bull riders won’t be the only brave souls in the arena at
the 101 Wild West Rodeo this year, with a 2,000-pound bull
bearing down on you, it helps to have a sense of humor. It
also helps to have a barrel to hide in. Jeff Garner is a
second-generation clown, who started clowning around when he
was 17 years old. He has been traveling coast to coast for
the past 21 years full time, but has been a rodeo clown for
a total of 27 years.
He obtained his Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association card
in 2000, and he has been traveling to 30 to 40 rodeos a
year. Jeff has a large variety of rodeo acts to keep the
crowds entertained. Anything that is loud and can catch
people’s attentions is what he likes.
Jeff took some time off from rodeo clowning to go to
college. He went to college at Garden City Community College
in Garden City, Kan. He obtained his associates degree in
animal science while he was there. He came to miss the rodeo
arena, and found out where his true passions lie, and that
was in entertaining people.
Jeff likes to ride horses, rope, and help his dad on the
ranch in his spare time. He also likes to see what other
inventions he can come up with so that his rodeo acts can be
better and the crowd will always be entertained. Jeff gets a
huge thrill just stepping into the rodeo arena. He loves
what he does and he’s living out his dream performing in the
middle of rodeo arenas.
Jeff Garner and his
Bull Fighters provide a
line of defense for bull riders in the arena.
While they swap
one-liners with rodeo announcer
Garrett Yerigan, they
also perform the important task of distracting the bulls and keeping
them away from the riders.