This year’s Ski-Hi Rodeo announcer is a regular here — as well as many other rodeos, nationwide. Boyd Polhamus is known for announcing on horseback.
According to his website, Polhamus first announced a college rodeo in Uvalde, Texas, just over 25 years ago. He wanted the gig and got it by pretending to be a rodeo announcer in his college’s practice arena. At the same time, he was a rodeo contestant. That act ended in October of 1985, and a career was born. Since then, Polhamus’ website says he’s been selected more than 15 times as an announcer for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, Nev., and he has been the alternate announcer five more times. Only Hall-of-Fame Announcer Bob Tallman has been chosen more often.
Boyd also has been selected to work the Dodge National Circuit Finals in Pocatello, Idaho. In addition, he has announced the Montana, Turquoise, Badlands, and Southeastern Circuit Finals, as well as the Texas Circuit Finals 10 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 11 different occasions. In 2010, Polhamus announced the sport’s 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 says. “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.”
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.