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Etbauer family to be honored at Pioneer Days Rodeo in Guymon, OK

The Guymon (OK) Pioneer Days Rodeo will feature a tribute to the Etbauer family during the opening ceremonies at each of the rodeo’s four performances, May 6-8.

“The committee wanted to do something to recognize their contribution, not only to our rodeo here in Guymon, but to the sport as a whole,” said Ken Stonecipher, the rodeo’s production manager.

“The Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo, which is in its 79th year, made a big leap forward when the Etbauers got involved here. You know how it is when you get a couple cool kids to come to your party, and then all the other kids want to come? That’s how it was with the Etbauers, and that’s how it still is.”

Stock contractor Pete Carr has helped put together a tribute that will be featured in the opening ceremonies, and rodeo officials are hoping to get as many of the family members as possible to gather in the arena so they may be honored for their contributions.

It may have been easier to find all three of the Etbauer brothers, Robert, Billy and Dan, in the same arena when they were all still competing. They were the first set of three brothers to qualify for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in the same year in the same event (saddle bronc riding). They did it eight times, from 1989-92 and 1994-97.

Dan will be busy in his role as a pickup man at Guymon, while Robert and Billy are trying to coordinate their plans with their other rodeo schedules that involve taking their kids to junior and high school rodeos.

“It’s hard to get away with all the things we have going on here at home with our horses and getting everyone to the barrel races and junior rodeos,” said Billy Etbauer, who holds the record for Wrangler NFR qualifications in saddle bronc riding with 21. “Those folks up in Guymon have always been awesome. It’s just an honor that they’re recognizing our family in this way.”

The five-time world champion is nursing a sore shoulder that’s kept him from adding to his record as ProRodeo’s only cowboy to have earned more than $3 million in a single event.

“I’m just scared I won’t be able to rope with the kids if this shoulder gets any worse,” he said.

Billy has no plans to enter any PRCA events in the near future, but he’s keeping his options open for the big rodeos this summer.

The Guymon (OK) Pioneer Days Rodeo will feature a tribute to the Etbauer family during the opening ceremonies at each of the rodeo’s four performances, May 6-8.

“The committee wanted to do something to recognize their contribution, not only to our rodeo here in Guymon, but to the sport as a whole,” said Ken Stonecipher, the rodeo’s production manager.

“The Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo, which is in its 79th year, made a big leap forward when the Etbauers got involved here. You know how it is when you get a couple cool kids to come to your party, and then all the other kids want to come? That’s how it was with the Etbauers, and that’s how it still is.”

Stock contractor Pete Carr has helped put together a tribute that will be featured in the opening ceremonies, and rodeo officials are hoping to get as many of the family members as possible to gather in the arena so they may be honored for their contributions.

It may have been easier to find all three of the Etbauer brothers, Robert, Billy and Dan, in the same arena when they were all still competing. They were the first set of three brothers to qualify for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in the same year in the same event (saddle bronc riding). They did it eight times, from 1989-92 and 1994-97.

Dan will be busy in his role as a pickup man at Guymon, while Robert and Billy are trying to coordinate their plans with their other rodeo schedules that involve taking their kids to junior and high school rodeos.

“It’s hard to get away with all the things we have going on here at home with our horses and getting everyone to the barrel races and junior rodeos,” said Billy Etbauer, who holds the record for Wrangler NFR qualifications in saddle bronc riding with 21. “Those folks up in Guymon have always been awesome. It’s just an honor that they’re recognizing our family in this way.”

The five-time world champion is nursing a sore shoulder that’s kept him from adding to his record as ProRodeo’s only cowboy to have earned more than $3 million in a single event.

“I’m just scared I won’t be able to rope with the kids if this shoulder gets any worse,” he said.

Billy has no plans to enter any PRCA events in the near future, but he’s keeping his options open for the big rodeos this summer.


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