Growney Brothers Rodeo started in 1979 with practice stock used by rough stock competitor John Growney and the purchase of Rodeo Stock Contractor’s rodeo company from Bob Cook. Growney Brother’s Rodeo became exclusively professional in 1980 after only one year in the amateur ranks. From the beginning, Don Kish partnered with Growney managing the bucking bull program and became one of the most influential bull breeders in America. In 2000 Growney Brother’s Rodeo was named the stock contractor of the year. Growing to produce some of the biggest professional rodeos, Tim Bridwell was added as a partner in 2005, managing the bucking horse program. Growney and Bridwell won the 2008 PRCA Remuda Award, an annual award given by the Professional Rodeo Cowboy’s Association (PRCA) honoring the stock contractor with the best all-around bucking horse herd. Individually Growney served on the PRCA’s stock contractor executive council from 2008-10 and together the trio went on to be nominated for Stock Contractor of the Year in 2009 and 2010. In 2015, 9 animals were selected to the coveted Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, bareback horse Beaver Fever won 5th for best bareback horse and the firm’s bull Crystal Deal was crowned the PRCA’s Bucking Bull of the Year.
Between the three partners are three ranches in the Red Bluff, CA area with over 3500 acres of owned and leased land which houses annually 200 bucking bulls, 200 bucking horses and 400 calves and steers.