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Stock Contractor, Harry Vold

Stock contractor, Harry Vold Rodeo Company, provides the best stock for Roundup Rodeo. Harry Vold, known as "Duke of the Chutes," was born in 1924 on a ranch just outside of Ponoka, Alberta, Canada. Ninety years later, he is still running one of the largest stock contracting companies in North America. The Harry Vold Rodeo Company, now based in southern Colorado, produces rodeos in seven states annually and also provides bucking stock for over 100 rodeo performances each year. Vold is one of only two stock contractors to provide stock to all 54 national Finals Rodeos. Vold has delegated the day to day managing details of the Harry Vold Rodeo Company over to his youngest daughter, Kirsten, but is still actively involved in the organization that he created over 40 years ago. Harry Vold's may achievements over his career include: 11-time PRCA Stock Contractor of the Year, Prorodeo Hall of Fame Inductee, Canadian Hall of Fame Inductee, Life Member of the Ponoka Stampede, Honorary Sarcee Tribal Chief, PRCA Man of the Year, National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association Scholarship Honoree, National Finals Rodeo Board of Director, Cheyenne Frontier Days Hall of Fame Inductee, Pendleton Roundup Hall of Fame Inductee, Pikes Peak or Bust in Colorado Springs Hall of Fame Inductee, Old Fort Days in Fort Smith Hall of Fame Inductee, Ellensburg Rodeo Hall of Fame Inductee, Dodge City Roundup Hall of Fame Inductee, and in 2009 he was inducted into the National Cobwboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City and named the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame Legend of Rodeo.
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Soundman, Benje Bendele

Benje Bendele, sound man, is the preeminent sound and effects producer in Pro Rodeo, and there is a good reason why. Benje has made this his life. If it happens in the arena, the speakers will rumble with a complementary sound. Whether it's the perfect musical transition or just the right sound effect, Benje has a way of making the ordinary extraordinary. REally, it's just a testament to his passion and understanding of rodeo. Benje has been around the sport most of his life. A young cowboy, he was part of the rodeo team in college and got his start in the production side of the sport when , in 1988, he filled in for an absent announcer. While he worked as an announcer for several years, he has focused his attention on the wonderful world of sound.
Now he is the most sought after sound man in rodeo and works all the major events - the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas; the Canadian Finals Rodeo in Edmonton, Alberta; the Calgary (Alberta) STampede; and Rodeo Houston. Crazy Heart Sound & Lighting also handles the production and lighting at numberous top events, including the Fort Worth (Texas) Stock Show and Rodeo.
The effects and music can't be choregraphed, because othe action doesn't allow it. But with split-second timing, Benje finds the righ tmusic or effect to bring together that excellent ride, fast time or explsive dismount. It's what makes him the very best.
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Announcer, Boyd Polhamus

Boyd Polhamus, announcer, is a blessed man. That's the first thing he will tell you when asked about his life and his career. "God's fingerprints are all over everything that's happened in my life, which is why it's pretty good to be me." Polhamus said.
His career has put him behind the microphone at the biggest rodeo events in the world, including 18 times as the announcer for the National Finals Rodeo. He was selected five additional times as the alternate, putting him on the announcer podium in Las Vegas 23 of the last 24 years. In addition, his voice has filled Reliant Stadium at RodeoHouston for 20 plus years, along with other prestigious locations like the National Western in Denver, the Calgary Stampede, and the Snake River Stampede. "My schedule includes about 40 venues a year and close to 170 performances, so I'm busy," Polhamus said. He added that with travel he's on the road between 260 and 280 days a year.
Polhamus has been married for 21 years to his wife, Sandee. She travels with him as much as she can, while at the same time taking care of their "Band-Aid Ranch" along with all their ptes and animals in Brenham, Texas.
Polhamus started this life and career as a cowboy in Wisconsin. He was the state's first three-time All-Around Champion Cowboy on the High School level. That feat earned him a scholarship to compete on the College level in Texas; and that's where his announcing career began. "It was clear that God game me a lot more talent with a mic than he did with a rope; so it was an easy decision to go with the announcing," he said. After Graduating from college, Polhamus began announcing for Barnes PRCA Rodeo.
Polhamus' journey includes many accolades. He's the youngest announcer ever selected to work the NFR, (25 years of age in 1990). He's been voted the WPRA Announcer of the year three times. Plus the PRCA Announcer of the Year four times. He was also given the Lane Frost Memorial Award.

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