By Tracy Renck, ProRodeo Sports News Staff Writer
LAS VEGAS – Stace Smith Pro Rodeos can add another noteworthy accomplishment to its impressive resume.
For the 11th consecutive year, Stace Smith Pro Rodeos was named the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association’s Stock Contractor of the Year.
Smith’s latest award was announced Wednesday night at the PRCA’s annual awards banquet in the South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa’s Grand Ballroom. Stace Smith Pro Rodeos broke Harry Vold’s record for consecutive titles and tied the overall record that Vold set with wins in 1982 and 1987-96.
“It’s an honor to be mentioned in the same sentence as Harry Vold,” Smith said. “He’s everybody’s hero and he will always be, until the day I die, the icon of rodeo. That man did it when they trailed horse down the road. He rodeoed a long time when they didn’t give this award out, so he might have it won it 25 times if he would’ve had the chance.”
Smith was quick to credit the people around him who keep making this honor possible.
“I think I associate myself with the best,” Smith said. “I associate myself with the best announcers, and the best bullfighters, the best clowns, and we have a really good crew and really good stock contractors that stick with us.”
The San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo made it a decade of dominance as it captured the Large Indoor Rodeo of the Year for the 10th year in a row.
“We never take it for granted,” said Keith Martin, who is the CEO of the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo. “It means an awful lot to our folks and it takes a lot of work year round, and it’s not only the contestants, the stock contractors, the contract personnel, it’s everyone.
“Our volunteers work hard at this, and I have to give them all the credit. We are in a part of the country that our folks and our fans love rodeo, so the contractors bring their best stock, and we are selling rodeo. We have entertainment, but rodeo is No. 1 and we’ve been very blessed and fortunate to have the ability to put that together.”
John Harrison was an emotional winner for the Coors Man in the Can award and the Comedy Act of the Year. John and his wife Carla dealt with tragedy earlier this year when their 17-month old daughter, Billie Toma Jo Harrison passed away on Oct. 17.
“This is a once in a lifetime thing you never would think would happen,” John said fighting back tears.
Justin Rumford won the Clown of the Year for the third consecutive year.
“You work all year and you rodeo for 11 months solid, and when you get here it just feels so good to have all your hard work pay off,” Rumford said.
Rumford’s sister, Haley Schneeberger, was selected Secretary of the Year for the eighth straight year. Wayne Brooks was chosen as the Announcer of the Year for the fourth time in his career and for the second year in a row.
Dusty Tuckness was named the Bullfighter of the Year for the fifth year in a row. Amanda and John Payne were chosen as Dress Act of the Year.
“This is awesome,” Tuckness said. “I’m very thankful, humbled and blessed for this opportunity and I have to continue to do my job day in and day out.”
The Frontier Days Rodeo in Cheyenne, Wyo., was selected as the Large Outdoor Rodeo of the Year. For the 11th year in a row, the Days of ’76 Rodeo in Deadwood, S.D., was chosen as Medium Rodeo of the Year. The Will Rogers Stampede PRCA Rodeo in Claremore (Okla.) rodeo was chosen as the Small Rodeo of the Year for the first time.
The Hermiston, Ore., Rodeo Committee and J Bar J were selected for the Remuda Awards. Dr. J. Fred Rule was selected Zoetis PRCA Veterinarian of the Year.
The PRCA Donita Barnes Contract Personnel Lifetime Achievement award was given to Quail Dobbs. Dobbs – who passed away Jan. 15, 2014 – is one of the most beloved performers in the sport’s history, a highly-decorated rodeo clown and barrelman.
Courtesy of PRCA