Putting on one of the nation’s top five large outdoor rodeos is a big job, and we cannot do it alone. Here are some of the many people behind this great event.
When Mike Cervi purchased the rodeo company in 1967, he only wanted to provide quality stock for fans to enjoy. Today Cervi Championship Rodeo performs above and beyond his dreams, as they are one of the largest rodeo producers in the PRCA.
Cervi Championship Rodeo surpasses its role as a stock contractor, as the company provides all-inclusive rodeo production services. Ranging from increasing attendance through strategic promotions and sponsorships to utilizing their network in order to hire high-demand entertainment, the Cervi's enjoy reviving stagnant performances.
It’s been a wild 37 years. The first time Boyd Polhamus was “paid” to announce a rodeo was in 1985, at 19 years of age. It was his hometown college rodeo in Uvalde, Texas. No one could have predicted the next three-and-a-half decades.
He would receive his Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) membership the following summer in 1986. By 1990, at the age of 25, he was selected to work his first National Finals Rodeo (NFR). In the next 30 years, he would be on the announcer podium at the NFR 26 times. Plus, he served a year as Production Manager of the NFR and General Manager of Production of the same event. “Very Blessed,” said Polhamus when asked to describe his career. He points to his 28 years at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and his 27 years at the Snake River Stampede in Nampa, Idaho. He also points to his 23 years at the National Western in Denver, the Dodge City Round-Up in Kansas, and his 22 years in San Angelo, Texas.
Those are rodeos he’s worked for over two decades, but Polhamus points out that almost all of his schedule includes rodeos he’s been announcing for at least ten years or more. “Yes, being hired back is the greatest compliment you can be paid; just hopeful each rodeo I announce is better than the year before,” said Polhamus. “I try to help them getter better as a production and a business enterprise,” he continued. “I don’t want only to be paid a fee for my service as an announcer; I want to help the venue in any way I can.”
The rodeo industry has noticed. He’s a three-time Women’s Professional Rodeo Association Announcer of the Year. He’s been the PRCA’s Announcer of the Year four times and received the Lane Frost Memorial Award for his dedication to the sport.
It’s a time-consuming occupation with plenty of travel and time away from home. Polhamus was asked at age 55 how much longer he would pursue his career. Polhamus said, “As long as God wants me to, I’m here because of Him, not because of me.”
Justin Rumford is making his way back to Fort Madison, Iowa, to perform for the Tri-State Rodeo! The 10x PRCA Clown of the Year is excited to be performing in front of rodeo fans for the 74th year of this special event, and he’s bringing laughter as always! Rumford started his rodeo career helping the family stock contracting business, Rumford Rodeo Company of Abbyville, Kansas. He then moved on to steer wrestling and riding saddle broncs in junior high through high school, taking him to a full-ride scholarship with Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva, Oklahoma. While competing for the college rodeo association, he received his PRCA card in 1998. He made four trips to the College National Finals in both events and graduated with his Bachelor’s Degree. He went on to have an excellent career steer wrestling in the PRCA, with many trips to the Prairie Circuit Finals. However, in 2010 Rumford knew it was time to move in a different direction. Rather than making his buddies laugh behind the chutes, he wanted to try his hand at making the audience laugh and add to the entertainment of the rodeos. He hung up his spurs and put on some baggies and clown paint, precisely what he has been doing ever since. He is now one of the most decorated entertainers in the history of the PRCA, winning the PRCA Clown of the Year a record-breaking ten times (2012-2021), Coors Man in the Can in 2013, 2015, and 2018, and working the prestigious National Finals Rodeo in 2014 before moving on to host his own NFR preview and live viewing show in Las Vegas. He has added co-host to his resume with a successful rodeo comedy podcast called “RumpChat” with his buddy Josh “Hambone” Hilton.
Rumford lives in Ponca City, Oklahoma, with his wife Ashley, and his 8-year-old triplets, Livi, Lola, and Bandy. “There is nothing more rewarding than being able to do what I love with my family right beside me,” he said, “I’m living my dream!”
One of the best bullfighters in the business, Dusty Tuckness hails from the small town of Meeteetse. He’s been fighting bulls and protecting cowboys in the arena for nearly 20+ years and is known for his skill, speed and grace. Dusty has been named ‘Bullfight of the Year’ for 10 consecutive years and has been one of three bullfighters selected to work the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo for the last 12 years.
Nathan Harp grew up in Tuttle, Oklahoma. Nathan wasn’t brought up in a rodeo family, but since he can remember, he has always had a love for rodeo. At the age of 16, he started to pursue his love for rodeo through bullfighting. After high school, he put all of his effort into his career and before long found success in the freestyle bullfights. In 2011, he won the Rex Dunn World Championship Freestyle Bullfights and is a 2x California Rodeo Salinas Bullfight Champion. Since joining the PRCA in 2012, he has worked some of the most prestigious rodeos and has been voted on four times to work the Ram Prairie Circuit Finals, the Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo in 2014 and the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in 2021.
In addition to some great rodeo personalities, massive concerts, and rodeo events - each year, the Tri-State Rodeo brings in specialty acts to help entertain the audience between acts.
These events change each year, so check back here!
Cowboy Kenny’s Steel Rodeo
“Cowboy” Kenny Bartram from Stillwater, Oklahoma, brings the best high-flying freestyle motocross action to rodeo audiences across the country!
Kenny Bartram is one of the most successful riders in FMX tour history. Throughout his career, he won 10 medals at the X Games and Gravity Games and 7 World Championships, including the Van’s Triple Crown and Dew Tours.
In addition to his professional riding success, Kenny has been featured on many television productions, including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, 60 Minutes, and Ty Murray’s Celebrity Bull Ride Challenge. He has also been featured in a number of music videos with country music stars such as Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Chris Cagle, and Bucky Covington.
At 42 years old, Bartram continues to fly more than 75 feet with incredible tricks and maneuvers in the air on his dirt bike at rodeos and other community events across the country.
Kenny will bring other top riders, including Anthony Murray from Canon City, Colorado, to maximize the high-flying action. Anthony is 29 years old and has been riding professionally for over 11 years. Anthony is an X Games competitor and Nitro Circus Live Tour athlete. He has also been featured in country music videos, including Florida Georgia Line’s “This is How We Roll.”