XIT RODEO & REUNION
August 1 – 3 2019
Buzz Summerour, Parade Marshal
Edward Berry, better known as Buzz Summerour is a descendant of two pioneer ranching families – the Pronger Hereford Ranch and the Summerour Hereford Ranch. He was born in Dallam County and has lived all his life on Summerour Ranch. His mother was Dorothy Pronger, known as Polly, and his dad was Elmer, known as The Boss. Buzz now operates his commercial herd of Hereford cows and calves on his part of the ranch and does farming. He still works 10 to 12 hours a day 6 days a week. He grew up helping with the ranch’s registered cattle and farming operation plus doing his own. He showed registered bulls for the ranch and was an outstanding showman, winning trophies for his work in the showring.
Buzz was asked several times to serve as a director of the XIT celebration but was not able to do so as he couldn’t be away from his farm operation at that time of year. He did serve in a lot of areas of the XIT working in concession stands, hauling bar-b-que to the serving lines in the back of his pickup, and working the door at the dances. He has always loved everything about XIT!! This honor has left him spellbound. He just keeps saying he couldn’t believe he was chosen as parade marshall and he is so humbled by the honor.
Buzz and his wife Nell had three children and one grandchild. They all grew up going to all of the XIT festivities. They love coming home to the ranch and when they do come home they don’t want to do anything but stay at home.
The kids grew up loving the ranch lifestyle and work ethics instilled in them by Buzz and followed in his footsteps. They showed Hereford steers and heifers for fifteen years. It was the family vacation – travelling to all the shows. They say it was the best time of their lives. Shana, the oldest daughter who is now deceased, was a Texas Hereford Queen and crowned her sister Shelly as queen the following year. They travelled to all the major stock shows in Texas representing the Hereford breed. Their duties even took them to some out- of- state events. Berry, their son, served as president of the Texas Junior Hereford Association and also travelled to all of the major shows. All of these activities led Buzz and Nell to being sponsors of the Texas Junior Hereford Association for a number of years. Their only grandchild, Ashlee, lives in Dallas but also loves coming home to the ranch.
Buzz has been very active in the community. He is a member of Central United Methodist and the Friendship Sunday School Class. He has served on several committees of the church. He was president of the Interstate Fair for three years, served on the stock show board amd Farm Bureau board for several years and is currently on the NRCS board and the Texas Hereford Association Board.
He wants to thank all of the XIT board members for bestowing this honor on him. Mark, he still can’t believe you called and asked him. He is a man of few words and he really was speechless when you called.
Frontier Rodeo Company
Jerry Nelson’s Frontier Rodeo Company was established in 1991 and is based in Freedom, Oklahoma on approximately 9,000 acres, with 400 head of bucking horses, 70 rodeo bulls and 350 head of commercial cows. Frontier Rodeo Co. is owned by Jerry Nelson. Our Rodeo Manager is Heath Stewart and General Manager is 8X PRCA Bull Riding World Champion and Pro Rodeo Hall-of-Famer Don Gay. Nelson makes his home in Winnie, TX where he owns and operates Maverick International, Inc. He has owned a plethora of championship bucking bulls and horses over his long career in the rodeo/bull riding business. Stewart has been with Frontier since 2005 and lives in Freedom, where he manages the ranch and rodeo business. Gay resides in Terrell, Texas. He’s been with Frontier for 12 years and is in charge of public relations, commentating events and is also Jerry’s pilot. Frontier took its first animal to the National Finals Rodeo in 2005. They had one saddle bronc horse, Linda Lou, nominated that year. In 2017 they took 22 head of livestock to Las Vegas for the NFR. Frontier Rodeo Company has been awarded PRCA Stock Contractor of the Year and is proud to provide livestock to rodeos across the country. We are honored to work with our great rodeo committees in keeping the Western heritage alive.
