STOCK CONTRACTOR ~ BAR T RODEO
Pro Rodeo is a competitive sport between cowboy contestants and healthy rodeo animals, bucking horses, bulls, steers and calves. The people who breed, raise and care for those animals are known as the stock contractors and are perhaps the single most important factor in the production of a successful rodeo.
The Bar T Rodeo Company was founded in the red rocks of Moab, Utah over 60 years ago by Pro Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame inductees, D.A. “Swanny” Kerby, his wife Verda, and their son Rex “Bud” Kerby. Swanny brought the first rodeo to Utah and continued to produce top quality rodeos all across the western United States. Bud and his wife Evelyn took the Bar T to the next level making it a Utah state icon and one of the top rodeo companies in the United States. He built a breeding program that today is one of the most sought after horse herds in the world.
Bar T Rodeo has been awarded twice with the PRCA’s prestigious Remuda Award in 2005 and 2011. They have won PRCA horse and bull of the year several times most recently in 2011 Fancy Pants was nominated as best saddle bronc horse of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. They have been awarded many times with the top stock awards for the Wilderness Circuit. In 2002 they helped to produce the first Olympic Rodeo in Farmington, Utah. Bar T Rodeo has had stock nominated to attend all of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo’s since 1959.
Today the company is owned by Bud and Evelyn’s Daughter Wendie, her husband Jeff along with their son Cody Flitton. The Flitton’s added to the company’s breeding program in 1999, they started a bull breeding program, which has produced many award winning bucking bulls. The Bar T is operated by many of the Kerby and Flitton family members you will even see fifth generation grandchildren doing their part to help during their performances.
The Bar T Rodeo family works hard to maintain the high quality bucking horses and bulls that the company has been known for and generations of cowboys have preferred. They have a goal to preserve the western heritage and the sport of rodeo. They want to make sure that for many years to come generations of families have the opportunity to enjoy top quality professional rodeos.
RODEO CLOWN ~ JOHN HARRISON
John is one of the top rodeo clowns in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association.
John has worked rodeos from coast to coast and has made 8 appearances at the prestigious Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, three times as a specialty act performer and five times as a barrelman. John picked up the coveted award of Comedy Act of the Year. He brought home the gold buckle that represents his achievement as Coors Man in the Can 3 times . John was the barrelman at the 2020 NFR in Arlington TX. He feels blessed to be doing what he loves and with those he loves at his side.
ANNOUNCER ~ JODY CARPER
Jody spent his first 30 years in Big Spring TX, and rodeo has been a part of his life since the beginning. He and his brother competed in all of the timed events in junior rodeo and high school rodeo. In 1991, just out of high school, Jody was asked to announce the local high school rodeo. That started him being hired to announce junior and amateur rodeos all around Texas and New Mexico. Jody has been selected 5 times by the PRCA to announce the National Finals Steer Roping and 2 times as the Ram National Circuit Finals Announcer. He has also announced many other great rodeos across the United States and Canada.
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WALTON SCOREBOARDS & BACKLASH MEDIA
Several years ago the Silver State Stampede started a lifelong relationship which changed the rodeo forever. We can't even think about what the rodeo was like before the Jumbotron and video that we have today. We owe this to Scott Walton of Walton Scoreboards and Andrew Jones of Backslash Media Inc. and their crews. Setup starts days before the rodeo with several hard working individuals and continues long after that last chute opens or gate closes. The production of the Silver State Stampede on The Cowboy Channel in 2020 was professional and first class!
SOUND ~ ATKINSON SOUND
Atkinson Sound was started in August 1980 by Hoyt Atkinson. Our first jobs were simple DJ systems, use for dances at the local high school. Atkinson Sound is committed to provide the best equipment and personal to every customer. Atkinson Sound has expanded into a regional Sound Rental/Production and Audio Video Integrator. Having grown from what Larry Holt started in 1924 to one of the West’s most preferred audio and video companies; Atkinson Sound is “Sound at its Best” Atkinson Sound was brought in at the last minute to do the sound for the 2020 NFR in Arlington TX as the Globe Life Field sound wasn't up to par for the NFR. They are an invaluable asset to the Silver State Stampede.
SSS BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Pat Laughlin ~ President
Alkie Mariluch ~ 1st Vice President
Bob Rosevear ~ 2nd Vice President
Jim Conner ~ Treasurer
Leah Gregory ~ Secretary
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