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Tuesday, March 26 2019
Ozark Empire PRCA Pro Rodeo Springfield, MO Growing an Unmatched Tradition

2019 is the 7th year that the Ozark Empire Fair has included a PRCA Rodeo to its stellar line up of activities. 
This rodeo has grown to be a favorite on many fronts of the rodeo community. Big Rafter Rodeo had made this event a spotlight of their season and enjoys every step to be a part of the grand event. Within the competitor ranks, numerous top end rodeo athletes set their schedule so they can be a part of all the fanfare and hype that go into this terrific two days of action.

The biggest portion of success to this event comes with the massive fan support. As has become a tradition the Friday night action was near sold out and Saturday evening was essentially standing room only.

The crowd was treated to two nights of amazing action, on night 1 Bareback riding saw Bryce Sifford and D9 Loretta team up for 70 points, in the Steer Wrestling Bob Loosenort and Chancey Larsen tied at 4.1 seconds. Team Roping was topped by Bob Loosenort and Kadin Boardman at 7.2 seconds, in Saddle Bronc Weston Pierschbacher set the pace with a 72.5 on 548 Gun Smoke. Bob Loosenort found himself again on the top of the leaderboard by going 9 seconds flat in Tie Down Roping while Ellie Owens was fastest in Barrel Racing. In Bull Riding, Coy Pollmeier set the pace for the evening with 80.5 on 520 Indigestin.

Night 2 did not fail to provide as much energy inside Corwin arena. The night win and the overall rodeo win in Bareback came when Tanner Phillips went 79 points on Vegas Confused. In Steer Wrestling Jake Johnson and his 4.3 took the top spot for the night and finished 3rd overall. The top team roping team was Bryce Crites and Jake Clay with a 5.2-second run which won the night and the rodeo. World Champion Bull Rider and Rough Stock cowboy Shane Proctor pulled an 80 point ride in Saddle Bronc on Gin N Tonic for the high marked ride of the evening which also awarded him the win for the event. In Tie Down Roping Luke Madsen tied night 1 winner Bob Loosenort at 9 flat, this awarded Luke the top time for the night and the tie for the win. In Barrel Racing Hollie Etbauer burned up the arena with a smoking 13.46 second run for the top time of the night and the rodeo win. In Bull Riding Fulton Rutland wowed the crowd with an impressive 84 point ride on Blue Moon.

Two nights of rodeo, two great crowds, some impressive names of rodeo competitors and some of the rankest stock in the industry. This is a recipe for great rodeo success. The Big Rafter team enjoyed the 2019 Ozark Empire PRCA Pro Rodeo and is already looking forward to 2020!

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Tuesday, March 19 2019
Polar Bluff Becomes a Proving Ground

The Big Rafter Rodeo Team rolled into Poplar Bluff, Missouri, this past weekend, with an amazing lineup of bull riding and music entertainment by great artists like Stoney Larue and Chancey Williams and The Younger Brothers Band, making this event destined for success and allowing our crew to experience their first major production for the 2019 season. 

This event was sanctioned by the Bull Riders of America, who brought a list of strong, young bulls that have not yet bucked on a competitive platform. giving them the opportunity for their first big taste of competition. This venue allowed these bulls a chance to buck under the bright lights and a great opportunity for the Big Rafter Team to assess their young talent. 

And, buck they did! 

During the two nights of long round action, a long list of young animal and human athletes, alike, each had their opportunity to test their will and compete for a paycheck, with several of these young animal athletes entertaining the crowd as they bucked to their hearts content and did not disappoint. 

The short round continued with high-energy bull power due to NFR qualifiers, Economical Impact, and Salty Dog; both are seasoned bulls, had strong performances in Poplar Bluff and are well on their way to another strong 2019 season.

At the close of night 1, Rusty Rains had battled his way through the short round to win and on night 2, Luke Bradley conquered the short round and found himself first to the pay window.  

The Big Rafter Rodeo Team is home for a few days of recovery before they head to their second production of the year, in Springfield, Missouri for the Ozark Empire PRCA Rodeo, on March 22nd and 23rd. This will be an exciting weekend of PRCA-action, where most of the Big Rafter line-up is set to perform, while a select few members of the team will be headed to Kissimmee, Florida for the Ram National Circuit Finals. 

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Monday, March 11 2019
Rodeo Houston 2019 a Great Rodeo and Great times

The time Big Rafter Rodeo spent at Rodeo Houston proved to be worth every minute.

Just a few short months ago Big Rafter Rodeo received the call that their assistance in providing stock for one of the biggest rodeos of the year was requested. As with any big rodeo getting a call like this is both an honor and an opportunity.

