Rodeo Specialty Act Is Family Business


The specialty act on board to entertain rodeo fans between all the action this weekend is the Kiesner Family Wild West Revue.

Founded by Phillip Kiesner, 47 of Granbury, Texas, the act joined PRCA in 2004.

Participating with Phillip, who is a fourth generation horse trainer, are his wife, Julie, and sons, Ryder and Roper.

The Kiesner Family Wild West Revue uses paints and quarter horses in the act as well. The horses are Cash, Dolly, Wild West, Cowboy and Indian.

The acts and stunts featured by the Kiesner Family Wild West Revue include trick roping, gun spinning, cowboy mounted shooting and roman riding.

The family's special interests are adventuring and finding new stories to tell. But it will probably be hard to top the story from the 2005 rodeo in Clovis, Calif.

Jeff Wolf told the story in an article in the April 26, 2005 edition of the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

A Taylor, Ariz. bull rider, Cody Hancock, the 2000 bull riding world champion in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, lost most of his right ear to a bull's hoof in the Clovis event.

Hancock's fellow cowboys searched the dirt of the arena floor for the missing ear segment.

It wasn't located until after the performance when then 11-year-old Roper Kiesner joined the hunt. Kiesner found the missing lobe.

"Roper is always hunting something," said his father, Phillip Kiesner, whose family was performing at the Clovis rodeo. "He finds more doggone stuff and money laying around."

But this was his first body part.

Roper, a Roman-style horseman in his family's traveling show, wrapped the ear and delivered it to Justin Sportsmedicine personnel, who relayed it to Saint Agnes Medical Center in Fresno, about nine miles from Clovis, hoping it could be reattached to Hancock. For one reason or another, the surgery could not be done.

Phillip and Julie Kiesner used to work for the Bath Family horse farm in Wyoming -- Come to the Source - Randy Dunn Quarter Horses -- before getting their PRCA contract.

During a visit to the Wyoming horse farm operated by Randy Dunn and his family, the Kiesners and Dunns gave the studs a quick lesson.

Roper Kiesner did a roman-riding trick on Wiggy & Jr (full brothers), standing astride both horses.

Ryder Kiesner did a rope trick, spinning a 50-foot wedding ring (lariat) on Valentine Red Rogers. Then the whole family did a trick, standing on a whole group of horses.

Dunn, on his Web site,, said, "It was the day before we turned the studs out with the mares. I think it says something about their disposition and mind capacity. This was quite an accomplishment and a lot of fun to do."

Other achievements by the Kiesner Family Wild West Revue include performances at rodeos in Clovis, Calif., Dodge City, Kan., Pendleton, Ore., Oakdale, Calif., Walla Walla, Wash.

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