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101 Wild West Rodeo History - 1981

 
 

RODEO DATES: August 20th, 21st, & 22nd

   
ANNOUNCER: Dr. Charles (Bud) Townsend GRAND MARSHAL: Mike Sokoll
RODEO QUEEN: Teri Turnage SPECIALTY ACT: Flying Cossacks

101 Ranch Rodeo Slated For August 20-22

 

Cowboy hats in profusion, buckin' bulls and broncs, clowns, fans, and over $10,000 in prize money will combine Aug. 20-22 to make the annual 101 Ranch Rodeo.

The rodeo, with the world famous 101 Ranch Rodeo of the 1920s and '30s as its ancestor, will be held at the rodeo grounds at Ash and Prospect.

Top cowboys from across the country are expected to participate in the event.

This year's stock contractor will be Walter Alsbaugh, Alamosa, Colo., who has a reputation of providing quality rodeo animals.

Returning in his role as rodeo announcer is Dr. Charles (Bud) Townsend, a history professor with 36 years rodeo announcing experience.

Rodeo clowns Quail Dobbs and Stan Rogers will be providing entertainment for the crowd and safety for the contestants this year.

Trick riding by the Flying Cossacks family from Stonyford, Calif., is scheduled once again for this year's rodeo as is the rodeo queen contest.

Dianne Griffin, Miss Rodeo Oklahoma, and Teresa Holder, the 1980 101 Ranch Rodeo Queen, are slated to appear each evening.

A downtown rodeo parade scheduled for 2 p.m., Aug. 22, and a rodeo dance following the last performance are also included in the schedule of events.

 

Adventuresome individuals will once again have the opportunity to match wits and strength with a squirming wild cow in the second annual 101 Ranch Rodeo Wild Cow Milking Contest.

 

Three-member teams, consisting of a roper, mugger, and milker, can sign up for the contest and pay their $30 per team entry fee at the Ponca City Area Chamber of Commerce Office, 1112 North Third.

 

The entry deadline is noon on Wednesday, Aug. 19.

 

Milking contests are scheduled to be held prior to each 8 p.m. rodeo performance, Aug. 20-22.

Cully To Sing at 101 Ranch Rodeo

 

Scheduled to sing the National Anthem at this year's 101 Ranch Rodeo, August 20-22, is Debbie Cully, South Haven, Kan., who will perform a western interpretation of the song on horseback.

 

Mrs. Cully started singing at age three and holds a music education degree from Kansas State University. She is a soloist each year at the Prairie Circuit Finals in Wichita and performs at many Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association events.

 

Rodeo tickets are available at many area banks and groceries and at the Ponca City Area Chamber of Commerce, 113 North Third.

 

Advance tickets are $4 for each performance and $5 at the gate. All performances are scheduled to get underway shortly before 8 p.m. with the second annual Wild Cow Milk Contest.

Details Being Finalized For 101 Ranch Rodeo

As the 21st annual 101 Ranch Rodeo draws near, details of several events which are part of the festivities are being finalized.

 

Performances are scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. Aug. 20-22 at the rodeo grounds located at the intersection of Ash and West Prospect.

 

Tickets are $4 in advance for each performance or $5 at the gate. Advance tickets are available at many area groceries and banks and at the  Ponca City Area Chamber of Commerce Office, 113 North Third.

 

Entries are still being taken on a first come, first serve basis at the chamber office for the popular second annual wild cow milking contest. The entry fee per three-person team is $10. A 10 team per night limit has been set.

 

The contest will be held each night just prior to the regular rodeo show with the winning team each night getting the jackpot.

 

Float and other local entries are being sought for the annual rodeo parade, slated for 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 22. Parties can enter the parade by calling Doug Klufa or Charles Hadden at 762-1644.

 

Featured in the parade this year will be members of the Shriners, a pickup truck and automobile parade sponsored by local dealers, area saddle clubs, a rodeo band, the Po-Hi Steppers drill team, the contestants in this year's 101 Ranch Rodeo Queen contest, arid Miss Rodeo Oklahoma for 1981.

 

The traditional "Dress Western Week," Aug. 17-22, is back this year. The Retail Trade Committee of the Ponca City Area Chamber of Commerce is urging local businessmen and their employees to dress western the entire week of the rodeo.

 

Unscheduled Events Disrupt Rodeo

 

Unscheduled events, such as an hour-long power outage and two rampaging bulls loose in the spectator area, rivaled the scheduled events at last night's opening session of the 101 Ranch Rodeo.

 

After only two events, bareback riding and calf roping, and a performance by the trick riding family "The Flying Cossacks," the crowd, contestants, and stock were plunged into darkness caused by a faulty main power line.

 

The hardy rodeo fans who remained through the blackout, especially those on the east grandstands, received an additional thrill.

