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Rodeo Personnel and Special Acts for Kansas' Biggest Rodeo 2019

Randy Corley
After a one year hiatus, Randy Corley returns to take care of the duties behind the microphone.
The Silverdale, Wash. man was absent from Phillipsburg in 2017, as he was inducted into the
ProRodeo Hall of Fame the same weekend as the rodeo. And he’s grateful he’s back: “They
didn’t fire me when I didn’t come last year,” he laughed. Wayne Brooks filled in for him while
he was gone.
Last year’s rodeo weather was unusually mild, with highs in the low 80s, while Corley was in
Colorado Springs for the induction, where highs were in the nineties. Phillipsburg “had the nicest
weather they’ve had in 35 years,” he said. “Wayne Brooks said, ‘Geez, it’s nice here,’ and I said,
‘Shut up,’” he laughed.
His wife Michelle travels with him, working as a timer at the rodeos where Randy announces.
They travel in an RV, making it easier for them to be on-site at rodeos. They spend much of the
winter in Texas, flying home between events. They use Colorado as their summer drop-off point,
leaving the RV in storage when it’s not needed and flying out of Denver. “We spend more time
in the bus than we do at home,” Corley said. “I’ve told Michelle we really could downsize (in
Washington.) We could have a nice condo where you unplug the toaster when you walk out the
door, and there’s no yard work. But we have not done that yet.”
He enjoys the community of Phillipsburg so much he could see himself living there. “It’d be a
great place to live if they had an airport you didn’t have to drive to.”

Phillipsburg holds a special place in his and Michelle’s heart, as they often brought their
children, Cole and Brittany, to the rodeo. “I borrowed a baby crib (in Phillipsburg) for both of
our kids when they were born, and both kids learned how to swim at the pool at the Mark V. If
there was a rodeo the kids grew up at, it was in Phillipsburg.”
Corley, who has won the PRCA’s Announcer of the Year award 12 times and has called the
action at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo seventeen times, loves coming to Phillipsburg.
“It’s the rodeo committee and the fans, especially the Coors Rowdies” who make it fun. “It’s a
great celebration for the county, for Phillipsburg, and the surrounding area.”

Mark Swingler

For the second time, rodeo clown and barrelman Mark Swingler will entertain in Phillipsburg.
Swingler will “swing” into action each night, as a fireman with his fire truck and an imaginary fire, and as part of the YMCA song.
The Leander, Texas man has been making rodeo fans laugh for the past thirty years. He got his start in rodeo as a bull rider in high school then in college. It was in the practice pen that he began work as a bullfighter. In those days, bullfighters were also the clown, so he stepped into that role as well.
He got his PRCA card in 1993, quit bullfighting, and began clowning.
He’s also an avid golfer and three years ago, when he clowned in Phillipsburg, he took the time to golf along with Randy Corley.
He loves working the small-town rodeos. “I’ve been blessed to work some of the nation’s major rodeos, the Houstons, with 70,000 people, and others. But I really enjoy the Phillipsburg-type rodeos: small towns and big crowds. They roll out the red carpet for you. The atmosphere is unbelievable. Everybody comes out to make this the best event in their town for the year.”

He and his wife Tami have been married for 28 years; they have an adult daughter. 

Broken Spoke Clydesdales
Six big beautiful horses will make their way to Phillipsburg to entertain at this year’s rodeo.
Broken Spoke Clydesdales, Winfield, Kansas, will pull a freight wagon into the arena during the rodeo August 1-3.
Mark DeCoudres, owner of the hitch, will bring Jackson and Brock, Brody and Bridget, Divinity and Diesel to town. The Clydesdales weigh an average of 2,000 lbs. each, consuming about forty pounds of hay and fifteen pounds of grain each day.
The Clydesdales will be on exhibit during the day at the rodeo grounds; the public is invited to pet them. One of Mark’s favorite parts of having the Clydesdales is the people. “I like interacting with people and sharing the horses with them. There are so many children who have never been up close to a horse like that. Even the older people who come through, it brings back memories of their childhood, when their grandparents or parents used draft horses on the farm.”

Broken Spoke Clydesdales will entertain during every night of the rodeo.

