Fourth-grader Alex Enas, who attends Salt River Elementary School, entered the Pisinemo Ceksan Tas rodeo on March 3 in Sells. Competing in the Pee Wee division, Enas rode a steer for 65 seconds and won a buckle.
Enas started in rodeo at the age of nine with calf riding at the Frank Kelly Bull Riding School in Queen Creek. Since then he has moved from calf riding to steer riding.
His parents, Andre and Donna Enas, are both very proud of their son, who is motivated in the sport and looks forward to riding two-ton bulls.
“One day my dad asked me if I wanted to try it out, and I said yes,” said Enas about how he got his start in rodeo events. His family, including his uncle Jacob Stanley, helps him prepare for each competi“He has been traveling up north, south and east competing in bull-riding events representing Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community,” said Donna Enas. He is also sponsored by the SRPMIC Children’s Foundation.
Enas has placed either first or second in many of his events. He won a buckle at his first rodeo in Whiteriver at the [Rodeo Billy Bull-Riding Bash] and then recently won $80 in another rodeo event in Sells.
“I used the money to purchase school supplies and also help with gas money when I travel around the state,” said Enas.
“He does a lot of practicing and hard work in order to do well at each event,” Donna Enas said. “There are times when he falls, [but he] gets back up to try it again. He practices Wednesdays and Saturdays in Sacaton on the Gila River Indian Community with Joker Jones.”
Enas rode in another event on March 16 in Gila River and is scheduled to participate in several more this spring. He also rides horses.
“This sport keeps me out of alcohol, drugs and a gang,” said Enas. “And I can have a lot of fun. It also makes me try harder in school, and when I do it gets easier.”
The Enas family would like to thank the Salt River Children’s Foundation for their sponsorship.