Bob FM interview, Let’s Rodeo MN

Let's Rodeo Minnesota!  The oldest PRCA is in the state celebrates its 65th anniversary June 20-22, 2019 with Barnes PRCA Rodeo company.  Listen in as former Elk River classmates team up at the Buffalo Rodeo. Gretchen Kirchmann, publicist and Shane Martin, musician discuss the lineup and entertainment coming to Buffalo, Minnesota. Thank you to the Stuart Marquette, rodeo president and his all-volunteer team for their hard work and dedication.

Family Fun Night – Wed. June 19

Come out and enjoy an evening of activities as we kick off the 65th anniversary!

Free Pony Rides, Free Mechanical Bull Rides, Kiddie Games

4 p.m.  Meal begins (free will offering and/or bring a can for the food pantry)

4:30 p.m. Pre-registered Mutton Bustin contestants check-in.  Registrations will still be taken onsite at this point.

6 p.m. – Mutton Bustin begins and the top riders advance to compete on either Thursday, Friday or Saturday.

Wounded Warriors, Eagle’s Healing Nest special guests for Military Appreciation Night

This weekend Buffalo Rodeo becomes a cowboy town, local organizations benefit

The Buffalo PRCA Championship Rodeo in Buffalo, Minn. will celebrate their 65th anniversary this week on June 20, 21 and 22.  Wounded Warriors from Eagle’s Healing Nest will be the special guests for the military appreciation performance on Saturday.

Eagle’s Healing Nest’s mission is to provide assistance with the healing of the invisible wounds of war carried by our service men and women…past, present and future.  Melony Butler, founder stated, “What an amazing weekend of rodeo this will be honoring those who serve in our communities, state and for our country. So many coming together to make a difference.  We are so thankful to the American Legion and VFW for helping with this day of fun. Hats off to Buffalo PRCA Championship Rodeo and Wrangler for helping us to provide home, hope and healing. Please stop out and see the resources and tribute saddles by Mike Brey. We hope to see you all during this weekend of rodeo, Saturday let’s bring on the Red, White and Blue and Let’er Buck.”

The Wrangler patriot program will match the funds raised by the Buffalo Rodeo Association to support Eagle’s Healing Nest.

Additional local non-profits also benefit from the rodeo coming to town.  Troops of boy scouts and cub scouts run concession stands, which is their annual fundraiser.  The local girls scouts sell cotton candy and will be inside the main gate.  The Buffalo Rodeo Association is a non-profit which also supports the Buffalo Hospital Foundation, during the Friday performance and provides educational scholarships too.

The Buffalo Rodeo returns to having three performances for the 65th anniversary this weekend. America’s most entertaining rodeo clown and barrel man, Trent McFarland from Alabama arrived in town.  He will be performing several comedy acts during the rodeo.  Beer Garden musical lineup includes Thursday June 20, DJ Chopper; Friday June 21 Shane Martin Band, and Saturday June 22 Drop Tailgate.  The music will start after the last bull is bucked in the rodeo performance.

Theme nights at the rodeo bring recognition to first responders, breast cancer survivors and military active duty and veterans.  Thursday June 20 is dedicated to First Responders, Friday June 21 to Tough Enough to Wear Pink (TETWP) breast cancer awareness, and Saturday June 22 to military active duty and veterans.  Rodeo fans are encouraged to wear pink on Friday night as the contestants will too.

The Family Fun Night and Rodeo Kick-off Party is Wednesday June 19 beginning at 4 p.m. A free meal will be served.  Citizens can contribute monetary funds or bring nonperishable food items for the Buffalo Food Shelf in the free will offering.  The evening activities include Mutton Bustin presented by Dairy Queen for children 5-8 years old.  The entry fee is $40 and pre-registration is available online or in-person beginning at 4 p.m.  The top riders from Family Fun Night will ride during the three Pro Rodeo performances. For complete details visit

Tickets: Buy Online or in Buffalo off Highway 55 at Buffalo Country Store. Discounted ticket prices are $12 adult, $5 children.  Gate prices are $15 adult, $8 children.  Wrangler ticket promotion are ongoing in the marketplace.   Currently, online tickets purchased can redeem a coupon from The Boot Shack for a discount on boots.

About Buffalo PRCA Championship Rodeo:

The Buffalo Rodeo Association is a non-profit with a mission to continue support the community. The rodeo is a fundraiser for the Boy and Girl Scouts of Buffalo, The Buffalo Hospital Foundation and high school scholarships.  The all-volunteer run organization is celebrating 65 Years in 2019.  Proceeds from the ProRodeo are distributed in the local community with philanthropy. For complete details visit

2019 Music Lineup – Drop Tailgate, Shane Martin Band and Chopper World’s Nuttiest DJ

After the rodeo performance head to the beer garden for Music on Thursday, Friday and Saturday night.  The beer garden is located right on the rodeo grounds and your rodeo ticket is your admission into the party.

