Cesar de la Cruz - Heeler

Updated: Jan 28, 2020

Few team ropers have been as popular with fans for a decade as Cesar de la Cruz. Cesar qualified for his first NFR at the age of 22 and now at 30, has over $1,000,000 in career earnings with the PRCA. Growing up in Tucson, Ariz., and though he lived in town, he always had access to a lead steer and donkey to rope.



DATE OF BIRTH: 4/29/1983

EVENT: Team Roping – Heeler

BACKGROUND: Married to Arena who competed in College Rodeo; Sons are Camilo, Gio and Zorro; Stepfather is Larry Olivar; Mother is Zenaida and has done some barrel racing; Brothers are Santiago and Philip; Sister is Dalia; Lost his thumb when he was 12 while roping; Uncles George and Victor Aros and grandfather Vic Aros competed in rodeo


  • Placed in four rounds at 2014 National Finals Rodeo

  • Won 2014 Justin Boots Championships (Omaha, NE) With Tom Richards

  • Tied for the win in Round 10 at 2013 National Finals Rodeo and placed in three other rounds

  • Won 2013 and 2011 Justin Boots Championships (Omaha, NE)

  • Won 2012 Ram Turquoise Circuit Finals Rodeo (Las Cruces, NM)

  • Won 2011 Pendleton (OR) Round-Up

  • Nine-time National Finals Rodeo Qualifier (2006-14)

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