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Announcer - Randy Corley

Now in his 36th year at CNR, Corley of the “Rowdies versus Civies” fame will again be announcing for the Caldwell Night Rodeo. The smooth manner by which Corley portrays the action taking place in the arena has made him one of the top announcers on the road today. His friendliness will make you feel as if he is sitting right next to you discussing the rodeo. Corley is one of rodeo’s most well-known personalities, with his enthusiasm and excitement, as the level of competition rises, he will have you sitting on the edge of your seat. All of these attributes have earned him numerous awards and honors over the past 36 years. At the top of these awards would be selected as the reining 2015 “Announcer of the Year” which he has also been awarded for a record-setting twelve years. He has announced the Ram National Circuit finals and Playoff Series throughout the various formats of competition set forth by the PRCA. He has had the honor of announcing the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo fifteen times. Corley once said, “I try to be a liaison between the cowboy and the fan. What the contestants hear in my voice is how I truly feel.” In 2017, Corley was inducted into the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame.

Announcer - Andy Seiler

Rodeo announcer Andy Seiler is living the dream. And this year that dream included joining forces with Randy Corley to announce the 83rd edition of the Caldwell Night Rodeo.

Seiler considers it a privilege to work with the 2017 Rodeo Hall of Fame inductee.

“Randy is a legend in the business of rodeo. Any time I can work with someone who is at the top of the business, I consider it to be an honor and a privilege.”

Seiler grew up wanting to be a rodeo cowboy. So he spent countless hours practicing on a roping dummy with the goal of becoming a champion roper. He met that goal, earning the title of National High School Champion Tie-Down Roper, and then went on to become a three-time College National Finals qualifier. While attending Troy University as a broadcast journalism major, Seiler competed in a number of small rodeos in the Southeast, using his rodeo savvy to announce amateur rodeos when he wasn’t competing. His new goal was becoming a PRCA announcer. After college graduation, he combined his broadcast and rodeo skills to make that goal happen, traveling the country to announce at PRCA events throughout the United States.

Seiler loves to talk rodeo and it shows. Highly esteemed rodeo announcer Boyd Polhamus has labeled Seiler, who works with RodeoHouston, “an up-and-coming voice of professional rodeo.” For Seiler, it’s not only about announcing the rodeo events. It’s important to him that rodeo fans, young and old, are having a good time.

“I’m a big fan of rodeo and I couldn’t be more excited about my first year at Caldwell Night Rodeo. Being in a place with that many other people excited about the sport of rodeo is great.”

Faith Landing Apartments
Announder & Soundman Sponsor

Soundman - Benje Bendele

CNR’s 2017 Soundman is none other than Benje Bendele PRCA Soundman of the Year. Bendele has made Pro Rodeo sound and effects his entire life, becoming the preeminent sound and effects producer in rodeo today. Bendele has been around the sport most of his life. As a young man he was part of the rodeo team at his college, Southwest Texas Junior College (Uvalde). He got his start in the production side of the sport in 1988 when he filled in for an absent announcer. While working as an announcer, Bendele began focusing his attention on rodeo sound. Now Bendele works sound at several national events including the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, the Canadian Finals Rodeo in Edmonton, the Calgary Stampede and Rodeo Houston. Effects and music can't be choreographed because the split-second rodeo action doesn't allow for it. With split-second timing, Bendele finds the right music or effect to bring together that excellent ride, fast time or explosive dismount. It's what makes him the very best.
Faith Landing Apartments
Announder & Soundman Sponsor

Stock Contractor - Powder River Rodeo

Hank and Lori Franzen of Powder River Rodeo are once again providing stock for the Caldwell Night Rodeo. Powder River Rodeo Company (later Power River Rodeo Productions) began in February 1986 in Wyoming. In the beginning, the Franzens bought 40 horses and 20 bulls from an amateur stock contractor in Montana. Powder River produced 11 amateur rodeos in its first year of operation. In the Mountain State Circuit, Hank received the top Stock Contractor of the Year from 2003-2009. In the last 26 years, the Franzens have won over 150 top stock awards on their livestock including National, Dodge National Circuit and Mountain States Circuit awards. The Franzens and Powder River Rodeo now produce over 90 performances a year in 10 different states.

Barrelman & Clown - "Backflip" Johnny Dudley

Professional rodeo clown and barrel man "Backflip" Johnny Dudley of Denton, TX is one of the top talents in pro rodeo. He is known for amazing feature acts, along with his quick wit and off-the-cuff banter that keeps crowds laughing until their sides hurt. He has performed at rodeos from Florida to Alaska and just about everywhere in between. He has been chosen twice for the Turquoise Circuit Finals rodeo, and four times for the PRCA's All American Finals. But, before becoming a rodeo clown, Johnny served 8 years in the United States Marine Corps and then went on to college where he graduated with a degree in International Business. Johnny is one of the most likeable people you will ever meet and greets everyone with a big Texas smile.
Les Schwab Tires
Clown Sponsor

Bull Fighter Cody Webster

2014 PBR World Finals Bullfighter, Two-Time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo Bullfighter, Three-Time PRCA Bullfighter of the Year Nominee, 2014 RAM PRCA Prairie Circuit Finals Bullfighter, and 2012 RAM PRCA Texas Circuit Finals Bullfighter, Cody Webster joined the PRCA in February 2011 and was selected by PRCA bull riders to work the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo less than two years later. "I used to watch the NFR in diapers with my folks," Webster said. "I've been dreaming about working it all my life, so it really was a dream come true... it's very heart-touching." At the age of 21, Webster was the youngest bullfighter ever to work the Wrangler NFR. "With 18,000 people watching you, you don't want to mess up," he said.

Bull Fighter Nathan Harp

Bullfighter Nathan Harp returns to CNR.

Franz Bakery
Bullfighter Sponsor

Pick Up Man Clint Humble

On top of being one of CNR's pickup men, Humble is also a NFR Pickup Man, Badlands Circuit Pickup Man, Dodge National Circuit Finals Pickup Man, and an Omaha Finals Tour Pickup Man.

Pick Up Man Scott McClain

CNR's pickup man McClain is also a many-time NFR Pickup Man, Mountain States Circuit Pickup Man, Dodge National Circuit Finals Pickup Man, and an Omaha Finals Tour Pickup Man.
Pick Up Man Sponsor
Dennis Dillion Dodge
Pick Up Man Sponsor

Rodeo Secretary

Penny Walton, Billings Montana


Jessi Franzen, Riverton WY
Sam Arnold, Spanish Fork, UT
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