Grocery Stores Selling Tickets For 101 Rodeo -
101 Ranch Rodeo tickets are in the grocery stores.
The rodeo office, with the reserve seat board, has opened at the
Chamber of Commerce, 112 North Third.
Work is under
way at the rodeo arena.
First performance of the 101
Ranch Rodeo for 1971 will be 8 p.m. Thursday, August 26, and the
third and final one will be Saturday, August 28.
queen contest has been announced with Mrs. Neita Rogers of the Ponca
City Business and Professional Women's club again serving as queen
The tough stock of Elra Beutler and Son of
El Reno will again provide competing cowboys an opportunity to turn
in good rides on the bucking stock, and test their skill in timed
The popular announcer, Clem McSpadden will be
behind the microphone, with his extensive knowledge of the rugged
sport of professional rodeo adding much for the enjoyment of the
Thursday, the first night, will be Family
Night. This was initiated last year and proved so popular it is
One member of the family can purchase
a regular $2 50 ticket for the advance price of $2, and purchase the
second ticket for one-half. This represents a savings of $2 on the
As in past years, the advance price is
$2, while at the gate seats will be $2.50. The box seats are $3.50.
Each ticket purchased from the grocery stores or the queen
contestants must be exchanged at the rodeo office for a reserved
Bargain On Rodeo Tickets For Family Night August 26th
Stock by Elra Beutler and Son — Clem McSpadden, announcer — top cowboys
in the professional sport of rodeo — $7,000 prize money — clown; Buck LeGrand and the Clark Brothers — queen contest —
downtown parade —
carnival — rodeo dance.
This all adds up to just one thing — the best three days of
rodeo in the history of the 101 Ranch Rodeo!
Performances will be at 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, August
26, 27 and 28. The queen will not be crowned until the final show.
Tickets are available at Ponca City grocery stores and from any queen
contestant after she has announced her candidacy.
Purchased in advance they are only $2. Reserved seats are $2.50 at the
gate and box seats are $3.50.
Tickets for Thursday, Family Night, are even a better bargain. Purchase
one at the regular advance sale price of $2 and buy the second ticket
for $1. This way, for $3, on Family Night a fan gets two tickets which
would cost $5 at the rodeo grounds.
Tickets must be taken to the 101 Ranch Rodeo office, 112 North Third,
and exchanged for a reserved seat. Those desiring box seats will pay
the additional $1 at the time the tickets are exchanged.
The majority of box seats are sold, Mrs. Harry Braden, who is in charge
of the ticket office, said Saturday. But there are still good selections
for each night.
Persons who have found their favorite spot in the grandstand from which
to watch the excitement in the arena should exchange their tickets as
soon as possible, Mrs. Braden said.
Rodeo Cowboys Still Rugged Individualists — The last authentic
remnant of the Old West is that most rugged and fiercely independent
athlete—the rodeo cowboy.
The cowboy, independent, proud of a free life, carved out a code of
living at the turn of the century where there was no law.
This is the inheritance left by the men who worked the vast interests of
the Miller Brothers—Joe, Zack and George, creators of the 101 Ranch.
Other vast spreads developed in the south and the west, but the cowboy
did not change his character.
Working on the ranches or as a professional athlete, the cowboy's
character today is the same—rugged and fiercely independent.
More than 100 of them will be competing in the 101 Ranch Rodeo for over
$7,000 in prize money.
Professionalism in the sport of rodeo has been honed to a fine degree.
Cowboy athletes are not range cowboys looking for an easy buck.
riders making a living—working hard to stay in their chosen
profession—with a lot of college graduates on the pro rodeo circuit.
The cowboy does not roll his own smokes from a Bull Durham sack as they
did on the range. Today, he does cigarette commercials.
As the West was growing up, he roped, wrestled steers, broke a bronc and
fixed a windmill.
In rodeo business he is a specialist.
"Competition is so keen," says steer wrestler Jack Roddy, 1966 world
champion bull dogger, "that you find most guys going for one event. The
purses are so good nowadays that specialists 'are the rule".
