2019 Funny Man

Lecile Harris

Lecile Harris got his start in rodeo as a bull rider and then a fill-in bullfighter while still in high school and developed into one of the sport’s most respected funnymen over a career that has spanned more than half a century. Called the “Dean of Rodeo Clowns/Bullfighters,” he was PRCA Clown of the Year in 1992, 1994, 1995 and 1996.

At his peak, Harris performed at more than 100 rodeos each year, his timing, inventiveness and classic style the envy of his contemporaries. He became well known for his signature end to a performance — as The Original Bulldancer — in which he would dance with a bull from the bucking stock.

Lecile’s style is influenced by the work of several comedians he grew up admiring, including Emmett Kelly, Red Skelton, W.C. Fields and Laurel and Hardy. The painted face he uses in his act has been part of his persona since 1955 when he was asked to serve as an emergency replacement at Sardis, Miss., and used shoe polish and lipstick from the local drug store to prepare.

The multi-talented Harris was a football player at the University of Tennessee-Martin, a session drummer in the Memphis are during the 1950s and early ‘60s and has done some performing on television and in films. He spent five years on the TV series Hee Haw and appeared in the films Walking Tall: The Final ChapterThe Last Days of Frank and Jesse James and W.W. and the Dixie Dance Kings.

Born November 6, 1936 in Lake Cormorant, Mississippi

 

2019 Rodeo Stock Contractor

Hi Lo 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.

2019 Rodeo Photographer

Carrie Dodson

Carrie is an official PRCA Rodeo Photographer. She has photographed rodeos such as, Fort Worth Stockyards Rodeo,  World Championship Rodeo,  and the American Rodeo. You can visit her website to view her rodeo photographs at https://notjusthorses.pixieset.com/.