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Junior Roper Dazzles At Market
The cowboy tradition is alive and well in Escalon's Guzman family.

One needs to look no further than Alex Guzman, 10, to witness a cowboy in the making.

Guzman was at Market on the Main Thursday, August 2, impressing the crowd with his roping skills. He can lasso and twirl with the best, but it is his rope tricks which allow him to stand out.

"My dad started teaching me to rope when I was about three or four years old," Guzman said.

Guzman, who will be a sixth grader at El Portal School this fall, says he spends about 20 minutes a day practicing his rope skills. And he does much more than rope tricks.

"Alex is in charge of roping the feet," said his mom, Silvia Guzman, talking about Alex's role in gathering stock for examination or to administer medicine.

Guzman usually rides a horse when he is roping calves, but he prefers to be on foot roping goats if he has a choice.

"I like it better when I don't have to fight the horse," he explained.