In Fort Worth one of the best bareback bronc riders in the country was
not allowed to ride in the parades. The other cowboys were afraid he'd
fall off his horse. "He's used to holding on to that bareback bronc
rigging and riding a certain way. It's not like sittin' a horse," Roddy
Jack has ridden the bucking horses and straddled the steers, too. But it
was "like trying to stand a piece of spaghetti on end," he said.
Standing 6-5, he's a bulldogger—period. Most steer wrestlers are big. Bronc riders are little.
Jack is typical of many of the professional rodeo cowboys. He got his
first pony on his dad's San Jose, Calif., ranch when he was two.
"I never wanted to be anything except a cowboy," he said.
We've got two nice bars in San Francisco and I don't have to do this for
a living. But I'd like to win another championship."
In high school he drew horses in art class. His phrase to describe his
thoughts then is, "I'd sit around in class and rope my boot." Most of
his waking thoughts homed in on saddle leather and a good horse.
"Rodeoing has come a lot of miles and a few million dollars since Roddy
won the all-around intercollegiate championship and steer wrestling
title at Cal Poly in 1959.
"Harley May set the money-winning record with $19,000 in 1954," he said.
"Ten years later, C. R. Boucher broke the record, but only by $400. I
won $22,400 bulldogging in '66 and Roy Duvall broke my record last year
with $30,300. Larry Mahan won $57,726 as all-around champion in 1969 and
that's the way the money has jumped up. We've got ten million people
coming to see us, and there's $3.8 million in purses.
"Cowboying has changed. We're not a bunch of drinkers, fighters, and
tobacco chewers. If a guy writes a bad check he's going to get
suspended. We've got a rule book, and we're going to keep the sport
"This sport," he said, "is plumb independent. I've got a boy and I'd
like for him to he a cowboy. People like cowboys. Those cigarette ads
that show a cowboy are really popular with women. Cowboys don't have a
bunch of agents and lawyers like other athletes. They don't have bed
"This hat cost me $50 and I got a pair of Justin boots worth $120. My
clothes are tailor-made in Denver, but they're cowboy clothes. I'm a
cowboy and I want people to know I'm a cowboy.
"I'm proud to be a cowboy."
Former 101 Ranch Hands Make Plans For Fourth Reunion In '71
The first two years, there was no money for expenses always a
part of every reunion At the business session this year, during
rodeo week, the group voted to pay dues of $5 a year, according
to Mike Sokoll, who was reelected president.
Membership cards are now being printed and soon will be mailed
to all who have paid their dues. Nineteen had paid for the coming
year before the 1970 reunion was over.
Eighty-six Old Timers and special guest were present for the
chuck wagon feed at the Pioneer Woman Park. Amount the guests was Montie Montana.
An exhibition of roping was given by boys and girls in Sokoll's roping class, following which Montana presented each of
them with a personally autographed picture of himself and Rex,
his wonder horse.
Sokoll proudly wore a pair of 101 Ranch chaps made by Larry
Williams of Niagara Falls, N.Y., a former 101 ranch hand, and
presented to Sokoll during one of the sessions at the Chamber
of Commerce office.
Sokoll has appointed committees to contact all former 101
Ranch personnel, enlist their memberships and make plans for
them to attend the 1971 reunion there were about 30 in Ponca City. This year there were more
than 60 registered, representing 12 states. They came from as
far east at New York and as far west as California. Others were
here from Mississippi, Texas and Wisconsin.
With the country divided into four districts and a vice
chairman to work in each, at least 150 are expected to be here
Display Of Things Western Slated
Space is now being assigned for Western Appreciation Day, to be held in
conjunction with the 101 Ranch Rodeo and Old Timers fourth annual
reunion next Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
The display is to be on the Security Bank parking lot on East Grand and
is being sponsored by the bank Thursday and Friday from 9:30 a.m. until
Anything western—new or old—may be placed on the lot, Carl Balcer, who
is in charge of arrangements, said. Space may be reserved by calling
Balcer at the bank.
