101 Ranch Rodeo in August Will Feature New,
Familiar Performers - Rex Allen, Mister Cowboy…..Familiar faces
and new ones will be in Ponca City for the 101 Ranch Rodeo Thursday,
Friday and Saturday, August 28, 29 and 30. Tickets are to go on sale
the middle of June for the 101 Ranch Rodeo in August.
In addition, there will be a pre-rodeo spectacular in the Hutchins
Memorial Auditorium on Wednesday, August 27, which will be the only
opportunity people in this area will have to see lovely Linda
This scintillating entertainer was featured on the Bob Hope special
and has appeared this year with Dean Martin and Ed Sullivan, besides
thrilling audiences from coast to coast on stage.
Also on stage at the spectacular will be the hilarious singing
humorists, Homer and Jethro, who have received a Grammy Award for
the funniest recording.
Completing the star-studded cast for the spectacular will be Mister
Cowboy, Rex Allen, and the Men of the West.
It can truly be said of Rex that he is returning to the 101 Ranch
Rodeo by popular demand of the thousands of friends and fans he made
when he was the rodeo star in 1966.
Each evening Allen and the Men of the West will entertain in the
rodeo arena. Boys and girls can begin looking forward to being
greeted by Rex when he rides around the arena at the conclusion of
Homer and Jethro will be performing in the arena each evening,
adding a new dimension to the always top "between events"
Trick riding, which has not been seen here for a number of years, is
being brought back. This time it is the J. W. Stoker troupe from
Overland Park, Kan., which has earned the title of World Champion
A thrill a second, interspersed with many a laugh, is assure with
the return of the stock of Elra Beutler and Son of Elk City.
The lively, sturdy calves and the husky, strong steers often take
the ropers and doggers on a merry chase down the arena, loudly
protesting all the way.
Another of the familiar faces, a great favorite not only with rodeo
fans here but throughout the rodeo world, will be that of Buck
LeGrand. Buck again will be the bull fighter, and only the Brahma
bulls will be against him.
The "golden voice" of rodeo, Mel Lambert, will add colorful
descriptions to the colorful events. He knows rodeo and announces
such famous ones as the Pendleton Roundup, which this year will have
a purse in excess of $73,000.
Few people look into the announcer's stand as they are too busy with
events in the arena. But there for the second consecutive year will
be June Ivory, who, last year worked the National Finals Rodeo in
In the arena, and one of the most important men to the contesting
cowboy athletes, will be Buster Ivory serving as judge. He also was
selected to work the National Finals Rodeo.
THREE BIG ACTS IN AUGUST 27 SPECTACULAR Tickets on Sale; Show
Precedes 3-Night Rodeo Three acts will be featured in the 101
Spectacular to be 8 p.m. Wednesday, August 27, in the Hutchins
Memorial auditorium. Two, Rex Allen and Homer and Jethro, will be
seen each evening at the 101 Ranch Rodeo, as well as in the
spectacular. But not the versatile song stress Linda Merrill, who
this year has made guest appearances in such television shows as
those of Bob Hope, Dean Martin and Ed Sullivan.
One of America's most provocative entertainers, she delights her
audiences with her songs, and surprises them with her dancing
agility. Clever comedy lines are delivered by the lovely Linda with
a unique sense of timing.
The American Business Club has assumed responsibility for selling
tickets to the two-hour spectacular, with Dick Horton as the general
Tickets, priced at $5; $4, $3 and $2, have been placed in each of
the three Ponca City banks and at the Ponca City Savings and Loan
Association. Also, they may be purchased from any Ambuc.
All seats are reserved at the Hutchins and tickets purchased other
than at the rodeo office in the Chamber of Commerce, 112 North
Third, should be turned in to the office for a reserved seat, Horton
The Spectacular is the opening event of the annual 101 Ranch Rodeo,
which is less than three weeks away. Reserved seats may be purchased
at the Rodeo Office, also.