Hampton Pro Rodeo
Kevin Hampton was fresh out of high school in when his stock contracting business began to take flight. He grew up roping calves and steers and built a small indoor arena to practice in, but before long, he was hosting small jackpots and rodeos there. Having no bucking stock of his own, he hired a local stock contractor to put on the rodeos. In a series of events that followed Hampton found himself holding the reins to his own stock contracting business and he hasn’t looked back since. Hampton began booking rodeos regionally and became a member of the International Professional Rodeo Association. His rodeos gained recognition by rough stock cowboys who liked his stock and timed event cowboys who appreciated the time and effort Hampton put into keeping even sets of timed event cattle. Hampton Rodeo has had much success within the rodeo industry having won awards too numerous to mention individually. In 1998 Hampton was recognized as IPRA’s Stock Contractor of the Year which is a title that he has now been awarded a record 21 times. The rest of the stats can speak for themselves: 21 Bucking Stock of the Year Winners, which include 3 Bareback Horse Titles, 7 Saddle Bronc Horse Titles and 11 Bucking Bull of the Year Titles. Hampton animal athletes have also brought home Bucking Stock of the IFR awards 12 times over the Years. The most prolific of these animals is a Saddle Bronc Horse named “Drama Queen” fire branded #134 who herself alone is credited with 6 of the aforementioned awards. Aside from the animals, Hampton also prides himself in hiring quality personnel and putting on a fast paced, family oriented show.
Rodeo runs deep in the Hampton Household. Wife Gina is a former competitor and also a former Miss Rodeo Arkansas who traded a saddle for the announcer’s stand and became IPRA ’s Rodeo Secretary of the Year a record 18 times and secretaried 4 IFR’s. The Hampton’s have two son’s who are also heavily involved with rodeo. K.L. (25) is a PharmD student with one year left in pharmacy school and has a passion for bucking bulls. Jay (20) is an undergraduate student at UARK majoring in Poultry Science who has established his own set of bucking mares and is focused on raising the next generation of Hampton Pro Rodeo’s equine athlete’s.
In 2019 the Hampton’s embarked on a lifelong goal and joined the PRCA. With 33 years experience in the Rodeo Business they may be new to PRCA but are NOT new to Rodeo. Hampton Pro Rodeo is ready to RIDE ON into the future!
Kelly Kenney, PRCA announcer
Kenney comes from very humble beginnings, born and raised in small town, USA, in southwest Missouri. With hard working, loving parents and two older brothers. Life was very basic, yet exciting and meaningful in this quiet little town of 900 folks.
Kenney credits his parents for allowing his dreams of becoming a cowboy to come true. Kenney says, “Just now I realize how many sacrifices my family made to haul me to all of those high school rodeos. Living off of very little, but I never knew it, I felt I was the richest kid in the world.” It all started with a stubborn little sorrel pony. Learning to ride and being tough came at an early ages in his family.
Needless to say Kenney’s life was very fast pace from the start, including rodeo, sports and music. He learned to rope, bulldog and play guitar in high school, then went onto college on a rodeo scholarship. Officiating high school and college baseball and basketball, rodeoing, picking and singing consumed his life with very little time to spare. Then accidentally, in 1996 at a rodeo in his home town, the announcer didn’t show. He then reluctantly agreed to help. That night in November of ’96 Kenney was bit by the entertainment bug.
The next four years of Kenney’s life was jammed packed with excitement. Announcing rodeos and competing hard all summer, officiating college baseball in the springtime, calling basketball games all winter and filling every vacancy available with a singing gig. It didn’t take long for Kenney to realize his life was being consumed with work and travel, leaving little time for the things he loved at home. His family, hunting, fishing, ranching, etc.
In 2000 he was asked to take the head rodeo coaching position at Missouri Valley College in Marshall, MO. Where he accepted the job in hopes of slowing down and embedding his roots. The next year Kenney was encouraged by his peers, students and family to pursue a career in the field that he had originally started years earlier, announcing rodeos. Kenney received pro status in 2001, resigned from the college in good standings after a very successful season, quit competing, hung up his officiating uniforms and never looked back.
Since 2001 Kenney has had the opportunity to work many great rodeos and with some of pro rodeos most talented acts and entertainers. Kenney gives great credit to those many people along his journey who seen a talent in this small town country boy from Missouri.
