Rodeo announcer Charlie Throckmorton’s career spans more than 30 years. He announced his first rodeo in 1969 while still in high school. Now a Gold Card member of the PRCA, Throckmorton has covered rodeo and bull riding competitions in 44 states across the nation. Some of the major events he has announced include:
• 1991 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (announcing team)
• 3 time announcer PBR World Finals – Las Vegas, NV
• 8 time announcer National Finals Steer Roping
• 10 time announcer Texas PRCA Circuit Finals Rodeo
• Dodge National Circuit Finals Rodeo
• X-treme National Finals Bull Riding – Reno, NV
• Announcer 2007 & 2008 Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo
In April 2007, Charlie was inducted into the Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame. This honor is in recognition of his abilities and contributions to the sport of rodeo. Charlie Throckmorton’s voice has been heard on live NBC television billboards, as well as many state fairs and rodeos throughout the country. Charlie lives in Cleburne, Texas where he enjoys riding his Heritage Softail Harley Davidson as a hobby. He has a son, Taylor, a daughter, Katy, and a granddaughter, Autum.
3X1 PRCA rodeo clown of the year
The only difference between Justin Rumford and a stand-up comedian, is that he’s doing his job from the middle of a rodeo arena instead of a stage with a spotlight. Rumford, who lives in Ponca City, Okla., is a rodeo clown at events from coast to coast. His job during the rodeo is twofold. He provides the laughs and banters with the announcer. But during the bull riding his more dangerous job begins. Rumford is a barrelman: the cowboy who works the barrel, providing an oasis of safety for bullfighters and bull riders, in case an angry bull decides to chase them.
Rumford grew up in a rodeo family and competed in junior high, high school and college rodeo. He was a full time steer wrestler, but then blew out his knee. While he recovered, he worked as an assistant rodeo coach at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford. After his knee healed, he helped with the Cody (Wyo.) Night Rodeo for three seasons, then began as a livestock truck driver for North Platte’s stock contractor, Bennie Beutler of Beutler and Son Rodeo. He never considered being a full time rodeo clown, but after a few tries as clown, he changed his mind. “I worked the Pretty Prairie (Kan.) bull riding, and they gave me $1000. And I thought, why the heck am I working so hard for $800 a week when I can make more than that in a night? So I jumped ship for the clown life.”
And lucky for rodeo fans, Rumford is still clowning, and winning honors at it. In 2012, 2013 and 2014 he’s been honored as the PRCA’s Clown of the Year. The award is voted on by his peers and rodeo committees, and Justin is humbled to get it. “I don’t know if I deserve it, but I’m fortunate to accept it. It’s unbelievable.” In September of 2013, he and his wife Ashley became the parents of triplets, daughters Livi and Lola, and a son, Bandy. “I have a 44 foot trailer,” he said, “and I can bring the whole family with me.”
The small town of Collinsville, Oklahoma is home to Sydney J Spencer. Born into the rodeo lifestyle to Jennifer and PJ Spencer, Sydney is no stranger to the hard work and dedication that cowgirls and cowboys have in his western way of life. Sydney has not only grown up competing in several events at junior rodeos, but has also traveled across the United States with her family while her dad competes in professional rodeos. Sydney says, “It’s important to me to continue educating and gathering others into our big rodeo family as they become forever fans of the sport I love.”
Sydney is in the midst of a Surgical Technologist program where she will graduate as a CST. After graduating, her goal is to work in an outpatient surgery center or with a plastic surgeon. Reading, riding horses, fishing, traveling, mentoring youth and volunteering are Sydney’s main hobbies. Sydney enjoys mentoring others as they strive to better themselves. Her favorite philanthropies that she is involved with are the Special Olympics, and the campaign “Spread the Word to End the Word.”
Starting out as a student mentor in high school, Sydney continued her involvement with children and adults with special needs as a member of the national sorority Alpha Sigma Alpha at Northeastern State University. Within the sorority, Sydney held several positions, including the philanthropic chair where she organized fundraising events and the awards ceremony at the regional games. “My forever goal is to always volunteer while campaigning against the use of the “R” word.” “Serving others is a true passion that I feel will help make a difference in and out of the arena this year as Miss Rodeo Oklahoma.”
Sydney will spend the year traveling to numerous rodeos and events across Oklahoma and the United States being a spokesperson promoting professional rodeo and Oklahoma before competing for the coveted title of Miss Rodeo America in December.
Bennie Beutler & Son
Bennie Beutler was inducted into the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs, Colo. in July of 2010.