Colorful store front decorations began to make their appearance in
Ponca City Saturday and everyone is urged to "go western" beginning
This year it should be especially easy to go western in dress, as
many secured handsome outfits last year for the 75th anniversary of
the opening of the Cherokee Strip.
String ties, cowboy boots, big hats are proper for men. For women it
will be long, flowing pioneer dresses with sunbonnets or western
jeans, blouses and a broad brim cowgirl bat.
For all it will be exciting and fun with the Spectacular, the three
nights of top rodeo events and an interesting, long parade.
RODEO OFFICE TO BE OPEN ON SATURDAYS Band Will Play Thursday
Night at Rodeo Ticket Office You're invited to come downtown
Thursday evening and join in the fun as the special activities
leading up to the 101 Ranch days in Ponca. City get underway.
A swinging western band--Les Gilliam and the Cavaliers--will he
playing in front of the Rodeo Office at the Chamber of Commerce, 112
Hours are 7-7: 30 and 8-8:30 p.m.
The Rodeo Ticket office will be open and tickets can be purchased or
those previously purchased turned in for reserved seats to either
the 101 Spectacular on Wednesday, August 27, or any of the three
night performances of the 101 Ranch Rodeo.
The band is playing under sponsorship of the Ambucs, who have taken
the responsibility for advance sale to the spectacular--two hours of
music and laughter.
There will be activity in the rodeo arena Thursday, Friday and
Saturday nights, September 28-30, beginning at 7 o'clock and
continuing up to time of the Grand Entry at 8 o'clock.
All seats are reserved and many of the advance tickets are now being
The ticket office will be open each Thursday evening until 8:30 and
on Saturdays 8:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. It is hoped these hours will
alleviate the rush which usually marks the last few days before the
......................101 RANCH RODEO
101 Days in Ponca City -- a spectacular evening of music and
laughter -- three, thrill packed evenings of rodeo with more good
Homer and Jethro, the laugh favorites of millions who have seen or
heard them, will be here.
Headlines with the natural-born wits it Rex Allen and the Men of the
West, who had the thousands at the 1966 rodeo cheering and
foot-stomping with their infectious singing and rhythm.
Masters of moods in music, the Men of the West subtly wove pathos
into the arena program.
Sharing the spotlight at the 101 Spectacular -- but only at the
spectacular -- will be that, "yum-yummy," Linda Merrill.
In the Spectacular to be Wednesday, August 27, at 8 p.m. in the
Hutchins Memorial auditorium, she will take the audience on a warm
and wonderful trip through show business with delft vocal
impressions of the "greats."
Theater and night club patrons return time after time to enjoy Miss
Merrill, whose act develops to meet the moods of her audience. She
never "grows stale" with her fans. She may open with quick parody,
followed by popular tunes of every age before going into imitations
of such notables as Joe E. Lewis" Ethel Merman and Roberta Sherwood
-- and others. Her closing usually is a complete change of
tempo, a spiritual.
Homer and Jethro, two Tennessee-born gentlemen, take the nation's
top song hits, adapt them to their unique style and send them
rocking and reeling back home to haunt their original creators. The
slaughter begins when a song becomes popular and Homer and Jethro
take notice, of it. Quickly they work out their version of it, with
little but the melody escaping unchanged.
Does Tin Pan Alley get up-set by the musical mayhem Homer and Jethro
practice with their parodies of the best wares of popular music?
In fact, most publishers come to these Tennessee gentlemen, asking,
sometimes begging, that they "tear apart" their tenderest love
lyrics and mild novelties.
It seems, happily, there is room for a good serious popular song and
also a good-natured spoof of that song.
These unrivaled musical satirists are also outstanding musicians,
Homer on the guitar and Jethro on the mandolin.
At the Spectacular and each night of the 101 Ranch Rodeo. Rex .Allen
and the. Men of the West will be entertaining the crowds.
Rex, one of the most personable men in show business, meets his fans
at the hometown level, for here he is able to relax and share with
them one of the most important factors in motion picture and
television goodwill -- the personal handshake and greeting between
star and fan.
