West Texas State Professor Will
Again Announce Annual 101 Ranch Rodeo Here In August
Townsend is riding the rodeo circuit again this summer as announcer
and master of ceremonies at various rodeos, including the 101 Ranch
Rodeo in Ponca City Aug. 18-20.
Townsend is known
during the academic year as Dr. Charles Townsend, professor of
history at West Texas State University at Canyon.
This is Townsend's 38th summer to travel the Rocky Mountain circuit
to announce rodeos, roundups and county fairs at 11 Colorado
communities and in Ponca City. The summer for Townsend begins in
mid-June and continues through August just a few days before
registration for fall classes at West Texas State.
Townsend has been sanctioned as rodeo announcer by the Professional
Rodeo Cowboys Association since he was graduated from Nocona High
School at Nocona, Texas. His rodeo career had begun several years
earlier on the Nocona ranch where he grew up. He started riding
bulls at 14 and began announcing at 16.
decided to quite riding, young Townsend. who had mimicked rodeo
announcers, was allowed to try his style when the scheduled
announcer failed to appear.
He is now a life member
of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association.
Townsend continued his education and supported his family, which
included three children, with his summer rodeo earnings. Those
summers carried him through a bachelor's degree at Midwestern
University at Wichita Falls, a master's at Baylor University in
Waco, and a doctorate at the University of Wisconsin.
Students have rewarded his popular teaching by naming him the 1982
Outstanding Faculty Member, an award presented by the West Texas
State University Leadership Board, and the 1982 outstanding
professional, presented by agriculture students.
has gained recognition beyond the classroom and the rodeo arena with
the publication of his 1976 biography of Texas western swing
musician Bob Wills. "San Antonio Rose: The Life and Music of Bob
Wills" is in its second printing, and his album notes to Will's
final recording have won a Grammy Award.
MISS RODEO OKLAHOMA. Teri Turnage of Claremore, will be a special guest
at Ponca City's 101 Ranch Rodeo, set for Aug. 18-20. Miss Turnage makes
appearances at events throughout the state and region.
She was crowned Miss Rodeo Oklahoma at the 1982 State Fair of Oklahoma
following several days of modeling, interviews and horsemanship
She is a team roper and says she enjoys any activity involving horses.
She is also a pre-veterinary medicine student at Rogers State College in
Teri was also Miss 101 Ranch Rodeo Queen in 1981.
Wild Cow Riding Contest A Highlight Of 101 Ranch Rodeo
Highlighting the activities to be held during the 101 Ranch Rodeo, Aug.
18-20, will be the Wild Cow Riding Contest. The contest will be held at
7:30 p.m. prior to each rodeo performance. Ten teams, composed of three
members each, will be allowed to participate each of the three
performance nights (30 teams, maximum, total).
Wild cows will be turned loose into the arena and the teams will try to
rope, saddle and ride their cows to the finish line. If you watched the
contest last year, you will remember how difficult, but entertaining
this event is.
Application forms and complete rules are available at the Chamber of
Commerce office. Forms and entry fees should be turned in by the day of
participation. Teams will be given their choice of performance nights
based on a first-come, first-served basis.
MAGIC ROPE tricks by J. W. Stoker are expected to thrill those
attending the 101 Ranch Rodeo this year. Stoker's roping routine
consists of various butterfly and Hat loops, performed both on the horse
and on the ground.
He also performs difficult tricks with two ropes, putting the finishing
touch on the act with the famous Texas Skip. Stoker uses a fast-running
Palomino horse named "Sugar,- who has stocking legs a blaze face and
flowing white mane and tail. He also uses four other horses in his acts.
Stoker was reared in Kansas and now lives in Texas where he operates a
small ranch in Weatherford.
BRAND-NEW 101 RANCH RODEO poster, shown here by Dani Atkinson,
Ponca City Area Chamber of Commerce information secretary, is now
available at the Chamber office for $2.
