Honeycutt Rodeo, which includes founder Roy Honeycutt, his wife, sons, daughters and grandchildren, is a completely self-sufficient company that works cowboy-style while on the road. It has been said the company "represents a rare breed reminiscent of the Old West."
Longtime Payson rodeo boss Bill Armstrong says he knows the key to the Honeycutts' success.
"Roy and his family are one of the best (contractors) there is for putting on good, wholesome family entertainment," he said. "Kids from 5 to 80 years old can enjoy their rodeos."
Event promotions and dynamic music that often include tributes to John Wayne and other legendary cowboys also help make Honeycutt-produced competitions some of the best around.
Based in Alamosa, Colo., the Honeycutts journey thousands of miles around the United States producing competitive rodeos like Payson's.
Roy says the longevity of the company is because each family member is assigned duties and all carry them out to the best of their abilities.
This year, the Honeycutts will bring more than 200 animals including 60 bucking horses, 70 steers, 30 calves, 40 bulls and 15 saddle horses to Payson.
Drop by the Payson Event Center a week before the competition begins and you'll find the family, housed in their fifth-wheel, caring for the animals and checking every last detail of the performances.
The family takes pride in the fact that its livestock has been chosen every year since 1975 for the National Finals Rodeo.
Among Honeycutt stock at the 2002 NFR were bareback horses Smokeless Ragged Edge, Dippin Dawson Creek and Lucky Seven. The bull Que Ball Tip also appeared.
At the 2001 NFR, the Honeycutts were represented by Ragged Edge in the bareback bronc riding and in the bull riding by Stray Dog.
Among some of the Honeycutts most accomplished stock in earlier NFRs have been Wounded Knee in the bareback and Top Gun Skoal in the saddle bronc.