Rex, rather shyly, admits he is a fan, himself. He is an ardent fan
of all the people he meets at rodeos and fairs, for a he enjoys his
contacts with people as much as they enjoy having at least a
fleeting contact with Mr. Cowboy.
The return of Rex Allen and the Men of the West will give great
pleasure to the many, many hundreds who have asked members of 101
Ranch Rodeo Foundation
"Why don't you bring Rex Allen back? He's a great entertainer - and
what a great guy!"
* * * * * * *
Rodeo --- a whole era of history of the West.
The Cowboy --- fiercely independent, proud of a free life, carving
out a code of living where there was no law.
* * * * * * *
This is the inheritance of the 101 Ranch Rodeo established at the
turn of the century by the Miller Brothers--Joe, Zack and, George,
as the world famous Wild West Show.
Basic characteristics of the 4 early cowboy are still to be found in
America's most competitive sport -- rodeo.
These will be seen as the more than 100 cowboys, professional
athletes as disciplined as any in the sports world today, compete
for more than $8,000 in prize money.
Rodeo performances will be 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday,
August 28, 29 and 30.
Today, the cowboy contestant finds a challenge in making his own way
solely on ability, tempered with luck.
The daredevil competitive instinct of cowboys developed two of the
major events in rodeo today -- bareback riding and bull riding.
These are both spectacular and dangerous.
Equally as spectacular -- and perhaps more dangerous than
bareback -- is saddle bronc riding. Only the cowboy accustomed to
hours in the saddle competes successfully in this standard event.
From the daring and challenge of "it's impossible," has come the
present steer wrestling, or "doggin'," which throws the cowboy in
the saddle onto 700 pounds of racing steer.
Steer wrestling pits human "know-how and cold nerve against brute
force and raw animal instinct in one of the toughest events in the
sport of rodeo." It originated with that early day cowhand of the
101 Ranch --- Bill Pickett.
Team work between cowboy and roping horse is the secret of good time
in calf roping, which is an outgrowth of work on early day ranches.
Rodeo is truly a history of life in the west as it was lived on the
prairie nearly a century ago.
101 SPECTACULAR ONLY WEEK AWAY;
TIME TO GO WESTERN IN PONCA CITY
RIDING AND ROPING are returning to the 101 Ranch Rodeo this year
after a lapse of several years. J. W. Stoker, "the dean" of ropers
and trick riders, will bring his troupe to entertain the thousands
expected at the rodeo' each evening. Black light roping, probably
one of the most imitated acts in rodeo, was originated by Stoker
after performing for American servicemen in Korea. In one of his
acts, Stoker makes an entrance through a large paper horseshoe,
which is glowing under the magic of black-lites. As the white horse
jumps through the horseshoe, it too lights up as though luminous.
Stoker's entrance is accentuated by the spinning of a 75-foot rope
called the "cowboy's wedding ring".
Don't go West --- go western!
Put on the string tie, don a wide-brimmed cowboy hat, wear a pair of
jeans or western trousers with a western cut shirt and join in the
spirit of the 101 Ranch Rodeo days in Ponca City.
Thursday evening there will be sounds of western music in downtown
Ponca City as the Fireglows begin playing at 6 p.m. in the Rodeo
Ticket office, 112 North Third.
ONE OF THE BUSIEST and most enthusiastic groups
working to create interest in the 101 Spectacular and the 101 Ranch
Rodeo are the Fireglows, widely known for their "western music with
a modern touch." They have played in downtown Ponca City, will be
in' the rodeo parade Saturday afternoon, on stage at the Spectacular
Wednesday and provide background music for all pre-grand entry
activities in the 101 Ranch Rodeo arena Thursday, Friday and
Saturday, beginning at 7 p.m. All of their time is being donated.
For those who like to dance or to watch dancers, they will play for
a dance immediately following the rodeo Friday and Saturday nights
in the Universal Aviation Hangar at the Airport. Reserved seats for
the Spectacular and each of the three rodeo performances may be
secured at the Rodeo Ticket Office, 112 North Third, which will be
open until 8:30 tonight and until 5 p.m. the remainder of the week.
