Summary: Introducing one of our special team members, Mr. Doug Mathis. Not only is he a former Tarleton student, current Cleburne ranch resident, ordained minister, and a God loving man, he is also a rodeo announcer! To this day, he has had great success and is named one of the top rodeo announcers in the country.
Introducing one of our special team members, Mr. Doug Mathis. Doug is a former Tarleton State University student, current Cleburne ranch resident, ordained minister, and a God loving man. He grew up with a love of baseball, a desire to be a cowboy, and a need for excitement as he rode bulls. In fact, Doug was the Bull Riding Director his freshman year at Tarleton. After a life changing injury, he reconsidered his career goals and his passion for rodeo led him to where he is today, one of the top rodeo announcers in the country.
Ever since Doug was 3 years old, he had been attending the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo, which to this day is his all-time favorite rodeo. He took on numerous jobs at the stock show working from 6 pm to 6 am, so he could sneak off during quiet hours and listen to Bob Tallman start the rodeo. His grandfather once told him, "One of these days, that's going to be you", in acknowledgement to the rodeo announcer.
Doug took his grandfather's support and other's advice and dove head first into announcing. To this day, he still gets nervous before performances. Doug commented, “If I didn’t get nervous, what’s the point of continuing?”. His goal is to entertain an audience of 10 people the same he would do an audience of 10,000. Doug’s advice to up and coming employees, or anyone for that matter, is to never quit. If you decide to quit or not push forward, there is someone else out there going up and beyond to get ahead. He credits all glory to God and shares time with God before he announces. “God has given us the strengths, so we should praise Him for those strengths”, stated Doug. He also recommends paying attention to the details and always having fun.
Even though Doug is passionate about being a rodeo announcer, he is still a loving family man. His supportive wife, Dee Mathis, travels around with him in a Freightliner Dynamax with their two fur legged companions, Cody and Gus. They travel to different rodeos around the United States for 10 months out of the year and are home for only short periods of time. Having a ranch in Cleburne, Texas, there is quite the load to do when they are home and even though they enjoy their short time at home taking care of the cattle, they are ready to be back on the road again. He also has a son-in-law and daughter, Luke and Shiloh Tkach, who reside in Stephenville, Texas.
Doug sees plenty of beautiful sites and cool places along the way, but one of his favorite rodeos to attend is Deadwood, South Dakota, even though he does not announce during the rodeo. The western history, tranquil environment, and scenic mountains makes this town memorable for Doug and Dee. Other favorite rodeos include, but are not limited to, Evergreen, Colorado and Red Lodge, Montana.
Look for Doug at upcoming events, including the 4th annual stage show with the infamous Gizmo McCracken, the “2017 Comedy Act of the Year”, at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada during the 10 day rodeo we all know as the National Finals Rodeo. The show features comedy, vocal talent, a military and flag tribute, as well as other varieties of talent.
Safe travels down the road and good luck at your future endeavors Mr. Doug Mathis!