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Announcer, Bullfighters, & Barrelman

Bull Fighter – Erick Schwindt

I grew up in a little town called Lyons, in the mountains of Oregon. I have a wonderful family, my mom Kim Schwindt, dad Kevin Schwindt and my older brother Billy Schwindt; they have all supported me from the start. I played sports since I was little. Growing up, I didn’t really have any intent of getting into the rodeo business. That changed when my older brother started riding bulls. That made me want to try the sport, but after I did, I knew it wasn’t for me. I still spent lots of time around rodeos; watching my brother ride and my buddy Jesse Tennent fight bulls. At 13 I was inspired to try bullfighting; I knew it was for me, I loved it! I then attended a Danny Newman bullfighting school in Pasco WA.

After fighting bulls for about 10 years, I decided I wanted to take my career to the next level. Attending a Rob Smets bullfighting school in Coulee City WA Along with my fellow bullfighting partner Logan Blasdell, we were taught the correct fundamentals of fighting bulls. Rob invited myself and my best friend Logan to go to Livingston TX, for a bullfighting protection match and freestyle competition. Rob has been the best mentor, friend and teacher a young bullfighter could ask for. Rob also helped us take our careers to the next level. I earned my PRCA permit in Sept of 2011.

Announcer – Dan Fowlie
Announcer Biography

Dan Fowlie, announcer for the 2015 Santiam County Stampede has been the voice of the Ram Turquoise Circuit Finals twice and four times selected to announce the prestigious Benny Binion bucking horse and bull sale during the Wrangler National Finals. Also twice selected to announce the CBS sports nationally televised Scottsdale Wrangler Champions Challenge. He is familiar to rodeo competitors and fans alike. Dan, a contestant himself rodeoed his way through college at Eastern Arizona college in Thatcher, competing in the steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc and bull riding events. Dan began announcing at rodeos to subsidize his fees as a contestant. Although he still competes in the team roping, an injury in the steer wrestling in 1998 allowed him to refocus his rodeo efforts and channel his talent to the announcer stand.

Dan has an outstanding overall resource of experiences to call upon while covering the exciting sport of professional rodeo. Some of the great ProRodeo venues Dan has annually announced are PRCA rodeos like Rodeo de Santa Fe, Yuma Jaycees Silver Spurs Rodeo, Buckeye AZ’s Helzapoppin Rodeo, Queen Creek Roots & Boots, Parada del Sol, Scottsdale AZ, Cave Creek AZ’s WWM PRCA Rodeo, Breckenridge CO, Steamboat Springs, CO, Safford AZ, in addition to great rodeos such as Sonoita, AZ, Gilbert Days, Plymouth CA, Truckee CA, and Rodeo Alaska as well as over 1000 performances in his 20+ year career.

Dan and his wife Annette, enjoy spending time with their 4 children competing at rodeos and raising horned cattle for use in the rodeo industry. Dan extends a huge thank you to the Santiam County Stampede for hosting a great rodeo for the 2015 season. Cinch up; Grab a drink, something to eat, get to know that fan on either side and enjoy exciting rodeo action with us!

Clown & Barrel Man – Clint “Wolfy” Selvester, Professional Rodeo Clown/Barrel Man
Sponsor: Les Schwab
A GREAT CAREER usually starts with a vision.

“At 12 years old, Donny Kish made me buy a pair of Wranglers and took me out to the Growney Ranch,” Red Bluff’s Clint Selvester says with a laugh. He became part of the feed crew and made the ranch his second home. With his young experience with the animals, contestants and support crews, he says, “The clowns were always right up my alley.”

Noting that his young nephew had a penchant for yucking it up, Kish started formulating a plan. From his insider’s view of rodeo as a breeder of champion bucking bulls, “he had a vision,” says Selvester. “The only thing missing in rodeo was something like the San Diego Chicken. He thought we needed a mascot.” Although they wouldn’t let me on the road with them until I was old enough to drive,” by the time he had his license, the young Selvester ran with the mascot idea, all the way to his art teacher, Wes Hendricks, at Red Bluff High School.

They started designing a bull costume, which Selvester debuted at the St. Paul Rodeo in Oregon. “There were so many fumes in it that I went out and threw up three times,” laughs Selvester. “We didn’t know what we were doing. We were just an ROP art class.” The fans didn’t seem to notice, however. They ate it up. It turns out rodeo did indeed need a mascot. “The kids named me Wolfey,” he says, because Kish’s bulls, Wolfman and Wolfpack, were some of the biggest and baddest in rodeo at the time. Selvester modified his costume and made the character of Wolfey one he would maintain until he was 20 and it was time to go off to study multimedia design at Platt College in San Diego.

The day I graduated, I had my truck loaded and was headed north again, he says, shaking his head to indicate his desperation to get out of Southern California. On the way, however, he ran into an old rodeo friend and took up with his idea to get back into the world of rodeo entertainment. He was soon in Santa Barbara, working his first pro rodeo event was terrifying, but I loved it he says with a huge smile.

Today, at age 36, Selvester travels the country with his wife, Katie, and their 3-year-old daughter, Macie, as a professional entertainer at rodeos, bull riding events and monster truck shows. Six years ago, we realized we could make a living at this and it started getting fun, he says, amazed that he gets paid to make people laugh. In the early days of monster truck shows, excitement came to a halt when trucks rolled over and had to be hauled out of the arena.

Selvester developed a character named Hillbilly. “The truth behind the name was just kind of to poke fun at grandpa,” he says. When Hillbilly comes out, people laugh and dance, seemingly forgetting that the trucks are stalled.

Over the years, his personas have been refined, and the stakes have gotten higher, as Selvester has evolved from entertainment to a more serious role in rodeo as a barrel man as well as the funny clown.

“Being a barrel man is really the more important part, because that’s where the respect is earned and that’s the job,” says Selvester, noting that when a rider comes out on a bull, his attention turns from the audience to the arena, where “I’m basically a moving fence.” As a barrel man, he works in tandem with the bullfighters, who are there to protect the cowboy athletes from their animal counterparts when a buck or a dismount occurs.

“The further the ride gets from the fence, the more dangerous it gets because the further we have to run to safety,” he notes. His goal is “to stay with the wreck but not get in it. People don’t realize how much you have to pay attention to at a rodeo.”

The Selvester family is on the road about 40 weeks a year these days, going from event to event, with most of their monster truck shows on the East Coast and rodeos “all over.” Katie often runs equipment for Chuck Lopeman Sound Company, another Tehama County-based business that travels the rodeo circuit.

Wherever they go, Selvester says his secret is finding a way to tap into the core of what makes each place special. “If you make them think you’re part of their community,” he says, “you’ve reeled them in hook, line and sinker.”

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