Weston Rutkowski
Weston Rutkowski will share the bullfighting duties at Kansas Biggest Rodeo.
The Cleburne, Texas man has fought bulls professionally since 2013, and in Phillipsburg, for the past four years.
He loves coming to Phillipsburg, in part because of the bullfighting legends who worked the rodeo. “It’s such a cool rodeo with all the history and the greats who have been here before me, like (Greg) Rumohr. It’s special for a guy to get to come here and fight bulls in the same place as the legends.”
Rutkowski works out faithfully, not because he loves it, but because he knows he has to. “I’m not necessarily motivated (to work out),” he said, “but I’m dedicated. I understand my job and what I’m signing up for. And it’s not only to perform at a high level but to keep the bull riders safe. If I’m not physically fit to do my job, I’m putting somebody else in danger.”
He loves to golf and has golfed in Phillipsburg several times. Broken ribs kept him from golfing in town in 2018.
Rutkowski brings some of his gym equipment with him when he goes on the road. “If I’m in the middle of nowhere and there’s no gym, I have something to work out with.”
Favorite food: Mexican food. “I grew up in west Texas so I’m a Mexican food connoisseur. I love anything spicy, including jalapenos. I put them on everything. Hamburgers, nachos, eggs, anything to make something more spicy.”  
Someone he admires: Conor McGregor, mixed martial artist and Ultimate Fighting Championship featherweight and lightweight champion. “He grew up with nothing, and was always told he wouldn’t make it. Now he’s one of the most well-known mixed martial artists in the world.”


Dusty Tuckness
Dusty Tuckness is one of the two bullfighters at the Phillipsburg Rodeo.
This will be the eleventh year the Wyoming native, who now lives in Oklahoma, has worked the Phillipsburg rodeo.
Tuckness, who is a nine-time PRCA Bullfighter of the Year award winner, loves coming to Phillipsburg. It’s not the biggest rodeo he works, but he loves it. “For a small community like that, to bring in the fan base they do, it’s amazing. Because it’s not just local people who attend. They get fans from Nebraska, southern Kansas, and Colorado who come for the weekend.”
He also likes the atmosphere at the Phillipsburg rodeo. “The special thing about those small town rodeos is that you seem to be more of a part of the family in a sense. Everybody knows everybody, and when you come to town, you develop relationships and friendships with people in the community.”
Tuckness follows in the footsteps of some influential bullfighters who also worked Kansas Biggest Rodeo, guys like Rex Dunn, Donnie Sparks, and Greg Rumohr. “Growing up in the bullfighting world and knowing guys like Rumohr and Sparks, who got to work a great rodeo like Phillipsburg, it’s cool to be part of that group.”
He works hard to do a good job. “Sometimes guys don’t get to go back (to a rodeo) because they don’t fit in or are inconsistent with their job. Bennie and Rhett (Beutler) are key on guys taking care of the bull riders, and selling the rodeo with their fighting bulls.
“To be able to come back to a rodeo like Phillipsburg humbles me and makes me feel good that I’m still doing my job, where they want me to keep coming back.”

Tuckness has been selected to work the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo every year since 2009.
Beutler & Son Rodeo Co. – stock contractor

This year marks the sixtieth anniversary for Beutler bulls and horses to buck at the Phillipsburg rodeo.

Since 1960, the Beutler family has brought their livestock to Kansas Biggest Rodeo.

Bennie and Connie, and their son Rhett and his wife Tracy, make their way to Phillipsburg every year for the annual rodeo.

Rhett is the fifth generation in the family business, based out of Elk City, Okla., and he has been coming to Phillipsburg since he was eight years old. The family brings their award-winning stock, with numerous horses and bulls that buck at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.

Phillipsburg is special to him, Rhett said. “I like the rodeo grounds,” he said. “At night, it lights up like the field of dreams. If you build it, they will come. The lights are on, and it’s like the whole town is out there.”

He’s also appreciative of the big pasture near the arena that horses are turned out into, and the help the committee provides to care for the animals. “You come to town, and everybody welcomes you with open arms and is glad you’re there. Plus, there’s plenty of pasture and pen space for bulls and horses.”

Beutler and Son Rodeo Co. has a new logo, of which Rhett is proud. It’s the Oklahoma state flag in the background with the silhouette of the Beutler stallion Commotion and the letters B-S. “We tried to take every aspect of our business – the stud and the flag -  and put it into one,” he said.

They’ve also started a line of merchandise. Caps and t-shirts are for sale online, with Rhett’s wife Tracy taking care of the inventory and shipping. “It’s good,” Rhett said. “When it launched, we had over sixty orders.”

In August of 2019, Jiggs and Elra Beutler, Rhett’s granddad and great-granddad, plus the stud Commotion, will be inducted into the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame. The induction is in Colorado Springs the same weekend as the Phillipsburg rodeo, but Rhett won’t spend much time at the induction. “Everybody’s talking about the Hall of Fame,” he said, of his family, “but I say, guys, I don’t know what you’re talking about. I have a rodeo to run.” He plans on flying to Colorado Springs on Saturday morning and returning before the rodeo on Saturday night. “I have to work,” he said. “I can’t run off and leave Phillipsburg on a Saturday night. With those guys, it’s too good of a relationship.”

Rhett and Tracy’s two kids, Taylor, who is a freshman in high school, and Jake, who is in sixth grade, are the next generation in the business. Sports keeps Taylor closer to home, but Jake often accompanies his dad to Phillipsburg.