Spooner Rodeo Entertainment-2021
RODEO ANNOUNCER: KELLY KENNEY
Kelly Kenney was born in 1975 and raised in a small town in southwest Missouri with hard working, loving parents and two older brothers. Kenney credits his parents for allowing his dreams of becoming a cowboy to come true. He says, “Just now I realize how many sacrifices my family made to haul me to all of those high school rodeos. (We were) Living off of very little, but I never knew it, I felt I was the richest kid in the world.”
At an early age he learned to ride a stubborn little sorrel pony, and it wasn’t long before that experience developed into a love of rodeo. In high school, he learned how to rope and bulldog, and how to play guitar. He went to college on a rodeo scholarship. Soon officiating high school and college baseball and basketball, rodeoing, picking and singing consumed his life, leaving him with very little time for anything else. Then accidentally, in 1996. at a rodeo in his home town, the announcer didn’t show. Kenney reluctantly agreed to help. That night in November of ’96, he was “bitten by the entertainment bug,” as he puts it.
The next four years of Kenney’s life were jammed packed with excitement. He was announcing rodeos and competing hard all summer, officiating college baseball in the springtime, calling basketball games all winter and filling any otherwise vacant time slots with singing gigs. It didn’t take long for Kelly Kenney to realize his life was being consumed with work and travel, leaving little time for the things he loved at home - his family, hunting, fishing, and ranching.
In 2000 he became the head rodeo coaching position at Missouri Valley College in Marshall, MO. The next year Kenney was encouraged by his peers, students and family to pursue a career in the field that he had originally started years earlier, announcing rodeos. Kenney turned pro in 2001, resigned from the college in good standing, hung up his officiating uniforms and has never looked back.
Now Kenney announces PRCA Rodeos full time working approximately 30-40 events each year, traveling from Georgia to California and Texas to Montana. Last year he announced three Wisconsin rodeos, Spooner, Madison and Merrill. Despite his busy schedule all around the United States, last year, for example Kenney was able to fit in a fishing vacation in May and a hunting trip in November.
With a cow/calf operation at home, Kenney’s life remains full of responsibilities. Kenney says, “Now when rodeo season slows down in the fall, I get a chance to go hunting, pick with the band and auctioneer some sales. Most importantly, I get to truly enjoy my family.”
To find out more about Kelly Kenney, visit his website: http://www.kellykenney.com/index.html
ENTERTAINMENT: BOBBY KERR MUSTANG ACT
Bobby Kerr and his unique team of American Mustangs have inspired audiences around the nation with their incredible display of courage and trust. Bobby presents his American Mustangs to a physical audience of over 200,000 annually and several million video views. He gains standing applause at various events including PRCA Rodeos, elite horse shows and private events. Witness relationships that have formed between Bobby and his wild Mustangs which once roamed the desert landscape and be inspired by the partnerships that were once thought impossible. Bobby uses multiple horses, dogs and various props to demonstrate the horses athleticism and trust.
Bobby is also an avid poet and enthralls his audience with his true-to-life poems about his horses and the western heritage that he loves. Bobby has been a competitor at various Mustang Makeover competitions and is continually striving to expand his team of American Mustangs, while inspiring fans and preserving America's history. Bobby was a cast member on Mustang Millionaire, which aired on NatGeo Wild, and was a guest on Good Morning America promoting the series. He has been featured in Western Horseman Magazine and has contributed to several articles and is often interviewed on radio and horsemanship podcasts.
RODEO CLOWN: DUSTY MYERS
COUNTRY MUSIC: DROP TAILGATE
Drop Tailgate performs the best high energy country, rock and pop music that will have you dancing and singing along to your favorite hits from the beginning to the last encore of their show! Drop Tailgate performs songs strikingly close to the original artists but give it a little boost to keep the party rockin'! Along with performing at countless Fair and Town Festivals and street dances, Drop Tailgate has shared the stage with dozens of national acts at many major music festivals to include Moondance Jammin Country Fest, Winstock and Country Fest to name a few! If you want a fun band with an awesome song list of hits, you come to the right place! Drop Tailgate’s show will give you a night to remember! You will have a blast at their show!!
Check them out at: https://www.droptailgateband.com/