The display will be open to the public and there is no charge for space,
People of this area have many 'interesting and historic objects dating
back to the early West, while others possess articles typical of the
Seeing such displays side-by-side will depict the development of the
West from the open range days to the sophisticated West of the 1970s,
First 101 Rodeo In 1905 Recalled
"Zack Miller gave me my first dime," said Mrs. F. E. (Elsie) McAllister,
longtime Oklahoma resident who attended the first organized 101 ranch
rodeo held June 11, 1905.
Mrs. McAllister, 330 South Pine, lived as a little girl on a farm
surrounded on three sides by 101 Ranch land. She remembers the Miller
Brothers, and although she was a young girl at the time, recalls going
to the first rodeo.
Elsie and her brothers and sisters had stayed up all night the night
before the rodeo watching the 33 train car loads of cowboys and ranchers
unload. They watched the train until dawn, "Then we got hungry and went
home to eat," she said.
The unloading seemed to provide those present with nearly as much
excitement as the rodeo.
Mrs. McAllister recalled the Miller brothers selling tincups to the
Crowds for them to take to the nearby creek for a drink.
The dime Zack Miller gave, her was earned by going to the well to get
him some water. She said she spent six cents on material for a dress but
can't remember what she did with the remaining four cents. She said with
a chuckle, "A dime was alot of money back then!"
Mrs. McAllister remembers that first rodeo as being much more exciting
than the present day rodeos. Although she admits that it may partly be
due to the thrill of being a child at such an event, she thinks it
is because the participants were authentic cowboys instead of show
riders who wear fancy clothes.
Geronimo was among the famous people at the first show, Mrs. McAllister
Instead of the popular peanuts and popcorn sold at modern rodeos, the
fans of that early day were content to bring their own sack lunches and
get their drink from the tin cups at the creek.
She doesn't recall any queen contest although .she said there were a few
girls who rode in the show.
Mrs. McAllister said she has only been to one modern rodeo and hasn't
been back because she remembered the old show as being so much more
The 1905 event had been widely advertised and there were special trains
from Kansas City and Dallas full of spectators. Thousands of near-by
folks came in farm wagons, buck boards and buggies.
According to a newspaper clipping, there was only one automobile on the
That first rodeo, which entertained the National Editorial Association,
was the first entertainment of the kind to be staged at the ranch,
although in latter years it was to become the greatest crowd assembling
spot in the southwest. It was also the initiative for the Millers to put
their first wild west show on the road soon afterward and it was
the kickoff for all the future greatness of the big ranch.
101 Rodeo Stock Arrives, Oldtimer Here For Reunion
Broncs — well-fed, pampered brutes—and strong, heavy, vile-tempered
Brahma bulls, often fighting among themselves, are in the corrals at the
101 Ranch Rodeo arena. The three nights of ridings roping and 'dogging
competition begin Thursday.
The first oldtimer has arrived for the fourth annual reunion of men and
women who worked at the 101 Ranch many years ago.
The trailriders will be going out this afternoon to camp near Blue Stem
Lake, northwest of Pawhuska before beginning their ride into Ponca City
for the 101 Ranch Rodeo.
And it is time to dress western!
Western garb is the high fashion for Ponca City during Rodeo Week. Boots
- hats -jeans - blouses - ties - dresses of the pioneer women — all are
Empty slots have appeared on the reserved seat board at the Rodeo Ticket
Office, 112 North Third, as fans hurry to get their favorite locations
in the grandstand.
The regular $2.50 tickets may be purchased for $2 at Ponca City grocery
stores, but must be turned in for reserved seat There will be an
addition charge of $1 for a box seat.
For Thursday, Family Night two $2.50 tickets will cost only $3 if
purchased in advance.
The first oldtimer to arrive is Orville Vasser of Victorvill, Calif.,
who came to Ponca City Friday. He was employed at the ranch in 1906, and
was the 32nd to send in his reservation for the. 1971 reunion. The
reunion is expected to draw 100, Mike Sokoll, president of the Old
Timers organization said.