The poster is the third in an orginal series depicting the world-famous
101 Ranch, and is suitable for framing.
Also available is a limited-edition belt buckle for $8 commemorating the
annual event. The offerings are in conjunction with the rodeo, set for
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights this week.
23rd 101 Ranch Rodeo Set For Three-Day Run
The 23rd Annual 101 Ranch Rodeo is expected to provide "a hot time in
the old town" during the next three days, with an abundance of rodeo
related activities on the agenda.
The rodeo, expected to draw top cowboys to Ponca City from around the
country, officially begins at 7:30 p.m., Thursday with a Wild Cow Riding
contest at the 101 Ranch Rodeo Arena, located at Prospect and Ash.
Wild Cow Riding contests will also be held on Friday and Saturday
nights, prior to the start of each rodeo performance. During the
contest, wild cows will be turned loose into the arena and teams will
try to rope, saddle and ride them to the finish line.
Prior to the opening of the rodeo, the Jaycees will hold a Cherokee
Strip Shoot-Out at Third and Grand, beginning at 6:30 p.m., Thursday.
Open performance at the 101 Ranch Rodeo will begin at 8 p.m. each night.
On Friday, the Queen's Horsemanship Competition will be held at the
arena at 2:30 p.m.
The big day for the rodeo festivities will be Saturday, At 10 a.m., Kiddie Rides will open at Second and Grand. From 10 a.m. until noon, the
101 Ranch Old Timers will meet at Hutchins Memorial.
Also on Saturday, the Ponca City Auto Show will be held from 10 a.m. to
5 p.m. That event is sponsored by the Classic Cars of Ponca City Club
and will be held at the Ponca Plaza Shopping Center. Antique, classic
and special interest autos will be on display.
The Rodeo Queen's Luncheon will be held at 11 a.m. at the Holiday Inn.
The luncheon will be hosted by the Ponca City Business and Professional
At 1:30 p.m., the Jaycees will hold another Cherokee Strip Shoot-Out at
Third and Grand.
Then at 2 p.m., the 90th anniversary of the Cherokee Strip Run will be
celebrated in conjunction with the annual 101 Ranch Rodeo Parade. The
parade will form at West Junior High and will travel east along Grand
Avenue to Seventh Street.
The parade will be led by Ponca City Mayor Lee Brown, who has been named
parade marshal. City commissioners will also be riding in the car
with Brown and the American Legion and VFW will provide the color guard
Numerous floats entered by city businesses and organizations
and several area beauty queens will also appear along with classic
automobiles by members of the Classic Car Club. Country and western
music will be provided by the Po-Hi Rodeo Band under the direction of Ed
At 7 p.m., Colonel Mike Sokoll's Trick Ropers will perform at the
The final performance at the rodeo will begin at 8 p.m. Saturday.
Coronation of the 1983 101 Ranch Rodeo Queen will also be held Saturday
night. Six contestants are entered in the queen contest.
Miss Rodeo Oklahoma, Teri Turnage of Claremore, will be a special guest
during the rodeo. Ms. Turnage, a student of pre-veterinary medicine at
Rogers State College, is a team roper and enjoys '"any activity
Also scheduled to appear during the rodeo is Bobby "Toad" Cook, a
professional clown from Big Rapids, Mich. Cook has been described as one
of the most popular rodeo clowns in the business. He carries at least a
dozen feature acts with him, including a trick mule, a chariot pulled by
a chicken, a trick dog, and a bucking car.
The grand finale of the festivities will be the 101 Ranch Rodeo Dance at
the Rodeo Grounds. Music for the dance will be provided by The Royals.
Top Cowboys, Cowgirls Competing In 101 Rodeo
Top rodeo hands from around the country had a chance Thursday night
to collect important points in the first eliminations of the 23rd
Annual 101 Ranch Rodeo. Ponca City's nationally famous rodeo,
sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Association (PRCA) and the
Women's Professional Rodeo Association (WPRA), has attracted world
champions arid leading contenders to the area for three days of rodeo
David Peters led the way in bare-back riding with 75 points. He
stayed on Beverly's Velvet for the best ride of the night. R.C.
