Rodeo de Santa Fe
Get ready for the 70th Rodeo de Santa Fe coming to town June 19 through the 22, 2019!
COMING THIS YEAR – ROYALTY REUNION! More details to come.
Bull fighters Luke Kraut and Clifford Maxwell will bring 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
nearly 500 contestants, including many World Champion Cowboys and Cowgirls. – 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 beer and wine available in all seating areas.
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.
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 homed 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!
Welcoming this year to Rodeo de Santa Fe
2018 Top 5 Dress Act Of The Year, Haley Ganzel is 24 years old, from Collinsville, OK. She began trick riding at the age of 4 after begging her uncle, NFR Contract Act Shawn Brackett, to teach her the trade. A passion for trick riding and the performing lifestyle developed at a young age for Haley when she had the opportunity to travel with the Great American Wild West Show to some of the greatest rodeo venues in the country. She was blessed with the opportunity to work with legendary trick riders at a young age, where she was able to learn and hone her craft. Haley was crowned the 2007 World Champion Trick Rider, competed in the 2016 North American Trick Riding Championships in Las Vegas, and played a role and performed stunt work in the films Cowgirls and Angels, and Cowgirls and Angels 2: Dakota’s Summer. Haley not only trick rides, but also roman rides and works her dancing horse “Crazy Cloud”, where she is proud to display her Cherokee heritage. Haley is always expanding her talents, and constantly keeps the crowd at the edge of their seats. She would like to thank the Cherokee Nation and Cherokee Businesses for their sponsorship and continual support.
Luke Kraut, PRCA Bull Fighter | Specializing in Cowboy Protection
Migrating from a ranch in Australia in 1995, 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 alongside 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. Their middle son Cauy was just recently awarded Arizona High School Bullfighter of the year. Luke, now is a real estate specialist for the RD Bradshaw Group in Arizona in his spare time.
Clifford Maxwell, PRCA Bull Fighter | Specializing in Cowboy Protection
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. He lays his life on the line every day as a Firefighter/Paramedic for Timber Mesa Fire and Medical. 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. 1999, 2003, 2012-2017 Turquoise Circuit Finals. 2016 Ram National Finals, 2016 and 2017 High School National Finals.
Justin Rumford, PRCA Barrelman | Specializing in Cowboy Protection
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. After his knee healed, he helped with the Cody (Wyo.) Night Rodeo for three seasons, then began as a livestock truck driver for North Platte’s stock contractor, Bennie Beutler of Beutler and Son Rodeo. 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 a good check And I thought, why the heck am I working so hard for not much 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, 2014,2015,2016, 2017 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.”
This year Rodeo de Santa Fe will again be hosting an Exceptional Kids Rodeo.
Open to children with physical and mental exceptionalities, this third annual event is a fun way for children to experience the cowboy way of life first hand. Participants enjoy a variety of simulated rodeo events including riding a “bucking barrel”, roping hay bales, stick horse races, and much more! Bring the family and enjoy the festivities.
The 2019 Exceptional Kids’ Rodeo will take place on Saturday, June 22 from 10am to 2pm. Registration begins at 9am. The Exceptional Rodeo will be held at the Roy Butler Memorial Arena at Rodeo de Santa Fe Grounds. During the Exceptional’ Rodeo performance, all of the children are assisted (as needed) into the rodeo arena by volunteers of the Rodeo de Santa Fe. While the Exceptional Kids’ Rodeo is put on by Rodeo de Santa Fe and its many volunteers, it requires the generosity of the community to make it a total success. If you’d like to cheer on the Exceptional Kids’ Rodeo participants, or help sponsor this event please contact us.