 8 seconds bareback or with a saddle.
On the farm and petting zoo that his family runs in Mays Landing, Keagan was seen riding a sheep.
According to his Facebook bio, Keagan started riding bulls when he was nine years old and is now a member of the New Jersey High School Rodeo Association.
He has competed and won event titles in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and New Jersey, and he was the all-around cowboy and reserve champion in bull riding last year.
Keagan is active in a number of different sports besides the rodeo.
His bio for the Junior World Finals mentions that he is also a baseball player, a wrestler, a runner of cross country and dirt motorcycles, and a beach enthusiast. He helps out on the farm by taking care of the animals and letting people interact with them.
Bull riding is Keagan’s event of choice at the Junior World Rodeo, and he’ll be competing on Thursday and Saturday for a shot at the Monday finals.
We hope he has a successful week in Vegas, as do his many South Jersey sponsors and fans. Cowboy, go grab ’em!