PRCA Rodeo Announcer & Master of Ceremonies
Twenty-five years ago, Boyd Polhamus announced a College Rodeo in Uvalde, Texas.
He got the gig by pretending to be a rodeo announcer in his college’s practice arena
at the same time he was competing as a cowboy. The pretending ended in October
of 1985; and a career was born.
No one, not even Polhamus, could have imagined what the next two decades would
bring. His resume now includes fifteen selections as an announcer for the Wrangler
National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, Nevada, and five more as the Alternate Announcer.
Only Hall-of-Fame Announcer Bob Tallman has been chosen more often. He’s been
selected twice to work the Dodge National Circuit Finals in Pocatello, Idaho. In addition,
he’s announced the Montana, Turquoise, Badlands, and Southeastern Circuit Finals, as
well as the Texas Circuit Finals ten different times.
In addition, Polhamus was voted the PRCA’s Announcer of the Year for 2007, 2008,
and 2009. In 2000, 2003 and again in 2005, he was honored as the WPRA Announcer
of the Year, and he’s been a Top-Five Finalist for the same honor in the PRCA on
eleven different occasions.
In 2010, Polhamus announced the sports most prestigious events, from Denver to
San Angelo and Houston. In June, he announced the College National Finals for the
seventh time, and his itinerary included stops in Colorado Springs, Nampa, and Dodge
City. He also records hundreds of commercials in his home studio in Brenham, Texas.
“Better than I deserve...” is Polhamus’ most common response to the question,
“How are you?”. He says that comment most accurately describes both his
professional and family life. His career demands nearly 300 travel days a year,
and his wife, Sandee, is both his best friend and best advisor.
“There’s too much in my life that is right, that I have no control over, so it’s got to
be God.” Polhamus said. “Everything good that’s happened in my life can be traced
back to a friend or family member who went out of their way to help me.
Well, you don’t buy your friends at a department store; God puts them in your life.
I can only hope I’ve treated them as well as they’ve treated me.”
On those rare occasions when he can be found at home, Polhamus enjoys Team
Roping, the Green Bay Packers, and working with his bucking-bred cattle on the
Band-Aid Ranch in Brenham, TX.