Bennie Beutler was inducted into the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs, Colo. in July of 2010.
The famed stock contractor from Elk City, Okla., is the third generation of Beutlers to be in the stock contracting business. Beutler and his son Rhett make up the Beutler and Son Rodeo Co., which provides bucking horses and bulls for rodeos across the nation. The company has had animals selected to buck at pro rodeo's world championship, the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, for nearly every year of its six decades of existence.
Beutler has served as assistant general manager of the National Finals Rodeo since 1982, as NFR chute boss (1979-1980), as a member of the PRCA Rules Committee (1980), stock contractor representative on the NFR committee (1981-1982), as a member of the PRCA board of directors (1989-1991), and as stock contractor director on the PRCA board until 2004. He was PRCA Stock Contractor of the year in 1997.
Bennie goes into the Hall of Fame, following his uncle Lynn Beutler, who was inducted in 1979.
The Beutler name has been part of professional rodeo for decades, from the onset of Beutler Brothers Rodeo Co. to collaboration of Beutler & Son Rodeo Co.
Bennie Beutler and son Rhett have joined together to carry on the family business that began in 1929 when brothers Elra, Jake, and Lynn Beutler began providing stock to rodeos. Jake and Lynn kept the sibling business running in a similar form, but Elra eventually teamed with son Jiggs to form the original Beutler & Son.
Bennie worked with his father, Jiggs and grandfather in the family business. After his elders' deaths in the 1980's, Bennie joined forces with E.K. Gaylord II to form Beutler & Gaylord Rodeo Co. That partnership continued for a dozen years, having won the PRCA's stock contractor of the year title in 1997 and having numerous horses and bulls named roughstock animals of the year.
In 2001, Bennie and Rhett began a partnership that should maintain the family tradition when the reclaimed the firm's original name, Beutler & Son. From the ranch north of Elk City, Oklahoma, it seems the Beutlers will continue to be part of rodeo's folklore.