Specialty Acts and Contracted Personnel
Recently appearing on the hit-show “America’s Got Talent,” Loop Rawlins is one of the most versatile Western Performers in the world today. His Wild West Show & Act of Trick Roping, Whip Cracking, & Fancy Gun Spinning has thrilled thousands of Audiences. From performing with Cirque Du Soleil, to High-End Events, Music Videos, TV Shows, and even Movies, Loop Rawlins has done it all. For more information, visit http://www.looprawlins.com/
Luke Kaufman – Announcer
As a young man, Kaufman made his living working the rodeo circuit both as a rider and as a handyman who helped set up and break down the events; he would often bring his guitar along to entertain his friends and colleagues on the road, and when he was sidelined for a while with an injury, he began considering music as a possible career once his days as a rider were over. Kaufman advanced into the less strenuous task of serving as a rodeo announcer, and while on the road, began booking shows at bars and honky tonks favored by rodeo fans. Beginning his career playing in parking lots and behind rodeos, Luke Kaufman has defined what it means to make “cowboy music.” His albums “Cowboy Baller” and “Beyond the Bunkhouse” show off what it means to be a true-life cowboy. Check out his website at http://www.lukekaufman.com/
Bob Edmonds – Professional Rodeo Announcer
With a lifetime of experience in the rodeo arena, Bob Edmonds is one of the most knowledgeable announcers in the business. Growing up in a stock contracting family, Bob learned early on the value of a good rodeo production. He has been involved in nearly aspect of rodeo, but announcing and sharing his passion for rodeo is what Bob thoroughly enjoys. Bob has been announcing rodeos since 2001 and earned his Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) card at the beginning of the 2006 season. His smooth, authentic and enthusiastic delivery of the rodeo events will keep even the most seasoned rodeo fan involved and entertained, all in a family friendly atmosphere.
J.W. Winkelpeck – Professional Rodeo Barrelman/Rodeo Clown
Raised in Strasburg, Colorado–Married to Brenda Winklepleck and has 3 kids: Tera, Chelsea, and Trevor.
JW was born into a Rodeo family–his father was a PRCA Bareback rider back in the 1960’s and 70’s. JW started his membership with the PRCA as a Bareback rider in 1996. He is a a graduate from the University of Wyoming in Laramie, where he was on a Rodeo Scholarship for Bareback Riding, qualifying for the College National Finals in 1997 and 1998.
He has had his hand in being the Announcer, a Pick-Up Man, to Bullfighting-and finally deciding to entertain people by being the “funnyman”. Several rodeo committees had seen JW in various modes and started hiring him as the “Rodeo Clown” for their rodeos. Having already been a member of the PRCA, he decided to expand his membership by becoming a Professional Barrelman/Rodeo Clown in 2006.
He was VOTED 5x’s Dodge Mountain States Circuit Finals Barrelman Clown in 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, AND 2014! He has also worked many other rodeos including: College National Finals Rodeo, Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo, Elizabeth Stampede, and Steamboat Springs! JW is not your regular Rodeo Clown, he has several acts, and a “High Energy” level of comedy that keep your audience entertained! Check out https://jwwinklepleckrodeoclown.com/biography/ for more information on this performer.
Quirt Hunt – Bull Fighter
Raised on a ranch and beginning his career back in high school, Quirt is now one of rodeo’s best Bullfighters. He has protected the Professional Bull Riders, PBR on the Built Ford Tough series, been a television-magazine personality, freestyle contender on the Professional Bullfighters tour, and even a PRCA bullfighter and clown. Quirt Hunt has truly done it all!
Lelo “Krazy Train” Garcia – Bull Fighter
Professional Bullfighter Lelo Garcia, who live in Rigby, Idaho, is known all across the west for his skills. 2008 ImPRA Bull fighter of the Year. 2009 ImPRA Bull fighter of the Year. 2012 Top Gun Smets/Hare Bullfighting school. 2012 Elite Professional Bullriding Bullfighter of the Year. We can not wait to see him this year!
Jeff Shearer – Pick Up Man
Jeff Shearer, known to the cowboys as “Shetland”, is a 24 year veteran of the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association (PRCA). Over the years, Jeff has competed in all the “Rough Stock” events, and, from time to time, still enters as a contestant in Team Roping. Jeff is a Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (WNFR) Qualifier in Saddle Bronc Riding. His truest passion has always been being a Pick Up Man – to help ensure the safety of the rodeo cowboys and be a guardian to the beloved livestock.
When not working as a Pick Up Man, Jeff is a Head Judge and replay official for the Professional Bull Riders (PBR). Jeff also works for local ranches and he enjoys starting and training his own horses and dogs. A PRCA veteran of over 2 and a half decades, Jeff Shearer is a Pick-up Man committed to keeping the horses and riders safe.Over twenty years ago, Jeff met his wife, Lisa, at a Jackpot Team Roping event. They both still enjoy roping when time and travel permit. Jeff & Lisa live outside of Marysville, California, with their 2 year old son, Wyatt, and their newborn baby daughter, Sterling.
Jeff and his son Wyatt
– Photo by Richard Ruef
Chad Berger Bucking Bulls
Although, Chad Berger Bucking Bulls was established in 2003 it really got its start in the early 1960s. Chad’s father Joe, a well known bull breeder and stock contractor began buying bulls for Chad and his brother Fred, to ride. By the mid 60’s, Joe had enough livestock to start supplying smaller events and the business took off from there. Chad enjoyed working with his father and loved the bucking bull business. The family produced many great bucking bulls including what many consider to be one of the greatest bull’s ever, “Little Yellow Jacket”.
In 2003, with the support of his entire family, Chad started his own company Chad Berger Bucking Bulls. The company has been a family affair from the word “go” with everyone playing an important role in the overall success. Sarah, Chad’s wife takes on the important role of producing the yearly PBR Challenger Tour event. Daughter Lacey and son John are both active in the hands-on work with the bulls. Youngest daughter Sadie has taken on promotional duties while maintaining the companies presence on the Internet.
By 2006 Chad had put together a herd of bulls worthy of earning third place in the standings for stock contractor of the year for the PBR. In 2007, Chad Berger Bucking Bulls earned the most prestigious award of Stock Contractor of the Year. Again in 2008 Chad, along with partner Clay Struve won the award for the second year in a row. Chad may have won the gold buckle, but he was quick to point out that winning the award had been a team effort. He then won Stock Contractor of the Year again in 2009. For 3 years in a row, he has had the prestigous honor and title of Stock Contractor of the Year. Chad, once again was honered by the PBR with the 2015 Stock Contractor of the Year Award.
Chad Berger Bucking Bulls has some of rodeo’s best bulls, and he will surely make this Roundup amazing. To check him out, go to http://www.chadbergerbuckingbulls.com/
Flying S Mini Bucking Bulls
Flying S Mini Bucking Bulls bought its first bull and fan favorite (Rocky) in 2011 and officially began its summer series in the Spring of 2013 and held its first Winter Series in 2016. Flying S is family owned and operated by Kyle and his three sons and their families. Flying S rodeos are fully operated by its owners and their families, from the smallest grand children to the grandparents doing their part to help the show go on.
Flying S has two divisions; junior for ages 9-11 and senior for ages 12-14. In addition Flying S is adding new aspects to their shows, including chute dogging, bareback and saddle bronc steers. Flying S’s goal is to provide a family oriented environment where the next generation of rodeo champions has a place to learn and hone skills as they advance their rodeo careers. For more information visit our web page at www.flyingsminibuckingbulls.com, or our Facebook page.