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JJ Harrison, Rodeo Clown

JJ at one of his "better" moments. I had the privilege of interviewing rodeo clown JJ Harrison this year at the Denver National PRCA Rodeo in January. JJ has a lot of energy. He came to being a clown from being a school teacher - a thing which also requires a lot of energy. He basically is just a funny unrehearsed guy who loves to kid around. He is also a pilot. JJ does try to stick close to home however because of the gas prices and his four year old son. This is a great interview and in it JJ also gives some advice for youngsters who might want to follow in his footsteps.  

By |2019-03-23T22:53:16+00:00March 27th, 2013|Colorado, Denver, JJ Harrisson, Podcast, Podcast, Rodeo Clown|2 Comments

Harry Vold Stock Contractor, Colorado

Who is Harry Vold? Well, he looks like and sounds like John Wayne, if John Wayne had a brother or a double it would have been Harry Vold. Harry is a rodeo stock contractor with a deep love of horses that shows in everything he does. He is now 86 years old and runs the Harry Vold Rodeo Company out of Pueblo Colorado. He is 86 now and still loves to ride on his ranch and watch his animals. "A good bucking horse has to have the heart and disposition, they have to want to buck", says Harry. His youngest daughter Kristen is now managing the ranch, but, not of course without Harry's input. Harry's animals are never bucked more then twice a week and have the best diet and the best of care and a great ranch to roam on. The following interview was done as the Colorado State Fair was getting underway. Harry and his rodeo company were of course in attendance. The Duke of the Chutes: Harry Vold's Sixty Years in Rodeo (Hardcover) - Review HERE IT IS! This is the book all the rodeo contestants, fans, committeemen, and contract performers have wanted to read forever. This is Harry Vold s life story. In it you'll see Harry s career as a premier rodeo producer and ... The road to the College National Finals Rodeo passes through Las ... - NMSU hired 11-time Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Stock Contractor of the Year Harry Vold, of the Harry Vold Rodeo Co., as the stock contractor for this rodeo. The team also hired “Radical Ryan Rodriguez” as the clown act. ...

Barrel Racing, interview with Tana Poppino

Tana Poppino & Goose, 2010 Fort Worth Rodeo An interview with Barrel Racing winner Tana Poppino. Tana has been barrel racing since she was five. She did have a real job for awhile for a utility company in the marketing department. Her boss made her choose marketing or rodeo. Tana's choice was rodeo. In 2003 she rodeo in the National Western in Denver. Tana has two great horses she rides with, that are spoiled. She says a good quarter horse has to have a lot of heart to be able to be a barrel racer. You can check out more about Tana on her website More about Tana,  and Barrel Racing, you may find interesting Lets hear from TANA POPPINO….. - Tana Poppino has a lot of outstanding memories of her time in the Oklahoma Panhandle. She attended Panhandle State in Goodwell and was part of the rodeo team that has become one of the elite in the National Intercollegiate Rodeo ... Poppino Wins Guymon, Okla. PRCA « The Barrel Racing Blog - Tana Poppino, currently in the top 10 in the WPRA standings, took home another big check this weekend when she won the Guymon, Okla., Guymon Pioneer Days PRCA Rodeo. With a second in the first round and a third in the second round, ...

By |2016-10-23T11:34:45+00:00May 30th, 2010|Barrel Racing, Horse, Horse Riding, Horses, Oklahoma, Podcast, Rodeo|1 Comment

Abe Morris, Bull Rider- Announcer

How did a young black man from the East Coast town of Woodstown, N.J., with no ranch background become one of history's most influential bull riders? The answer is hard work, family support and a determined spirit that just won't quit. From there he went on to be the rodeo announcer for 8 years for Cheyenne Frontier Days. He has also recently written some books. In this interview Abe talks about his history and where he is going.         More information about Abe Morris My Cowboy Hat Still Fits - If you've ever watched a bull rider desperately hang on to the back of a bull till the buzzer sounds or shaken your head in amazement as a cowboy picks himself off the ground after being tossed around like a rag doll, Abe Morris' book, ... Cowboy laments blacks' lost link to rural past: Abe Morris - At the National Western Stock Show & Rodeo, retired rodeo champ Abe Morris needs only a nod of his black cowboy hat and his broad smile to be welcomed into the chute area where professional bull riders gather before their rides. ...

