When the Honeycutt Rodeo Company arrives in the Rim country to stage the Payson Rodeo --s it's done for more than two decades --ans can be assured the Colorado stock contractor will have in tow some of the finest roughstock in the sport.
The family-owned contracting company has sent stock to every National Finals Rodeo since 1974.
One of the keys to that success might be that the contractor relies on its own stock-breeding program.
The blood lines on some of the Honeycutt colts go back to Asbaugh's Spark Plug who was a bareback horse at the 1974 NFR.
Recently, the Honeycutts purchased the bucking horse, Sparrow Hawk for stud. The horse is the son of a 1990 NFR bucking horse.
At the 2002 NFR, the Honeycutt company was represented by Ragged Edge in the bareback bronc riding and in the bull riding by Stray Dog.
At the 2003 NFR, the Honeycutts sent Smokeless Top Gun to the saddle bronc competition and Smokeless Saratoga and Q Ball Dip to the bareback riding.
Some of the other acclaimed Honeycutt horses to reach the NFR included Wounded Knee in the bareback and Top Gun Skoal in saddle bronc.
Honeycutt bulls Copenhagen King Kong and the High and the Mighty were chosen to recent NFRs.
For the August Doin's, the Honeycutts will bring more than 200 animals, including 60 bucking horses, 70 steers, 30 calves, 40 bulls and 15 saddle horses.
Good stock is a huge part of any rodeo, but the success of the Honeycutts is their quality and state-of-the-art performances.
Four generations of Honeycutts chip in to help put on a family-oriented rodeo that most everyone will enjoy.
The patriarch of the family, Roy Honeycutt, has been a member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association since 1955. Relying on what he learned from his late father-in-law, Walt Asbaugh, he was able to build the company into one of the most successful stock contractors in the sport.
Since the formation of the company, it has turned into a family operation in which children, Jerry, Scott and Janet play important roles.
Currently, nine members of the family help operate the company and produce rodeos.
Each member is assigned duties and is expected to carry them out to the best of his or her abilities.
"We still have the whole family involved in rodeo, even our grandsons who are 11 and 12," Roy said. "We have another who is not even a year yet and I'm trying to figure out a job for him."
A source of pride among the Honeycutts is that Roy's grandsons have ridden the Honeycutt horse, Thomas, while carrying the American Flag in NFR grand entry parades in 1997, 1999, 2001 and 2003.
Roy credits family members and a quality program for much of the success of the company. "The best thing we have done is kept this family-owned and operated and provided good, clean entertainment," he said.