In the 1980’s, West Huggins spent his childhood on a family farm and ranch in Uvalde, Texas. While his family would unwind down at the roping pen, West would sit at the roping box, and give each practice run a play-by-play in his best “tongue tied” mini Rodeo Announcer voice. After a surgical procedure to correct his dilemma, and many hours of speech therapy, West soon began to talk like a normal Texas kid.
In the 90’s West and his family moved to Odessa, Texas. West, as an amateur roper during this time, was in a pay-to-practice session with many others. As the sun fell and the winter breeze filled the West Texas Horse Center Arena, he decided to give his horse a break and he himself warm up in the announcer’s stand. While others took their turns in the roping box, West decided to pick up the microphone and start announcing each team as if it was the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. After a good laugh from the group, West decided, that it was time to get back to his own practice. After a few days of his best “Bob Tallman” the man that operated the arena offered West the opportunity to practice for free, as long as he continued to announce for some of the ropers. He agreed.
After one week of the fake WNFR Show, West was met at the bottom of the steps with his future. A gentleman that served on the committee of a local county rodeo asked West to announce the upcoming event.
This one event led to calls from rodeos around West Texas and Eastern New Mexico. His voice was heard at many of the National Intercollegiate Rodeos in the Southwest Region. Businesses began to use his signature voice over the local Permian Basin radio coverage in commercials weather announcements.
In 2006, West officially donned the title of Professional Rodeo Announcer and became a member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association.
Since then, West has also become one of the most recognized voices in the United Professional Rodeo Association (UPRA). He has been selected to work the prestigious CINCH United Finals Rodeo 8 times. He has also been voted as a UPRA Rodeo Announcer of the year 8 times.
He and his wife Keri, and twin sons, Walker and Trevor, now travel together to almost 90% of the rodeo stops. They now live in Midland, Texas. West and his wife get the opportunity to work together, at many rodeos side by side as she serves as a rodeo secretary and also PRCA Member. West isn’t the only one with a title or two. Keri has been selected to work the CINCH United Finals multiple times as a rodeo secretary.
Not only does the Huggins family make a living on the road, they also have a busy life at home. West owns and operates a marketing and advertising company that specializes in the western industry. Keri is a successful realtor in the West Texas area. Between a rodeo schedule and hauling their children to school related functions, West describes his life as “…a gift. Every little detail of my life has been planned, and even though I questioned several moves by the Planner, God knew what he was doing, even if I didn’t”
8 Time UPRA Rodeo Announcer of the Year
3 Time UPRA Stand United Series Announcer of the Year
1 Time TCRA Rodeo Announcer of the Year