Saturday Night June 22, 2019 – Drop Tailgate performs the best high energy country, rock and pop music that will have you dancing and singing along to your favorite hits from the beginning to the last encore of their show! Drop Tailgate performs songs strikingly close to the original artists but give it a little boost to keep the party rockin’! Along with performing at countless Fair and Town Festivals and street dances, Drop Tailgate has shared the stage with dozens of national acts at many major music festivals to include Moondance Jammin Country Fest, Winstock and Country Fest.

Friday Night June 21, 2019 – The Shane Martin Band is back for one night only on Friday.   Shane Martin is quickly becoming one of the top draws in the Midwest with a unique blend of modern country rock routinely performing over 200 shows per year. From sharing the stage with numerous national acts to captivating audiences at festivals or in a packed venue, Shane Martin concerts are a high energy good time that gets crowds on their feet dancing, singing along and always leave them wanting more.

Shane Martin Band performing in the Beer Garden

Thursday Night June 20, 2019 – He is an entertainer, not just an ordinary DJ. Chopper has been in business for 25 years and is the only D.J. in his company. He enjoys playing for any crowd, any age group, anywhere for any theme.


America’s Most Entertaining Rodeo Clown and Barrel Man

Trent McFarland is a professional rodeo entertainer and  barrel man, commonly known as a rodeo clown. He has over 21 years of experience at entertaining crowds with his quick wit, crowd interaction and high energy. He was fortunate to be raised in a clown family. As a second generation clown he grew up making people laugh! He provides a style of in your face comedy that will leave your crowd wanting more. You can often find him along the fence or within the crowd during the performance and always readily available during an unexpected delay in the show.

“You did a great job and I’m looking forward to
working with you again.”
—Rob Smets, 5X World Champion Bull Fighter

Trent has the largest selection of high quality acts going in the sport of rodeo today. He believes that a clown should have more than just a silly costume or some dance moves. For this very reason, he is continually adding new exiting acts that are filled with good, clean, crisp, comedy… and are just plain fun!

In Trent’s own words – Some kids are born into a rich family; I got lucky and was born into a Rodeo Clown family. I was blessed to learn from a man very good at his profession. However, when most dads are teaching their sons how to hit a baseball or throw a football, my dad was teaching me how to put on makeup???? I only had to work the arena for a few very terrifying years before I got my first Clown Barrel. It was the greatest thing in the world to think that I would never have to run from another 2,000 pound steak. That was until the first time I used the barrel and the bull charged it. He knocked it end over end with me inside, and I realized that the freedom of running away sounded pretty darn good at that point. But there is no escaping this bull version of a piñata. It was like going to six flags except the roller coaster was trying to get inside the cart with you. From that moment on I knew I wanted to be a barrel man.

Some folks think that I may be a bit crazy to do what I do for a living. I just enjoy helping others and making people laugh. If I can take those people who know what hard times are and give them two hours to relax, forget about their problems and enjoy themselves with quality family entertainment, then I feel like I’ve done my job. That is why after the rodeo has ended, I will always be found at the exits signing autographs and thanking everyone for coming out. I never forget that all of us in this profession could not do what we do if it wasn’t for the spectators and sponsors coming out to support us. I will never forget my fifth grade teacher telling me that acting like a clown would get me nowhere in life; I just wish she could see me now as I am traveling this great country, doing what I love. – Trent McFarland


Meet the 2019 Miss Buffalo Rodeo Queen

Hi my name is Macy Diehl, I am the 2019 Miss Buffalo Rodeo Queen. I am 17- years-old, I have been riding horses for seven years now and have always been in love with them. I compete in the Minnesota High School Rodeo Association and Minnesota Rodeo Associations, my events include barrel racing, breakaway roping, pole bending and my favorite, goat tying. I am looking forward to the honor of representing the Buffalo PRCA Rodeo this year. This is one special year as it the 65th anniversary and is also the oldest PRCA in Minnesota. 

Barnes’ animal athletes selected for 2017 Great Lakes Circuit Finals


Representing the Rafter B Bar Ranch from Peterson, Iowa are bucking horses, bulls and saddle horses selected for the Great Lakes Circuit Finals (GLCF) November 9-11 in Louisville, Kentucky.

Among the Barnes PRCA Rodeo livestock selection is bareback horse J2 Frankie Scott, saddle bronc 3I9 Barry Crossin and bull Ralco’s Centrifuge.  Marty Barnes, the owner of Barnes PRCA Rodeo, gave credit to his animals, “We just manage the horses and bulls like athletes, making sure they are well cared for with plenty of feed and rest between competitions.  They are selected on their own merits by the circuit cowboys for their athletic ability to buck.”