For the first time there is be a carnival at the rodeo grounds. It will
be in full-swing Wednesday with 15 rides and like number of concessions.
Cowboys will begin to come into Ponca City Wednesday entries close at 4
p.m. and the drawing of stock begins.
Everything is adding up to the finest performance and the most
outstanding queen contest since the 101 Ranch Rodeo was revived in 1960.
Champs Compete In 101 Rodeo
Do the top cowboys of the nation compete in the 101 Ranch Rodeo?
You bet they do!
Each year the top 15 money winners in each event go to the National
Finals Rodeo—the "World Series" of professional rodeo. Here the All
Around cowboy and World Champions are determined.
The All Around is the cowboy
athlete who wins the most money in two or more events. World champions
are event top money winners.
Of the five leading contenders for All Around this year, four have
rodeoed at the 101 and two have pocketed a share of the more than $7,000
in prize money.
Phil Lyne of George West, Tex., leading in All Around standings, won the Guy Shultz Memorial
Trophy as the 101 Ranch Rodeo All Around in 1969 and went on to win pro
rodeo's Rookie of the Year title. Lyne is one of the sport's newest and
best all around hands, entering five events—saddle bronc, bare-back
bronc and bull riding, calf roping and steer wrestling.
By mid-August he had pocketed $31,013, with Bob Berger of Norman not far behind with $28,941.
Berger, too, has beer out in the 101 Ranch Rodeo arena on saddle broncs
Berger is typical of many modern professional cowboy athletes. In his
mid-twenties, he holds a bachelor's degree in animal husbandry. He
rodeos full time, flying his own plane across the country. He began his
rodeo career in 4-H competition back in 1958 and likes rodeo because
"your only limit is your own incentive."
In third place is Paul Mayo of Grinnell, Iowa, with $26,258.
Larry Mahan of Brooks, Ore,, drew Hurricane, the No. 2, Brahma of the
Jim Shoulders string. One last spin, less than a split second before the
horn, dumped Mahan. That was
in 1965 and Mahan went on to win the bull riding title and was seventh
in All Around competition.
In 1966 he won the All Around title for the first time. This year Mahan
is competing hard to win it for an unprecedented sixth year. He has the
record of most money won in a single year-$57,726.
Many other cowboys, specializing in one event and currently in the top
15 money winners, have had 101 Ranch Rodeo fans holding their breath as
they rode, dogged or roped.
In saddle bronc there is Shawn Davis of Whitehall,
Mont. and Dennis Reimers of Clara City, Minn.
Bareback bronc riders among the leading contenders who have
made trips to the pay window here are Bob Mayo of Grinnell,
Iowa-brother of Paul and Gary Tucker of Carlsbad, N. M.
Bob has walked away with more 101 Ranch Rodeo money than his brother Paul. His distinctive style lying back on the bronc is familiar
to fans across the country.
Rodeoing seems to run in the Mayo family. In addition to Paul, there is
elder brother Don, who was high in the standings. Youngest brother,
Roger, is getting his start in pro rodeo.
The longest is in bull riding — 11 of the top 15 having
competed here at least once, usually several times.
In addition to the four All Around contenders they are Bob Steiner of
Austin, Tex., Bill Stanton of Oakland, Calif., Jerome Robinson of
Brandon, Neb., Sandy Kirby of Woodstown, N. J., Bill Kornell of Salmon, Idaho, Myrtis Dighton of Crockett, Tex., and Randy Magers of
Though fifth in the standings, Stanton does not compete full time, but
at any rodeo he is considered the man to beat. When he is not riding
bulls, he is selling real estate in California.
Robinson held the unofficial record in 1970 for competing in the most
rodeos — 128. He graduated from Colorado State University that year and qualified for the National Finals.
When he was 19 years old, red-headed Bill Kornell won the bull
riding crown and was Rookie of the Year. Bill is always a tough
competitor in bull riding when he decides to travel.