Big Rafter loaded up their A string of bucking horse on March 3rd and made the semi-short trek to NRG stadium. At no point was there ever any in any of the Big Rafter teams minds about how well the animal athletes would perform and perform did they!
Round 1 had a set of great Bareback matchups with Trenton Montero drawing #907 Moon Fire, Blade Elliott drawing #753 Dirty Jeans and Tyler Nelson with #316 Over the Top. In Saddle Bronc Dawson Hay matched up with #773 Nut Cracker while Bradley Harter and #305 Magic Wars and Colt Gordon #973 Indian Summer battled it out. 
The entire round was a list of highlights for the Big Rafter team which cumulated in Dawson Hay winning the round on #773 Nut Cracker with an impressive score of 85 points. This 85-point score is one of the 2 scores that has him winning second in the Super Series.
Round 2 also saw some impressive matchups to include Trenton Montero on 01 Mrs. Julian in Bareback in Saddle Bronc Colt Gordan did battle with 4715 Pearl while Stetson Wright matched up with 308 Vegas Confused.  Trenton Montero went on to score an 82 on Mrs. Julian, Stetson Wright managed an 80 point ride on 308 Vegas Confused. 
Round 4 Put Minnie Pearl and Taylor Broussard together as well as Rusty Wright and Marie Laveau aka Damaged Goods, during this round a major shift in power seemed to take place as Rusty Wright and Marie Laveau teamed up for a monster score of 91 points and set the NRG stadium on fire.
The closing round for the Big Rafter Rodeo trip to Houston was just as exciting as the start. Bill Tutor matched up with the stand out Bareback Horse 01 Mrs. Julian while Kody Lamb and 907 Moon Fire got together, and finally, Taylor Broussard and 753 Dirty Jeans did battle. In Saddle Bronc Cort Scheer and 4715 Pearl, Cody Demoss and #773 Nut Cracker, Joey Sonnier and #305 Magic Wars, Lefty Holman and 1E2 Push Play matched up. As the dust settled on the last night of competition the Big Rafter Rodeo team elevated to an even higher level. 
Lefty Holman and Push play combined for the round win and a great score of 86 points while Joey Sonnier and Magic Wars came in a close second at 85 points. 
What a great time was had in Houston, as the hauler pulled away Big Rafter supplied 3 round winners, currently one of the top two scores in Saddle Bronc at Rodeo Houston and numerous cowboys cashing checks thanks to our animal athletes.
The next Big Rafter Rodeo stop will highlight the bovine, we will be in Poplar Bluff on March 15th and 16th for the Bulls and Bands event at the Black River Coliseum, we hope to see you there. 

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Thursday, March 07 2019
Who is Big Rafter Rodeo

Big Rafter Rodeo

Stock Contractor Jack Simmons and Jimmy Roth

Notable Stock

The impressive collection of premier bucking horses that include influential animals that have strong animal scores every out. Horses such as 1E2 Push Play with a 44.5 point average continues to be a top performer, 445 Marie Laveau aka Damaged Goods with a 42 point average, 7-3 Wild Strawberry 42.75 average score, along with numerous other horses that all carry impressive average scores and continue to perform at the highest levels

The bull line up in the Big Rafter Rodeo pen matches up much like the horsepower. With great bulls such as 753 Road Rage with an average stock score of 43.17, and many other bulls that are capable of high scoring performances


Over 20 years Jack Simmons has been invested in all things pro rodeo.

In 2014 Mr. Jack Simmons became a partner of Big Rafter Rodeo and since has made it a personal mission to see the Big Rafter Outfit become an elite organization within Pro Rodeo. 

Mr.  Simmons and Big Rafter Rodeo have started on the path of becoming a premier stock contractor and production company in the mid-west. Mr. Simmons calls on his years of experience in the “cowboy culture” to acquire the best stock available as well as put on only top produced rodeos.

With years of experience, Mr. Simmons and the Big Rafter Rodeo team understand the necessity of efficient and energetic performances. This focused mindset is the essential ingredient for bringing in big crowds to any facility. The in-depth knowledge has afforded them the ability to fill top venues in the mid-west and have put them in demand on numerous fronts within the stock contractor world.

In 2019 the Big Rafter Rodeo team took big leaps with the purchase of numerous top-notch young animals to add to their already impressive list.

Jimmy Roth comes to the pro rodeo world via an interest in both the sport of rodeo as well as the western lifestyle. His humble beginnings come through partnerships on several top-notch bulls that he has seen win at the highest levels of professional bull riding.

Recently Mr. Roth partnered with Jack Simmons of Big Rafter Rodeo with the focus of developing a rodeo company with a comprehensive focus on producing the best animal athletes through genetic research and incorporating new livestock that fits the profile for success. In addition, the pair will produce events with the in-depth understanding that efficient high energy performances are the key to the growth and development of Pro-Rodeo.


The list of Big Rafter Rodeo appearances at top levels of rodeo is long and distinguished. These appearances are places such as Wrangler National Finals, Ram National Circuit Finals, Rodeo Houston, San Angelo Stock Show, Denver Stock Show and Rodeo, Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo, Silver Spurs Pro Rodeo, Dixie Nationals Livestock Show, and Rodeo as well as numerous other prestigious rodeos around the nation. 

Big Rafter Rodeo and Mr. Jack Simmons will only accept the best from their performances and their livestock which will be the foundation of success for many years to come. 

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