The famed stock contractor from Elk City, Okla., is the third generation of Beutlers to be in the stock contracting business. Beutler and his son Rhett make up the Beutler and Son Rodeo Co., which provides bucking horses and bulls for rodeos across the nation. The company has had animals selected to buck at pro rodeo’s world championship, the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, for nearly every year of its six decades of existence.
Beutler has served as assistant general manager of the National Finals Rodeo since 1982, as NFR chute boss (1979-1980), as a member of the PRCA Rules Committee (1980), stock contractor representative on the NFR committee (1981-1982), as a member of the PRCA board of directors (1989-1991), and as stock contractor director on the PRCA board until 2004. He was PRCA Stock Contractor of the year in 1997.
Bennie goes into the Hall of Fame, following his uncle Lynn Beutler, who was inducted in 1979.
The Beutler name has been part of professional rodeo for decades, from the onset of Beutler Brothers Rodeo Co. to collaboration of Beutler & Son Rodeo Co.
Bennie Beutler and son Rhett have joined together to carry on the family business that began in 1929 when brothers Elra, Jake, and Lynn Beutler began providing stock to rodeos. Jake and Lynn kept the sibling business running in a similar form, but Elra eventually teamed with son Jiggs to form the original Beutler & Son.
Bennie worked with his father, Jiggs and grandfather in the family business. After his elders’ deaths in the 1980’s, Bennie joined forces with E.K. Gaylord II to form Beutler & Gaylord Rodeo Co. That partnership continued for a dozen years, having won the PRCA’s stock contractor of the year title in 1997 and having numerous horses and bulls named roughstock animals of the year.
In 2001, Bennie and Rhett began a partnership that should maintain the family tradition when the reclaimed the firm’s original name, Beutler & Son. From the ranch north of Elk City, Oklahoma, it seems the Beutlers will continue to be part of rodeo’s folklore.
Born: Oct. 15, 1986 Hometown: Ulysses, Kan.
In some regard, Wacey Munsell has been fighting bulls all his life.
Comes with the territory when you’re born into the Munsell family, where his grandfather, Doug, started the rodeo wildmen tradition and passed it along his children, Doug Jr. and Danny, who passed it along to Wacey.
Now the 21-year-old Wacey is a world champion multiple times over, whether it’s in the freestyle bullfights or the Professional Bullfighters’ Daisy Protection Bullfight Tour. In 2004, he was the youngest ever to be allowed on the TwoBulls Protection Tour and the World Championship Rodeo Bullfighting tour, finishing as the world champion, earning the gold buckle just eight days after his 18th birthday.
That same season, he was approved for his PRCA card when he won the National Finals Rodeo’s Bucking Stock Sale. In 2005 and ’06, he won the freestyle championship when it was associated with the PBR World Finals, the second year sharing the title with fellow Kansan and current protection partner, Sam Gress. He’s also won the California Rodeo-Salinas freestyle championship in 2005 and ’06.
Last year, Munsell and Gress added another piece of flavor to their careers when they won the Daisy Protection Bullfight Tour championship. The defending champs put together a quality run during the Daisy Protection Bullfights during the Colby Yates Challenge in Sulphur Springs, Texas, in mid-August 2008.
“I was 13 the first time I ever got in front of a big bull,” Munsell said. “I just really enjoy the rush and the feeling I get when I save a cowboy. It’s what I’m best at, so it’s why I do it.” He understands the intricacies it takes to be a quality bullfighter, whether it’s in the freestyle pen or protecting fallen bull riders. He enjoys the competition and meeting the next challenge before him. “The protection bullfights are pretty tough all around,” he said. “Whoever is the most fundamentally sound will win. The competitions are great now that they’ve take off.”
Miss Rodeo Oklahoma Teen 2016
Kassidy McKee is a third generation cowgirl in her family and is proud to keep the rodeo tradition alive for the McKee family. Kassidy was honored to be crowned the Miss Rodeo Oklahoma Teen 2016 at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. She is a sophomore at Oklahoma Union high school and is active in her FFA chapter, leadership, and FCA. Kassidy is a member of the Kansas High School Rodeo Association and competes in barrel racing and cutting.
Some of Kassidy’s achievements include being high individual for speech in her FFA chapter, publishing an article in the Traveling Partners magazine, and her freshman year serving as vice president of her class.
Kassidy’s future plans include attending NEO A&M college to be a part of their rodeo team and get her undergrad and minor in journalism. After attending NEO she plans to further her education by attending Palmer College of Chiropractic to double major in Psychology and NUCCA Chiropractic.
“I am so honored to be a spokesperson and representative for the sport of rodeo and the state of Oklahoma and am looking forward to this year to better myself as a young business women in the rodeo world. I am so blessed to have the opportunity to travel around the state and get to meet and interact with people from all over the country.”