Magers was fifth in the event last year, although he was injured a
month before the Finals and was unable to compete in the year-end "World
Series," banking a thousand dollars more than he did in 1969.
Richard Stovers of Duncan, Junior Garrison of Marlow, Barry Burk of
Duncan and Tim Prather of Snyder, Tex., are the top calf roping
contenders who have been in the 101 Ranch Rodeo arena.
Garrison, who has been here four years, is one of the favorites with
101 spectators. He was calf roping champion in 1970. If he continues to
rodeo for some years to come, as he's planning, it is expected he will
go down in rodeo history as one of the great calf ropers.
Junior is credited with roping and, tying a calf in the fastest time in
rodeo, when in 1967 he turned in an incredible 7.5 seconds at Evergreen, Colo.
Barry Burk, second in calf roping in 1970 with $22,443, has become the
perennial holdings of this spot in world standings. For four
consecutive years, he has finished in the runner-up spot for the
championship. Rodeoing runs in the family, as he is the son of a former world contender, Dee Burk, and has two uncles, Jiggs
and Clyde, who were also deeply involved in rodeo.
Seven steer wrestlers currently in the world championship top 15
contenders have tried their skill against the tough stock at the 101
They are Bill Hale of Checotah, Nathan Haley of Hanna, Jim Poteet of
Duncan, Jim Smith of Castle, Don Huddleston of Talihina, Roy Duvall of
Boynton, Sonny Ehr of Minot, N. D., and Rex Bland of Trent, Tex.
Hale is consistent. Now leading by more - than $9,000, and with his
background in steer wrestling, a championship seems inevitable. At the
1970 Finals, he took a first place win in five seconds flat.
Roy Duvall, a familiar competitor to 101 Ranch Rodeo fans, is the "big
man from Boynton." He holds the record for the most money won in the
event in a single season—$30,715 in 1967, one of the years he competed
If the 29-year-old dogger maintains his past record of winning
championships every other year, he's due for another title in 1971.
How many of these rodeo greats will be in the 101 Ranch Rodeo arena
again this year no one will know until after entries close at 4 p.m.
There is no doubt that many of these and others will be here Thursday,
Friday or Saturday when the professional cowboy athlete will be the
Former 101 Ranch Cowhands, Showmen Arriving For Reunion
First arrivals for the 101 Ranch Rodeo are the "old timers," those men
and women who lived and worked a the 101 Ranch in the days of its
They began coming in Monday with Mr. and Mrs. Larry Williams of Niagara
Falls N.Y., the first to arrive. Williams was a "ranch hand, but vivid
are his memories of the fun, and at times excitement, of those days.
Jerry Goodman, who worked on the ranch, has flown in from Grafton, Wis.,
sharply dressed in a well-tailored summer suit—quite different from his
work-a-day clothes on the 101. Goodman has his own ranch now.
Last week 56 former workers, cowboys and cowgirls, performers, costume
designers and makers and members of the Wild West Show band had made
reservations for the reunion. It is expected that still others will just
"drop in," said Mike Sokoll, president of the organization formed last
year when 33 attended.
Headquarters are the Chamber of Commerce office, where the coffee pot is
always on and there is a large conference room for visiting.
Saturday there will be the chuck wagon feed in the Pioneer Woman Park,
with one of the cooks being Jackie Laird, famous cowgirl.
to cook, along with Mr. and Mrs. Jack Newman, rather than sitting down
and being an "honored guest."
That evening the "old-timers" will attend the final performance of the
the 101 Ranch Rodeo to watch the modem day professional cowboy athlete
compete for prize money of approximately $7,000.
Cowboys at the 101 Ranch contested against each other, but for money
each dropped into the hat. It was their relaxation—not a way to earn a
RODEO OPENS THREE-NIGHT STAND
Cowboys Vying For Cash, Place In National Finals
With cut-off date for qualifying for the National Finals Rodeo in
Oklahoma City only two months away, leading cowboys are intensifying
This weekend 161 of them will be at the 101 Ranch Rodeo trying to add to
their earnings from the more than $7,000 purse.
