Randy Corley, Announcer
Quirt Hunt, Bullfighter
Zach Call, Bullfighter
Beutler and Son Rodeo Co., Stock Contractor
Mark Swingler, Rodeo Clown
RANDY CORLEY - ANNOUNCER
BEUTLER AND SON RODEO CO. - STOCK CONTRACTOR
MARK SWINGLER- RODEO CLOWN
Coming to North Platte is like coming home for rodeo announcer Randy Corley.
Bennie and Rhett Beutler have been providing the bucking horses and bulls for the Buffalo Bill Rodeo since Bennie was a "young'un" and before Rhett was born. Since 1948, Beutler semis, pickups and trailers, along with members of the family, have made the trek from Elk City, Okla. to North Platte for the rodeo. North Platte is one of more than 25 stops the Beutlers make each year, taking their award winning bucking horses and bulls to pro and college rodeos and Pro Bull Riders events across the nation. Beutler Bros. Rodeo got its start in 1929; now the sixth generation of Beutlers can be found in rodeo arenas across the country. Rhett and Tracy Beutler's kids, daughter Taylor and son Jake, carry the American flag during the grand entry and clear the arena of steers and calves. Beutler and Son Rodeo's saddle bronc 830 Wound Up won the Saddle Bronc Horse of the Year in the PRCA last year. The Beutlers won the PRCA Stock Contractor of the Year award in 1997, and Bennie was inducted into the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame in 2010. His uncle Lynn Beutler was inducted in 1979.
Mark Swingler returns after a six-year hiatus to provide the comedy at the Buffalo Bill Rodeo. The Texas rodeo clown has a new act, a fire truck act involving a refurbished 1964 Volkswagon bus that serves as his fire truck. Dressed in firefighter's gear, he answers a "fire call" in the arena, driving the bus in and generally joking around as he "puts out" the fire. It's the fourth time Swingler has come to the North Platte rodeo, and he loves to return. Small town rodeos hold a special appeal to him. "There is more community involvement," he said. "You pull into town and everybody knows the rodeo is going on. (The rodeo) doesn't have to have a musical star to sell it." He began his rodeo career as a bull rider, first in high school then in college. While in the practice pen with his bull riding buddies, they took turns as bullfighter. The art of bullfighting grew on him; he never intended to be one. But when he began his bullfighting career, the rodeo clown role came with it. In 1993, he got his PRCA card and he's been clowning ever since.
He grew up in Wyoming but moved to North Platte in 1979 after graduating from broadcast school. He worked in radio at KODY-AM and KX104, and North Platte is where he began his rodeo announcing career and where he met his wife, Michelle Barrett Corley. Corley began announcing the nightly rodeo in North Platte in 1979 and took his place alongside his father- in-law Hadley Barrett at the Buffalo Bill Rodeo in 1980. Hadley, who passed away in 2017, had announced the rodeo since 1964. He loves making the trip from his and Michelle's home in Silverdale, Wash. to North Platte. "It's home," he said. "Those two words pretty well say it all. Michelle grew up here, I moved here in 1979, and Michelle and I lived here for 21 years. It's home and I just love coming here." He has announced the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo seventeen times, has won the PRCA's Announcer of the Year award twelve times, and last year, was inducted into the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame.
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