Will call the action at the Elk City Rodeo for the 14th year.
As the announcer, helps the fans feel like they’re friends with the contestants. “So rather than them being just a name, I like to relate to the fans who the contestants are, how they train, if they have a family.”
Was a bareback rider for a while before switching to the microphone.
The job requires a lot of homework. “For every hour of rodeo, there are two and a half hours of homework involved. By the time you flip on the mic and say hello to the rodeo crowd, you have enough info on each cowboy or cowgirl to relate it to the fans.”
While traveling, drinks iced tea and listens to talk radio, podcasts and Laugh USA on satellite radio. “The reason I like it, is it’s always clean.”
Has announced the National Finals Rodeo ten times, the Canadian Finals Rodeo sixteen times, and is a five-time PRCA Announcer of the Year.
Is married to Melanie; they have a son, two daughters, two sons-in-law, and three grandbabies, all under the age of three.
In his own words: “The best part of the Elk City Rodeo is the loyalty of the fans. That weekend is when they have family reunions, celebrate birthdays and anniversaries, and the entire family comes to town. That’s one of the keys to success, is having a great fan base, and Elk City does.”
Beutler & Son Rodeo Co., Stock Contractor
The Beutler family has been bringing bucking horses and bulls to Elk City for decades.
The family has been in the stock contracting business since 1928, when Bennie’s grandfather Elra and Elra’s brothers Jake and Lynn began providing livestock for rodeos.
Bennie is a 2010 Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame inductee; his great-uncle Lynn was inducted in 1979 and his dad Jiggs and granddad Elra were inducted in 2019. The Beutler stallion Commotion is in the Hall of Fame as well.
Beutler animals, like bareback horse Killer Bee, saddle bronc horse Wound Up and bull Voodoo Child, have won numerous pro rodeo awards.
Cody Sosebee, barrelman
From Charleston, Ark.
Was a bareback rider before becoming a rodeo clown
Loves clowning: “Pro rodeo is still the best bang for the buck.”
Has worked big rodeos like Cheyenne Frontier Days, the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, and for the first time, Elk City Rodeo of Champions
Has other business ventures: co-owns a sale barn, hosts Arkansas’ biggest one-day chicken sale (think Chicken Mafia!), and helps on the family farm/ranch.
Works to be his best at every rodeo. “It’s like having a hit record. You can be on top for a while, but if you don’t keep producing and doing a good job at rodeos, they won’t remember your name.”
Bullfighters Only - Specialty Act
It’s the most dangerous 60 seconds in sports!
Bullfighters compete in freestyle bullfighting, man vs. beast, for sixty seconds.
Three bullfighters a night, some of the best in the business, will thrill the crowd as they face off with 1200 lbs. of bovine, hoping to earn the best score.
On Sunday for the last performance, the best bullfighters from Friday and Saturday nights compete for the prize money and the title of Elk City’s best BFO bullfighter!
The Elk City BFO is invitational only, with elite athletes competing against the meanest fighting bulls in the sport!
It’s danger and the ultimate challenge!
Chuck Swisher, Bullfighter
Is part of the duo of bullfighters who work the Elk City rodeo, alongside Weston Rutkowski
His job is to “step into harm’s way for the bull riders. It’s very dangerous but also very rewarding. It helps you get your adrenaline fill. All it is, is distracting an animal from another human being.”
Uses Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat. “I’m addicted like everybody else. On Snapchat, I’m always snapping the stupid stuff that I only want people to see once and never again.”
In addition to rodeo, owns Swisher Beef, selling farm to table beef, and owns real estate.
On the road, uses sunflower seeds to stay awake, and listens to Christian music and real estate podcasts like Bigger Pockets.
Worked the 2014 National Finals Rodeo and has worked several Prairie Circuit Finals Rodeos.
Is married to Carolyn
Lives in Dover, Okla.
In his own words: bullfighting “is just another day at the office. Pull up your chair and work.
Weston Rutkowski, Bullfighter
Is one of the two bullfighters for the Rodeo of Champions, with Chuck Swisher
Is a gym rat, to make sure he’s ready for every situation in the rodeo arena. “I’m constantly perfecting my craft, to be the most balanced athlete I can be, so instead of getting run over, I’m able to save myself, the bull rider and my partner.”
Prefers Instagram over other social media platforms: “it’s more pictures and less drama.”
Loves coming to Elk City: “my first year, I show up at the rodeo and it’s sold out. It was a very unique experience, and that community has become a part of me. I have a bunch of good friends there and I look forward to being there.”
Has worked the Elk City rodeo since 2016.
Is a four-time freestyle bullfighting world champion through Bullfighters Only.
Will marry his fiancée Avery Greene in October 2022.
Hometown is Haskell, Texas
In his own words: “being a professional bullfighter is everything I imagined, and more. It’s a very fulfilling job.”