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Announcer Marty Campbell

Marty Campbell started his career in rodeo like many others in the sport. Riding calves and steers as a youngster naturally turned into riding bigger critters as a teen. He began riding bucking horses early in high school. He qualified for the National High School Finals three years in a row, winning the state championship in Oregon in the saddle bronc riding his junior year. Following high school, he attended both Blue Mountain Community College and Walla Walla Community College on rodeo scholarships, qualifying for the College National Finals Rodeo twice. During that time Campbell purchased his PRCA permit and began to win money as a professional. That, however, proved to be short-lived.

At the PRCA rodeo in Vancouver, Washington, Campbell bucked off a saddle bronc horse and landed directly on his head. Campbell’s neck was both broken and dislocated, an injury that not only required extensive surgery but also ended his career. Fortunately, Campbell had been elected as the student director for the Northwest Region of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association, and that opened doors for him to learn the business side of the sport. He worked closely with NIRA Commissioner Tim Corfield and NFR General Manager Shawn Davis in producing the CNFR, and after his second year on the board, Shawn Davis offered him a job. That stint allowed Campbell to not only work as a production secretary at the National Finals Rodeo, but it also allowed him to produce rodeos as far away as Alaska and learn a great deal about production. Campbell would eventually serve as the Openings Production Manager at the CNFR for ten years. In addition, he worked as on-air talent for the ESPN broadcast of the CNFR.

Campbell also began announcing a few rodeos to fill in the time. It wasn’t all it was cracked up to be. “I was up there in the booth, and all of my buddies and my wife (a breakaway roper, herself) were down there on the ground. I felt like I should be down there, too.” After a few years of announcing, Campbell decided to throw in the towel. That, however, was not to last. “I realized I had always really wanted to do something in and for rodeo; I knew I had the speaking ability, the production experience, and the knowledge, so Mandi (Campbell’s wife) and I had a heart to heart talk.” Mandi told him that it had been 14 years since he’d been on a bucking horse, so it was probably okay to become a rodeo announcer. He has announced the Northwest Intercollegiate Rodeo Finals, the Oregon High School Rodeo Association State Finals, and the North American Stock Saddle Bronc Championship, College National Finals Rodeo, Crooked River Roundup and Elgin Stampede. He did television interviews for Las Vegas events during the 2012 and 2013 WNFR and announced the WNFR benny Binion Bucking Stock Sale twice. In addition, his broadcasting skills have been called to work at the Xtreme Bulls Finale and at the Pendleton Round-Up. Add to that a little bit of steer roping throughout the Columbia River Circuit, and his schedule is full. “It seems to just be rolling right along,” says Campbell. “This is my way of giving back to the sport that has given so much to me.”

Barrelman, Randee Munns

You’ll enjoy the unique comedy acts Randee Munns brings to the Elgin Stampede— along with his expertise as a rodeo clown, barrelman and funnyman. For over a quarter of a century Randee has been clowning around at rodeos! His love for rodeos has been shared with fans from Minnesota to Hawaii and from Washington to Arizona! When not in the arena, Randee teaches welding at Bridgerland Applied Technology Center in Logan, Utah, is a brand inspector for the State of Utah, and breaks and trains horses and mules at his home in Garland, Utah, in addition to such activities as: “Showing up to work on time, shoeing my wife’s barrel horse, chasing cows, building trailers, hunting, fishing, pack tripping into wilderness areas, faking antiques, verifying computers, programming robots, running governments, starting revolutions, fighting wars, experiencing whiskey, manure, nails and fly swatters!”

Bull Fighter, Sean Peterson

Sean Peterson grew up in Summerville and Elgin Oregon, where he spent his time hunting, fishing, and riding snowmobiles. At a young age he fell in love with the sport of rodeo, and it has been a major part of his life since. Enjoying team roping and bull riding, he got into bullfighting in 2010, and got his PRCA Card in 2015. Working closely with legendary bullfighter Donnie Griggs, he learned from the best, and is finally living his dream as a PRCA bullfighter in his hometown. He is a 2x Columbia River Circuit finals bullfighter.

Bull Fighter, Ryan Manning

Ryan grew up in Pendleton, Oregon. He got his PRCA card as a bullfighter in 2012 and has since worked professional rodeos and bull ridings all over the Pacific Northwest. Ryan is the son of retired NFR bullfighter Rowdy Barry. He and brother Miles both fight bulls in the PRCA, and attribute all their success to the teachings of their dad. Ryan still calls Pendleton home, where he and his wife Rebecca are raising their daughter Raylee. When they aren’t on the rodeo trail the Mannings love to be outside. They spend weekends at their family cabin in the mountains, swimming, playing sports, hiking, golfing, and just being active.

Bull Fighter, Matt Akers

Matt Akers is from Auburn Washington. He’s been fighting bulls since 2009 and holds cards in the Prowest Rodeo Association, Northwest Professional Rodeo Association and the PRCA. He’s been voted in to the Prowest finals 5 times and NPRA finals twice, and has been named bullfighter of the year for the Prowest 4 times. He met his wife and best friend the year he started fighting bulls and they have 2 beautiful kids, who keep them busy with Nerf gun fights, soccer in the house, laughing, joking, and competitive family bowling.

Stock, Flying 5 & Big Bend Rodeo Companies

For over 30 years, Don Hutsell and Sonny Riley have been partners, owning and operating two very successful Northwest rodeo stock contracting companies: Flying 5 Rodeo, Inc. and Big Bend Rodeo Co. They are members of the Columbia River Circuit - one of 12 PRCA circuits in the United States.

Those on the rodeo circuit know the main function of the stock contractor is to provide skilled and capable arena help; to insure the rodeo runs smoothly and safely; and to supply the rodeo with healthy, tenacious animals. “Our main goal is to raise livestock that challenge these contestants,” says Sonny Riley.

In order to continue to provide their award-winning stock, known through the industry for its “determined bucking ability,” Don and Sonny participate in the “Born to Buck” program, raising about 50 colts a year. The “Born to Buck” program is a breeding program that takes hereditary traits from great breeding stock and passes those traits along. Other family members have started a bull breeding program and are selling bull semen through Bucker, Inc. out of Fort Worth, Texas.

Even though much of the rodeo season ends near mid-September for many other stock contractors, Big Bend and Flying 5 are busy leasing stock for the San Francisco “Cow Palace” in October. Then in December, as they have done for the past 25 years, they are on their way to National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.

“When rodeo season hits, I figure we put in over 10,000 miles a year... up and down the highway setting up rodeos,” says Don Hutsell. “Every year, it’s great to get out there and see old friends ... but it’s even nicer to know that the riders want to draw our stock, because when they qualify, they’re sure to pick up a winner’s check.”

Sound, Bar G Pro Rodeo Sound (Brian Rapier)

Video Screen, Pro West Productions (Ryan Fery)

Veterinarian Services, Sage Veterinary

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