Sunday, November 20, 2011


His name is Bill Raystead, but most know him as Scootie – The Rodeo Clown. He’s been working the PBR (Professional Bull Riders) rodeo circuit for over 10 years. Here are 6 things you might not know about his profession.

What is the main purpose of a rodeo clown?
We do make people laugh, but our main purpose is to distract the bull from trampling a fallen rider.

How do those wood barrels save you from a 3000 lb. raging bull?
Actually, most barrels today are made of heavy gage steel, lined with industrial foam rubber. We call it the clown lounge. We might get bumped around, but they ain't getting their horns through that barrel.

Do they have Rodeo Clown Insurance?
Unfortunately, no. Would you insure us?

So how much you make per show?
Anywhere from $100 to $225 a gig. That price varies, depending on traveling expenses.

Are there any Rodeo Clown awards?
Coors sponsors the “Man in the Can” award every year. It’s a pretty big deal with us clowns.

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  1. Bill the Rodeo Clown seems like an extremely awesome guy! What an absolute legend!

  2. That's all they make for risking their lives?

  3. Rodeo clowns DO exist? At least I know what they do now. I had wondered that because I have a pretty sad and lonely existence.

  4. $100-$225 per show? That kinda sucks

  5. What is this? Why haven't I heard of this? This is odd. Clowns..

  6. That seems like scrawny pay, for dangerous work and no insurance benefits! I know I wouldn't do it.

  7. For a clown he doesn't look very happy.

  8. he's risking his life for 100$?

  9. It's a tough job but somebody has to do it!

  10. The whole clown lounge experience sounds pretty scary to me! I think it would take a lot of bravery to do this job for over a decade.

  11. That is not very much money for helping the other idiots (the one's who ride the bulls) from being maimed. Have you seen them have the card contest? Four of them sit at a small card table in the arena with a bull and then see who is the last one to bail out before the bull smashes into them! Crazy...


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