The opening performance begins with the grand entry at 8 p.m. today.
Advance tickets may still be purchased at Ponca City grocery stores, but
must be exchanged for a reserved seat at the Rodeo Ticket Office, 112
Tonight is Family Night with two $2.50 tickets costing only $3 if
purchased in advance.
The office will be closed at 5 o'clock and moved to the arena, opening
there about 6 o'clock.
Of the 15 top All Around Cowboys in the nation, six will be in action in
the 101 Ranch Rodeo. An all around is determined by the amount of money
won in two or more of the standard events.
They are Phil Lyne of George West, Tex., who is leading in the
standings, Bob Berger of Norman in second place; Paul Mayo of Grinnell,
Iowa, fourth; T. J. Walter, Watkins, Iowa, sixth; Barry Burk, Duncan,
tenth, and Jay Himes, Beulah, Colo., 12th.
So stiff is the competition, the standings change from week to week and
money pocketed at the 101 could well move a cowboy up a position or two.
Of this elite group, Himes, Walters and Mayo will be out on bareback
stock this evening, and Mayo will be out in bull riding.
Lyne, in addition to leading All Around as of last Monday, also is
leading calf roper. He won the AH Around title of the 101 Ranch Rodeo in
1969, receiving the Guy Shultz Memorial Trophy.
Other leading contenders in calf roping entered here are Junior Garrison
of Marlow, Lyne, in addition to leading, All Around as of last Monday
also is leading calf roper. He won the All Around title of the 101 Ranch
Rodeo in 1969, receiving the Guy Shultz Memorial Trophy.
Other leading contenders in calf roping entered here are Junior Garrison
of Marlow fourth nationally, and Gary Ledford, Comanche, ninth. Ledford
has drawn a calf for tonight.
In saddle bronc, a man to contend with is Brandon McReynolds of Andrews,
Tex. who though not in the top in the event, always turns in a good
score here and pockets a big share of the purse.
John McBeth of Atlanta, Kan. has qualified for the NFR. the past six
years, though not in included in the standings so far in 1971. A win
tonight in saddle bronc would help gain him a try at the more than
$100,000 purse at the "world series" of rodeo.
Ron Chaloupek of Beaver is returning this year after winning the Guy
Shultz Memorial Trophy in 1970, the year he turned pro. He will compete
Five top steer wrestlers called in. Billy Hale of Checotah, who has a
$7,000 lead in the event, will be trying his skill this evening.
Other steer wrestlers who will be seen in action Friday and Saturday
night are Nathan Haley, third; Jim Smith, Castle. eighth, Roy Duvall,
Boynton, ninth and Don Huddleston, Talihina, tenth.
Bull riders who will be trying to stay aboard for eight seconds and make
a good score to increase their national standings are John Quintana,
Milwaukee, Ore., second; Bob Berger, third; o Bob Steiner, Austin, Tex..
fourth; Bill Stanton, Oakdale, Calif., sixth; Randy Magers, Fort Worth,
eighth; Phil Lyne, ninth and Myrtis Dightman, tenth.
Bulls for tonight have been; drawn by Quintana, Paul Mayo, Stanton and
A bonus for tonight will be an after-rodeo, when nine steer wrestlers
will go out.
Top Cowboys In 101 Rodeo Events Divide Total Purse Of Nearly $8,000
After three days of the stiffest competition ever seen in the 101 Ranch
arena, a nearly $8,000 purse was divided Saturday night among the lucky
ones of the 161 cowboys entered.
In some instances cowboys in the top 15 in the national standings added
to their total, while others had nothing to show for their efforts and
left behind their entry fees, ranging from $20 to $35, depending upon
Many times, it seemed the rugged and mean-tempered stock of Elra Beutler
and Son starred.
