Bullfighter – Weston Rutkowski
Date of Birth: May 10, 1989
Hometown: Haskell, Texas
Affiliation: PRCA, PBR
Sponsors: MPR Hunts, Catalena Hatters, American Born Moonshine, Prohet Muskwa Outfitters, Bullfighters Only
– 2013 NFR Bucking Stock Sale Champion
– 2013 World Champion Freestyle Bullfighter
– 2014 Bulls of the West Freestyle Champion
– 2013 Revenge of The Bulls Champion – Ardmore, OK
– 2015 National Western Bullfight Champion – Denver, CO
– 2015 Rodeo Austin Bullfighter
Weston Rutkowski is a 3rd generation Rodeo Cowboy hailing from Haskell, TX where he grew up watching his uncles compete as Professional Saddle Bronc Riders. They were his heroes and from that point on he wanted to grow up to be just like them. Weston’s fascination with bulls led him to try bull riding in college, but he never felt up to par. When Weston’s friend Clint Hopping asked him to protect him in practice, Weston went for it. What happened next he said, “just felt natural”.
Weston’s hard work and dedication led him to win the title of 2013 World Champion Freestyle Bullfighter, but it’s just the beginning for him. Weston credits his commitment to working out every day and stay physically fit that allows him to get around bulls the way he does. Weston says bullfighting is a mental challenge. “You’ve gotta be strong enough mentally to overcome your fear of what could happen and get out there and just do your job.”
Bullfighter – Evan Allard
Evan Allard grew up in Vinita, Oklahoma and wanted to be a bullfighter for as long as he can remember. As a young boy he was fascinated with the Rodeo Clowns in and outside the arena. Originally, the rodeo clown was a single job combining “bullfighting”—the protection of riders thrown from the bull, as well as being an individual who provided comic relief. As a young boy Evan aspired to be like Gizmo McGracken, a Rodeo Clown, who at 22 years old, became a member of the PRCA and has been entertaining crowds for over 38 years. Evan still considers Gizmo one of the funniest clowns around. The more time Evan spent around rodeo, the more he learned the difference between clowning and fighting bulls. It was Cory Wall, 2009 PRCA bullfighter of the year, that got Evan his first start, and to this day he considers Cory one of the best bullfighters out there.
Evan recalls his first professional bullfight in 2007, when he was 18 years old, “My first bullfight on a professional level was at the bullfights in Ada, Oklahoma. They were all the famous Coyote Hills fighting bulls of Rex Dunn and I got in as an alternate at the last minute.” Since then, Evan has gone to the spring and fall world finals bullfights a total of 13 times. He has had 11 short round appearances. Of those 11 short rounds he has won 4 championships, 5 runner-up finishes, and one 3rd. He has also won Salinas twice (2010 & 2013) and won the World in 2010.
Many would say that at 25 years old, this list alone is quite an accomplishment. But, he has not only dedicated himself to the sport inside the arena, but outside as well. Evan Allard started Hookin A Ranch, where he raises pure Spanish fighting bulls providing them for rodeos and bullfighting events. It is truly his love for the bull, and his passion for the sport that has him dedicating all his time and energy into it. He bought his first two Mexican fighting bulls at the mere age of 20. Aside from all his wins in the arena, his proudest moment to this day was standing on the yellow bucking chutes at the NFR and watching his bull fight Greg Ruhmor in 2009 and Mike Matt in 2010.
Evan’s advice to anyone new to the sport is to never give up and learn from every bull. His goal for 2014 is to win another World Championship. Aside from living a life consumed by bullfighting and raising fighting bulls, Evan finds time for Ping Pong. He says that he is a “Ping Pong fanatic!”
Rodeo Announcer – Travis Schauda
Travis has announced events in 14 states. Some events include, Oregon Trail PRCA Rodeo in Hastings NE, Days of 56 Rodeo in Ponca NE, Casey Tibbs Memorial Extreme Broncs in Ft. Pierre SD, Beef Empire Days in Garden City KS, Wahoo Saddle Club PRCA Rodeo, Sioux Empire Days in Sioux Falls SD. Other events in Glenwood City WI, Marshall MN, Cherokee IA, Aberdeen SD, Steamboat Springs CO, Extreme Broncs in Herried SD, PCB finals in Chicago IL. His mentor in the early years was Hadley Barrett; Hadley was the announcer at NBR for several years.
Travis and his wife Amy have three children, Lindsay, Jace and Ashlyn. They live inBroken Bow NE.
Fun fact: Travis’s grandpa, Tommy Loughran, won the JR steer riding in 1929 at Nebraska’s Big Rodeo when he was 12 years old.
“Being from Nebraska and raised in the shadows of this great rodeo it has always been a dream of mine to announce this legendary rodeo. Burwell is special and different from all the 600 plus rodeos in the PRCA. It has been neat to watch this past century of growth for this great rodeo and I look forward to helping it grow to an even more legendary status! I can’t wait to see you all in Burwell.”
Rockin’ Robbie Hodges—Barrelman
Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (WNFR) Barrelman: 2010
PRCA Clown of the Year Nominee: 2006, 2008, 2010
Coors Man in the Can Nominee: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
PRCA Comedy Act of the Year Nominee: 2008, 2010, 2011
PRCA Freestyle Bullfights Barrelman of the Year: 2017, 2018
Alternate WNFR Barrelman: 2011
Ram Southeast Circuit Finals Rodeo Barrel Man
Ram Great Lakes Circuit Finals Rodeo Barrelman
Bull Fighters Only Bull Fights Finals, Las Vegas: 2015
PBR Bull Fighting Barrelman: 2016