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.
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.
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
Beutler & Son Rodeo Co. – stock contractor
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.”