The longstanding tradition of awarding the Clay County Pioneer Reunion Rodeo Queen with a two-horse slant trailer has stronger ties than ever this year as the 2014 trailer was constructed by Wyatt Engineering and Fabrication, a startup company based in Deer Creek.
Sponsors of the trailer are the Scaling and Company Ranch and Burns Ranch.
Wyatt Engineering and Fabrication specializes in two-horse to five-horse slants and in its short 18-month history, has turned out 23 in various sizes.
Courtney, a lifelong resident of Deer Creek, and Kyle, of Wichita Falls, have two children, Kyler and Kamryn, both students at Midway ISD.
Kyle and Courtney Wyatt began the business in March 2013 after Kyle built a trailer to carry horses to youth events for daughter Kamryn.
As Kamryn’s interest in competing in playdays and youth rodeo grew, the Wyatt family considered the purchase of a new trailer. Purchase prices for steel horse trailers can run from $6,000 for an average bumper-pull to $11,000 for a basic gooseneck.
“After looking at the price of trailers, I thought, ‘Man, I could build that,’” Said Kyle.
So he did. Once completed, the Wyatts took the trailer to a playday in Nocona where Kamryn was competing. The trailer was so well received that Kyle was asked to build another and a manufacturing company was born.
“A lady saw it and said, ‘I want one,’” said Kyle. “That was the first one we build for someone else.”
While his company is new, Kyle is no stranger to manufacturing and business. He has 15 years experience as a manufacturing engineer and a third-generation business owner. His grandfather, George Wyatt started Wyatt Motor and Brake of Wichita Falls in 1947, and his father, the late Mike Wyatt, opened Wyatt’s Discount Muffler and Brake in 1991.
Wyatt Engineering and Fabrication has three employees, all Clay County residents, and purchases all materials from area distributors when possible. Most of the materials are purchased in Wichita Falls or Fort Worth. Kyle said all of the steel used in Wyatt Trailers comes from Steel and Alloy Specialties in Wichita Falls, a company owned by Mike and Mary Erskine of Henrietta.
The rodeo queen’s trailer will be awarded to one of two women seeking the senior title during Friday’s rodeo performance.