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Rodeo Personnel and Special Acts for Kansas' Biggest Rodeo 2020

Randy Corley

Job at the rodeo: Calling the “play-by-play” action.

How long he’s worked Kansas Biggest Rodeo: Since 1984

First buckle he won: A first place buckle for winning the bareback riding at a high school rodeo in Newcastle, Wyo. “I wore that buckle till I won the (PRCA) Announcer of the Year in 2004. That’ll tell you how many more I won between then, too,” he laughs.

Best part of rodeo, in his opinion: The fans. “It’s the crowd. In my opinion, it’s because they are so much a part of the rodeo. It’s getting the crowd involved, having them be part of the “game.” That’s the best part.”

Favorite dessert: “I’m a nut for cereal, with strawberries and blackberries.

Favorite beverage: “A glass of red wine, usually a cabernet, one that’s not really dry. But my real favorite drink is milk. I love milk. If I had a cow, which I have owned in the past, I would skim the cream off the top and drink it cold.”

Family: Wife Michelle; daughters Kassi, Amanda and Brittany; son Cole; three granddaughters.

Rodeo accomplishments: PRCA Announcer of the Year twelve times; Wrangler National Finals Rodeo announcer 20 times.

John Harrison – rodeo clown and barrelman

John Harrison has made a career out of his school troubles.

The Soper, Okla. man, the rodeo clown for the 2020 Kansas Biggest Rodeo, used to get sent to the principal’s office regularly, often for his wise-cracks, and while he was there, he was still telling jokes. “Every time the principal busted me, I’d shake his hand and say, ‘Thanks for making me a better person,’” John said. “It aggravated him when I did it.”

Harrison learned to trick rope and trick ride as a youngster, and competed in youth rodeo, but when he was in college, the rodeo bug bit. He began his rodeo career by trick roping, trick riding and Roman riding at rodeos in the Midwest, and eventually branched out across the nation, adding rodeo clowning to his repertoire.

He has been a PRCA member since 1999.

This is the fourth time Harrison has worked the Phillipsburg rodeo. 

First buckle he won: working the Texas Circuit Finals Rodeo in the early 2000s.

Best part of rodeo, in his opinion: “Last week a lady sent a letter to the rodeo committee where I worked, and said it was so great to get away from the news for two hours and have fun. Everybody’s got troubles in the world, and to be able to help people smile and get away from the real world for a couple hours is still my favorite part.”

Favorite dessert: Coconut cream pie. “My grandma made it, but she’s gone now. I don’t have anybody to make it for me. My wife doesn’t like coconut, so she won’t make it.”

Family: wife Carla (they married in 2006); daughters Addison (13); Charlee (4) and son Caz (10).

Rodeo accomplishments: Has worked the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo three times as specialty act and five times as barrelman (2013, 2015-16, 2018-2019); Coors Man in the Can award winner three times; PRCA’s Comedy Act of the Year four times.

Tomas Garcilazo is the specialty act for the 2020 Phillipsburg Rodeo.

The Mexico City native is the third generation of his family to perform La Charreria, the high developed horsemanship and roping abilities of Mexican charros.

Garcilazo has been around the world entertaining fans with his horsemanship and roping skills. He’s performed in Paris, on Broadway, in Holland and Germany, for numerous Mexican presidents, at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and twice at the White House.

His wife, Justine, and their three-year-old son Louis will also entertain alongside him.

Job at the rodeo: Specialty act, aboard his beautiful palomino, as he maneuvers his horse through various feats and trick ropes for the crowd.

How long he’s worked at rodeo: For the past 42 years. When he was twelve years old, he won the all-around at a rodeo in Mexico. He has been roping since he was a child.

Best part of rodeo, in his opinion: “The audience. They make you or break you. I don’t care if it’s 98,000 people at Rodeo Houston or 3,000 people. It’s how the people take it, and that’s my challenge, to conquer the people and get their respect.”

Favorite dessert: “I love sweets. I’m not picky. Before I met my wife, I didn’t eat sweets. Since I met her, I’ve become a big fan of sweets.” Donuts and chocolate almond croissants are two of his favorites.

Family: Wife Justine and their three-year-old son Louis.

Rodeo accomplishments: PRCA Specialty Act of the Year three times; specialty act at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo 22 consecutive years.

Weston Rutkowski is part of the duo of bullfighters who work as “bull rider protection” during Kansas Biggest Rodeo.

The Cleburne, Texas man has worked the Phillipsburg rodeo since 2016. He is not only adept at rodeo work, but also competes in freestyle bullfighting, including the Bullfighters Only.

Job at the rodeo: protect bull riders so when the 8 second buzzer sounds, he can distract bulls, giving the cowboys time to get to safety

Best part of rodeo, in his opinion:  “The brotherhood it creates when you’re on the road. These people, they become your family. You see different people at different rodeos, and it creates a real big brotherhood. It’s pretty neat.”

One thing people don’t realize about being a bullfighter: “The behind the scenes work. A lot of people see the flashiness in the arena, the big wrecks, the cool situations you’re in, the places you get to see. A lot of people don’t understand how much work it takes to stay in shape, taking care of yourself on the road. It takes a lot of work to put you at the top of your game.”

Favorite dessert: “My mom’s banana pudding.”

Favorite beverage:  “Beer. But I drink more water than anything.”

Rodeo accomplishments: Has won the Bullfighters Only World Championship three out of four years (2016-2018); finished as reserve world champion for the BFO in 2019. Was selected to work the Prairie Circuit Finals Rodeo in 2016.


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.