1/23/13 #RodeoChat – World Champion bareback rider, and behind the chutes reporter for PRS Kelly Timberman

We had the chance to chat with THREE time bareback riding champion! And, the behind the chutes reporter of Professional RoughStock series Kelly Timberman! For those of you who couldn’t make tonight’s RodeoChat on Twitter.. Here is the down low of how the chat went down tonight word for word!

Question 1: How did you get involved with PRS? Did you must have a certain amount of requirements to be a part of this job?
Hi Paige! I think rodeo is in a transition period now, and it’s transitioning to something better and that’s the PRS. For me personally, as a professional cowboy the move to the role as the PRS live event commentator just made perfect sense.
Question 2: So you’re a world champion bareback rider, and you were a rodeo coach.. What made you want into the broadcasting field with PRS?
The reason I rodeo’d was for the love of the animals and the sport and I wanted to bring my passion of both to fans.
Question 3: So, I know that interviewing riders in the PRS requires some research.. Where do you get your info from about these riders? Google? Facebook? lol.
 Of course, I know a lot of the cowboys but those I don’t, my research comes from our PRS bios. And sure, maybe a little Facebook and Googling too!
Question 4: Before you interview a rider at an PRS event do you have your questions ready, or it’s whatever questions comes first to your mind you ask?
First and foremost before I interview a contestant, my goal is to bring his personality out. I like to ask questions that relate to them as individuals and to really help them feel comfortable. 
Question 5: Kelly, what’s some pro’s and con’s about interview some of the PRS riders.
Not every athlete likes to get interviewed! I’m comfortable now and it wasn’t always a strong point for me so I really worked on that so I understand how they might feel. Pros: I get to see some of the athletes I’ve trained and coached be successful. And it’s so exciting to interview a rider after a big ride – their energy just flows from them to me to the camera. The only con I can think of is that some of the riders just don’t want to talk in front of the camera!
Question 6: Do you have a favorite interview you’ve done with one of the PRS riders in the 2013 PRS season?
Well that would be at the Lexington Shootout. McKennon Wimberly gave me a great skit from Mohammad Ali. And Josi Young, well his nickname is “Young Guns” which I gave him. After a ride, he always shoots to the sky – very fun.
 
Some business Questions about PRS..
Question 7: How does PRS book a roughstock event at a venue? Does the venue have to call PRS? or how does that work?
Well, first we take a map of the US. Then we grab 13 darts… Just kidding, it’s actually a big process of working with venues those interested in having us and those we want to come to. (I threw in a joke, I asked what if the dart board landed on China would y’all put on a PRS event? Kelly, replied ” That’s one big dart board! Right now we’re just in the USA not worldwide.. yet!) 
 
Question 8: How does PRS get prepared for an event? How many people are on the PRS crew that help put the event together?
Lots of prep in terms of scheduling, media, facilities, stock, riders – it’s a ton of organization and coordination. We have at least 20 PRS folks at each event and lots of local volunteers too.
Question 9: How does PRS go out and get sponsors for their event? Do you have new sponsors for each event every weekend?
Getting sponsors is an important part of our events we’ve been lucky to bring on Wrangler, Rocky, Kershaw Knives and others. For local sponsors, we work with chambers of commerce and the venue. We’ve found local communities very supportive.
Question 10: How many PRS events do you have each year? And do you keep the same amount of events every year?
We have 13 events in 2013 and we hope to increase that in 2014. Also all of our events are televised. We are going to be sharing more details on our schedule very soon.
To keep up to date with Professional Roughstock Series follow them on their social media sites:
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ProRoughstock?fref=ts
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ProRoughStock
Website: http://www.proroughstock.com/
Thanks so much to everyone that joined us on RodeoChat tonight! Hope y’all have a wonderful night!
– Paige Gregory
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