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.