PRCA Rodeo Announcer: Chad Nicholson
When it comes to excitement, PRCA Rodeo Announcer Chad Nicholson is right in the middle of it helping to make it all happen. Since 1993, he has been entertaining and educating rodeo fans from coast to coast and border to border maintaining a busy schedule annually.
Chad, a native Texan, now makes his home in the Central California farming community of Exeter. But he credits his Texas roots that initially spawned his aection of the sport. A former contestant himself, Chad has accomplished much over his 19 year professional announcing career. From being selected to announce 9 PRCA Circuit Finals to the prestigious Canadian Wrangler Prorodeo Tour Finals, he has always maintained one simple philosophy, have fun and make sure everyone else has fun too.
There are many aspects of Professional Rodeo that keeps Chad traveling 40,000 miles per year, but probably the most important to him is the patriotic atmosphere that naturally exists in rodeo. A United States Marine Corps Reserve Veteran, Chad prides his announcing ability in his powerful, patriotic openings. “The Rodeo Cowboy is one of the last free-spirits left in America today”, he says, “and we never will forget who and what gives us the opportunity to participate in and carry-on such a great American tradition that truly exemplifies freedom and heritage.” In fact, his openings have become so popular, that he receives hundreds of complimentary emails from fans, rodeo committees, and of course U.S. Armed Forces Veterans. “There are no scripts to my openings. I just speak from the heart letting pure emotion drive the moment,” Chad said. And pure emotion coupled with his extensive rodeo knowledge and a very high fun factor is exactly what you will get from start to finish of every rodeo performance he announces.
2017 Rodeo Royalty
Rodeo Royalty BIOs
RED DESERT ROUNDUP RODEO QUEEN-SHELBY MARTIN
From Rock Springs, she is the daughter of Steve and Alerica (pronounced like America with an ‘l”) Martin. She has an Associate of Arts degree and an Associate of Science with emphasis in accounting from WWCC. She is currently working towards her Bachelor of Science with emphasis in accounting from Western Governors University. Shelby is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, Bowhunters of Wyoming, and Firehole Archers. She enjoys showing and riding horses, hunting, spending time with family, and volunteering.
From Rock Springs, Shaylyn is the daughter of Laura Brittain and Tyler Dick. She is in the 10th grade at Rock Springs High School and partakes in Health Academy. She is a member of 4-H, band, and Renaissance. Her interests include local gymkhanas, rodeos, and horse shows. She enjoys riding her horse, camping, and fishing.
PRINCESS 1ST ATTENDANT-GRACI TROESTER (pronounced toaster with an ‘r’)
Graci is the daughter of Rachel and Frank Troester of Rock Springs. She is a sophomore at Rock Springs High School, an honor student, and a member of the Health Academy. Graci enjoys showing horses and is a member of the Freedom Reins 4-H Club and Rock Springs Gymkhana. She also enjoys horses, hunting, and camping.
PRINCESS 2ND ATTENDANT-KAYLA FLOR (pronounced Floor)
Kayla is the daughter of Dan Flor of Rock Springs and Kimberly Flor. She is a sophomore at Rock Springs High School and is a member of Health Academy. Kayla is an honor student and a member of Baconators 4-H Swine Club. Kayla enjoys riding her horse and hanging out with friends.
PRINCESS 3RD ATTENDANT-SIERRA CHRISTIE
Sierra is the daughter of Autumn Christie and Travis Fletcher of Rock Springs. She is an honor student and is in the 8th grade at Rock Springs Junior High. Sierra is involved in Freedom Reins 4-H Horse Club, Wild West Outlaws Gymkhana, and Mustang Heritage as a youth competitor. She enjoys riding horses, hiking, camping, and playing basketball.
Jill Franzen is a professional sound and music technician from Riverton, Wyoming. She has been doing rodeo sound and music for over 10 years. In those years, she provided sound for various rodeos around the country including:
* 2006-2010 Dodge National Circuit Finals
* 2007-2009 Mountain States Circuit Finals
* 2009-2011 Badlands Circuit Finals
* 2000-2011 Estes Park, CO "Rooftop Rodeo
* 2000-2011 Belle Fourche
* 2006-2011 Gooding
Jill came by her profession naturally, for she is the daughter of Hank and Lori Franzen owners of Powder River Rodeo, LLC. Jill began doing sound and music as a summer job working for her parents. In 2003 Jill’s Sound was formed and now provides sound and music for various Stock Contractors and Rodeos across the country. Jill is a 2005 graduate from the University of Wyoming in Business Administration. Jill’s degree and family back ground provides her with knowledge and professionalism making her one of the best rodeo sound technicians. Jill’s personality coupled with her perfectionism makes her a big hit at any rodeo. Jill is very easy to work with and is successful at making any rodeo a sensation! Jill’s goal is to enhance rodeos with great sound and music, but never to compete or take over the rodeo. Jill is very proud of the fact that she provides sound for some of the best rodeos in the world and always is asked back!
Jill would enjoy visiting with anyone interested in enhancing their rodeo with great sound and music!
Powder River Rodeo Productions, owned and operated by Hank and Lori Franzen of Riverton, WY will produce the roundup for the 19th year in 2017 They have won more than 75 top stock awards and have an outstanding reputation among professional cowboys. Their stock is one of the reasons the rodeo continues to draw top contestants.
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