“It’s time for an official public announcement,” the post read. “After 26 years of producing and contracting rodeos, the best quarter of a century anybody could ever wish for, Mary Beth and I have decided to move on to the next chapter of our lives. This decision comes after a lot of deep soul searching.”
One of the best-known rodeo production companies in the Midwest will have a new captain at the helm as Mike Gillum announced he is handing over the reins of Outlaw Rodeo Productions to long time partner Lance McCollum, another Pike County native, the week before last.
Outlaw Rodeo Productions was started in January of 1988 by two of Gillum’s friends. They were based out of Cuba and contracted five rodeos the first year.
Gillum, who was born and raised in Ashley, and his wife, Mary Beth, a St. Clement girl, bought into the company and it was incorporated in January of 1989. Later that year existing contractor, forming what would be the base of the bucking stock herd for years to come.
5J Rodeo Company was born in 1998, when the McCollum family bought their first bucking horses.
“I was fighting bulls for a stock contractor, and he was leasing bulls to other stock contractors, so it seemed like a good idea to lease horses out and make some income, hoping it would turn into a business,” Lance explained.
It would be quite some time later before the Outlaw and 5J teams would join forces. The two became partners, with Lance taking control of personnel, arena setup, and stock, and Gillum handling production, paperwork, and PR.
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