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Rodeo Announcer: Boyd Polhamus

We are proud to welcome back to our rodeo the 2007, 2008 and the 2009 Rodeo Announcer of the Year – Boyd Polhamus!

Boyd Polhamus

Twenty years ago, Boyd Polhamus announced a College Rodeo in Uvalde, Texas. He got the gig by pretending to be a rodeo announcer in his college’s practice arena at the same time he was competing as a cowboy. The pretending ended in October of 1985; and a career was born.

No one, not even Polhamus, could have imagined what the next two decades would bring. His resume now includes nine stints as an announcer at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, Nevada. Only Hall of Famers’ Cy Tallion and Bob Tallman have been selected that many times. He’s been selected twice to work the Dodge National Circuit Finals in Pocatello, Idaho. In addition, he’s announced the Montana, Turquoise, Badlands, and Southeastern Circuit Finals, as well as the Texas Circuit Finals ten different times.

In 2000, and again in 2003, he was honored as the WPRA Announcer of the Year, and he’s been a Top Five Finalist for the same honor in the PRCA on eleven different occasions.

In 2004, Polhamus announced eleven of the top 30 rodeos in the country and featured an itinerary that took him coast-to-coast and border to border; from San Francisio, CA to New York, NY; and from Del Rio, TX to Minot, ND. He also recorded hundreds of commercials in his home studio in Brenham, TX.

"Better than I deserve…" is Polhamus’ most common response to the question "How are you?" He says that comment most accurately describes both his professional and family life. His career demands nearly 300 travel days per year, and his wife, Sandee, is both his best friend and best advisor.

"There’s too much in my life that is right, that I have no control over, so it’s got to be God," Polhamus said. "Everything good that’s happened in my life can be traced back to a friend or family member who went out of their way to help me. Well, you don’t buy your friends at a department store; God puts them in your life. I can only hope I’ve treated them as well as they’ve treated me."

On those rare occasions when he can be found at home, Polhamus enjoys Team Roping, The Green Bay Packers, and working with his cattle on the Band-Aid Ranch in Brenham, TX.

Lecile Harris - Rodeo Clown

As a rodeo clown, Lecile Harris seems to have been blessed with all the essential parts. His walk, talk and actions seem to effuse comedy. He is tall, thin, gangly and awkward looking, yet athletic even for his age. Enormously creative and spontaneous, his arena character and antics combine a blend of magic, slapstick, and stand-up comedy in a curious way that leaves his audiences wanting more. Lecile Harris is one of those people that command attention whether he is entering the arena in costume or just entering a room. Four times named Pro-Rodeo's "Clown of the Year", Lecile is well at home in the rodeo arena. Considered by his peers, rodeo producers, cowboys and fans alike as the very best in the business, he is in big demand working over 150 performances a year including many of the biggest rodeos in the world. 


Stock Contractor: Cervi Rodeo Company

Started over 60 years ago Cervi Championship Rodeo has grown into the largest stock contractor for rodeo productions across the United States. Mike Cervi, founder, began his rodeo career at age 14, traveling across North America from the great plains of Texas to the rolling hills of Grand Prairie Alberta, Canada serving as a rodeo clown. Throughout the years, the Cervi family has acquired the two largest companies in the rodeo business. In 1967, they bought the renowned Beutler Brothers Rodeo Company and in 1974 purchased the Billy Minick Rodeo Company, formerly owned by well-known producers Harry Knight and Gene Autry. With the acquisition, Cervi became the largest stock contractor in the nation and renamed the company Cervi Championship Rodeo; combining Beutler Brothers & Cervi Rodeo and Cervi Championship Rodeo into one corporation. Currently, Cervi Championship Rodeo produces 10 of the top 50 rodeos in the PRCA. In the past seven years, 90 Cervi Championship Rodeo animals have been selected for the NFR. Cervi Championship Rodeo’s main goal as a renowned stock contracting company is to produce fast and exciting rodeo with the best bucking stock available.
 
Cervi Management
Binion Cervi, Executive Director, has experience in every aspect of rodeo production. Beginning his career while still in elementary school, he earned pocket change at the National Western Rodeo by shining shoes and boots for cowboys and patrons. In his early teens, Binion orchestrated a top trick-riding specialty act, which he performed at rodeos all around the country. Today, Binion heads up the production of rodeos, oversees the successful breeding program for Cervi bucking horses, manages the finances, and is the face of public relations for Cervi Championship Rodeo. Having experienced the "show business" part of rodeo through his trick-riding acts, Binion is now incorporating these skills to highlight Cervi Rodeo productions with audience appealing openings, closings and specialty acts that illustrate American patriotism and western heritage. These little extras at Cervi Championship Rodeos provide fans a great feeling about the performances and an added appreciation for the western way of life.

Chase Cervi, Ranch Manager and Pick-up man, is very involved in the behind-the- scenes organization of the company. Chase organizes a breeding program for the companies’ bucking bulls, oversees the management of staff that work each rodeo, and is a true stockman helping to tend to the Cervi saddle horses and all other stock at the rodeos. Rodeo cowboys value their relationship with Chase and talking to him about the Cervi stock and rodeo. As a pick-up man, Chase has acquired and developed the ability to anticipate the moves of the bucking horses and the needs of the bronc riders; he is able to quickly position himself to aid both the animal and the cowboy efficiently and effectively. In 2010 and again in 2014 and 2015, the top twenty bareback riders and saddlebronc riders in the world standings selected Chase as a pickupman to work the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, NV. As a team, the Cervi boys control every aspect of Cervi Championship Rodeo performances from raising great bucking stock, to directing the movements of everything that goes on in the arena from the start of a rodeo to the end. Finally, they are forever grateful to their sponsors that make it possible for them take the very best bucking stock down the road everyday of the year: CINCH ® , Greeley Hat Works, Vitalix and Classic Equine ® .

Serpentine Riders

Serpentine RidersPrior to the Grand Entry Dayton Rodeo’s Serpentine Riders will entertain the audience with their precision horsemanship. This year’s Serpentine Riders are choreographed and coached by Amanda Anderson, Lynne Heckman, and Michelle Spillman. Each of the Serpentine Riders is a member of the Dayton Wranglers Saddle Club. They are chosen through a tryout process beginning in early summer. Their commitment to precision timing and intricate maneuvers take hours of practice to perfect. The Serpentine Riders are also ambassadors for the rodeo, participating in events and signing autographs at the Rodeo Kids Corral beginning 2 hours before each performance lasting for 1 hour - then they will prepare for the performance!

 

Miss Rodeo Iowa ~ Logan Kinyon ~ Miss Rodeo Iowa 2017

"Miss Rodeo Iowa is the ideal Western American young woman. She wishes to further promote the sport of Rodeo. While representing Iowa during her reign, her travels will take her to all areas of the state and to many other states as well. She will be working hard to promote the state's Western way of life. At the end of her reign, she will have the opportunity to represent Iowa in the Miss Rodeo America Pageant in Las Vegas, Nevada."

- Miss Rodeo Iowa website.

    

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