Bar -T Rodeo
The Bar-T Rodeo Inc. is a family owned and operated business founded over 60 years ago in Moab, Utah. D. A. Swanny Kerby - inducted into the Cowboy Hall of Fame in 1997, and his wife, Verda Kerby rounded up wild mustangs and range bulls starting around 1945. The Kerby's brought early rodeo to Utah and has furnished quality livestock in every "Superbowl of Rodeo's," the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in every year since 1959. “Fifty years is a long time, but a man in rodeo really needs two lifetimes – one to get an outfit together and a second one to enjoy it.” ~D.A. Swanny Kerby~
Swanny & Verda's son, Bud Kerby and his wife, Evelyn, purchased the Bar-T Rodeo Company from his parents and made the it one of the top rodeo livestock companies in the United States. Bud grew up as a rodeo man. From an early age he took care of the livestock and sharing the love of the animals. Bud competed in the sport as a saddle bronc rider and worked as a pick-up man for many years. Bud was one of the best during his years as a pick-up man. Behind the scenes, Bud and his wife Evelyn took care of the business for 30 plus years. Bud decided to start raising the company’s bucking horses. He purchased a roan stud C4 Roany and put him with some of the best mares the company owned. From 1983 forward, Bud took many Bar-T raised bucking horses to the NFR. Bud and his Dad Swanny were buddies. Best friends, they worked side-by-side building up the Bar-T Rodeo Company. Today, the company now known as the Bar T Rodeo Inc. owns over 200 head of horses all raised on the ranch out of the lineage of Roany. Bud Kerby passed away in October of 2010 and will be inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame this year in July, 2013. "You are only as good as your word," "It used to be, a man's word was important in the old days." ~Bud Kerby 2005~
Today the Bar T Rodeo Inc. is owned by third generation family members, Jeff and Wendie Flitton, along with their son, Cody Flitton, a fourth generation family member. Many family members participate in the growth and maintenance of the Bar-T Rodeo Inco, including Bud's wife, Evelyn Kerby, Sam and Kellie Addington, Lori and Martin Pierce all of whom love their family heritage and the sport of rodeo.
Bar-T helps put on over 46 performances a year. They lease stock to many of the large rodeo’s such as the Denver stock show, San Antonio, Houston, Laughlin, Nampa, and Ogden to name a few. Bar T rodeo stock animals were at the first Olympic Rodeo held in 2002. To this day, the Bar-T take their high quality livestock to the NFR in Las Vegas and they are one of the top 10 stock contractors in the world.
Jody spent his first 30 years in Big Spring TX, and rodeo has been a part of his life since the beginning. He and his brother competed in all of the timed events in junior rodeo and high school rodeo. Being a contestant wasn’t Jody’s only connection to rodeo. He and his brother used to play “rodeo” at their house and Jody would always be the announcer. It seemed natural for him and other noticed too. In 1991, just out of high school, Jody was asked to announce the local high school rodeo. That started him being hired to announce junior and armature rodeos all around Texas. After college, Jody decided to chase his calf roping dreams and he quickly became a PRCA card holder.
He competed in pro rodeo for several years traveling from coast to coast. While on his spring run in California, he met his future wife Kelli. He eventually moved to California and wrapped up his tie down roping career with a California Circuit finals qualification in 2003. At that point, he shifted his focus back to his other passion and set out to obtain his PRCA Announcer card and pursue announcing as a full time profession. Jody and Kelli married in 2005 and have been blessed to be able to build their lives traveling to rodeos together ever since.
Jody has been selected 3 times by the PRCA to announce the National Finals Steer Roping and two times as the Ram National Circuit Finals Announcer. He has also announced hundreds of other great rodeos across the United States and Canada.
Troy Lerwill is one of the most popular rodeo stars in the land. Known as "The Wild Child," he entertains with an act that is part rodeo clown and part motorcycle daredevil. Born and raised in Santaquin and Payson, Troy became a state champion motocross competitor and later turned his expertise to rodeo entertainment. He is also a world-class bullfighter and has been featured at the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas as the Man in the Can. Troy and his wife, Rebecca, also own Downhill Cyclery in downtown Payson, a business that has often been recognized for its positive contribution to the Payson community.
Lerwill has been voted PRCA Comedy Act of the Year six times and Coors Man in the Can twice. His crazy antics on a motorcycle always always please the crowd!