A Local Tradition for over 60 Years
July 28th 2016 will kick off the 61st Annual Kueckelhan Ranch Rodeo. Our event is one of the most entertaining and exciting events that takes place in Fannin County each year. Thousands of people of all ages and walks of life, look forward to attending this annual event, and the experience seems to get better each and every year.
"We're probably the oldest and have been around the longest," said Haynes Kueckelhan while talking about the rodeo long held on the Kueckelhan ranch near Bonham, Texas.
"When we held our first rodeo, we never dreamed it would grow to it's present size and popularity.
"It started out as a place to practice and to have fun. My dad, Howard, backed me up and let us have competitions, and the business just mushroomed," said the tall, slim rodeo head. Haynes lives rodeoing, promotes it and gets up each morning to supervise preparation for it on his ranch. He knows what he's talking about, because he is on of the founders of the Cowboys Regional Rodeo Association. He served as President, overseeing the seven-state regional CRRA in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Missouri, Kansas and Nebraska.
Haynes thought back as he recalled, "That first year, we had one performance Saturday night. An old hog wire fence with two bucking chutes for the First Invitational Rodeo. We didn't have any bleachers church pews were borrowed from the nearby Corinth Baptist Church (which the Kueckelhan's have always attended) and the pews were set up on the back of a float trailer for the fans seats.
"That's where we have come from," Kueckelhan concluded as he gazed around the all-metal arena that now seats over 5,000.
Scheduled to Appear NIGHTLY:
Anothony Lucia - Trick Roper and Announcer
Anthony Lucia began performing at age 8 with his dad Tommy Lucia and made his debut as a trick roper at the age of 11 in 1998, doing opening acts for the World's Toughest Rodeo Tour and Harper and Morgan Rodeo Company. He worked for and helped his father while refining his skills until he earned his PRCA card in 2009.
His first year as a professional, he trick roped at rodeos such as Salt Lake City, Dodge City, Rodeo Austin, and North Platte, Nebraska and entertained at the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo for two consecutive years (2010-2011). He also entertained at the National Western in Denver 2012-2013.
Anthony has performed at the 2010 Great Lakes Circuit Finals, the 2012 Canadian Finals rodeo, the semi-finals of Americas Got Talent in 2010, and was 4x selected for the NFR, (2010-2013). He was also 3x nominated as one of the top 5 entertainers in Pro Rodeo 2012-2014. He's done commercials for the Texas Rangers, lent his voice to a project called "Rodeo Kids for Animal Planet", and has announced the World's Toughest Rodeo Tour 2012-present, as well as The Grand National Rodeo inside the Cow-Palace, San Francisco, California from 2013-present.
In 2015 he announced the 75th anniversary event of the AQHA held at Will Rogers Coliseum.
Since 2009, Anthony has hosted the Live Talk show "Live with Lucia" during the NFR which is now being aired on the Equine Network Ride TV.
Other work includes announcer/producer of the hit team roping DVD "The Gambler", host of "Cowboyville" at the Mandalay Bay Las Vegas (2011-present), and voice over work for the team roping DVDs "Legend", "The Perfect Spin" and "PrimeTime". He's also been host of Ride TV's Swamp Donkey from 2014 to present. From 2011-2014, Anthony was host and enacter of Justin Boot's successful add campaign "Can He Rope It".
In the team roping world, Anthony has placed at the George Strait two different times. He won 8th in 2011 and 5th in 2014, winning close to 40,000 in those two years. In 2015 Anthony won or placed at rodeos across Texas and Oklahoma such as San Angelo, Corpus Christi, Graham, Guymon, Pasadena, Vernon, Mesquite, Fairfield, and Mercedes.
In 2016, he has appeared as TV announcer for the "Gold Buckle Matches" for RFD TV's "The American".
Lecile Harris - Master Rodeo Comedian
As a rodeo clown, Lecile Harris seems to have been blessed with all the essential parts. His walk, talk and actions seem to effuse comedy. He is tall, thin, gangly and awkward looking, yet athletic even for his age. Enormously creative and spontaneous, his arena character and antics combine a blend of magic, slapstick, and stand-up comedy in a curious way that leaves his audiences wanting more. Lecile Harris is one of those people that command attention whether he is entering the arena in costume or just entering a room.
Named Pro-Rodeo's "Clown of the Year" four times - 1992, 1994, 1995 and 1996, he's considered by his peers, rodeo producers, cowboys and fans alike as the very best in the business. His timeless catalog of acts, skits and characters are legendary -- some dating back more than forty years. Lecile's comedy mannerisms, acts and jokes are copied by clowns and showmen everywhere in the rodeo business. Life has been good to Lecile Harris and he'll tell you much of what he has, he owes to rodeo and his wife Ethel. Lecile works over 150 performances each year, including many of the biggest rodeos in the world. read more >>
Wearing the patriotic colors of red, white and blue, Trish Lynn and the All American Cowgirl Chicks are an equestrian drill team, exemplifying the true meaning of their western heritage as they entertain crowds while riding for a cure for cancer.
The Cowgirl Chicks are a group of spectacular rodeo cowgirl's who reach for their personal dreams and goals by providing a top rodeo entertainment program to give back to those who are battling the deadly disease called cancer. With each performance they ride in honor of one of these victims. It gives this team a purpose of riding for others and donating their proceeds to a family or an individual in need.
For information on the Cowgirl Chicks visit www.cowgirlchicks.com