Patterson scored 73 points on Scout, and Sandy Kirby clocked in
with a score of 69 on Soldier.
The best calf roper of the night was Alan Jones. He roped his calf in
just 10.4 seconds. Butch Meyers placed right behind Jones with a
time of 12 seconds. Third place went to John Bryant for a 12.6
For saddle bronc riding, Richard Oehmigen racked up 84 points by the
way he rode Longbranch for Velvet. The judges gave Bob Brown 79
points for his ride on Laycock.
Third place went to Hawkeye Henson, who earned a score of 77 on his re-ride with Little Britches.
Steer wrestler Sam Duvall took his animal down in a mere 4.6 seconds for first place after the opening night. Butch Meyers was close behind
with a time of 4.7 seconds. Third place honors went to Tony Wiese for
his time of 5.9 seconds.
Fans of barrel racing saw Kristan Crain circle the course in just 17.94
seconds to set the pace for the rest of the competitors. Vicki Maker
finished second with a time of 18.25 seconds. Lori Miller clocked in
with a ride of 18.34 seconds to capture third place.
Bull rider Steve Lance had an outstanding ride on Sinbad for a top
score of 81 points. Liver Lips was good luck for Gene Owen. Judges gave
the cowboy 79 points for his eight second ride. Tom Peterson on McKinnley placed third with 75 points.
The best steer roping was performed by Rod Pratt in 12.5 seconds. His
best competition was from Rex Prather with 13.7 seconds. T.J. Spratt, with
a time of 14 seconds, took third place.
In addition to the excitement of the regular rodeo events Thursday
night, spectators were also treated to the artwork of J.W. Stoker, of
Weatherford, Texas, and his fancy horse catches. He grabbed the
attention of the crowd performing colorful rope tricks, topped off by
the famous Texas Skip.
The Rodeo Queen's Horsemanship Competition is scheduled for 2:S p.m.
today. The rodeo begins again at 8 p.m.
Saturday promises to be the biggest day for rodeo activities, starting
with Kiddie Rides at 10 a.m. on Second and Grand.
From 10 a.m. until noon, the 101 Ranch Old Timers will have a chance to meet
at Hutchins Memorial.
The Rodeo Queen's Luncheon will be held at 11 a.m. at the Holiday Inn The
Jaycees also plan another Cherokee Strip shoot-out at 1:30 p.m. on Third
A big parade to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the Cherokee Strip Run
starts at 2 p.m. The celebrations will be in conjunction with the 101 Ranch
The parade will form at West Junior High and travel east along Grand Avenue
to Seventh Street.
Coronation of the 1983 101 Ranch Rodeo Queen will be a highlight of Saturday
night's performance. Seven contestants are entered in the competition.
The contestants this year are Jennifer Glass of Newkirk, Sands Christine
of Sapulpa, Shardyn Wallace of Sand Springs, Pamela Nickels of
Bartlesville, Jo Thorne of Bentonville, Ark., Teresa Ann Carle of Noble
and Dawn Garrett of Collinsville.
Sand Springs Cowgirl Named Rodeo Queen
Wallace of Sand Springs was named queen of the 101 Ranch Rodeo during
Saturday night's final performance of the three-day event.
The new queen, sponsored by the Central Oklahoma Pinto Association is a
20-year-old junior at Oklahoma State University. She is an honor
student majoring in sociology.
After the second go-round of the three-day 101 Ranch Rodeo Friday night,
point results were mixed as contenders headed for the final evening of
Bareback rider David Peters retained his number-one score of 75 points.
R.C. Patterson held on to the second slot with a score of 73.
Both Ron Gilbert and Gates Conner tied far third with scores of 72
points each, upsetting Sandy Kirby in the standings.