 

Somehow two bulls got loose from the starting gates during the bull riding competition and got through the fence at the far end of the arena.

Cowboys with ropes chased the badly acting bovines for 20 minutes until they were finally roped and corralled.

 

In the bull riding competition, Eddie Rawdon, Cedar Hill, Tex., took the lead with a 72 riding Calgary Snow. In second was Gene Owen riding Main Event who tallied a score of 71.

 

Currently in third and fourth places are 1979-80 world champion bull rider Don Gay, Mesquite, Tex., atop Dinnerbell and Mark Morehead riding Winfield. Both riders received a 68.

First place finisher in ,bareback riding last night was twice world  champion Jack Ward JR., Stephenville, Tex., with a 78. He was atop the horse Jr. Garrison.

 

Taking second was Bruce Ford, Kersey, Colo., a world champion bareback rider in 1979-80 and a PRCA bareback champion in 1978, I atop Twiddle Dee with a score of 74.

 

Taking the third and fourth place slots were Wes Ward, who rode Thorobred For Velvet, and David Broomley riding Zee Dee. Both received a 65.

 

Finishing first in the first round of saddle bronc riding with a score of 70 was Skeeter Humble riding Longbranch followed by Randy Oehmigen atop Buttermilk with a 69.

 

Third place finisher was Dave Fisher atop Hellcat with a 68 followed by Andy Hamaker on Peterson with a 64.

 

The quickest calf roper last night was Bronc Rumford with a time of 9.6 seconds followed by Kenn Thomas who took one second longer.

 

Third place went to Ab Deakins with 12 seconds flat followed by Tommy Dentis who took 12.3 seconds.

 

The crowd missed the fastest steer wrestlers, who didn't begin competition, invented at the famous 10 Ranch of yesteryear, until about 12:30 a.m. during slack time competition.

 

Wrestling a steer to the ground in four seconds to take first place was Matt Wynn, El Reno, followed by Dennis Gee, Wichita Falls, Tex., who took 4.3 seconds.

 

Garnerning tpird place with 4.5 seconds was El Reno resident Alfalfa Feddersen. Taking fourth was Gary Green, Keithville, La., with a time of five seconds flat.

 

The fastest barrel racer last nigh was world champion Carol Goostree who took 18.40 seconds to put the horse through the paces.

 

Taking second was Vicki Callicrate with a time of 18.54 followed by Annesa Beavers, 18.63, and Bana Perry, 18.71.

 

Rod Pratt with a time of 14.5 seconds and Lewis Kinkead with a time of 20.9 seconds were the only cowboys to score a time out of a field of nine contestants last night.

 

However, more steer roping scheduled during slack time competition beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday.

 

In the second annual wild cow milking contest held just before the main event, at team from the Newkirk Animal Clinic comprised of Dana Cline, Gene Scheiber, and Jeff Cline took first place.

 

Taking second was another Newkirk Animal Clinic team made up of Steve Cline, Bobo Scheiber, and Kelle Scheiber. The third place team called The Strippers and was comprised of Dennis Robinson, Tom Myers, and Robert Shelton.

 

The places in all the events are subject to change as more competitors are scheduled to compete in all events both Friday and Saturday.

 

Friday's festivities begin around 7:30 p.m. with another wild cow milking contest with the main event scheduled to begin a 8 p.m.

 

Tickets are $4 in advance at local banks. and groceries and the Ponca City Area Chamber of Commerce, ,113 North Third, or $5 at the gate.

Quail Dobbs Is Serious About Clowning
He was riding bulls and bareback broncs in Buffalo, Minn., when the barrel man didn't show. "Shoot, I been a clown all my life. Let me do it!," he said, and he did.

 

Quail Dobbs has been a rodeo clown ever since.

 

That was 19 years ago. Since then Quail has worked almost all the major rodeos and has never clowned at anything. but a RCA or PRCA sanctioned event. He was selected by the his cowboy peers to work the National Finals Rodeo in 1972.

 

It was in 1973 that Dobbs broke his leg in the arena and with characteristic honesty admits, "I was at the point when I broke my leg that I was feeling pretty cocky." He learned his lesson and became more cautious but still not afraid. He says, "You can't go out there and be scared to death. If you are, you better do something else. I've got more of a respect than a fear."

After realizing that he had let himself get out of shape, he hardened his body once again to take the expected abuse from the bulls.

 

Being physically fit is one of the most important aspects of the profession, says Quail. "You gotta be in shape to fight bulls. You need that gas when you gotta ask yourself for that little extra go."

 

Dobbs started as a barrel man and then went to bullfighting and is now working the barrel again. He says, "Now I don't have, to fight bulls. Let these guys that are younger... do it. They don't hire me to do that anymore anyway. They hire me to ... work that barrel and be funny."

