Variety of rodeo entertainers on tap

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Four new specialty acts will wow spectators throughout the summer during the Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series at the Brent Romick Rodeo Arena.

A highlight this season will be Keith Isley, a bullfighter turned rodeo clown and barrelman who won the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association's specialty act of the year honor 1999 through 2002.

He will perform his jokes and clown act, including trick roping and trick riding, July 9 and July 10.

Jerry Wayne Olson of Nebraska and his horse, Classical Dude, will put to rest any questions about horse intelligence during their act, scheduled for July 30 and July 31.

Through many hours of training, Olson and Dude have developed the ability to communicate free of bridle, bit or saddle.

From across the arena, Dude will respond to Olson's hand and voice commands, performing acts that include loading into the back of a moving truck.

The performance is impressive, especially considering some people have a hard time getting a horse to do what they want even when they are on the horse's back, rodeo series President John Shipley said.

Texan Blake Goode will roman ride his "Flying Ace" team of horses and white Brahma bulls, Geronimo and Apache.

With one foot on each animal's back, Goode will speed throughout the arena and jump through flaming hoops during his performance on Aug. 6-7.

Some spectators may not fully appreciate cowboy skills such as tie-down roping, so the specialty acts offer something for everyone, Shipley said.

"It doesn't take much imagination to see that riding on the backs of two Brahma bulls isn't something you see every day," he said.

Specialty performances will take place during the rodeo.

The acts usually last about 15 minutes, and occasionally entertainers will perform twice in one rodeo.

Rounding out the entertainment on Aug. 13-14 will be another roman rider Max Reynolds, who worked as a Buffalo Bill stunt double in the 1995 television mini series "Buffalo Girls."

In his show "Shades of the Wild West," Reynolds will take audiences back to the days of six shooters as he shoots targets from the back of his running horse. He'll also crack his bullwhip at targets on the head of his assistant and in his own mouth.

Youth events will include the Calf Scramble in which kids ages six to 12 try to pin a ribbon on a calf's tail.

There also will be Pee Wee barrel racing for kids 7 and younger. The kids will ride the women's barrel racing course for prizes and gift certificates.

As always, rodeo events will kick off with a barbecue and music at 6 p.m. outside the arena.

Steve Fraysher will treat crowds with hot dogs, hamburgers, ribs and chicken. The Alpine Posse, formerly the Led Stetson Band, will once again entertain crowds with country music.

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