Rodeo de Santa Fe
Get ready for the 66th Rodeo de Santa Fe coming to town June 24 through the 27! This year we are bringing in Slim Garner with some of the best rodeo entertainment you will ever see. Sure to please everyone. You won’t want to miss a second of the rodeo action. Slim along with our Bull fighters Luke Kraut and Clifford Maxwell will bring even more excitement during each performance. Get ready for the heart-pounding, dirt-slinging, action-packed performances of top PRCA rodeo athletes and top PRCA rodeo entertainment. Big time rodeo, with a small town feeling.
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 500 contestants, including World Champion cowboys Taos Muncy, Trevor Brazile and JW Harris – a roster we can expect to see again this year with more up and coming champions.
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, Rodeo de Santa Fe will kick off with its annual parade in beautiful downtown Santa Fe. 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.
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.
2015 Entertainer and Barrelman “Slim” Garner
Jeff “Slim” Garner grew up on the edge of the Flint Hills under the skies of Kansas. The cowboy world has been a way of life in his family for generations. He rode almost from the time he could walk, and it wasn’t long before he started breaking horses and accompanying his dad as he clowned and fought the bulls for rodeos. “It’s a life I love and I love to entertain the rodeo crowds,” says Garner. He has been clowning rodeo’s for the last 15 years. In 2000 he earned his PRCA card and has been from Wisconsin to Arizona and most points in between. Slim Garner carries a variety of original comedy acts that keep the crowds laughing and wanting more.
In the past, Slim has been contract act of the year in the ACRA, once in the TCRA and once in the MRCA, and is now focusing on PRCA events. Rodeo de Santa Fe welcomes “Slim” Garner to the 2015 rodeo.
Professional Rodeo Announcer, Dan Fowlie
Born in Arizona, Dan Fowlie knew he had an immediate love for rodeo when his mother took him to the 1968 Phoenix Jaycee’s Rodeo. It wasn’t until his college years he got the opportunity to compete in rodeo as an Eastern Arizona College rodeo contestant while studying Ag Marketing. He competed and won money in 4 out of 6 of rodeo’s toughest events. Dan has been hugely attracted to the grandeur of rodeo. Like the small child he was when he saw his first rodeo, the sport of rodeo makes him feel young at heart.
Dan began announcing at rodeo’s to subsidize his fees as a contestant. Although he still competes in the team roping at an amateur level. An injury in the steer wrestling in 1998 allowed him to refocus his rodeo efforts and channel his talent to the announcer stand. Although the demands of rodeo keep Dan on the road a lot. He really enjoys the time he gets to spend in the West Valley of Phoenix raising a family with his wife of 23 years, Annette, who also enjoys the sport of rodeo and still competes in barrel racing today. They have four wonderful children, C.J., Savannah, Macie and Sterling, all of whom compete and have won several saddles, buckles and various awards for their efforts. When not rodeo-ing, it takes the whole family to help in raising horned Corriente cattle for use in the rodeo industry.
Dan is one of less than 150 announcers nationwide with the Professional Rodeo Cowboy’s Association (PRCA). The sport of rodeo continues to keep Dan young. He believes “being involved in rodeo has provided me the opportunity to do what I love. It’s the people that make a difference – and rodeo has the best.”
Rodeo de Santa Fe is pleased to welcome Dan back for another great year!
Luke Kraut, PRCA Bull Fighter | Specializing in Cowboy Protection
Migrating from a ranch in Australia in 1995, I have become self-employed as a farrier (horse shoer) in the greater Phoenix area, servicing over 300 horses. I have held memberships with the International Professional Rodeo Association, the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and the Professional Bull Riders as a bull rider. With my talents of bull riding I have produced a couple of bull riding events, a couple of bull riding school, instructed 3 Sankey Rodeo Schools and entered over 3,000 rodeos from California to Florida. But my passion is to provide the highest quality of cowboy protection. I have taught my bull fighting skills along side some of the best bull riders around such as Cody Custer, Gary Leffew, Cody Hart, Beau Lindley and Lyle Sankey. I have fought bulls all over the Southwestern United States and in Australia, everything from jackpot bull ridings and amateur rodeos to PRCA and IPRA rodeos and even some PBR events.
Over the last couple of years my wife Gina and I along with our three boys, Lane, Cauy and Boyce, have acquired some bucking bulls and started a breeding program as well. We have sub-contracted for several contractors in the GCPRA, IPRA, PBR and other rodeos and bull ridings throughout the Southwest. Rodeo is not only a tradition, but also a lifestyle we hope to pass down to our children.
Clifford Maxwell, PRCA Bullfighter
Starting in the rodeo business as a bullrider, Clifford quickly found his talents were as a bull fighter, and so goes the exciting unfinished story of Clifford Maxwell. Since he has started his career, he has been seen at some prestigious events such as the Senior Pro National Finals, and the National Finals Rodeo bucking bull sale where he won the freestyle match, and the Turquoise Circuit Finals. Not only does he carry a Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association card, but he has had the privilege to showcase his talents at the Professional Bull Riders Association events. Maxwell takes the protection of the bull riders very seriously. That is why he is willing to lay his life on the line. Maxwell is married and together he and his wife Kim have two children, their daughter Kasey and son Trevon. Maxwell loves spending time with his family. He has many hobbies which include archery, fishing, hunting, playing softball and golf.
Maxwell’s accomplishments include: 1995 and 1996 Southwest Professional Rodeo Finals, 1997 National Finals Bucking Bull Sale Freestyle Champion, 1997 and 1998 Senior National Finals Rodeo, 1998 and 1999 Indian National Finals Rodeo and 1999 and 2003 Turquoise Circuit Finals.