Spectators glimpse only mere seconds of the wild and thrilling saga of cowboy versus beast. This dance of dazzling, rough, and often scary entertainment occurs in a flash of pure adrenaline and is over in a brief eight seconds…or sooner. As everyone waits for the results wondering just who won, cowboy or beast, the stock contractors already know–the audience won.

Growing up around rodeo and livestock all his life, rodeo has always been a natural fit. At the very young age of 3, Matt started roping and always knew his life would be rodeo. Fighting Bulls walked him into what God’s true calling for him would be… being a rodeo clown. With his quick wit and passion for making people smile and laugh, he has become someone to watch both in and out of the arena. As a clown and barrelman, he is a great man with a great attitude and high standards for himself and his family. Matt strives to be a great role model for any age. Matt, his wife Stacie and their son Bransen have made their mark as a young family with a long future ahead of them in pro rodeo and are a great asset to the rodeo industry.
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The world of professional rodeo isn’t an easy one. It’s a full-time commitment requiring personal sacrifice and a dedication to preparation. I began to form my incredible work ethic at a young age, working beside my father in the automobile business.  The best advice he ever gave me was to "Never quit, always work until the work is done, no excuses, own your own successes and failures.  Learn and share!  If you do that you'll always come out on top".

Those ideals have allowed me many blessings.  I've been honored to work with many of the most respected folks in the rodeo and entertainment field.  I've traveled all over the country, worked shows both big and small.  I love what I do and expect to go on doing it for a long time.
Western Rodeo is ran by Drew Blessinger, a fifth generation Idaho rancher who considers his animals family. He can look at a bull or bronc and know how they perform. He works to establish the animal’s patterns to make them better for the riders, and knows what stock is going to be a good match for the caliber of riders. High school rodeos may not get the same stock the pros do, because Blessinger really wants every cowboy to feel like they got a good ride. If he has to, he will even lease stock from other contractors to make sure that happens. That’s the whole idea of putting on a rodeo as good as the Eagle Rodeo – having great stock. Often you’ll see LaCrone and Blessinger riding pickup in the arena. By far one of the hardest jobs in rodeo, their night starts with the first bronc out of the chute, and the last bull escorted out of the arena. Known as rodeo’s Ghost Riders, they are rescuers of stock riders, the wranglers of impetuous calves, and chaperones to reluctant, one-ton bulls needing encouragement in leaving the arena. If they are doing their job well, you’ll hardly notice them, but the riders know they are there. The skill and experience of a good pickup man can mean the difference between life and death for a stock rider. Blessinger brings to Eagle Rodeo the best of the best. Tonight you will see stock that has won Bull of the Year three years in a row, broncs that have been in the Bronc Finals year after year, and a team of bullfighters and pickup men at the top of their game. He continually looks for the best, so that cowboys get a quality ride, and ticket buyers enjoy a great show.
People like Kevin Hensen who owns Rodeo Fever in Caldwell, Idaho make it fun for the kids and give them an opportunity to experience the western way from an early age. Hensen brings in the calves and steers for the kids events, and spends a great deal of his personal time teaching 7-14 year olds the art of bucking steers and horses. Who knows, the kids riding today may be the PRCA and PBR stars of tomorrow thanks to Hensen. Rodeo Fever FaceBook

Kelly Orr, a professional stock dog trainer, brings in his herd of wooly sheep for the little tots to ride. Wide eyed and eager to win a buckle, their little hands grab ahold of as much rug as they can while holding on for dear life. It’s not as easy as you’d think, but at least it’s close to the ground.