Recent Jourdanton High School graduate Joseph Brown Jr., son of Joseph Sr. and Jackie Brown, is gearing up to rodeo for Southwest Texas Junior College in Uvalde. Through a friend, he was connected to SWTJC rodeo coach Joey Almond. After touring the school, Brown agreed to rodeo for the college in exchange for a tuition-paid scholarship and signed on the dotted line.
Brown has competed in various out-of-town competitions, such as the Youth Rodeo Association events in Gonzales and the Extreme Team Roping Finals in Stephenville, but his love for rodeo began in elementary school.
“When I was little I always loved riding and roping, just never had a horse,” Brown said. “Then when I was about 10 years old, I was lucky enough to buy my first horse. Then it was history from then on.”
One summer, at age 12, he was invited to help work cattle with his dad’s buddy, Gilbert Gonzalez, just for the experience.
“It kicked off from there,” Brown said referring to his path toward roping. He’s gone back every summer since. After the first couple of years, he began to take on more responsibilities, which led to the opportunity to work for hire, even at a young age.
Horses and cattle are not the only animals Brown knows how to handle. He and his sister, Jenna Brown, also raise and show pigs. Representing La Parita 4-H, he’s been competing at the Atascosa County Livestock Show since third grade.
Brown has other interests as well. In high school, he played golf and baseball and shared that he also likes to hunt and fish—a lot.
Influenced by his agricultural background, and with support from his parents, his dad who works in the railroad industry and mom who works in banking, Brown has already determined to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Ag Business. He’s going in the direction of banking and is particularly interested in working with business ag loans.
In more ways than one, Brown is an example of how hard work can pave the road to higher education and a successful career.