By Lillian Landreth
Working The American Rodeo is an experience Anthony Lucia will never forget. The trick roper, team roper, and now rodeo announcer from Weatherford, Texas not only announced The Crown Jewel of Rodeo with Garrett Yerigan, but also hustled on to interviews with the champions immediately following the action.
Over the past two years, Anthony has done both jobs individually, but was honored—and challenged—to tackle them simultaneously in 2023. “I doubted myself at times if I could do it, to go from entertaining during a live event to that special moment of talking with someone who’s advancing or just won $100,000. But by the grace of God I got through it, and it was an honor to be part of it all.”
Anthony, who grew up performing specialty acts alongside his dad, ProRodeo Hall of Famer Tommy Lucia, started out with a career in trick roping. But conveying his love of the sport to others eclipsed his love for roping, and he honed his skills in rodeo announcing instead.
Greatest Story Ever Told
“What I love most is being able to narrate the greatest story ever told, and that’s professional rodeo. I love being able to take people on a journey and help them feel every single emotion throughout the event. I use stats or stories, wins or misses, to explain why the story is important, and that’s how we create fans. When Stetson Wright was about to nod his head at The American, I asked the audience if they wanted to witness history or be a part of history. Rodeo fans have an innate ability of making history happen through the energy and noise they make, and that fuels competitors to do amazing things. I think it’s those moments that are forever emblazoned in my mind, and it’s so special to be the voice in that moment.”