 

"I'd always wanted to be funny," he says grinning, but, "you're thinking about how to turn this bull, when to turn him, what hand the guy's riding with ... I try to make it funny, too, , and sometimes that's awful hard to do. You gotta kind a be a politician and try to please everybody."

One of Quail's crowd pleasers is his trick car that literally explodes with fireworks daring his routine. He says the car is what made him a, well-known clown but the famous Freckles Brown once told reporters, "Quail Dobbs makes the car!"

 

Other favorites include his treasured 17-year-old mule Sally Goodin ("She's just like one of the kids"), his little dog Phyllis, his pig Rosie and his bull barrel with a Nestea label on the side.

 

Quail says, playing the politician, that the reason he uses the Nestea label is, "It's the kind of product that's not going to offend anybody." It's not bad for Nestea either.

 

Dobbs also visits schools and children's wards in hospitals to entertain and teach them a little about rodeo. He says the kids gave him the idea for the rodeo coloring book he recently published because "they always draw a picture and color it" on their thank you letters.

 

Quail says he loves kids and loves answering their questions about being a rodeo clown but most of them aren't really serious about clowning. One of his students, when he had a clowning school, was a special case; Clydel Schultz, a Ponca City youth who was killed in a plane crash a few years ago.

 

He says of the time Schultz enrolled in his school, "That's probably one of the highlights of my career, that this kid, 19 years old, wanted to go to my school. I'd heard of the Schultzes all my life. If you had everybody like Clydel Schultz, so sincere that they wanted to DO something, everything would be great.

 

" Speaking of doing things sincerely - Quail Dobbs does.

Leads Change Hands In Second Night Of Rodeo

 

The scores got higher and the times got quicker, causing the lead to change hands in several events at Friday night's session of the 101 Ranch Rodeo.

 

A crowd of about 2,000 looked on as Brooklyn, New York, resident Bobby Delvecchio, who is in first place in the current 1981 rodeo standings, took the lead in bull riding atop Ajax with a 76.

 

The new man occupying the second place spot is Jackie Vogele whose score is  only one point below the leader.

 

Currently in third is Eddie Rawdon with a 72 followed by Gene Owen with a 71.

 

Only the first four finishers in any event win any money in the rodeo world.

 

Tying Jack Ward Jr.'s first place :bareback riding score of 76 last night was Bob Lougue. No one last night bested Bruce Ford's Thursday night score of 74 for third place.

 

Bumping out Wes Ward and David Broomley, who each had a 65, was T.J. Walters who now is in fourth place with a 72.

 

Overtaking Skeeter Humble's first place Thursday night saddle bronc score of 70 last night was Mark Hughes who edged ahead by one point.

 

The current third place saddle bronc rider is Richard Oehmigen who scored a 69 Thursday night while Dave Fisher's Thursday night score of 68 keeps him in fourth place.

 

The quickest calf roper so far came last night with Danny Torricellas' score of 9.4 seconds. He beat Bronc Rumford's Thursday night score of 9.6 seconds which currently puts him in second.

 

Scoring 10.1 seconds last night was Buddy Geter who earned a third place berth followed by Kenny Thomas with 10.6 seconds.

 

They beat out Ab Deakins and Tommy Dentis who took 12.0 and 12.3 seconds respectively on Thursday.

 

1980 World Champion Stan Williamson is the new first place steer wrestler so far after taking only 3.9 seconds, beating Matty Wynn's Thursday night score by one tenth of a second.

 

Dennis Gee, who scored 4.3 seconds Thursday, was bumped to third place and Alfalfa Fedderson was bumped to fourth with his Thursday night score of 4.5 seconds.

 

Since there were so many steer roping contestants, a session was held Saturday morning where the fastest time so far, 13.0 seconds, was scored by Git Alley.

 

Steve Haley took one tenth of a second longer Saturday morning to earn a second place berth.

 

Currently holding down the third and fourth place spots are Allen's father, James, and Git's brother, Guy. Both scored 13.2 seconds Friday night.

 

Carol Goostree's score of 18.40 seconds in the barrel riding competition Thursday so far keeps her in first place followed by Vicki Callicrate with a Thursday score of 18.54.

 

Annesa Beavers, who totaled 18.63 seconds Thursday, remains in third while Shayne Mason's Friday score of 18.67 edged out Bana Perry who had an 18.71 second score Thursday.

 

Winning the second of three wild cow milking contests last night was the Farha Bunch comprised of L.J. Case, Kevin Tapp, and Howard Buxton.

 

Taking second was the Fast Hands Bunch made up of Lee Davis, Kenny Andrews, and Larry Rennie. Third place finisher was a team from the Dobson Ranch, Newkirk, with Keith Lane, Terry Lane, and Mitchell Dobson as members.

