Nicolas "NIck" Rivas was born on the McFaddin Ranch and moved to Greta with his family, growing up mainly on the O'Brien Ranch. His maternal grandfather came from Mexico and worked as a farmer. His paternal grandfather and father were cowhands on all the O’Connor and O'Brien ranches. Nick was raised on the O'Brien Ranch and respects the patron, system. He credits Mr. O’Brien and his daddy with teaching him to be a man. Nick was destined to be a cowboy. He would even ride for a couple of hours after he came in from a day of working cattle. “You were just a better man if you had a better horse. It’s all I ever did; I grew up in it to be a man.” Elegant and soft spoken, you knew this man was exactly that as well as a superb tophand.
E.J. Garza - Sickness.
Nick Rivas - Anything we needed.
E.J. Garza - Anything.
Nick Rivas – For the family…he was right there to help us. We were well protected because he depends on us. The main thing he wanted for us to do - respect. And he always told me, see, "If you ain't got respect for anybody, you ain't nobody."
“We felt like brothers. We helped one another. It made it easier to work. We would depend on each other like a family — we were that close. That feelin’ stays forever It don’t never change.”