Stock Contractor, Announcer and Clown
Powder River Rodeo & D&H Cattle
Hank and Lori Franzen with a partner from Buffalo, WY started the Wyoming based Powder River Rodeo Company in February 1986. Their interests were to be sole owners and they bought the partner out a year later and became the owners of Powder River Rodeo Productions. When they first started the company they bought 40 horses and 20 bulls from an amateur stock contractor in Kalispell, MT. They produced eleven amateur rodeos the first year as stock contractors. They received their PRCA Stock Contractors Card in March 1987. The fall of 1988 they were given their first opportunity to nominate livestock to the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, NV they had three animals selected. In the spring of 1989 they purchased a magnificent bucking horse named Khadafy Skoal. From Hank’s experience in the world of rodeo he knew that with the proper care and time that Khadafy would be the champion he was. Khadafy Skoal was named the 1990, 1995, 1996 PRCA World Champion, 1997 and 2000 Reserve Champion and 1999 3rd place PRCA Bareback Horse of the Year. Top NFR Bareback in 1994, 1996, 1999, Reserve Champion in 1995 and 3rd place NFR Bareback in 1997 and 1998. Dodge National Circuit Finals Top Bareback five times and Reserve DNCFR Top Bareback three times. Mountain States Circuit Champion Bareback ten times and Reserve Champion twice. Finally, Khadafy Skoal was selected and honored as one of the six 2012 Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame Inductees – what a finale to a phenomenal career!! Only 27 animals including Khadafy have been inducted into the Hall of Fame and he was the first one to be alive in person for the induction ceremony. In 1991, Gold Coast Skoal was voted as the Reserve Champion Bareback Horse of the Year and Best Bareback at the DNCFR. In 2003, Miss Congeniality a ranch raised horse was named the 3rd best Saddle Bronc of the Year and 3rd place NFR Top Saddle Bronc. Miss Congeniality, in 2004 and 2008 was awarded the Reserve Champion Saddle Bronc of the Year and the 2004 NFR Reserve Champion Saddle Bronc. Miss Congeniality was named the PRCA Saddle Bronc of the Year in 2005 and 2007. In the last 30years the Franzens have won over 160 top stock awards for their livestock including National, Dodge National Circuit, Mountain States Circuit and Wilderness Circuit awards.
Hank and the Powder River Rodeo Company have been honored with being selected as one of the five nominees for the Top Stock Contractor of the Year in 1998, 2003, 2005, 2012 and 2013. The PRCA contestants, committees and contract personnel vote and nominate for their favorite Stock Contractor for this honor, out of 80 American and Canadian PRCA Stock Contractors. Hank is also the Stock Contractor Committee Representative for the Dodge National Circuit Finals Rodeo. The Womens Pro Rodeo Association (WPRA) selected Hank as their “Stock Contractor of the Year” for 2013, a prestigious honor!
Since their first National Finals Rodeo they have consecutively had livestock selected to the NFR in Las Vegas, NV.
Announcer - Wayne Brooks
As a PRCA announcer, Wayne Brooks brings a fresh enthusiasm to the sport enjoyed by thousands across the nation. Like many announcers, his rodeo career began in the arena as a contestant. While competing in the roughstock events, he gained an insight into the sport – which he presents to the audience to make them truly a part of each performance. His broadcasting background has proven invaluable in rodeo promotion and sponsor recognition. Combining these experiences, Wayne creates an announcing style that is both informative and entertaining. Whether it’s wild and western or polished and professional, it’s excitement at its best!
A PRCA member since 1994, Wayne had the honor of being chosen as the 2005, 2010, and 2013 Announcer of the Year, with ten additional nominations in this category. Wayne was selected as one of the announcers of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in 2001, 2006, and 2013 where he had the privilege to work with Bob Tallman, Randy Corley, and Boyd Polhamus. He called the action at his third National Finals Steer Roping in 2005 after making his NFSR debut in 2000 with the legendary Clem McSpadden. He has also announced the Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo numerous times in both Pocatello, Idaho and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Wayne has been the voice at the Canadian Finals Rodeo for the past ten years, as well as the Indian National Finals Rodeo five times. His resume also includes finals in the Wilderness, Turquoise, Columbia River, and Mountain States Circuits. He announces other such respected rodeos as the Calgary Stampede, Reno Rodeo, Pendleton Round-Up, California Rodeo Salinas, Rodeo Austin, Red Bluff Roundup, La Fiesta do los Vaqueros Rodeo, Black Hills Stock Show Rodeo, Sisters Pro Rodeo, Redding Rodeo, Clackamas County Fair & Rodeo, NILE Pro Rodeo, Poway Pro Rodeo and the Clovis Rodeo.
Though he was born in Prescott, Arizona, he was reared on the ranchlands of Wyoming and Colorado. He believes it was this raising that instilled in him the importance of preserving the heritage of the West. He continues to give credence to the mystique of being Western at each performance he announces. He believes “being involved in rodeo has provided me the opportunity to do what I enjoy. It’s the people that make a difference – and rodeo has the best.”
When he’s not announcing rodeos, Wayne serves as a commercial voice talent. He and his wife, Melanie, have two daughters, Taylor and Sheridan, and a son, Ace. Although they travel across the United States and Canada, they make their home in Lampasas, Texas