If life had turned out just a little bit differently, John Harrison would be an accountant, sitting
behind a desk pushing papers. But lucky for us, he’s not. Instead, the Soper, Okla. cowboy entertains rodeo fans across the nation with his trick riding, humor and comedy banter.
At a rodeo when he was six, he watched the trick riders and specialty acts entertain, and he was enthralled. “I was caught up in the glamour of it,” he remembers. “The crowd cheered for them,and they were the stars of the rodeo, and who everybody talked about when they left.”
So he began taking trick riding lessons, and his dad taught him to trick rope, in the dining room of the house. “We tore up everything from tile and grout to plaster on the ceiling,” John laughs. “Mom was always yelling at us, and I was always knocking something down.”
By the time he was in college, he was already working rodeos. After graduating with a degree in agricultural business, he went straight into the rodeo world. In 1999 he became a member of the Pro Rodeo Cowboys Association.
He started with roman riding, trick riding, and trick roping, and added comedy to his repertoire. Now, he’s best known for his humor and his “walk and talk” banter with the announcer during each rodeo.
John grew up in the shadow of a legend, with world champion bull rider Freckles Brown as his granddad. But he never knew much about Freckles when he was a kid. “I knew him more as granddad and not as a famous rodeo figure. I learned more about him through rodeoing, and being around (announcers) Hadley Barrett and Clem McSpadden. Those guys would sit down and tell you stories.”
He’s looking forward to working the Buffalo Bill Rodeo. “I have pictures of my granddad
riding bulls in North Platte in the mid ‘60’s.” John and his wife Carla have two children, ages five and three, and a third one, who will be born in April. For more information on John, visit www.harrisonentertainment.com.