In the Fireglows are, left to right, Bill Henderson, drums; Bill
Pruitt, steel guitar and lead guitar; Doug Roland, master of
ceremonies, vocalist and rhythm guitar; Carl Adams, vocalist and
lead guitar, and Ralph Pruitt.
Everyone is invited to come to North Third for the entertainment and
perhaps tap a toe to the lively, rhythmic music.
Reserved seats for the 101 Spectacular to be Wednesday, August 27,
in the Hutchins Memorial and for all or one of the three
of the rodeo can be picked up. The 1969 rodeo will be August 28, 29
and 30, with 8 p.m. performances.
Special pre-rodeo activities have been planned for each evening,
beginning at 7 o'clock or before.
Never before has such an array of outstanding talent been secured
for a 101 Ranch Rodeo or the two-hour spectacular.
Each performance will be an entirely new show, only the entertainers
remaining the same. The songs, jokes, acts will be different.
Only one opportunity has been provided for persons to see and hear
Linda Merrill, the versatile songstress with a "dynamic singing
personality and cover-girl appeal.
On the stage and in the arena will be Rex Allen and the Men of the
West, who proved so unusually popular when they appeared here in
As a distinct contrast there will be that incomparable pair, Homer
and Jethro, whose style is beyond description and who must be heard
in person to be truly appreciated.
This is in addition to the top cowboys of the nation competing on
some of the best stock in professional rodeo today, and one of the
most outstanding trick riding acts ever put together.
This all adds up to four wonderful, fun-filled entertaining 101
Ranch Rodeo days in Ponca City.
Bulls Are Devils, They Remember!
"Never a cowboy that couldn't be throwed---never a bronc
or a bull that couldn't be rode."
This has been the lure of the sport of. rodeo through its lusty
One of the greatest to follow its lure from ranch to the rodeo arena
is Freckles, the Unsinkable, Unbelievable Mr. Brown of Soper, who
has competed in the 101 Ranch Rodeo arena four years and is expected
back this year.
In 1968, at the age of 48, Freckles placed third nationally in bull
riding, even though a series of injuries either sidelined or
curtailed him. But Freckles is endowed with an indefinable quality
that makes him a phenomenon in the roughest, 'most dangerous event
of any professional sport.
This is a man who has rodeoed professionally since 1938. No other
sport can boast of, such a top-flight competitor.
When he comes out of the chutes---watch him. He is known as a
"hustler," always moving back and forth on the bull's back to get
the best position for the best ride.
"There is a lot of action when you ride a Brahma," Brown says. "They
are unpredictable critters---a lot faster and quicker' than a bronc."
Freckles said the toughest part in riding a bull is remaining
flexible aboard the broad back as the big animal whirls and bucks,
his skin sliding across the spine like the skin on a dog's neck.
"You have to. be completely flexible from the waist up," Brown said.
"Balance is the main thing. Always keep your head and shoulders
moving the same way the bull is." The spinning bull is more
dangerous than the bull that bucks to. get his rider off, the
veteran said. "There is more danger of being trampled or butted if a
rider falls to the inside." The bullrider's art doesn't end when he
hits the dirt. Surviving is a big part of the job.
When' you hit the dirt, you just keep moving, rolling and turning
away from the bull. If you lie still he can kill you, but as long as
you are rolling he will slip off and you'll only get scratched and
Unlike bronc riding, pickup men an horses are not used in bull
riding. The bulls charge horses and could cause serious injury to
horse and rider. The only help ready for the fallen bull rider is
the preposterous rodeo clowns with his antics and his open-ended
bright red barrel.
Clown's Real Job Is Bullfighting
The ridiculous looking clowns, with their outlandish
flapping costumes, goading a murderous Brahma bull into a head-on
charge is not just a rodeo clown.
NICE BULL! N...I...C...E BULL, we'll tickle your nose for yah
He is a bullfighter, serious in his profession and trusted by the
cowboys, often with their lives.
Bulls are devils. They are the only rodeo stock that is out to kill.
