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Rodeo Personnel and Special Acts for Kansas' Biggest Rodeo 2016

Randy Corley – Rodeo Announcer

The silver voice of Randy Corley will once again fill the air at Kansas’ Biggest Rodeo in Phillipsburg.
 
The Silverdale, Wash. cowboy will be behind the microphone in Phillipsburg.
 
Corley, an eleven-time PRCA Announcer of the Year award winner, has worked such prestigious rodeos as the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, but he loves the small rodeos like Phillipsburg as well.
 
And he loves the people he works with in Philipsburg, including stock contractors Bennie and Rhett Beutler from Beutler and Son Rodeo Co. “You know what,” he said, “and I mean this sincerely, Bennie is one of my favorite people to work with, simply because I know that we are going to have a first class, well-run rodeo every time. There’s no ifs, ands or buts about it. Nobody in the business runs a rodeo better than the Beutler and Son Rodeo Co.”
 
A former bareback rider, Corley loves all parts of rodeo, but especially the barrel racing. “If I had to pick a favorite event that never lets me down, it’s barrel racing. The ladies of the WPRA (Women’s Pro Rodeo Association) have always been a great way to pump the crowd back up, every time. People understand barrel racing because it’s a horse race, and with running clocks they can see each cowgirl’s time.”
 
Corley’s wife, Michelle, often travels with him and works as a timer at rodeo. She and her husband love to travel, and realize the importance of getting away from work and refreshing. They’d like to take more vacations this year, and are planning times to do it. “We’re going to build in breaks (in the rodeo season) where breaks are needed,” Randy said. “We’ll take vacations, and some of those might be at home, which is somewhere I don’t go,” he wisecracked, referring to his rodeo travels. “I’ll put a hammock up and make a pina colada.” He also loves to golf and scuba dive.
 
Randy and his wife Michelle, have four children: three daughters and a son, and three granddaughters.


Rider Kiesner – Specialty Act.

Rodeo fans are in for a real treat when Rider Kiesner steps foot in the Phillipsburg arena. The 25 year-old-cowboy is a world champion trick roper and gun spinner and an all-around western performer who brings his talents to perform for rodeo fans across the world. With his gun, rope and a bull-whip, he gives fans a fast-paced show, entertaining them with the skills of the old west. Kiesner has worked some of the biggest rodeos and shows in the nation and across the world: the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas five times, Cheyenne Frontier Days, Prescott, Ariz., and the Cavalia, an equestrian and performing art show that toured South Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong in 2015. For a special treat, he’ll bring his fire whips to Phillipsburg: two six-foot whips, soaked in lighter fluid, that he lights during his show as he cracks them. Kiesner will perform during each night of the rodeo August 3-5, 2017.
More information on him can be found at www.riderkiesnerentertainment.com.


Dusty Tuckness – Bullfighter

NFR bullfighter Dusty Tuckness returns for the seventh year to work the Phillipsburg rodeo.

The Meeteetse, Wyo. cowboy works alongside his good friend Aaron Ferguson, and he’s delighted. “It’s awesome. We get along really good. Our chemistry is great, inside and out of the arena.”

Tuckness, who has been selected as a Wrangler National Finals Rodeo bullfighter seven consecutive years, loves his job. As a bullfighter, “you get to hang out and be involved in the rodeo more than one day. You get to know people more on a personal basis, and make good friends throughout your career.”

As his role models, he says there are a bunch. Jesus Christ tops the list, and is followed by bullfighters Rex Dunn, Miles Hare, Rob Smets, and bull rider Kanin Asay.

One of his more memorable memories of Kansas’ Biggest Rodeo was in 2009, when the arena received five inches of rain during the performance. The rodeo was postponed during the worst of the rainfall. It was tough to fight bulls in the mud, he remembers.








 


Weston Rutkowski - Bullfighter
Weston Rutkowski, bullfighter at Phillipsburg rodeo
A new face will make an appearance at Kansas’ Biggest Rodeo this August.
 
Bullfighter Weston Rutkowski will join Dusty Tuckness in the arena.
 
Rutkowski, who lives in College Station, Texas, loves Beutler and Son Rodeo bulls. “Bennie is known as an old-school stock contractor,” he said. “His bulls buck, and they have that old school rodeo flair. Not only will they buck, but they’ll hook you, too.”
 
Rutkowski’s rodeo career began when he rode sheep, then graduated to calves and junior steers, but in high school, his mom wouldn’t allow him to ride bulls, because of high school sports. He went to college to play football, but after being red-shirted, he decided to ride bulls instead.
 
It was a chance encounter in a practice pen that got him started as a bullfighter. A friend asked him to step in to help out, and “the opportunity presented itself. There was a gap for me to step in and save my buddy. So I stepped in there, grabbed that bull, threw him a fake out of pure reaction, not knowing what to do. That pure adrenaline rush was awesome. I didn’t get that riding bulls.”
 
That was five years ago, and now his rodeo work keeps him busy fulltime. He worked an oilfield job for a while, but as his schedule grew, he was able to quit that job and “really chase my dream.”
 
In between rodeos, he loves to stay busy. “I’m so ADD it’s not funny,” he joked. “I can’t sit around.” He works out two to three hours a day, loves to golf, anything that your “average typical young man traveling the world” loves to do. “I sure enough have a good time, wherever I’m at. Whatever I can to enjoy wherever I’m at. I take advantage of getting to travel.”
 


Beutler & Son Rodeo Co. – stock contractor



Bennie and Rhett Beutler have been providing the bucking horses and bulls for Kansas’ Biggest Rodeo since Bennie was a “young’un” and before Rhett was born.

Since 1960, Beutler semis, pickups and trailers, along with members of the family, have made the trek from Elk City, Okla. to Phillipsburg for the rodeo.

Rhett, the fourth generation of the family to be involved in the stock contracting business, is partners with his father, Bennie, and he enjoys coming to Phillipsburg. He loves to see familiar faces and visit with people they only see once a year. “There are guys that come by and talk to Bennie,” he said, “and I’ll say, ‘who’s that?’ and Ben says, ‘I don’t remember his name but he’s come by here thirty years and talked to me.”

Rhett and his wife Tracy’s kids, Taylor, age eleven, and Jake, who is eight, travel with the family and help out. Jake has chosen a PRCA bull rider as one of his heroes. Sage Kimzey, the 2015 WorldChampion Bull Rider, is at the top of his list. “Jake’s watched him ride bulls in college and here at the house in the practice pen,”Rhett said. When Sage won a round at the 2014 Wrangler National Finals, he raninto Jake before appearing for the gold buckle presentation afterwards. “He talked with Jake and they tookpictures together,” Rhett said. The TV people were “hollering at Sage to hurry up and come along, and Sage hollered back, ‘Wait up. These are my people,’” as he continued to visit with Jake.

Right now, Jake’s ambitions are to be a stock contractor some day. “All he wants to do is raise bulls and buck guys off,” Rhett says. “He talks about cows and bulls, breeding them, and throwing Sage off. That’s his aspect right now, but at his age it changes daily.”

His older sister, Taylor, also is involved in the stock contracting. “She has a list of names for bucking horses,” her dad said. “There are some that are really good, and there are some that are completely off the wall.” His kids “definitely keep it interesting.”