Kenney has finally found his home behind the mic. Now Kenney announces PRCA Rodeos full time working approximately 30-40 events each year. With a cow/calf operation at home, Kenney’s life remains full of responsibilities. Kenney says, “Now when rodeo season slows down in the fall, I get a chance to hunt most of the winter and pick with band and auctioneer some sales. Most of my cows are fall calvers due to my schedule, which works well. But most importantly, I get to truly enjoy my family.”
Kenney’s silky smooth baritone, quick wit, down home humor and his ability to connect with an audience has found a home forever in Pro Rodeo.
Derek Barton, Sound Man Extraordinaire
Derek Barton is a Wyoming native and was raised on a ranch in Buffalo Wyoming. He grew up around cattle, horses and rodeo all of his life. Derek was a radio broadcaster for over 30 years and progressed into rodeo announcing in the late 80’s.
Derek is a PRCA(Professional Rodeo Cowboy’s Association) Gold Card member and has announced rodeo all over the country. He is also a sound and music director for many major rodeos and does about approx.25 shows a year. Derek has taken his radio and rodeo background to the next level and is now owner and host of a world-wide radio and internet show, called Talk Rodeo. The show runs 5 days a week, year round and features interviews with the biggest names in rodeo. He has also been the internet broadcaster for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo at the 50th Anniversary of the WNFR!! On top of all that, he works the media room every year at the WNFR, talking with all of the nightly winners and World Champions, he produces shows for all 10 rounds of the WNFR and is a frequent host and master of ceremony and music and production for major events during the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. Derek is moved to Guymon Ok at the end of September 2017 and took over as General Manager for KGYN Radio. He has now moved to Goodwell Oklahoma and it the “Voice of the Aggies” for Oklahoma Panhandle State University Athletics.
In his down time, he likes to sing and write music, he has 2 grown daughters, and he is a proud Grandpa to 3 Grandsons and 2 Grand Daughters.
Lastly Derek Thanks God every day for allowing him to continue on this path in life and is Thankful for every day he has had. He knows life can throw a lot of surprises at you, as he was diagnosed with Stage 4 Colon Cancer back in 2007 and feels very lucky to still be here and knows God still has a plan for him.
CODY SOSEBEE GOT INTO CLOWNING BY ACCIDENT BUT HASN’T LOOK BACK SINCE.
While it is the bull fighters’ job to protect the cowboys, it’s the barrel man’s primary job to entertain the crowd. It’s a job that Cody Sosebee takes very seriously — for a clown. “I spend two to three hours everyday day on the internet keeping up with current events and gossip columns. I think people would be surprised at how much preparation I do to be able to relate to each individual in the stands. It’s not about just going out there and acting like an idiot for a few hours. I have to go in there with as many bullets in my arsenal as possible so that I can connect with whatever crowd is there that night, no matter if they are nine or ninety,” explained Sosebee.
During the winter his preparation includes going to dance class at his local gym to learn the latest dance moves and chat with the girls in class so he can stay hip with “cool” moves and lingo. His secondary occupation of driving a school bus and substitute teaching provides endless opportunities to gather material. Sosebee says that everything in life, he sees with humor. “It can be something as normal as a lady in the grocery store pushing her cart, and my mind sees that and is already trying to turn it into something funny before I even realize it. I try to see the humor in life in everything I do and then somehow put a western-type spin on it,” says Sosebee.
This native Arkansas rancher could have taken several routes in his life. He had the talent and opportunity to play collegiate football and professional martial arts. He was also a successful bareback rider winning the International Professional Rodeo Association (IPRA) Rookie of the Year title in 1991 and the IPRA Word Championship in bareback riding in 1993. While Sosebee was always a boisterous prankster of sorts, it was just by chance that the career of a rodeo entertainer fell into his lap at a three-night rodeo in 1997. Now what was once fun’n around has led into a lucrative career. Cody has been nominated over 13 times for PRCA Clown of the Year and PRCA Comedy Act of the Year and being selected to be the Barrel Man at the 2017 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.