Leading the Barnes’ bull herd to the finals is 221 Ralco’s Centrifuge. Wapello, Iowa fans witnessed Gumby Wren claim the highest-marked bull ride of the 2017 PRCA regular season on him with a 92-point score.   Rodeo fans in Merrill, Wisconsin observed his buckoff percentage increase to 64% during the Wisconsin River Pro Rodeo in early June.  This fall he matched up with three-time World Champion Bull Rider Sage Kimzey at the Wrangler Champions Challenge Finale.

J2 Frankie Scott, the bay mare is heading back to the GLCF again this year.  She won Wapello PRCA Rodeo in July and was the reserve champion bronc at Cherokee Chamber PRCA Rodeo in June.  Her rodeo resume includes selection for the 2017 Wrangler Champions Challenge Finale in Sioux Falls, South Dakota; 2017 Ram National Circuit Finals in Kissimmee, Florida and the 2016 Great Lakes Circuit Finals in Louisville, Kentucky.

Saddle Bronc Horse 3I9 Barry Crossin’ won Minnesota’s oldest PRCA Rodeo at the 63rd annual Buffalo PRCA Championship Rodeo in Buffalo, Minn.  The bay gelding took Logan Allen to the pay window and also placed second in Cherokee, Iowa this season.  Allen, a Great Lakes Circuit Finals qualifier, could have a rematch if he draws Barry Crossin at the GLCF.

Barnes PRCA Rodeo continues to be in an elite class of Pro Rodeo Stock Contractors. They are one of only two firms across North America selected to provide livestock for every National Finals Rodeo, since its inception in 1959.

Photo Credit: J2 Frankie Scott at the 2017 RNCFR copyright PRCA/Ric Andersen

2017 Rodeo Results

Buffalo PRCA Championship Rodeo 2017 Unofficial Results

  • AA Kyle Whitaker
  • BB Tanner Aus from Granite Falls, MN on Undergrad (6H9) 83.5 pts
  • TD Steve Kuntz from North Branch, MN – 9.2 seconds
  • TR Jr. Dees/Matt Zancanella from Aurora, SD– 5.3 seconds
  • SB Logan Allen from Crecent, IA on Barry Crossin’ – 79 pts
  • SW Fenton Nelson from Iowa Falls, IA – 4.0 seconds
  • GBR Ericka Nelson from Century, FL – 17.37 seconds
  • BR Coy Thorson from Fergus Falls, MN on #107 Hilton Magic, 86 pts

The 63rd Buffalo Championship Rodeo returned with two performances for 2017 on Friday June 23rd and Saturday June 24th.

The athletic talent of our bucking horses, bulls and saddle horses is award winning. Each performance featured the seven standard rodeo events: bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, barrel racing, and bull riding.

For a complete rodeo schedule click on
The excitement and energy of our Barnes PRCA Rodeo during the annual Buffalo Championship Rodeo is great family entertainment. Rodeo fans experience America’s original sport at its best. Rodeo is one of the fastest growing spectator sports in the country. The popularity of the sport has as strong sense of tradition and value.
Patriotism is at the core of Barnes PRCA Rodeo productions. The Iowa-based stock contracting company is known for paying respect to the United States Armed Forces during their rodeo performances. American flags flown over the bucking chutes and during the grand entry are signature elements at Barnes PRCA Rodeos across the country.

Wrangler Champions Challenge Finale selects eight Barnes’ animal athletes


(Omaha, Neb.) - Animal athletes from Barnes PRCA Rodeo are in high demand between September 28 - October 1, 2017. Marty Barnes and his son Westin Barnes will take part in seven rodeo performances in just four days in Iowa and South Dakota.

Barnes PRCA Rodeo is providing livestock for two Great Plains Regional Rodeos at Iowa Central Community College and Iowa State University. Also, eight of their top bucking horses and bulls were selected to compete at the Wrangler Champions Challenge Finale in Sioux Falls, South Dakota on September 29 and 30

Marty Barnes, the owner of Barnes PRCA Rodeo, said, "we are honored to have some of our animals selected and excited to be part of the Wrangler Champions Challenge Finale."

Bareback horses 1Z8 Hawley Falls, 6H9 Undergrad, J2 Frankie Scott and Saddle Bronc horse 317 Red Horse Crossin' will be representing the Rafter B Bar brand. Four bulls 27 Ralco's Microfused, 28 Rafael's Red Chain, 221 Ralco's Centrifuge and 16 Butter Biscuit will be in the draw on Saturday night during the premier event sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association.

