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Stars of the Palace


Cotton Rosser & the Flying U Rodeo Company

Cotton Rosser has come a long way since he was a young buck who grew up in Long Beach, California. Beginning with his young days of delivering newspaper from the back of his donkey named Jack, cleaning out stalls, and working cattle on Catalina Island, Cotton has made a name for himself in regards to his commitment to rodeo, ranching, and agriculture. His family lived on a city lot, but this did nothing to deter Cotton from keeping his motivation from pushing forward in hopes at making his childhood fantasy come true in terms of becoming a successful and respected rodeo cowboy.
Cotton Rosser is a name that has become synonymous with quality rodeo production. After a ranch accident in 1956 abruptly ended a promising career as a rodeo contestant, Cotton purchased the Flying U Rodeo Company. For the past several decades, Cotton and his family have worked to make the Flying U one of the most successful stock contracting firms in professional rodeo. Keeping his competition in mind is essentially what helps Cotton's creative juices flow. Cotton was inspired and recognized Gene Autry as the person who has most influenced the showman in him. With that said, Cotton always tries to bring some of that color and flare back to rodeo.
Rodeo is show business as far as he is concerned. Cotton remarks, "You have to run the show, you can't let the show run you. If you don't keep the audience entertained they will go somewhere else."

Help us in welcoming this incredibly hard working individual who shows us the importance of what it’s like to “pull yourself up by your bootstraps!”


Anthony Lucia

Anthony was born in Weatherford, TX and has traveled the country with his father and hero Tommy Lucia since he was four years old. With his father as his mentor, Anthony quickly gained a knack for entertaining audiences while also learning to refine his own skills and adding his own personal touch. There is no doubt he has an obvious skill with a rope in his hand. At 23 years old Anthony went pro and has never looked back. In addition to Anthony’s announcing, emcee, talk shows and other media adventures, he is an accomplished trick & team roper.

Anthony has done commercials for the MLB Champion Texas Rangers and made it to the semifinals on NBC’s hit television show America’s Got Talent. This is not the only stage to have welcomed Anthony as he has hosted “Live with Anthony Lucia” for the last four years at the Sand’s County Christmas Gift Expo during the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (WNFR). When Anthony takes a break from being on stage he spends his time competing in the sport of team roping in order to make his presence more well known in the world of rodeo. In that attempt, Anthony placed in the average at the 2011 George Strait Team Roping Classic and set an arena record in Fort Worth, TX with a 3.6.

Anthony’s motto “I do what I do, and whatever Gifts I have are on loan from God. Electrify and Glorify!”

Please help us in welcoming Anthony!


Bobby Kerr Mustangs

The Grand National Rodeo is once again proud and honored to welcome Bobby Kerr back to the Cow Palace. Bobby has been in horse training for over 40 years. He has trained and shown Reining, Roping, Working Cow Horse and Cutting.

Given his dedication to the rodeo world, Bobby is the Founder of the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame which honors those men and women who have excelled in the sport and business of rodeo.

He was voted Fan Favorite in 2011 Supreme Extreme Mustang Makeover and placed 4th on Poncho and 5th on Lefty.

He was the Champion in the Legends division of the 2012 Supreme Extreme Mustang Makeover on Maypop and was voted Fan Favorite.

Bobby and Poncho won the IPRA Contract Act Showcase - Dress Class during their International Finals Rodeo in Oklahoma City in January.

In 2015 & 2016 Bobby was nominated in the top 5 for PRCA Specialty Act of the Year and his success continues to grow! The Grand National is excited to once again have him join everyone at the Cow Palace.



Please help us in welcoming rodeo clown Justin "Rumpshaker" Rumford back to the Cow Palace for our 2017 Grand National Rodeo. Rumford, who lives in Ponca City, Oklahoma loves entertaining crowds and does it with a fresh perspective.

Rumford grew up in a rodeo family and competed in junior high, high school and college rodeo. He was a full time steer wrestler, but then blew out his knee. While he recovered, he worked as an assistant rodeo coach at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford. After his knee healed, he helped with the Cody (Wyo.) Night Rodeo for three seasons, then began as a livestock truck driver for North Platte’s stock contractor, Bennie Beutler of Beutler and Son Rodeo. He never considered being a full time rodeo clown, but after a few tries as clown, he changed his mind.

Don't miss your chance to help welcome back and support this rodeo clown here at the Cow Palace! As Justin exclaims, “It’s a rock show, not your daddy’s old rodeo."

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