By |2019-05-09T23:42:15+00:00March 16th, 2010|Bull Rider, Bulls, Podcast, Rodeo, Rodeo Announcer, Wyoming|0 Comments

Bull Rider, J.W. Harris, 2008 Wrangler Nat’l Finals Winner

How exactly J.W. Harris got started riding bulls, and what he has gone through to get to be the winner of the 2008 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. He raises bulls too. His father rode bulls and J.W. admired his father and is taking right after him. He was in 105 events last year. Professional bull riding is his passion.     MORE on Bull Riding New Book From Black Champion Bull Rider « The Hip Hop Cosign - If you've ever watched a bull rider desperately hang on to the back of a bull till the buzzer sounds or shaken your head in amazement as a cowboy picks himself off the ground after being tossed around like a rag doll, Abe Morris' book, ...

By |2019-04-27T21:13:08+00:00October 27th, 2009|Bronc Rider, Bulls, Podcast, Rodeo, Texas|3 Comments

Hadley Barrett, Rodeo Announcer

the 2002 PRCA Announcer of the Year. His back yard is all over the country. Hadley has been a rodeo announcer for a long time. He started riding in the rodeo but found it didn't agree with him. He used to run a band. He has spent a big share of his life entertaining people in one form or another. Coming from a meager, ranch-raised beginning, his first association with the rodeo was as a contestant. As a singer and guitar player, Hadley led his own dance band- Hadley Barrett and the Westerners- for 34 years. The band was very popular throughout the Midwest. His busy schedule in recent years has not allowed the band to continue, but the rodeo and ranching career has. In 1964, Hadley joined the PRCA, combining these talents to become one of the country's premier rodeo announcers, and radio and television personalities. When he was asked what the most important thing in rodeo is, Hadley's response was: "I believe that the rookie is as important as the champion- the animal is as important as the contestant- the clowns and specialty acts are as important as the announcer- but none of these would mean anything without the fan."

By |2016-10-23T11:34:51+00:00September 5th, 2009|Colorado, Cowboy, Hadley Barrett, Podcast, Rodeo, Rodeo Announcer|1 Comment

Interview PRCA Rodeo Association 2009

Cowboy PRCA Rodeo, history and what it doesLISTEN to the INTERVIEW:   PRCA interview with Sherry, What is it about?   Karen Riedl: Good afternoon! This is Karen from County Fairgrounds out of Denver. We’re going to talk today to Sherry Compton of the PRCA rodeo, Pro Rodeo. Hi, Sherry!Sherry Compton: Hi! How are you, Karen?Karen: Oh, I’m fine. I have a question because I didn’t recently really know too much about rodeo. I’ve often had a curiosity as to exactly what some of these rodeo associations do. So can you tell me a little bit about the history of the PRCA first?Sherry: Sure. Absolutely. The PRCA is the largest, oldest sanctioning body of professional rodeo. We’ve been around for a long, long time. I think in our infancy, a lot of roping and riding contests happened at the end of trailheads and trail drives. A lot of ranch outfits got together and had contests. They would have their best hands compete. So it was loosely organized for a long time, but they became anticipated events. In 1936, that was our first organizational effort when contestants rebelled against some promoters and demanded their fair prize money, consistency in judging, and honest advertising. So this group banded together. I think there were probably 61 of them. They started the Cowboy Turtle Association. They called it the Cowboy Turtle Association because they stuck their necks out, and they were so slow to organize.Karen: That’s funny! The Cowboy Turtle Association.Sherry: That was their original name because they stuck their necks out and they were so slow to organize, which is something they felt they should have done earlier. But from 1936 that was their name. In 1945 they changed the name to the Rodeo Cowboys Association. They had a permanent home in Colorado Springs. We moved down here in 1979, but in 1975 the Rodeo Cowboys Association became the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. So we’ve had a long history. We keep stats of all of our world champions and files on all these cowboys throughout the year, so we’ve got a lot of information here housed.Karen: I know that there’s a lot of rodeo associations. How do you fit in with all these rodeo associations, because there’s a lot of them around?Sherry: They’re all over I think within every state, just like there’s the Colorado Pro Rodeo Association. But we’re not affiliated with any other of those. We do work in cooperation with The Canadian Professional Rodeo Association. We are a [...]

By |2019-03-27T22:24:34+00:00June 25th, 2009|Cowboy, Horse, Horses, Podcast, PRCA|0 Comments