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Bobby Kerr

Specialty Act

Bobby has a career rich in western heritage that spans over 50 years. Born in Ontario, Canada, Bobby’s passion for horses and the western lifestyle led him to pursue his dreams of training and showing in Cutting, Reining, Roping and Working Cow Horse, winning many awards and endorsements. He is the Founder of The Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame in Ft. Worth, Texas. Currently he spends most of his time on the rodeo and horse show circuit demonstrating how usable, trainable, and amazing American Mustangs are. Bobby also demonstrates his artistic creativity in metal work, bit making and silver engraving.


· 4X PRCA Specialty Act of the Year

· 2x Mustang Magic Invitational Celebrity Freestyle Champion

· NFR Specialty Act

· Mustang Million Finalist with 2 horses and appears on Good Morning America

· 2x MHF Mustang Make-Over Champion

· IPRA National Finals Rodeo Showcase Champion

· Supreme Extreme Mustang Makeover Champion and Fan Favorite

Jake Geiger

Professional Bullfighter

Bullfighter, Jake Geiger, 32 year old from Hilliard Florida. Won the NMSF Freestyle Bullfight in 2019. Other Championships include the Denton Protection Match, where the top 16 bullfighters in the world make 8 teams of 2 that compete against each other for one of the riches protection matches around, 3x Southeastern Circuit Finals Bullfighter, and 1x Ram National Circuit Finals Champion.

"I am just doing what God put me on earth to do."

- Jake

Matt Tarr

Professional Rodeo Clown/Barrelman

Growing up around rodeo and livestock all his life, rodeo has always been a natural fit. At the very young age of 3, Matt started roping and always knew his life would be rodeo. Fighting Bulls walked him into what God's true calling for him would be... a rodeo clown and entertainer.

With his quick wit and passion for making people smile and laugh, he has become someone to watch both in and out of the arena.

This is Matt's 4th consecutive year working the New Mexico State Fair Rodeo. Matttarrrodeoclown.com

Doug Mathis


Raised in a ranching family outside Cleburne, Texas, Doug never dreamed that rodeo would be his life's calling.A member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, since 1995, Doug Mathis is ranked as one of the top announcers in the country.
In a career filled with highlights, including the 2005 Dodge National Circuit Finals in Pocatello Idaho and the 2009 National Finals Steer Roping, Doug has acquired a resume' that will rival all other competitors.

"Jersey" Jake Ostrum

Music Director

Growing up on the East Coast in Woodstown, New Jersey, Professional Rodeo Music Director Jake Ostrum’s love of America’s original sport of rodeo began at a young age. Jake has been a part of pretty much every aspect of rodeo. From announcing to actually producing his own rodeo events. He began his professional rodeo career in 2010 as a music director and has since built a library of music of every genre that is second to none. His songs and his ability to know just when to play them provides a level of entertainment that has been enjoyed around the Pro Rodeo world at events like The New Mexico State Fair & Rodeo, Kansas Largest Night Rodeo, and the Black Hills Stock Show just to name a few.

Cody Emerson

Professional Bullfighter

Originally a native of Jonesboro, Arkansas, Cody now resides in Marble Falls, Texas. He obtained a BS Degree in Agriculture Business from Arkansas State University. Cody exemplifies good morals and character in and out of the arena with the support of his loving wife Sierra. With over 12 years of bullfighting experience he has amassed numerous achievements such as becoming the 2015 Salinas California Freestyle Champion, 2018 Bullfighter of the Year Nominee and was crowned the 2012 World Champion Freestyle Bullfighter with many more accomplishments under his belt. We are proud to welcome him to the Tingley Coliseum this year.

Avid Visual Imagery

At an early age the owner Phillip Kitts had a passion for photography. This passion carried out into his military career as an Infantrymen where he shot a photograph of a Kiowa helicopter flying between buildings in Mosul, Iraq.

Without knowing it this photo would create a path for the rest of Phillips’ life and his recovery.

After being injured in Iraq Phillip went through the lengthy process of recovery. Photography aided in this recovery, Phillips Daughter purchased him a camera to give him an outlet. This started the road to what is now his career.

Phillip was medically retired form the Army in 2012, he and his wife dedicated his efforts to growing a photography business and connecting with a sport they are both passionate about, RODEO.

In 2015 Phillip and his wife made the decision to apply for his PRCA card. Upon receiving his permit in the spring of 2015, the stage was set. The first few years were trial and error, but the wheels were turning.

As of 2022 Avid Visual Imagery, which is co-owned by Phillip and Heidi, covered nearly 30 rodeos across the nation. Their career highlight came in 2021 when the team was selected as one of two arena photographers for the Wrangler National Finals.

What was a simple idea has turned into a full-fledged business of photography in Manhattan KS.

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