2006 Dean Smith Celebrity Rodeo - Expo Center of Taylor County - Abilene, Texas - A Tribute to the Singing Cowboys

2006 Dean Smith Celebrity Rodeo

Expo Center of Taylor County - Abilene, Texas

October 19-21, 2006



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Specialty Acts


Mark Allen

Mark Allen

Trick Roper, Rider, Gun Spinner and Whip Cracker, Mark Allen, has earned a reputation as one of the leading all-round Western performers and coaches. Performing in over 51 countries and a regular in Las Vegas, Mark is also owner of Western Stage Props, the leading edge in western arts equipment and the National Director of the "Wild West Arts Club" which is dedicated to promoting and preserving the Western Arena Arts.

Mark Allen Website


Joe Bowman

Joe Bowman

Joe Bowman is a slice of "The Old West" come to life - a fast drawing, Straight Shootin', larger-than life Texan, who is one of the best men around anywhere with a gun. Joe has been on longhorn cattle drives and served as gun coach for movie and television westerns. He represents Ruger in a highly acclaimed announcement for the Ruger Single Action Six Shooter. Joe has found the Ruger pistols to be the strongest, safest and the most reliable pistol in the market place.

Joe Bowman Website


Vince Bruce

Vince Bruce

From the start it seemed that Vince Bruce was careening up life’s one-way street the wrong way, blazing a trail of contradictions. Cowboys come from America, Vince comes from England. Cowboys are Sturdy, if Vince was to turn sideways, you’d miss him. It was a chance meeting of Wild West rodeo star Tex McLeod that first put a lasso in Vince’s hands and Vince’s typically British father first taught him how to use it. That chance meeting with Tex spawned Vince’s love for cowboys, horses, ropes and the Vaqueros of the Old West that has consumed his whole life. He began doing rope tricks when he was six years old. At twelve he already had a regular spot at a local country club and by the time he was sixteen he was an established performer in the traveling circuses of England and France.

Vince Bruce Website


Kelly Lambert and Buster the Longhorn

Kelly Lambert and Buster the Longhorn

Kelly Lambert doesn't take any bull when he comes to town, he takes a longhorn steer named Buster instead. Kelly says Buster knows he is different and surprises people when showing an intelligence and curiosity of the world around him. At nearly a ton and almost 6 feet tall at the shoulder, Buster might seem more than a little intimidating. But Kelly said Buster is fairly mild-mannered.


Leon Coffee

Leon Coffee

Leon Coffee is a barrel of fun!!! Leon Coffee is a bullfighter and barrel man from Austin, Texas. He enjoys karate, fishing, and hunting. Leon served in the U.S. Army for three years. He joined the PRCA in 1973. Some of his achievements are: Lone Star Circuit Finals Rodeo bullfighter 1980, '82; Texas Circuit Finals rodeo, 1992; PRCA Clown of the Year, 1983; Wrangler Bullfight Finals 1983-84; National Finals Rodeo , 1994.


Edwin Day

Edwin Day

A native Texan, Ed started working for the National Park Service in 1965. He became the Interpreter at Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument. He taught himself to make flint tools using the same methods and materials as the Native American Indians in order to demonstrate the value of flint to early man to visitors. He is a lifetime member of the Panhandle Archeological Society, past president, and continues to give demonstrations as a flintknapper at Festivals and rodeos such as the Dean Smith Celebrity Rodeo. Ed has been married to his wife Paula for 38 years, they have two daughters, a son-in-law and two grandchildren.


Kevin Fitzpatrick

Kevin Fitzpatrick

Looking for Action? That’s exactly what Kevin will provide with trick and fancy roping and specialized mounts. This is true “Out West Cowboy" style Texas entertainment. Kevin has patterned some of his shows after the late and great Will Rogers - his style, his wit and his ability to get his audience involved in the show. Some of Kevin's rope tricks include the Butterfly, Rollovers, the Wedding Ring, the Cowboy Hopscotch, Jump Throughs and the favorite of all time, the Texas Skip.

Kevin Fitzpatrick Website


Pitol Packin Paula

Pitol Packin Paula

Pistol Packin' Paula is not just the girl next door. When Pistol Packin' Paula gets ready for work, she grabs her nickel plated .45 Cimarrons and her bull whips - not a briefcase. She twirls and shoots her gun like Annie Oakley. She cracks her bull whips like Calamity Jane.

Pistol Packin Paula Website


Hardin Simmons University Cowboy Band & Six White Horses

Hardin Simmons University Cowboy Band & Six White Horses

The Hardin-Simmons University Cowboy Band acquired the nickname "World Famous" after its European tour in 1930, and since that time has performed in forty states, eight capitals of the world, ten foreign countries, and as far north as ten miles from the Arctic Circle. The Cowboy Band has earned a reputation for being one of the top rodeo bands in the country. The band is under the direction of Dr. Wayne Dorothy of Manhattan, Kansas. In the late 1920s, Will "Sheriff" Watson, a loyal supporter of Hardin-Simmons University, decided to ride his white horse, Silver, at the head of the Cowboy Band in a parade. Attired in full Western dress to mirror the image of the Western-clad band members, Watson set an important pattern. The idea proved so popular that a decision was made to include all of the flags of Texas history and to let six students carry the flags. The famous Six White Horse parade unit was born.


