2018 GRAND MARSHAL: JOYCE VIEIRA
As one of the original volunteers of the 2018 Gilroy Rodeo, Joyce had no idea that she had been nominated by the Board of Directors as our Grand Marshal of our rodeo.
Those that know Joyce knows she is a true Cowgirl. Riding horses, roping and working cattle has always been part of her life. Before she could walk, she was riding horses. Joyce was instilled with the love of the western heritage by learning to work on her parents dairy at the age of 8 years old. At this young ago, she had learned to how to gather up more than 200 cows each day after school and bring them into the barn, for the cows to be milked. Ever since then, she was hooked. Her mom and stepdad also ran Mosby arena in San Martin for more than 60 years where Joyce passion for horses, roping, and working cattle continued to grow.
Today Joyce's passions are still as strong as ever. Joyce has a beautiful ranch in Gilroy and every month many people come together to participate and master their cattle sorting and roping skills in her arena off of Day Road while keeping our Gilroy western traditions alive.