The bronc, as soon as it is rid of its rider, tries to avoid the
conquered, cowboy if possible.
But not the Brahma bulls!
The men who ride the bulls know that the clown is not in the arena
with him just as an added attraction to provide the spectators with
laughs and a few added thrills to supplement the eight seconds or
less of action on the bull.
In that dangerous split-second when the cowboy parts company with
the Brahma, the rodeo clown is the most important person in the
world. It is up to him to make the enraged bull to forget the
tormentor on his back long enough for the rider to fling himself
clear of the flailing hooves and butting head.
Buck LeGrand, who has clowned the National Finals Rodeo and in
Madison Square Garden as the choice of the cowboys, makes it look
easy, Buck may clown, but that it is serious business can be seen in
his face as he intently watches bull and rider.
Buck knows there is only one way to make the enraged bull forget the
rider--he must make the bull madder at him than he is at the cowboy.
Most bulls are old campaigners, becoming incredibly smart.
They don't drop their heads and charge, They keep their eyes riveted
on a man until the last second and then hook one horn with the speed
and accuracy of a fencer.
Because some have learned the first move doesn't pay, they become
cagey and just stand in the arena until a move is made toward them.
Then they try to catch a man when he is off balance and the
advantage is theirs.
Cowboys will tell you that bulls are like people!
Why does the rodeo clown risk his life night after night fighting
the bulls to protect a cowboy he may know only slightly?
Ask Buck, or Gary Parli who will be clowning with him.
Each will have his own answer.
101 RODEO OPENING TONIGHT; REX ALLEN, HOMER, JETHRO HERE
Rodeo Will Run Through Saturday Familiar cowboys and those who
have never appeared in the 101 Ranch arena are among the 163 entries
for the 1969 rodeo which begins tonight at 8 o'clock.
They come from 12 states Oklahoma, Texas, Iowa, New Mexico, Wyoming,
Arizona, California, Kansas, Arkansas, Montana, Nebraska and
In addition, 27 girls will be in competition for the prize money in
Entry fees and the purse of $3,850 put up by the 101 Ranch Rodeo
Foundation brings the prize money up for grabs to $7,450.
Pre-grand entry activity in the arena begins at 7 o'clock with the
101 Memorial Trail Hiders and the Ponca Trailblazers parading.
Theses These two groups have been riding the trails and the pastures
since Sunday, heading for the rodeo grounds.
The nine lovely queen candidates will be introduced at 7:35, after
which Miss Janie Roby, the 1968 of the 101 Ranch Rodeo, will appear
in the arena and demonstrate the horsemanship qualities of a queen.
During the pre-rodeo, music will be furnished by the Fireglows.
Behind the microphone will be the golden voice of rodeo, Mel Lambert
of Salem, Ore., who is making his first appearance here. This is
Lambert's first visit to Oklahoma, although he has been an
announcer for more than 20 years announcing "the big ones."
If the 101 Spectacular was a preview of the special entertainers for
the rodeo, the crowds will be treated to the finest between-events
show in the history of the 101 Ranch Rodeo.
Rex Allen and the Men of the West need no introduction to Ponca
Citians. Homer and Jethro, while never having appeared here before,
can count their Ponca City fans by the hundreds, if not thousands.
The Rodeo Ticket Office will remain open at 112 North Third until 5
p.m. then will be moved to the rodeo grounds. All seats are
reserved. The $2 advance sale tickets will be exchanged for $2.50
reserved seats at the downtown ticket office. All seats at the rodeo
grounds will be $2.50 for reserved seats and $3.50 for box seats.
MORE TOP COWBOYS COMPETING TONIGHT
Layne Leader In Bull Riding, 2nd in Bareback The 101
Ranch Rodeo is right in there with all others across the country.
It is not the same --- it is better!
World champion cowboys competed at the opening performance Thursday
evening and others will be going out tonight and Saturday.
While the same stars will entertaining the crowds at the rodeo both
nights there will be no repeat performances.
