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
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 – Danger Dave
Danger is a professional rodeo clown from East Helena, Montana. He has been entertaining crowds ever since he graduated from Carroll College 14 years ago. He has been from one end of the country to the next entertaining at rodeos, bull ridings, and western events along with acting in movies as Danger Dave! He is a father of two beautiful girls, Annabelle and Milly, and they live in Western Montana where they farm and ranch on a small scale. Danger has been a Top 5 finalist for comedy act of the year in the PRCA, a 3 time PRCA circuit finalist, a 7 time Indian National Finals Rodeo entertainer, and a Professional Bull Riders entertainer. His energy, quick thinking, and comedy will keep you laughing all weekend!