Rosser is a name that has become synonymous
with quality rodeo production. After
a ranch accident in 1956 abruptly ended
a promising career as a rodeo contestant,
Cotton purchased the Flying U Rodeo Company.
For the past several decades, Cotton and
his family have worked to make the Flying
U one of the most successful stock contracting
firms in professional rodeo. Cotton
has long been known for his outstanding
rodeo productions, including the flamboyant
opening ceremonies presented at the National
Finals Rodeo, the Houston Livestock Show
and the Grand National Rodeo in San Francisco
just to name a few. Rodeo is show
business as far as he is concerned.
According to Cotton, "You have to run
the show, you can't let the show run you.
If you don't keep the audience entertained
they will go somewhere else."
his competition in mind helps Cotton's creative
juices flow. He has been inspired
in the past to bring such events to rodeo
as Bull Poker, Roman Chariot Races, Bull
Teeter-Totter and the "Wild Ride"
- which has blown fans at the Red Bluff
Round-Up away the past couple of years as
some of the biggest names in bronc riding
donned outrageous costumes and hopped aboard
some of Flying U's best bucking horses.
recognizes Gene Autry as the person who
most influenced the showman in him.
During the 30's, 40's and 50's stock contractors
had a lot of class, silver saddles, matched
horses and a flair for showmanship.
Every cowboy rode in the grand entry during
the heyday of rodeo in such places as Madison
Square Garden in New York, Chicago, Houston,
Fort Worth and Boston. Cotton has
always tried to bring some of that pageantry
and color back to rodeo.
addition to their responsibilities with
the Flying U, Cotton and his wife, Karin,
own and operate Cotton's Cowboy Corral,
a Marysville, CA western wear store.
Both Cotton and Karin have pilot's licenses
and Cotton has served on the PRCA Board
Rosser family lives a life that revolves
around professional rodeo. The spirit
and showmanship of the old west is alive
and well in the form of Cotton Rosser.
Life on the rodeo trail is not easy, but
he manages to make a living doing what he
loves...living the life of a cowboy!
Flying U Rodeo is a big operation and it
requires many family members and employees
working together to produce the successful
and entertaining rodeos. Below are some
of the family members.