The crowd was unusually responsive, not only to the entertainers and
the trick riders, but to the cowboys, applauding their successes and
cheering them when a good try brought them only a goose egg.
Mel Lambert, announcer, told the spectators he was not going to ask
for applause and it was never necessary.
Tonight there will be activity in the arena beginning at 6 o'clock,
when the queen contestants will be judged on their horsemanship.
This is open to all interested persons and there is no admission
charge. At 7:15, Mike Sokoll and the trick ropers will perform and
then the men here for the 101 Cowboy' Association reunion are to be
introduced. Miss Janie Roby, the 1968 queen, will ride, to
complete the pre-grand entry activity.
Saturday at 2:30 p.m. will be the annual rodeo parade on Grand
Avenue, with the hundreds of riders going on to the rodeo grounds
ready for the grand entry at 8 o'clock.
Everyone will want to be at the rodeo early the last night for the
crowning of the 1969 queen, scheduled for 7:15. Following the
ceremonies she will ride the pattern which counts 50 percent toward
Coming out tonight will be such champion cowboy athletes as
Clyde Vanvoras of Burkburnett, Tex., the 1968 world champion
bareback rider who is fourth in the current standings.
Jim Houston, Omaha, Neb. holder of two world bareback bronc riding
crowns and runner-up for the 1968 All Around Cowboy title, will be
seen in action. In 1962, Houston was Rookie of the Year. He competes
in bareback and steer wrestling and by the end of 1968 had won
$140,880 as a professional cowboy athlete.
Leonard Lancaster, Burkburnett, Tex., one of the best liked cowboys
in the sport gained his experience trying, out bucking horses, will
come out of the chutes in saddle bronc.
Junior Garrison, Marlow, won the calf roping crown in only his third
season as a professional cowboy, beating seven time champion Dean
Oliver for the crown. His rope has won him nearly $92,000 in the
last four years.
Running the barrels will be LaVonna Hurst, who won the queen's title
at the National Finals Rodeo.
The Saturday night performance will determine the winner at the 101
Ranch Rodeo All Around title. The Guy Shultz Memorial Trophy will be
presented to the cowboy who wins the most money in two or more
events, This will be decided only after the last champion has
competed in the arena.
In the lead after Thursday night is Phil Layne of George West, Tex.,
who is competing in bareback, bull riding, and steer wrestling.
Layne is a former intercollegiate champion cowboy, He scored 62 in
bareback, for second money, half no time in calf roping and leads in
bull riding with 66 points.
WEST TEXAS COWBOY WINS ALL-AROUND CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE AT 101 RANCH
RODEO. “Big Crowd Sees Final Rodeo Show” One of the largest
crowds ever to fill a 101 Ranch Rodeo stands and by the far the most
enthusiastic saw 163 entries compete for $7,450 in prize money
Phil Lyne, George, West Texas, was
named All-Around Champion and received the second annual trophy from
the widow of Guy Shultz, early day cowboy who was the only one ever
to bulldog a buffalo.
Lyne altogether won $385.14.
Other cowboys won more money, but did not compete in two or more
events. Lyne, who is in his first year of professional rodeo, has
won top money at many to the biggest rodeos. Houston was his biggest
win, $4,539. He is the only cowboy in his first year of pro-rank to
go out in four events—bareback, saddle bronc, calf roping and bull
riding. He has been roping calves since he was four years old,
riding bulls since he was 10 years, bareback riding since 11, but
waited until he was 19 to try his luck on a saddle bronc. He is a
student at Sam Houston College, Huntsville, Tex., majoring in
agricultural education and math. He and his brother, L. J., ranch 18
The first accident of the 1969 rodeo occurred at the
end of the bull riding Saturday night. Hans Borst, Wichita, was
thrown, and then stepped on by a bull. An ambulance was called for,
but by the time it arrived a few seconds later, Borst said he was
okay and refused to get in.
