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Bennie and Rhett Beutler

 

Longtime PRCA stock contractor Bennie Beutler and his son, Rhett, joined forces in 2001 to form the Beutler and Son Rodeo Company. It had formerly been known as Beutler and Gaylord Rodeo Co., from 1989 to 2001. The Beutler name has been synonymous with the stock contracting business since 1929. Bennie’s grandfather, Elra, and his great uncles, Jake and Lynn, began supplying stock to Oklahoma and Texas rodeos

more than 70 years ago.

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Jacob Welker

Bullfighter

Jacob has been a PRCA bullfighter since 2018. He enjoys both aspects of bullfighting - protecting cowboys and freestyle. One of Jacob’s favorite aspects of rodeo is the lifelong friendships he can form with cowboys, committees, and community members. 

Jacob is also a proud 2013 graduate of Pretty Prairie High School. In his free time Jacob enjoys golfing, going to concerts, and spending time with friends and family. Jacob now lives on his grandparent’s homestead north of Abbyville, Kansas. Jacob is proud to come home and do what he loves in a town that he loves. 

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Dusta Lee Kimzey-O’Connell

Trick Rider

 

Dusta grew up as a cowgirl. As the 6th generation on their family ranch in Oklahoma, she's a hand with a horse and got started in the movie business thanks to her skills as a trick rider in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. She also competes at professional rodeos as a barrel racer. Her fearless nature runs in the family as her dad, Ted Kimzey is a many time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo Bullfight Barrelman, middle brother Sage is a 7X World Champion Bullrider, and littlest brother, Trey is an multi-time NFR qualifier in bullriding as well. Her passion for the sport of rodeo and dare-devil stunts please crowds nationwide as she performs coast to coast at rodeos and wild west shows.

PERSONNEL

Randy Corley

Announcer

In 1979, world champion saddle bronc rider Bill Smith started a nightly rodeo series in North Platte and hired Corley to announce it. He was acquaintances with Michelle and Trent Barrett, the children of the legendary North Platte native Hadley Barrett, also a rodeo announcer. Michelle, who ran barrels, and Trent, who roped at the rodeo, insisted their dad, a rancher north of town, come to the rodeo to hear this young announcer. He did and a few weeks later, he asked Corley if he’d be interested in getting his PRCA card. Corley was, and Hadley assisted him in becoming a PRCA member.

Randy has worked the NRF 22 times and has been announcing 44 years. 

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Matt Merritt

Barrel man

 

Matt is known for his impeccable humor and impressive dancing skills. Merritt is a rodeo clown favorite for fans of all ages. He started working with the PBR in 2014, and his popularity continues to grow with each performance. This globetrotter has performed in 48 states, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia! No matter where he travels to, Merritt finds ways to incorporate local flavor to cater each show to his audience.

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Prairie Smoke

Prairie Smoke will be performing after the performances on Friday and Saturday nights.  This will be their 5th year; our crowd loves them!  The dance is free with your rodeo ticket.  Stay and listen to their classic and red dirt country.

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Judd Napier

Bullfighter

Judd is from Waipahu, HI, located on the island of Oahu. In 2005, he attended college in Dodge City, KS on a rodeo scholarship. There he met Wacey Munsell who later became his inspiration for fighting. After spending five years in Hawaii, he moved to Colorado to pursue his passion for fighting bulls. In 2013, he was one of two bullfighters awarded a buckle for cowboy protection.

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"Jersey" Jake Ostrum

Music Director

 

Growing up on the East Coast in Woodstown, New Jersey, Professional Rodeo Music Director  Jake Ostrum’s love of America’s original sport of rodeo began at a young age. One would think Rodeo would be hard to find in New Jersey, but Jake lived only 1 mile from the longest running weekly PRCA Rodeo in the country, the legendary Cowtown Pro Rodeo.  It was at Cowtown where he spent his Saturday nights, every summer, for as long as he can remember. Jake has been a part of pretty much every aspect of rodeo.  From announcing to actually producing his own rodeo events.  He began his professional rodeo career in 2010 as a music director and has since built a library of music of every genre that is second to none.  He has been selected the last eight years as the music director for the PRCA First Frontier Circuit Finals, and in 2022 was selected as music director for the National Finals Steer Roping. If you ask him though, his greatest accomplishment of them all is being the proud father of two boys, and husband to his wife Jessica.  

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Casey Harp

Owner/General Manager DGH Productions, LLC

Forney, Texas, United States

Casey will provide the video board for the 2024 rodeo.  

Steel Skarecrow

 

This is a group of highly talented and experienced musicians from around the Wichita, Kansas area. The band has developed a unique sound, blending nineties country, modern country, red dirt, and southern soul into a distinct sound all their own.

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