Specialty Acts

Justin Rumford
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The only difference between Justin Rumford and a stand-up comedian, is that he’s doing his job from the middle of a rodeo arena instead of a stage with a spotlight. Rumford, who lives in Ponca City, Okla., is a rodeo clown at events from coast to coast. His job during the rodeo is twofold. He provides the laughs and banters with the announcer. But during the bull riding his more dangerous job begins. Rumford is a barrelman: the cowboy who works the barrel, providing an oasis of safety for bullfighters and bull riders, in case an angry bull decides to chase them.

Rumford grew up in a rodeo family and competed in junior high, high school and college rodeo. He was a full time steer wrestler, but then blew out his knee.  While he recovered, he worked as an assistant rodeo coach at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford. He never considered being a full time rodeo clown, but after a few tries as clown, he changed his mind. “I worked the Pretty Prairie (Kan.) bull riding, and they gave me $1000. And I thought, why the heck am I working so hard for $800 a week when I can make more than that in a night? So I jumped ship for the clown life.”

And lucky for rodeo fans, Rumford is still clowning, and winning honors at it. In 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015 he’s been honored as the PRCA’s Clown of the Year. The award is voted on by his peers and rodeo committees, and Justin is humbled to get it. “I don’t know if I deserve it, but I’m fortunate to accept it. It’s unbelievable.” In September of 2013, he and his wife Ashley became the parents of triplets, daughters Livi and Lola, and a son, Bandy. “I have a 44 foot trailer,” he said, “and I can bring the whole family with me.”

Wisconsin FMX

WI-FMX has traveled all over the USA, Mexico, Canada, Central America and Europe.  The team has only been riding at rodeos for the last 4yrs but have been at some great rodeos….Sidney Iowa,  Mosas Lake WA, Omak WA, Clovis CA,  Helena MT, Dodge City Kansas and now HERE…

FMX FACTS:
-Takeoff ramp is 8ft tall and 6ft wide
-Landing ramp is 11ft tall and 16ft wide
-Ramps are set 70ft apart
-Riders will fly 30ft above the ground
-Carpet is for traction in the soft dirt
-All machines jump the ramp in 2nd gear