Clowning in the arena to protect the lives of the cowboys and
entertaining the crowds, which, numbered into the thousands each
evening, were the veterans Buck LeGrand and the Clark Brothers, Gene and
Each evening the ever-popular rodeo announcer and politician, Clem
McSpadden, who was behind the microphone, drew applause for the
professional cowboy athletes when he described what they were not.
A cowboy has never been known to demonstrate against his country. He has
never burned a draft card and there are no hippies among them. Out of
the chutes in saddle bronc was Johnny Gass, just returning from a tour
of duty in Vietnam.
Guy Shultz Memorial Trophy, given to the All Around Cowboy was won by
Marvin Holmes of Pickens, who placed in both go-rounds in saddle bronc
and was second in the average, for $235.30. Holmes also competed in
The all around trophy goes to the cowboy who wins the most money in two
or more events.
In bareback riding Gary Tucker, Carlsbad, N.M., 68.6, former world
champ, won $439.04. Ben Calhoun, Canyon City, Colo., 64, $329.28; T. J.
Walters, Watkins, Iowa, 62, third in the nation at the present time,
$219.52: Hulin Missildine, 61.1, $109.76.
Calf roping winners were Kent Youngblood, Lamesa, Tex., 10.1, $768.32;
Marvin Cantrell, Nars Visa, N.M., 10.9, $376.24; tie for third and
fourth, Roy Burke, Duncan and Phil Lyne, George West, Tex., leading all
around cowboy, 11-4, $288.12 , apiece.
Saddle bronc riding was the only event in which cowboys drew two head.
First go-round winners were John McBeth, Atlanta, Kan., 65, $125.44;
Marvin Holmes, Pickens, 61, $94.08; Kurby Hebb, Kauffman, Tex.,
59, $62.72 and Brandon McReynolds, Andrews, Tex., 57, $31.36.
In the second go-round, completed Saturday night, winners were Johnny
Gass, Lubbock, Tex., 62, $125.44; McBeth, 61, $94.0.8 and Holmes and
McReynolds split third and fourth, with 59 for $47.04 each.
Average in saddle bronc was won by McBeth, 126, $125.44; Holmes, 120,
$84.98 and Gass and McReynolds split third and fourth, 116, $47.04. As
there was more than $2,000 in the purse, steer wrestling paid six
places. Billy Hale of Checotah, who is leading in the national
standings, turned in a 4.5 seconds on his steer, the fastest time for
this event in the 101 Ranch Rodeo arena. For this feat he pocketed
Saturday might, two other times under five seconds were made, Bob
Littrell, Marlow, 4.8 for $485.69 and Don Huddleston, Talihina, 4.9 for
$3®4.50. In fourth place was Sonny Vaughn, Wayne, 5.3, $283.32; fifth,
Roy Duvall, Boynton, ninth in current standings, 5.6, $182.03 and sixth,
Dan Adcock, Ramona, 5.7, $101.19.
Bulls dominated the riders each evening at the 101 Ranch Rodeo. Bobby
Steiner, Austin, Tex., turned in the best score, 66 for $556.64; Marv
Shoulders, Henryetta, son of champion Jim Shoulders, 64, $417.48; and
Jack Carnes, Perryton, 61, Myrtis Dightman, Houston, 61, and Ronnie
Bowman, Calera, 61, $139.16.
Two Enid barrel racers tied for first with 17.5 seconds. Marva Beavers
and Bana Perry took home $133.82 each. Other winners were Sharon
Youngblood of Lamesa, Tex., 17.7, $95.95; Linda Ellis, Orlando, 17,8,
$70.70 and Deana Miller, Tonkawa, and Kathy Lamkin, Wichita, split fifth
and sixth with 17.9 seconds for $35.35.
Features of the barrel racing Friday and Saturday evenings were two
seven-year-old cowgirls — Deena Wheaton, of Mounds, and Chris Boucher,
daughter of C. R. Boucher, Burkburnett, Tex., 1964 steer wrestling
champion. Deena turned the barrels in 18.1 Friday night while Chris ran
them in 18.8. In some years these times would be good enough to put both
girls in the money.