Gene McLaughlin

Gene McLaughlin

Current World’s Champion Trick Roper. Featured stuntman in Predator II, Urban Cowboy, Ghost, and Rambo III. Television stuntman for BJ and the Bear, Gunsmoke, Bonanza, and The Patriot. Rodeo Calf Roper, Steer Roper and Trick Roper who has appeared at every major rodeo in the United States and Canada as well as at Madison Square Garden for 12 consecutive years.


Montie Montana, Jr.

Montie Montana, Jr.

Cowboy, Lecturer, Radio Host, Author. In 1971, the State of Nebraska wanted to re-enact the show at "Scout's Rest Ranch" and contracted with Montie Montana Jr. to produce the show. Montie had already presented the show on a smaller scale, and had registered the service mark. He gave his rights to the State of Nebraska who then licensed Montana exclusively to use the name. The show got off to a good start in North Platte with 120 performers and 132 animals, and after playing there for a month, took off for Phoenix, Arizona. In Phoenix, Montana was sued by a circus that claimed ownership of the name, and after enriching a number of attorneys, the suit was settled 7 years later, with Montana ending up with the name again. "Buffalo Bill's Wild West," since Montana got the show on the road, has thrilled audiences throughout the U.S., Canada, England, Brazil, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and features from the show have appeared in 26 countries on 5 continents.

Montie Montana, Jr. Website


One Arm Bandit & Company

One Arm Bandit & Company

Born to a rancher in 1953, this Oklahoma cowboy has spent his entire life on the back of the horse, with dogs along side. The breed Florida cur head dogs. Discovered on a ranch in Oklahoma by Walter Alsbaugh, John was hired to pen some bucking bulls. The bulls didn’t seem to know any boundaries. But after a short while, they learned to respect John’s dogs. This led to John’s appearance in the rodeo arena. John took the place of an electrician for one day, thinking the electricity was off. He sustained 7,200 volts for 10 seconds, through this shocking experience; John became The One Arm Bandit. The One Arm Bandit and Company has now taken their legendary act through out the United States and Canada.


Hody Porterfield

Hody "Long Bow" Porterfield

Hody Porterfield (known as Long Bow to audiences throughout the Southwest and southern states, as well as several foreign countries) can and does bring the past to life. Dressed in well-worn hand-made buckskins and moccasins, a quiver of arrows over his shoulder, bow in one hand and tomahawk in the other, Hody commands attention. His traditional attire and easy-going style quickly engage imaginations and make willing captives of audiences in all age groups and educational levels.

Hody Porterfield Website


Joe "Hoppy" Sullivan

Joe "Hoppy" Sullivan keeps the memory of "Hopalong Cassidy" alive for children of all ages. He encourages and inspires. He helps children learn values such as: honesty, respect, hard work, and patriotism. He is authorized by Hopalong Cassidy Enterprises to portray "Hoppy" and has done so at Western events form coast to coast, including the Tombstone Western Music Festival, Lone Pine Film Festival and past Western Film Festivals. He has appeared and performed at the New Year's Day Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, California, and appeared as a host for the Hopalong Cassidy Western Series on Satellite TV. He also has performed at Carnegie Hall with Prairie Rose. His costume is a detailed replica of the one William Boyd wore while playing the role in 1939. Being an experiences horseback rider, Sullivan uses his own black/silver saddle and tack. Sullivan has been portraying "Hoppy" for 15 years and says, "I enjoy keeping the spirit of my childhood hero 'Hoppy,' going and meeting so many wonderful people sharing in the same interest. A big thrill was meeting and knowing Grace Bradley Boyd, a great lady."


Tommy Worrell

Tommy Worrell

Tommy Worrell has appeared with eight (8) Academy Award winners such as John Wayne, Ben Johnson, George Kennedy, Gene Hackman, Shelly Winters, Red Buttons, Ernest Borgnine and Ray Milland as well as with Richard Boone, Rex Allen, Richard Widmark, Kirby Grant, Lawrence Harvey, Ron Eley, James Drury, Chill Wills, Lloyd Bridges, John Carradine, Buck Taylor, Mark Valley and Harry Carrey, Jr. Tommy, most recently, has been in a Chinese western with Jet Lee, a Disney film "Across America" and "Jericho". He's also done four Travel Channel shows. Tommy and Sundance performed at the California State Fair in 1997. They also did a Pace Picante Sauce commercial and a commercial with President George Bush and President George W. Bush. Tommy had a wild west stunt show at the Oregon Centennial and a World's Fair. Tommy has done non-westerns such as General Hospital and The Poseidon Adventure. Tommy's fast draw championships include: San Antonio Championships, Northwest United States Championships and Hemisphere Championships.

Tommy Worrell Website


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