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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John Payne
One Armed Bandit

 

Once upon a time in the rural country of Shidler, Oklahoma, there was a man by the name of John Payne, who at the age of 20 had 7,200 volts of electricity sent through his body while working on his father’s roof.

“I tell people that I got my arm burned off, my guts blew out and my leg burnt to the bone, and was dead for five minutes,” Payne said.

From there, a legend was born.

PERSONNEL

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Casey Harp

Owner/General Manager DGH Productions, LLC

Forney, Texas, United States

Casey will provide our video board for the 2022 rodeo.  

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.

Prior to his induction into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in 2017, Randy Corley had been selected PRCA Announcer of the Year 12 times (1984, 1990-96, 1998, 2003, 2011, and 2015). He also had been an announcer at the National Finals Rodeo 16 times.

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Wacey Munsell
Bullfighter

Wacey grew up with cattle on a ranch in Ulysses. He watched his dad Doug distract the bulls in the ring. According to him, a third-generation rodeo man, rodeoing is in his bones.

By 14, Munsell was team roping and riding bulls, but by the time he turned 17, in addition to riding bulls, he was fighting them as well.

"That bull can see you; he's going to follow you. The best way to do it, is you be the aggressor," Munsell said. "You grab hold of the animal. You (say) heh or you whistle."

In 2020, Munsell was one of five bullfighters nominated for the PRCA bullfighter of the year. In 2019, he was one of six. Munsell holds titles as World Champion Freestyle Bullfighter as well as National Champion Freestyle Bullfighter. In 2018, he worked nine performances at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.

Justin Rumford
Clown

Justin Rumford is making his way back to Pretty Prairie, Kansas to perform for the Kansas Largest Night Rodeo in 2022! The 10x PRCA Clown of the Year is excited to be performing in front of rodeo fans for the 85th year of this special event, and he’s bringing the laughter as always! Rumford started his rodeo career helping the family stock contracting business, Rumford Rodeo Company of Abbyville, Kansas.  In 2010 Rumford knew it was time to move in a different direction. Rather than making his buddies laugh behind the chutes, he wanted to try his hand at making the audiences laugh, and add to the entertainment of the rodeos. He hung up his spurs and put on some baggies and clown paint, and that’s exactly what he has been doing ever since. He is now one of the most decorated entertainers in the history of the PRCA, winning the PRCA Clown of the Year a record-breaking ten times (2012-2021), Coors Man in the Can in 2013, 2015 and 2018, and working the prestigious National Finals Rodeo in 2014 before moving on to host his own NFR preview and live viewing show in Las Vegas. He has now added co-host to his resume with a successful rodeo comedy podcast called “RumpChat” with his buddy Josh “Hambone” Hilton. 

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Prairie Smoke

Prairie Smoke will be performing after the performances on Friday and Saturday nights.  This will be their 3rd year; our crowd loves them!  The dance is free with your rodeo ticket.  Stay and listen to their classic and red dirt country.