Rodeo de Santa Fe
Get ready for the 64th Rodeo de Santa Fe coming to town June 19th through the 22nd! Saddle up for all the heart-pounding, mud-slinging, action-packed performances of a top PRCA rodeo with a hometown feel. The Rodeo de Santa Fe began in 1949 when Roy Butler, Austin “Slim” Green, Gene Petchesky, Paul Ragle, Paul Rutledge and few others had a dream and determination to organize a professional rodeo in Santa Fe, NM. This dream exceeded their ambitious expectations and today remains one of the top 60 PRCA Rodeos in the nation. Last year’s Rodeo de Santa Fe drew over 540 contestants, including World Champion cowboys Taos Muncy, Trevor Brazile and JW Harris – a roster we can expect to see grow this year.
Rodeo de Santa Fe is fun for the entire family, with many events for the little ones! The Mutton Bustin’ and youth barrel racers continue to be a crowd favorite of young and old alike! Not to mention the carnival midway, concessions, vendors and a beer garden.
In true rodeo fashion, the 64th Rodeo de Santa Fe will kick off with its annual parade in beautiful downtown Santa Fe on June 15th. Be sure to grab the kids and some lawn chairs and join the local community for a fun and exciting morning. Please visit the “Parade” tab for more information.
Barrelman Clinton “Wolfey” Selvester
This year our Barrelman is Clinton “Wolfey” Selvester.
Red Bluff’s own, Clint Selvester is certainly no stranger to the world of rodeo. You may think he is just another young, fresh, good looking face in the sport, and you would be absolutely correct. However, to truly understand what makes Clint one of the biggest fans of rodeo, you should know a little about his past.
Selvester started at thirteen years old, feeding the retired rodeo legend, Red Rock, at the Growney Ranch. At fifteen, he hit the rodeo trail, spending summers working for the Growney Brothers Rodeo Company. Filling the roll of the “prankster” on the feed crew, his uncle Don Kish had a proposition for him. The idea was to create a rodeo mascot to entertain as well as interact with the fans. Not sure what that might look like, Don gave Clint a month to do so and a debut job for the mascot. With the help of his high school art teacher and a supportive mom, the seven foot brahma bull mascot was born. During the mascot’s first performance, the fans named him Wolfey, after Wolfman, the only bull in rodeo history to have ever been ridden to a perfect score. Soon after, Wolfey became the first recognized mascot of the PRCA. With his physical humor and crowd interaction, Wolfey created a large fan base across the west coast, performing at rodeos such as: St. Paul, Red Bluff, Clovis, California Rodeo Salinas and The Pendleton Round-Up.read on...
In order to fulfill the promise of higher education, Selvester hung up the hot and sweaty suit. He earned his degree in multimedia design in 2002. Glad to have his back-up career out of the way, it was on to the dream! While gaining experience as a barrelman, Clint was proposed another unique opportunity. Chuck Lopeman, one of the premier sound companies in rodeo, offered him a job running sound. Since 2004, Selvester has set up sound systems and mixed music across the country at many PRCA rodeos, motorsports shows, and PBR events. Gaining experience in sound systems has helped Clint become an overall asset to rodeos everywhere.
Very early on in Clint’s new-found career as a barrelman, he jumped at the opportunity of a lifetime. Selvester was asked to fill in for Flint Rasmussen at several Built Ford Tough PBR events including the Georgia Dome, in Atlanta, GA. This amazing experience lit a fire for Clint to work hard at becoming one of the top clowns in rodeo. Since then Selvester has worked the California Circuit Finals, the Rolex World Cup, and even opened for the World Champion San Francisco Giants. Knowing no limits, Selvester has also driven right into the motorsports world by becoming the premiere entertainer “Sprocket” for the Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam. Who was recently honored to work the 2013 Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam World Finals XIV in Las Vegas, NV.
While entertaining the fans is a huge part of Clint’s job, he also takes pride in remaining a true barrelman. Helping both rider and the bullfighters by providing a small island of protection in the middle of the arena, Clint is always willing to take a hit in the barrel to help a friend and excite the crowd. With all of his wild antics and wittiness that won’t stop, the only thing to wonder is …what could possibly be next?
Harry Vold Rodeo Company
Harry Vold was born in 1924 on a ranch just outside of Ponoka, Alberta, Canada. Eighty-eight years later, he is still running one of the largest stock contracting companies in North America. The Harry Vold Rodeo Company, based in southern Colorado, produces rodeos in seven states annually and also provides bucking stock for over 100 rodeo performances each year, including the Rodeo de Santa Fe. Known as “Duke of the Chutes”, Vold has raised some of the most acclaimed animals known to the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association.
Harry Vold Rodeo Company has been the stock contractor for the Rodeo de Santa Fe for going on 44 consecutive years. We are pleased to welcome back his world-class livestock under the direction of his youngest daughter Kirsten, who has since taken over the reins of the program.
Please visit harryvoldrodeo.com to read more about this cowboy’s amazing rodeo contributions and achievements.