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Rodeo Personnel and Special Acts for Kansas' Biggest Rodeo 2016

Wayne Brooks – Announcer

For the first time in over 30 years, there will be a different man behind the microphone at the 2017 Kansas’ Biggest Rodeo.

Randy Corley has announced the Phillipsburg rodeo since 1984, but because he is being inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs August 4-5, he will not be announcing the rodeo this year.

Instead, his good friend Wayne Brooks will step in to fill his shoes, temporarily.

There’s a special bond between Wayne and Randy: Randy and his father-in-law, Hadley Barrett, who passed away in February of 2017, signed for Wayne to get his PRCA announcer’s card in 1994. “If it hadn’t been for those guys, I don’t know where I’d have been today,” Wayne said.

Brooks, who lives in Lampasas, Texas, has won the PRCA’s Announcer of the Year award five times and has been selected to work the Wrangler NFR six times. He works about 27 rodeos and 110 performances a year, from Austin, Texas to the Calgary Stampede, and from Pendleton, Ore. to Tucson.

He started out in rodeo as a bareback rider, riding for six years, but realized there wasn’t a future in it for him. “I loved it but I wasn’t any good at it,” he said. It was when a stock contractor’s wife heard him talk behind the chutes at a rodeo when the announcer didn’t show up, that he got his new rodeo gig: announcing. That was in 1990, and four years later, he got his pro card.

When he’s not on the rodeo road, he loves to fly fish and enjoy the peace and quiet of home. “I don’t leave the house much when I get back,” he said. He and his wife Melanie, who have been married 25 years, have three children: daughters Taylor and Sheridan and son Ace.

He looks forward to coming to Phillipsburg. “It’s really a honor to fill in for Randy. He’s a good friend, and I’m thrilled to death he’s going into the Hall of Fame.”

Rider Kiesner – Specialty Act.

Rodeo fans are in for a real treat when Rider Kiesner steps foot in the Phillipsburg arena. The 25 year-old-cowboy is a world champion trick roper and gun spinner and an all-around western performer who brings his talents to perform for rodeo fans across the world. With his gun, rope and a bull-whip, he gives fans a fast-paced show, entertaining them with the skills of the old west. Kiesner has worked some of the biggest rodeos and shows in the nation and across the world: the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas five times, Cheyenne Frontier Days, Prescott, Ariz., and the Cavalia, an equestrian and performing art show that toured South Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong in 2015. For a special treat, he’ll bring his fire whips to Phillipsburg: two six-foot whips, soaked in lighter fluid, that he lights during his show as he cracks them. Kiesner will perform during each night of the rodeo August 3-5, 2017.
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Justin Rumford – rodeo clown and barrelman.

No matter where Justin Rumford goes, he brings the “funny” with him.

Whether it’s at home, with his wife and three kids, hanging out with his buddies behind the chutes, or in the middle of the arena.

Rumford, who lives in Ponca City, Okla., will be the rodeo clown and barrelman at the 2017 Phillipsburg Rodeo.

The five-time PRCA Clown of the Year winner is no stranger to Phillipsburg. He competed in high school rodeo in the arena, and, after college, drove truck for Beutler and Son, helping load, unload and feed cattle for the rodeo.

Being behind the scenes in rodeo has helped him do well as a rodeo clown. “Working for Bennie (Beutler) set me up to be successful,” he said. “Half the reason I’ve been so successful is all the things I learned by working for stock contractors: the ins and outs of the business, and how rodeos are run.”

Rodeo fans are glad he’s not behind the wheel of a semi-trailer anymore, but in the arena. The perennial joker, whose style is similar to Chris Farley or Will Ferrell, thrives on making fans laugh. And his job is never monotonous. “It’s such a great job, because it’s never boring. Anytime you roll the barrel out there, it’s not just another day at work. I’m going to work, and holy cow, this is going to be wild. There’s a lot of people who can’t say that.”

Justin and his wife Ashley are the parents of triplets, who are three and a half years old.

Dusty Tuckness – Bullfighter

NFR bullfighter Dusty Tuckness returns for the seventh year to work the Phillipsburg rodeo.

The Meeteetse, Wyo. cowboy works alongside his good friend Aaron Ferguson, and he’s delighted. “It’s awesome. We get along really good. Our chemistry is great, inside and out of the arena.”

