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Kirsten Vold
Kirsten Vold

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The youngest of six children, Kirsten started taking over the Harry Vold Rodeo Company when she was just 25 years-old and, since that time, has managed to build on the legacy that her Canadian-born father began nearly six decades ago. It may seem like a natural progression, but Kirsten didn't always see herself living on the rodeo trail.

"I was going to be a lawyer and drive a sports car and live in L.A.," she said in a 2009 interview.

Home-schooled until her freshmen year in high school, Vold grew up on the road, ensconced in the life of the cowboy and the excitement of the rodeo. After graduating from University of Southern Colorado in 1996 with a BA in Communications, Kirsten decided to put her degree to work with a job in sports marketing and promotion. Even though her job involved promoting and marketing the sport she so loved, Kirsten felt that her professional destiny was as yet unfulfilled and decided to move back to her father's ranch.

Kirsten now spends more than 200 days each year on the rodeo trail and oversees what is undeniably one of the leading rodeo stock companies in the industry today. A genuine love of animals is the driving force for Vold, who runs approximately 200 head of bucking horses for her rodeo company on the family owned ranch south of Pueblo Colorado. According to Kirsten, her greatest personal achievement is Painted Valley, a breeding stud who was selected to six Wrangler National Finals Rodeos, was voted best Saddle Bronc Horse of the WNFR in 2009 and in 2010 Painted Valley was named PRCA Saddle Horse of the Year.

"If you ask me the number one reason why I do what I do, it's because of the animals," she beams. "I love working with animals."

Vold, is now considered a trusted veteran in the industry and her family's company sets the standard by which all others are measured. Whether at the rodeo or the ranch, Kirsten's horses are her life and she is committed to breeding and raising champions. In 2015 Kirsten Vold was the recipient of the "Tad Lucas Memorial Award" and was inducted into the Rodeo Hall of Fame.

By Courtney Elam

MSNBC Interview with Kirsten Vold


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Josh Edwards, 38, has been a pick up man for Harry Vold Rodeo Company since 2008. His wife Kristy, cares for their two sons, and manages their automotive service business, so that he is able to rodeo part time. As a member of Screen Actors Guild, Josh has performed stunts in many feature films and currently has two national commercials. He also is an accredited pilot, and enjoys flying as much as his busy schedule allows. He resides in Terrell, Texas with his family.


Dalton, 25, has grown up around the Harry Vold Rodeo Company. He was six years old when his dad, 6-time NFR pick up man, Billy Ward, along with his mother, rodeo timekeeper, Marlo Ward, started touring with the Vold Rodeo Company. Following in his father's footsteps, Dalton remains in pursuit of his dream, of one day being selected as a pick up man for the National Finals Rodeo. His excellent horsemanship and work ethic has made him a valuable member of the Harry Vold Rodeo Company, as his father, mother, and younger brother Denton, still are, on a part-time basis at various Vold Rodeos.


At the age of 29, Staci Stanbrough is a very accomplished young woman. Graduating with her Master's Degree from New Mexico State University, She is the assistant rodeo coach for Mesa Lands Community College, as well as an instructor for several classes. A self-taught silversmith, her side business of custom ordered spurs, headstalls, and jewelry has grown rapidly.

In the midst of all of these accomplishments, Staci spends her summers, and weekends, with the Harry Vold Rodeo Company. She flanks horses, feeds, sorts, and loads stock equal to her male collegues.


Fred Boettcher 42, made a name for himself in the rodeo world, riding bulls . The Wisconsin raised cowboy had to travel many miles while competing, to qualifiy for 6 Nationals Finals Rodeos. After retiring from competition in 2008, he continued his involvement with the sport, by serving as the Bull Riding Event Director, and also on the Board of Directors for the Professional Rodeo Cowboy's Association until February, 2017. Boettcher still continues to manage the Extreme Bull Riding Tour, sanctioned by the P.R.C.A. , while traveling with the Harry Vold Rodeo Company as the Livestock Supervisor/ Flankman.


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