The One Arm Bandit
“I started in rodeo in 1987 at the 101 Wild West Rodeo in Ponca City, Oklahoma. I sold Walter Alsbaugh, the stock contractor, some wild bulls that came out of the swamps of Florida. In those days I gathered wild cattle in several states. My slogan: "If you can turn'em loose, I can catch'em.” The foundation of my rodeo career was horsemanship and the use of Blackmouth Cur dogs. I built my first trailer from scratch and bought my first truck from my brother Bob at 18. I put five Corrientte steers on top of my trailer with the aid of Blackmouth Cur dogs.
The first year, I entertained about 90 crowds traveling with the Walt Alsbaugh Rodeo Company and was nominated for PRCA “Specialty Act of the Year”. Though I did not win the award that year, I did win in 1989, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96 and then again 08, 09, 10, and 2011.”
Rockin’ Robbie Hodges
Rockin’ Robbie Hodges has created an experience unlike any other for rodeo fans across the world. As the hottest barrelman and rodeo clown going down the road today, Robbie has used his quick wit and loveable personality to become a fan favorite. His off the cuff, no script, and hilarious banter has given the new rodeo fans something new to enjoy about rodeos. How does he do it? He loves entertaining people, especially children. Robbie will quickly change to the serious job at hand each night by using his unusual skills that has him acclaimed as one of the best barrelmen in the country. While some barrelmen use their barrel as a prop, Robbie actually moves his barrel and becomes part of the protection team on each bull ride.
Hodges accomplishments are: Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (WNFR) Barrelman: 2010, PRCA Clown of the Year Nominee: 2006, 2008, 2010, Coors Man in the Can Nominee: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 •PRCA Comedy Act of the Year Nominee: 2008, 2010, 2011, PRCA Freestyle Bullfights Barrelman of the Year: 2017, 2018 and PBR Bull Fighting Barrelman: 2016