Tuckness, who has been selected as a Wrangler National Finals Rodeo bullfighter seven consecutive years, loves his job. As a bullfighter, “you get to hang out and be involved in the rodeo more than one day. You get to know people more on a personal basis, and make good friends throughout your career.”

As his role models, he says there are a bunch. Jesus Christ tops the list, and is followed by bullfighters Rex Dunn, Miles Hare, Rob Smets, and bull rider Kanin Asay.

One of his more memorable memories of Kansas’ Biggest Rodeo was in 2009, when the arena received five inches of rain during the performance. The rodeo was postponed during the worst of the rainfall. It was tough to fight bulls in the mud, he remembers.

Weston Rutkowski - Bullfighter

For the second year, Phillipsburg rodeo fans welcome bullfighter Weston Rutkowski to the arena.

The College Station, Texas man will work alongside Dusty Tuckness as cowboy protection during the bull riding.

Rutkowski, who is 27 years old, grew up in a rodeo family, the son of John and Glenda Gayle (Chapman) Rutkowski. His mother was the 1976 Miss Rodeo Texas, and his maternal uncles, Terry Chapman and Keith Chapman, were stellar saddle bronc riders. Weston was riding a horse by the time he could walk.

He participated in playdays and junior rodeo, mostly in the calf and steer riding, but in high school, his rodeo stopped. He focused on football, in the hopes of having a college career. When he realized he probably wouldn’t play a lot of college ball, he switched back to rodeo. “I was too competitive” not to participate in a sport, he said.

And, as par for most bullfighters, he got his taste of bullfighting when he stepped in to help at a bull riding. The fire was lit. “One day I fought (bulls) and found out I could be an athlete again,” Weston said.

He loves to work out and is at the gym five days a week, sometimes twice a day. He works on footwork drills and agility and skills that give him a quick burst of speed when it’s time to move away from a bull. Being fit is important to him. “In our industry you have to be in shape. It can mean the difference between a bruise and a broken bone.”

In addition to working rodeos, Weston competes in the Bullfighters Only (BFO) tour, and was crowned the 2016 BFO champion. He is a 2017 graduate of Blinn College in College Station, with an associate’s degree in agricultural economics.

Weston loves rodeo and everything about it. “Rodeo is something I’ve wanted to do since I was  a little bitty kid. If you find something you love, you won’t work a day in your life. I enjoy fighting bulls for a living, and I’m one of the lucky ones who gets to do that.

Beutler & Son Rodeo Co. – stock contractor

Bennie and Rhett Beutler have been providing the bucking horses and bulls for Kansas’ Biggest Rodeo since Bennie was a “young’un” and before Rhett was born.

Since 1960, Beutler semis, pickups and trailers, along with members of the family, have made the trek from Elk City, Okla. to Phillipsburg for the rodeo.

Rhett, the fourth generation of the family to be involved in the stock contracting business, is partners with his father, Bennie, and he enjoys coming to Phillipsburg. He loves to see familiar faces and visit with people they only see once a year. “There are guys that come by and talk to Bennie,” he said, “and I’ll say, ‘who’s that?’ and Ben says, ‘I don’t remember his name but he’s come by here thirty years and talked to me.”

Rhett and his wife Tracy’s kids, Taylor, age eleven, and Jake, who is eight, travel with the family and help out. Jake has chosen a PRCA bull rider as one of his heroes. Sage Kimzey, the 2015 WorldChampion Bull Rider, is at the top of his list. “Jake’s watched him ride bulls in college and here at the house in the practice pen,”Rhett said. When Sage won a round at the 2014 Wrangler National Finals, he raninto Jake before appearing for the gold buckle presentation afterwards. “He talked with Jake and they tookpictures together,” Rhett said. The TV people were “hollering at Sage to hurry up and come along, and Sage hollered back, ‘Wait up. These are my people,’” as he continued to visit with Jake.

Right now, Jake’s ambitions are to be a stock contractor some day. “All he wants to do is raise bulls and buck guys off,” Rhett says. “He talks about cows and bulls, breeding them, and throwing Sage off. That’s his aspect right now, but at his age it changes daily.”

His older sister, Taylor, also is involved in the stock contracting. “She has a list of names for bucking horses,” her dad said. “There are some that are really good, and there are some that are completely off the wall.” His kids “definitely keep it interesting.”