2017 Bull Fighters

Jason Gibbs

I’m a Christian, husband, and father I’ve been fighting bulls for 17 years and was blessed in 2010 to win the NFR Benny Binion Bucking Stock Sale protection match. Cowboy Protection has always been my thing getting to protect others and watch them live there dreams as I live my is a awesome reward. So thankful to get to travel all over on my motorcycle living my dreams. Without the support and motivation of my family it would not be possible I know I’m a blessed man.

Ace Lloyd

Within 3 seconds and 3 yards of the chute, Court Order, a bucking bull black as priest’s garments, tosses a rider into the soft dirt. The animal’s counterpart, professional bullfighter Ace Lloyd, dressed in all black, dashes forward and lays his right hand between the horns of the beast. Like a backwoods Pentecostal preacher exercising a demonic spirit, lined up eyeball to eyeball with an unthinking, primal force, Lloyd dances deftly to the left, drawing away the angry bull, allowing the fallen rider to scamper free of rear legs stomping the earth with jackhammer force.

“We’re there to protect the bull rider,” said Slidell native Lloyd. “When the rider comes off we use a lot of anticipation and cattle knowledge, what we call our savvy. We anticipate where he’s gonna come off, and we position ourselves to be between him and the bull. If he gets hung up we can jump in there and get him undone. We just basically throw ourselves in the way of danger so he can go on to the next rodeo.”

While bull riders garner fame, accolades and a collection of plate-sized belt buckles, bullfighters put their lives on the line again and again in a background role.

A bull rider only needs to hang on for 8 seconds, two times a night to make the short go round, but a bullfighter duels up to 60 bulls during a Professional Bull Riding (PBR) event.

“It’s a long, grueling job, but it’s fun,” Lloyd said. “I never was any good at riding bulls. Matter of fact, it scares me. Being an athlete I trust my legs more than I do the bulls legs. If they come at me, I know I can maneuver and cut around them.”

2017 Funny Man

Gizmo McCracken

Gizmo McCracken has been entertaining crowds across the Country for many  years. He became a member of the PRCA (Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association) in 1992 only 25 years ago. Since that time the list of accomplishments has grown beyond our belief. Working 14 PRCA Circuit Finals Rodeos, Dodge National Circuit Finals Rodeo, Cheyenne Frontier Days twice, Nominated “Coors Man in the Can” 3 times, Nominated “Clown of the Year” in ’16, Nominated for Comedy Act of the year 5 times and our biggest accomplishment being a feature act at the 2005 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. Gizmo takes pride in the fact that his humor is good, clean, family style comedy. Gizmo travels the country from Canada to Texas, from the East Coast to the West Coast logging thousands of miles a year through dozens of states. Gizmo started his career as bullfighter and moved into stand-up comedy on a show in Branson, MO. Gadgets and gizmos that went sour were often part of his routine, hence the name “Gizmo, The World’s Greatest Inventor.” ” A lot of Clowns and Specialty Acts ​sell themselves with a bucking car or a dancing horse.” said Gizmo “I supply a Character,” and that is just what Gizmo is. Many Characters will  find their way into your town and your arena. “I like to keep people looking for me and  wondering what I am going to do next.” said Gizmo. The acts share a high energy, clean , family oriented feel which adds a fresh new atmosphere to any rodeo he is a  part of. Gizmo is the Best Comedy Entertainer  that this sport has to offer. Regardless of whether you have  seen him before or this is your first experience I am confident tha you will leave laughing.

2017 Rodeo Announcer

Jared Slagle

Jared is one of professional rodeo’s rising-star announcers. His entertaining and exciting approach conveys a unique connection and creates a great experience for every crowd. Growing up in the cattle-filled plains of Nebraska, his love and passion for being a cowboy was cultivated at a young age. A former rodeo competitor, Slagle brings together his knowledge of rodeo and enthusiasm for entertaining to become a strong advocate for the western and cowboy lifestyle.

As a member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, Jared prides himself with the opportunity to tell the story, through the sport of rodeo, of how the American cowboy is one of our country’s greatest heroes. From Texas to Montana to California, Slagle’s voice is heard at rodeos throughout the country. He has been privileged to work with some of the top producers, clowns, and specialty acts in the world. His 2016 rodeo tour includes the Wichita Falls PRCA Rodeo in Wichita Falls, TX, the Woodlake Lions Club PRCA Rodeo in Woodlake, CA, the Raton PRCA Rodeo in Raton, NM, the Cheyenne Wells PRCA Rodeo in Cheyenne Wells, CO, and many other rodeos and bull riding events across the country. He works as a music director at other various PRCA rodeos as well.

When not on the rodeo road, Jared spends the balance of his time working with his cattle and horses in Custer County, Nebraska. He is very active in various rodeo marketing and promotion ventures and enjoys playing his guitar and singing.

2017 Rodeo Stock Contractor

Hi Low ProRodeo

Hi Lo ProRodeo was birthed in 2015 from the culmination of years of investment, dreaming, and a little bit of old fashioned destiny. In 1997 our proprietor, Van Flaherty, purchased a hand full of brood mares from legendary bucking horse breeders Jim and Maggie Zinzer. That set of mares started what is now considered the fastest growing rodeo production company in the professional ranks. We are often asked where the Hi Lo name originated. The answer is friendships. World-renowned author and artist Max Evans, Hi-Lo Country and Rounders, and Van became acquainted through a shared interest in the tradition of the American Cowboy. Van is committed to preserving the American Cowboy tradition through Hi Lo ProRodeo.