Durant Man 101 Ranch Rodeo All-Around Cowboy
This year's annual 101 Ranch , Rodeo ended with the naming of Roy Cooper, Durant, as the all-around cowboy after he placed first in steer roping and fifth in calf roping.

 

The 25-year-old 1980 World Champion calf roper earned more prize money, $1,816.82, than any other contestant in conjunction with ... placing in at least two events at the three-day rodeo in order to pull down the honor.

 

He beat out a field of 68 with a time of 12.2 seconds in the steer roping event and placed fifth among a field, of 58 calf ropers with a time of 10.7 seconds.


Cooper was awarded the Sonny Shultz Memorial All-Around Trophy by the Carl Shultz family and Mrs. Agnes Freeman in honor of Sonny and Loris "Shorty" Shultz.

 

Named this year's 101 Ranch Rodeo Queen was 20-year-old Teri Turnage, an Oklahoma State University student from Claremore.

 

First runner-up was Sandra Coursey, Sapulpa; second runner-up, Toni Henke, Jenks; third runner-up Vicki Ferguson, Edmond; and fourth runner-ups Kim Welsch, Okemah, and Lynette Landers, Bartlett, Kan.

 

Shannon Burling, Ponca City, won Miss Congeniality.

 

In the bull riding contest, Bobby Delvecchio, a top national contender, and Spanky Brown each took home $789.48 by getting the two top tying scores of 76 each.

 

Jackie Vogele placed third with a 75 and was awarded $566.04 while Eddie Rawdon's 72 got him a fourth place and $417.08.

 

Tied for sixth and getting $208.54 each were Gene Owen and John Dunbar with equal scores of 71.

Jack Ward Jr., the 1977-78 world champion bareback rider, took first place in bareback riding with a 70 and won $784.04.

 

Bob Logue, a top pro bareback rider for three years, also had a 76 and tied Ward for first.

 

Third on, the list was Bruce Ford with a 74 who took home $446, followed by T.J. Walters and Jim Richards with a 72. Both Walters and Richards won $111.72.

 

Taking a fine. ride as evidenced by his score of 82 in the saddle bronc competition atop the mount, Long branch was Monty "Hawkeye" Henson who stuffed his wallet with $705.60.

 

Longbranch also helped Skeeter Humble take fourth place with a 70 and take home $176.40.

 

Second place saddle bronc rider was Bobby Berger with a 75 followed by Mark Hughes with a 71. They were awarded $529.20 and $352.80 respectively.

 

The quickest overall calf roper was Danny Torricellas who took only 9.4 seconds and received $770.18 for his efforts.

 

Bronc Rumford followed with a 9.6 and $637.39: Third was Buddy Geter, 10.1 seconds and $504.60, and fourth was Kenny Thomas, 10.6 and $371.81.

 

Fifth was Roy Cooper, 10.7 and $239.02, and sixth was Gary Dean, 11.1 and $132.79.

 

Top overall steer wrestler was Stan Williamson with a time of 3.9 seconds and a $787.03 prize followed by Matt Wynn's 4.0 time and $651.50 jackpot.

 

Third was Dennis Gee, 4.3 seconds and $515.77, and fourth was Alfalfa Fedderson, 4.5 seconds and $380.04. Fifth was Danny Toiricellas, 4.9 and $244.41 and sixth was Gary Green, 5.0 and $135.73.

 

Steer roping Winners' times and prize money in order following Cooper were:

_ Larry Jeffry, 12.7, $1,372.
_ Gip Allen, 13.0, $1,166.20.
_ Steve Haley, 13.1, $960.40.
_ James Allen, 13.2, $651.70.
_ Guy Allen, 13.2, $651.70.
_ Martin Casebolt, 14.0, $343.
_ Neil Worrell, 14.4, $137.30.

 

The fastest barrel racer came the last night when Liz French took only 18.12 seconds to put her horse around the three barrels' and took home $399.39 for her efforts.

 

Other barrel racing money winners' times and prize money in order I following French, were:
_ Sharon Youngblood, 18.32, $325.43.
_ Carol Goostree, 18.40, $266.26.
_ Vicki Callicrate, 18.54, $192.3Q.
_ Annesa Beavers, 18.63, $147.92.
_ Shayne Mason, 18.67, $73.96.
_ Kay Bland, 18.68, $44.37.
_ Sherry Johnson, 18.69, $29.58.

 

Taking first in the third and final session of the second annual Wild Cow Milking Contest was a no name team comprised of Jack Powers, Scott Boyd, and Kevin Frazier.

 

Second was a Mertz Inc. team made up of Scott Ingram, Darwin Horner, and Mike Lewis. Third were the Udder Grabbers, Frank Childers, Micky Cantwell, and Frank Ellyson.

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