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2023 Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo Entertainment Line-up

2022 - Rider Keisner & Bethany Iiles

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Rider grew up as a 5th generation cowboy. He was competing in Youth and Little Britches rodeos as far back as anyone can remember. He won his first buckle when he was just 5 years old.

He was given a Will Rodgers trick roping kit for Christmas when he was nine. Rider would push the living room furniture back and watch instructional videos over and over until he mastered each trick. He started performing locally that next summer. He than began performing in professional rodeos by the time he was eleven.Rider continues to practice the cowboy skills of trick roping, gun spinning, and whip-cracking daily.

In the early days of rodeo was held as a competition at the many of the largest rodeos in the nation. Rider competes at the international competitions in trick roping and gun spinning.

At age 28, he has already 2X World Champion All Around Western Performer, 4X World Champion Trick Roper, and 2X World Champion Gun Spinning titles. Rider has performed all 50 states. Canada, Mexico, Japan, China, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Oman, Dubai, Lebanon, and France. Rider had been featured 7X NFR, 9X Cheyenne Frontier Days, Cavalia, Prairie Circuit Finals, California Circuit Finals. 

Bethany started trick riding at just nine years old. Despite not being raised in a horse or rodeo family the lifestyle captivated her . At 10 she and her twin and little sister began performing at rodeos across the Midwest performing both trick and Roman riding acts. KnB 2 300

At age 18 Bethany decided to pursue trick riding full time earning her PRCA card which had been a dream of hers. She and Rider Kiesner joined forces when she was 19 and have performed at many big events such as the Mountain state Circuit Finals, Prairie Circuit Finals, Great Lakes Circuit Finals, the American Royal in Kanas City Mo, Road to the horse and many more. 

The two competed on two tv shows one being the NBC Sparten Ultimate Team Challenge the other TBS Go Big Show . Their biggest accomplishment was winning the title of 2020 PRCA Dress Act of the Year. Bethany loves the art of trick riding and aims to honor the sport and the woman that came before her.

Follow them on their website: www.riderandbethany.com

2023- Rodeo Announcer - Davie Kimm

Davie Kimm is a Gold Card member of professional rodeo cowboy's association.  Like many rodeo announcers, Davie's love of rodeo began as a contestant when he joined the Minnesota High School Rodeo Association in the 1980's.  Working both ends of the arena roping calves and riding bareback & saddle bronc horses, he went on to qualify for the National High School Finals Rodeo and later on, The PRCA Great Lakes Circuit Finals 4 times in saddle bronc riding in 1987, '88, '89, and '92.Davie Kimm cr200 wm

Davie migrated to the announcer's stand when he announced his first rodeo filling in for a non-show announcer.  Since then, Davie has worked his way up working high school, college, & finally professional rodeos and bull ridings throughout the United States and Canada.  Davie is quick to admit that his wife Nicky (who handles rodeo music production and sound) is a big part of his continued success.  The two of them travel together throughout much of the year.

Davie has been recognized along with some of the industry's elite by the Women's Professional Rodeo Association being named the 2016 W.P.R.A. Announcer of the Year, and has been a Top 5 nominee twice for W.P.R.A. Announcer of the Year in 2009 and 2013.  He has also announced the W.P.R.A. World Finals in Waco, TX 5 times from 2013-2017.  Follow Davie on:  Facebook logo

2023 - PRCA Bull Fighters

JD Harrell

IMG 7440 cr JD Harrell tnJD Harrell started the rodeo life at a young age competing in bull riding, steer wrestling, team roping and calf roping; competing on both ends of the arena through high school and college.  He hung up his bull rope six years ago.  JD understands the bull rider's aspect of rodeo.  At the age of 16 he began bull fighting at some open rodeos and now has decided to climb the ranks in the PRCA; getting his card in 2015.

JD has fought twice at the Montana Circuit Finals Rodeo, once at the Ram National Circuit Finals and has been the Central Rocky Mountain Bull Riding Champion.  JD resides in Roy, Montana.  Follow JD on:  Facebook logoIMG 7581 cr JD Harrell tn

Dakoda Simmes

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Dakoda Simmes grew up around rodeo and wouldn't trade this job for anything in the world.  As risky and dangerous as this job can be, he wouldn't have it any other way.  "You just got a passion for it and I love what I do and want to do it for as long as I can," Simmes added.

Dakoda is a member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association (PRCA) and Professional Bull Riders (PBR).  He hails from Sunburst, Montana and is the 5th generation on the family ranch.  Follow Dakoda on:  Facebook logoIMG 7580 cr Dakota Simmons tn

Kaleb Barrett

IMG 7540 cr Kaleb tnKaleb Barret began his professional career as a Bullfighter in 2007.  He also became a RN at this time.  When he is not at a rodeo, he works as a Medical Surgical RN at St. Patrick's hospital in Missoula, Montana.

Secondary to his family, his passion is bullfighting.  Kaleb has been selected to the Montana Pro Rodeo Circuit Finals 11 times.  This will be Kaleb's 11th appearance at the Mitchell Corn Palace Stampede.

He and his wife Shawna are blessed to be raising their two sons, Jett and Trey, among the rodeo community.  Kaleb resides in Stevensville, MT.  Follow Kaleb at:  Facebook logo

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