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Rodeo Entertainment

Michael Dwyer, Music

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Michael Dwyer, grew up on the rodeo trail with his father, rodeo announcer, Ted Dwyer. He has been involved with rodeos since the age of six, when he started muttin bustin and steer riding.

Since 2015 he has provided sound and music for various events including monster trucks shows and rodeos while working with some of the top entertainers in the sport of rodeo. He was selected as music director for the California Cowboys Pro Rodeo Association State Finals in 2017. Michael provides sound and music for about 30 rodeos, bullriding, monster trucks, destruction derby, and moto cross events each year around the western states.

Eddie Kutz, Rodeo Announcer

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Eddie Kutz, a life member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys' Association (PRCA) and over a 10-year touring veteran of the bull and bronc-riding circuit, has found a way to achieve his dream of induction into the Cowboy Hall of Fame. He's not going to rope or ride his way in, he's going to talk his way in ... because he not only has the insights that come from years of competition, he has the gift of gab.

It was during his touring the circuit years that Eddie found he had a quick wit and a way with one-liners. He was not all talk, though.

You don't stay on the touring circuit for 10 years "just by flapping your lips," Eddie says. He's proud of having been a competitor, and has the buckles to prove his ability - such as saddle bronc champ at the California Rodeo in Salinas.

Eddie has been announcing rodeos since 1981. He says he started "almost as a whim," but his career has advanced to the point that he logs more than 100 appearances a year at rodeos and monster truck rallies.

Eddie Kutz is a native of Hollister, California. He has spent many years on the PRCA circuit as a performer and announcer and is a Life Member of the PRCA and a member of the Screen Actors Guild. For further information, contact him at (805) 481-6889.

Ted Dwyer, Rodeo Announcer

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Right from the arena, across the United States, up and down back roads, side roads, dirt roads, to rodeos in one-horse towns to indoor shows.

From getting throwed down, knocked down, mauled around, and just plain hanging around!

With almost 39 years experience in the sport of rodeo, starting with riding rough stock including bareback, saddle bronc, and bull riding.

In 1974 Ted turned to the baggy pants and the football cleats as a rodeo clown and bullfighter working about 35 shows per year for about 10 years. While working as bullfighter in 1984 at a PRCA rodeo in Hill City Kansas, a bull from the Dorenkamp Rodeo Co. called “Zorro” also know as Frontier Airlines ended that career.

After that injury Ted worked on a few movies series, such as Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Little House on the Prairie, Father Murphy, Back to the Future III and The Shadow Riders.

Ted’s love for the sport kept him involved, working for the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association office in Colorado Springs, Colorado in the public relations dept. Then Ted moved back to California where he worked for Cotton Rosser’s Flying U Rodeo Co.

In 1987 Ted got started announcing rodeos and now is announcing about 50 performances per year, for various stock contractors and rodeo committees around the country. Also, about 20 Ice Hockey games per year as well.

Ice Hockey………..yep Ted’s son Michael who is 15 years old plays for the Fresno Jr. Monsters Hockey team, which, are the 2011 California Amateur Hockey Association (CAHA) State Champions and also the 2013 NorCal Champions.

Ted has been voted the International Pro Rodeo Associations “Western Region Announcer” of the year 8 times, and has been selected to be the announcer for the California Cowboys Pro Rodeo Association 4 times as well as the Pacific Collegiate Hockey Associations Adams Cup Playoffs & Finals.

Dwyer hopes his work as a rodeo announcer helps give rodeo-goers a feeling for the way the Wild West was, while also blending in an understanding of the difficulties of the modern day cowboy. Dwyer wants people to leave the stands seeing the Cowboy for what he is -- the hero of the rodeo.

Tuffy Gessling, Rodeo Performer

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Tuffy makes his return to San Benito County in 2019.

Tuffy grew up in a Northern Missouri town called Macon. He attended high school in Alanta, Missouri. He is the oldest brother of two sisters. He has six nieces and nephews. His dad past away two years ago and his mom lives close to him. Tuffy attended Missouri University and studied animal science. “I always wanted to be a cowboy and if I see someone without a smile then I want to give them mine,” states Tuffy. Tuffy starting riding bulls when he was 15 and one day the clown/bull fighter that was our rodeo clown quit and so Russ Aurther Rodeo Company hired him to be their rodeo clown.

Tuffy the Rodeo Clown job isn’t always to protect bull riders, in fact, this is only half his job. During the rodeos there are lulls and slow times. This is when a Tuffy uses his other talents. He keeps the crowd amused with his skits, jokes, and funny conversation with the announcer. He has comedic talent, energy, creativity, his cowboy roping skills and a sense of humor. Tuffy’s painted face brings smiles to those young and old. “When I put my clown face on, I am energized and ready for the show.”

Tuffy takes being a rodeo clown very seriously. He is one of the best hands around the arena that I have ever met. His mental prowess and physical strength make him successful at what he does. He says he had many influences growing up. “My grandfather and dad are my greatest influences. They taught to work hard, they taught me about animals, they taught me what to do, and not to do, about farming. They also to taught me to dream big and to do what you love. You can work your whole life at something you don’t love and fail…if you are doing what you love you never fail,” Tuffy says.