Whipple to return as 2009 NRCA Championship Finals Rodeo announcer
The Northwest Ranch Cowboys Association is pleased to announce that Alec Whipple of Parmalee, SD, Professional Rodeo Announcer and rancher, has been selected to return for his second consecutive appearance at the 2009 NRCA Championship Finals Rodeo, Trade Show and Convention to be held at the CamPlex in Gillette, WY on Nov. 27-29, 2009.
Whipple, his wife Nikki and their five children, live on the family ranch at Parmalee where he grew up, co-owner’s with Alec’s grandparents, Dick and Charlotte Whipple. The Whipple ranching enterprise runs a 300 head cow/calf operation along with “numerous” horses, according to Whipple. He also found time in his busy schedule to enter the political arena and was elected as a District 4 Todd County Commissioner.
“I grew up in a rodeo, ranching family,” says Whipple. “I got started like all others in rodeo as a competitor.”
Whipple was active in the team roping event in his youth when his cousin, the late Gary Whipple, held a rodeo announcers school in conjunction with a rodeo school in Rosebud, SD for aspiring young Native American cowboys.
“I was the only student to sign up, so needless to say I got a lot of ‘one-on-one’ instruction,” he says.
Whipple found he enjoyed the master of ceremonies position of rodeo and set about building a career in his newly chosen profession. Taking on every announcing job he could, Whipple joined the regional professional rodeo associations Northwest Ranch Cowboys Association, South Dakota Rodeo Association, Northern Bull Riding Tour, Great Plains Indian Rodeo Association (region in the Indian National Finals Rodeo Association) and in 2009 purchased his PRCA card.
“Over the years I have logged a lot of miles, seen a lot of different country, met a lot of people,” says Whipple. “Guess you could say that is the best part of rodeo, what makes it fun for me and keeps me going year after year.”
And along with the miles and fun, Whipple has amassed an admirable collection of buckles from the finals rodeos he has handled the mic at – 2004 and 2005 Great Plains Indian Rodeo Association finals, 2006 Minnesota Rodeo Association finals, 2008 and 2009 Northern Bull Riding Tour finals, the 2008 and upcoming 2009 NRCA Championship Finals Rodeo.
“And I take it as a great honor to be selected to come back and announce this years NRCA Finals in Gillette, WY,” says Whipple.
Whipple credits family and friends “too numerous to mention” for his success in the arena’s of rodeo and life. When asked what his proudest achievement in rodeo is, Whipple replied, ” I am proud to be a Native American Pro Rodeo Announcer!”
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