The brown gelding, 1Z8 Hawley Falls, named after the American Heroes PRCA Rodeo (Hawley, Minn.) was an ATM for cowboys this season. Reigning World Champion Bareback Rider Tim O'Connell won Palestine, Ill. on 1Z8 Hawley Falls. Tennessee cowboy Tyler Waltz won second during the 63rd Buffalo PRCA Championship Rodeo (Buffalo, Minn.) in late June. Wyatt Bloom from Bend, Ore. drew Hawley Falls at the Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo (Kississimee, Florida) to split second in the first round this past April.

"I look at the draw and get excited about it," said O'Connell, "when you only have to put 11 horses together, it makes for a great rodeo. I would be ecstatic about drawing a Barnes horse. The horses he (Marty Barnes) has in the draw fit in there very well. There is a good chance it will be more of a riding contest than a drawing contest."

Rodeo fans at five Great Lakes Circuit events this season saw 6H9 Undergrad be the elite bronc.

Two-time Wrangler National Finals qualifier Tanner Aus from Granite Falls, Minn. drew the bay gelding twice this season. He was the Bareback Champion at the 63rd Buffalo PRCA Championship Rodeo (Buffalo, Minn.) in June and Co-champion at the Minnesota Horse Expo & ProRodeo (St. Paul, Minn.) in April. The French cowboy Evan Jayne from Marseille, France was the Co-champion at the Heart Of The North Rodeo (Spooner, Wis.). Waltz was Co-champion at the Midwest Horse Fair & Rodeo (Madison, Wis.) and Tanner Phipps won American Heroes PRCA Rodeo (Hawley, Minn.) in early June on 6H9 Undergrad.

RNCFR and Great Lakes Circuit Finals Rodeo selected bareback horse J2 Frankie Scott adds the WCC selection to her rodeo resume now. The bay mare won Wapello PRCA Rodeo (Wapello, Iowa) and was the reserve champion bronc at Cherokee Chamber PRCA Rodeo (Cherokee, Iowa) and helped Chad Rutherford from Lake Charles, Louisiana win second in Palestine, Ill over Labor Day weekend. O'Connell said, "this is the one that has alluded me in the draw," referencing J2 Frankie Scott in a telephone call from the Pendleton Roundup. "We have missed each other quite often. I think that is Marty's best horse and he sure has a good pen of horses," added O'Connell.

O'Connell is leading the 2017 PRCA World Standings. He is within five dollars of earning $200,000 during the regular season with two weeks still left. When asked further about J2's style he said, "She looks strong, and kicks hard every jump. She gives you good timing, and you can be in the mid-80s. I think that horse is NFR worthy." Perhaps the duo will meet in Sioux Falls at the Wrangler Championships Challenge in a few weeks. O'Connell rides for Team Justin in the format series of the Wrangler Champions Challenge.

Six-time selected WNFR, plus the reigning 2016 Great Lakes Circuit Finals Saddle Bronc of the Year and 2017 RNCFR selected mare Red Horse Crossin is also joining her equine teammates on the trip to Sioux Falls. Notably, Red Horse Crossin' won several Great Lakes Circuit rodeos this season. A highlight was her 88-point performance at the Georgia National Jr Livestock Show & Rodeo (Perry, Georgia) in February. Curtis Garton from Kaitaia, New Zealand rode her to tie the previous arena record held by Marty Barnes.

The Barnes' bull herd represents stock selected for the 2016 GLCFR and 2017 RNCFR. Number 28, Rafael's Red Chain, has a 78% buckoff percentage. Number 27 Ralco's Microfused was rode for paychecks and high scores this season. In Florida the bull was ridden for 84.5-points at the RNCFR; 85-points at the Lyon County Fair PRCA Rodeo (Marshall, Minn.). His buckoff percentage is 62%.

221 Ralco's Centrifuge is leading the PRCA for the highest-marked bull ride this season with 92-points set in Wapello, Iowa. Rodeo fans in Merrill, Wisconsin witnessed his buckoff percentage increase to 64% during the Wisconsin River Pro Rodeo in early June.

Finally, 16 Butter Biscuit with a 70% buckoff rate is the desired draw for cowboys. In April he was rode for 88-points in St. Paul, Minn. During the 2016 GLCF Brett Stall, two-time NFR, and three-time RNCF qualifier won the first-round in Lousiville, Kentucky on the cross-bred bull.

Barnes PRCA Rodeo continues to be in an elite class of Pro Rodeo Stock Contractors. They are one of only two firms across North America selected to provide livestock for every National Finals Rodeo, since its inception in 1959.

Media Contact:
Gretchen Kirchmann
Kirchmann Media Group