Dollie Riddle is a 3rd generation member of the famous Beutler rodeo family. Dollie’s grandfather was one of the original Beutler Brothers who started producing rodeos in 1929. Dollie grew up in the rodeo business. Dollie’s grandfather Elra and father, Jiggs Beutler, launched Beutler & Son rodeo in 1956.
Dollie and her sister Vickie grew up in the rodeo office alongside their mother, Una. Una secretaried
rodeos for Jiggs & Elra, when it was a time of staying in the rodeo office for 12 -14 hours, entering,
answering the telephone and using a typewriter and carbon paper!
Dollie admired the work and artistry of trick riding. At age 14, she and her father talked to J.W. Stoker at a rodeo in Burwell, Nebraska and set up some trick riding lessons. Immediately, Dollie took to the trick riding, and performed at many rodeos for her family and other top notch rodeo producers. Some of her favorite rodeos to perform at were: Oklahoma State Fair; North Platte and Burwell, Nebraska; Cheyenne, Wyoming; Tulsa, OK, and Memphis, TN. She performed as a trick rider from 1965-1979 and 2 of her favorite tricks were The Tail Drag and One Foot Stand.
One of Dollie’s accomplishments of trick riding has been passing down the art of trick riding to her daughter, Melissa Navarre and granddaughters, Shyla, Layna, and Clara who are rising stars in the arena.
Using her secretarial skills, Dollie also began timing her father’s rodeo at age 17 and started secretarying rodeos in 1974. She credits her mother and sister Vickie for the precise skills of a rodeo secretary to maintain a top notch rodeo office. Dollie has been selected to time the National Finals Rodeo, in Las Vegas, on 5 different occasions and selected for the assistant secretary, twice.
With rodeo in her blood, Dollie has been dedicated to the sport of professional rodeo for over 55 years, and is still timing and secretary for her brother, Bennie of Beutler & Son Rodeo.
Dollie is married to Rusty Riddle who is also a member of the Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame and qualified for the National Finals eight times in the bareback riding. They own and operate a ranch in Vernon, TX.