COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Team roping header John Gaona got his 2021 rodeo season started off on the right foot. Gaona and partner Trevor Nowlin took the round one win at the San Angelo (Texas) Rodeo in April to bring home $4,174. That payday was crucial on his way to being named the Resistol Rookie Team Roping Header of the Year. He wrapped up the 2021 season earning $26,872. Get to know the Winkelman, Ariz., Resistol Rookie of the Year below.
Resistol Rookie Team Roping Header of the Year
Name: John Gaona
Hometown: Winkelman, Ariz.
Biggest moment of the 2021 season?
John: I think it has to be my win in Casper, (Wyo.), I’ll always remember my first pro win and it definitely took a little weight off my shoulders.
When did you realize you could win Rookie of the Year?
John: This is my first year rodeoing full time, so I didn’t really know if it was possible. But I think after I won Casper, (Wyo.) it started to set in that I could do it.
Courtesy of PRCA