Three cowboys split first
in bareback riding. Two split for fourth place. Gary Tucker,
Carlsbad, N.N. Denny Wingate, Leon, Kan., and Chris LeDoux, Kaycee,
Wyoming, each rode for a score of 65 points. Thil Lyen, West Texas
and Jim Houston, Omaha, one of the bareback greats of rodeo, turned
in 65 rides. Lyen, George West Tex., is Intercollegiate Cowboy
Champion and is in his first year of pro rodeo.
Calf roping, the average was won by Howard Nichols, Mesa, Ariz., who
took 26.2 on two head. Fastest time of the rodeo was turned in by
Ernest Taylor, Hugo, Tex. who roped a calf in 11.1.
Buddy Geter, in his first year of pro rodeo roped his calf in the
second fastest time with and11.6 Geter was Texas Youth All Around
Cowboy Champion for the past two years. For his trip to the 101
Rodeo the young student will go home with $289.93 in his pocket.
Geter, as well as turning in the second fastest time, split for
second in the average with Rex Bland, Abilene, Tex.
Terri Lewis, Big Springs, Tex., turned the barrels
in 18.5 to win $148. LaVonna Hurst, Fort Supply, Miss National
Finals Rodeo, was second running .1 of a second longer. Second place
paid $111. Pattie Prather, Post, Tex., took 18.7 around the barrels
and $74, for third place. Standing fourth for $37 was Becky LeGrand,
daughter of rodeo-famous clown Buck LeGrand of Sedan, Kan. Her time
Leonard Lancaster of Oklahoma City, who has
missed few 101 Ranch Rodeos, usually winning a trip to the pay
window, won the average in saddle bronc riding with a score of 131
on two broncs.
Jon Day, El Dorado, Kan., doctor of
veterinarian, who was the official vet at the recent Madison Square
Gardens Rodeo, was second with 120 points. Brandon McReynolds,
Andrews, Tex. who often competes here, turned 119 for his rides.
Sammy Groves, Lubbock, took fourth wit 115 points.
In steer wrestling the fastest time was 5.8 by Bob
Littrell, Marlow, for which he pocketed $727.16 C. R. Boucher,
Burkburnett, Tex., several-time world champion steer 6.1 for
$545.37. Benny Combs, Checotah, took a tenth of a second longer to
pocket $363.58 Billy Hale, also of Checotah, was one-tenth of a
second behind Combs for a 6.3 throw and $181.79.
bullriding which pays the second highest for any one single event
$627.20 went to Charlie McCallum, Mesquite, Tex., for his ride of 73
points. Freckles Brown, Soper, former bullriding champion and
favorite of the 101 Ranch Rodeo fans, scored 68 for $470.40 Lyne and
Freddie Fields, Robert E. Lee, Tex., split third with each making a
ride of 66. Pay was $235.20
Announcer – Mel Lambert, “the golden voice of rodeo”
Specialty Act – The J. W. Stocker troupe with their trick riding and
roping and fancy horse catches.
Rex Allen & the Men of the West
The Tennessee Wits – Homer & Jethro
Bull Fighter – Ponca City’s own, Buck LeGrand
Stock Contractor – “for the third successive year” – Elra Beutler &
Rodeo Dance – Friday & Saturday, held in the Universal Aviation
Hanger at the airport with music by the Fireglows.
The prize purse was raised to $3,500, or $700 for each of the five
standard events – bareback, saddle bronc, bull riding, calf roping,
& steer wrestling.
163 entries from 12 states for the rodeo.
"BRUTE FORCE" was used by Homer, and Jethro, left, on Waddy Pass,
117 South Flormable, as Rex Allen, with a saw, and Jess Brokaw,
using an egg beater, prepare to shear Waddy's long locks. Waddy, a
good sport, went along with the gag, before Brokaw cut his hair
according to directions given by Allen. Allen heard Waddy play the
Spanish guitar Friday evening and "ribbed him good." Waddy is headed
for an outstanding career, but first he must at least finish high
school, Rex said. "If he ever needs help (but he has so much talent
I don't think he will), all he needs to do is call for Rex and Rex
will be right there." Waddy, son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Pass, has been
playing the steel guitar since he was seven and the Spanish guitar
for the past five years.