Janice Heinze, from the Heinze Angus Ranch in Tuscola, Texas, has been training Long Horn Steers for people to ride for many years. Many of the steers you see in parades today with people riding them have been trained by Janice.
Janice is one tough lady. She has been riding horses her whole life and was in many barrel racing competitions. She has had horses fall on her and hurt her pretty bad but she got up and kept on riding. She has had steers throw her off and hit her in the head with their long horns but she always comes out on top. Their isn’t anything Janice can’t ride or train. She loves all kinds of animals. She has dogs, horses, cattle, Long Horn Steers, and even a buffalo named Ruby. She said Ruby likes to drink Coke but doesn’t like Dr. Pepper. I must get a video of that one day.
People have sent their Long Horn Steers from all over the U.S to be trained. It is a lot of work. First you have to train them to be led around with a rope, then get use to having a saddle on them and then training them to turn properly. They can be quite stubborn at times but so can Janice.
One steer Janice trained was bought buy a man in Makawau, Maui, Hawaii. He had it shipped to Maui and rides it in the annual 4th of July parade. His name is Emiliano Achaval. He flies Janice and her husband Donny to Maui each summer to get the steer ready for the parade. The steers name is Mafusa. He is the only Long Horn Steer in Hawaii so when he comes walking down the street in the parade, he gets a lot of attention.
Janice and her husband Donny, also raise registered Black Angus Cattle. They are raising some of the highest quality cattle in Texas and the U.S.