PRCA Rodeo Announcer
& Master of Ceremonies
Boyd Polhamus is a blessed man. That’s the first thing he will tell you when asked about his life and his career.
“God’s fingerprints are all over everything that’s happened in my life, which is why it’s pretty good to be me,” Polhamus said.
It is good to be Boyd. His career has put him behind the microphone at the biggest rodeo events in the world, including 20 times as the announcer for the National Finals Rodeo (NFR). He was selected five additional times as the alternate, putting him on the announcer podium in Las Vegas 26 of the last 27 years.
In addition, his voice has filled Reliant Stadium at RodeoHouston for 20 plus years, along with other prestigious locations like the National Western in Denver, the Calgary Stampede, the Dodge City Round Up, and the Snake River Stampede.
“My schedule includes about 40 venues a year and close to 170 performances, so I’m busy,” Polhamus said. He added that with travel, he’s on the road between 260 and 280 days a year.
Polhamus has been married for 25 years to his wife, Sandee. She travels with him as much as she can, while at the same time taking care of their “Band-Aid Ranch” along with all their pets and animals in Brenham, Texas.
Polhamus started this life and career as a cowboy in Wisconsin. He was the state’s first three-time All-Around Champion Cowboy on the High School level. That feat earned him a scholarship to compete on the College level in Texas; and that’s where his announcing career began. “It was clear that God gave me a lot more talent with a mic than he did with a rope; so it was an easy decision to go with the announcing,” he said.
After graduating from college, Polhamus began announcing for Barnes PRCA Rodeo. He had an Isuzu pick-up with a motorcycle trailer and a camping tent in the trailer. “I’d go to the rodeo grounds, set up the tent, and use the public showers,” Polhamus recalled. “I learned a lot from Bob Barnes and those early years.”
Today, he travels with a 44-foot Bloomer trailer that includes two air conditioners and satellite television. “Wouldn’t trade that tent for anything, but don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to go back to it,” Polhamus admitted.
Polhamus’ journey also includes many accolades. He’s the youngest announcer ever selected to work the NFR, (25 years of age in 1990). He’s been voted the WPRA Announcer of the year three times, (2000, 2003, 2005). Plus the Professional Rodeo Cowboy’s Association has named him the Announcer of the Year four times, (2007, 2008, 2009, and 2012). He was also given the Lane Frost Memorial Award in 2009 during the Fort Worth Livestock Show and Rodeo.
It’s good to be Boyd.
“I told you!” he said.