All three top calf ropers from the first night of competition were out
scored Friday. Shaun Burchett took over the number-one position with a
time of 9.0 seconds. Close behind was Gail Turner's effort of 9.1
seconds. Johnny Powell turned in a score of 9.8 seconds for third place.
In saddle bronc riding, there were no new contenders Friday night for
the top three scoring positions. Richard Oehmigen's previous score of 84
points was still number one.
Bob Brown, with 79 points, held the second-best score. Third place still
belonged to Hawkeye Henson for his 77 points.
There was a change in the steer wrestling standings when Debb Philps,
bedded down his animal in 4.4 seconds, for the number-one spot. That
moved Sam Duvall back to second place with his time of 4.6 seconds from
Thursday. Butch Meyers moved into third place from the night before with
The top three contenders in the barrel racing event remained
un-challenged after Friday night. Scores turned in by Kristian Crain,
Vicki Maker and Lori Miller Thursday were still the best after two
Bull rider Steve Lance faced a three-way tie for first place at the end
of Friday night's performance. Raymond Hair and Gene Owens both won
scores of 81 from the judges to join Lance in the first-place slot.
Tom Peterson moved up into second place with a score of 75 points earned
Thursday. Jay Cochrane took over third place with 73 points.
Steer ropers from the first night of eliminations were upset Friday by
three new rodeo hands. Phil Lyne moved into first place for a time of
10.8 seconds. Guy Alien had a time of 12.1 seconds, with James Allen
following close with a roping in 12.2 seconds.
Two-Time World Champion Wins 101 Title -
Lyne All-Around Winner
Former two-time world champion all-around cowboy, Phil Lyne
took top honors Saturday night at the 101 Ranch Rodeo by winning the
all-around trophy for his high scores in steer wrestling.
The cowboy's purse was $1,397.
The all-around cowboy trophy is donated by the Carl Shultz family and
Mrs. Agnes Freeman, in honor of Sonny and Loris "Shorty" Shultz.
Lyne held the best time of 10.8 seconds for all three nights. In 1971
and 1972 Lyne won both the world all-around and calf roping
championships, placing a close second in bull riding, something no
cowboy has been able to do before or since.
Bareback rider R.C. Patterson took over the number one position Saturday
night for his total score of 149 points. His purse was $196.
and Gates Conner shared the number two slot for score 144 points. They
both went away with $122.
After Saturday night, third place belonged to Delbert Swope for his 61
points. His paycheck was $49.
The three leading contenders in calf roping all finished in the same
positions by the end of the three day rodeo.
Shaun Burchett had the best time of 9.0 seconds for a purse of $1,122.
Second place winner Gail Turner finished with 9.1 second for $929, and
Johnny Powell took home $735 for his time of 9.8 seconds.
Richard Oehrnigen's top score of 84 points for saddle-bronc riding
earned him $697. John McBeth finished second with 81 points for $523
purse, with Bob Brown placing third for 79 points and a $348 paycheck.
Steer wrestler Debb Phelps had the fastest time of 4.4 seconds to finish
on top in the standings. He collected $923 for his talent.
Ron Jones and Sam Duvall split the second place spot with a time of 4.6.
seconds. Their share of the purse was $684. Butch Myers rounded out the
top three slots with 4.7 seconds and $445 in winnings.
The best barrel racer of the rodeo was Kristian Crain. She circled the
course in just 17.94 seconds for a purse of $587.
Vicki Maker held second place with a time of 18.25
seconds for $479. Close behind was Lori Miller who clocked in with a ride of 18.3.4
seconds for $391.
Three bull riders shared first place after the final performance of the
rodeo. Gene Owen, Steve Lance and Raymond Harr were all awarded 79
points by the judges.
Owens collected $1,011 for all of his rides. Lance went home with a $758
purse and Harr earned $505.
Phil Lyne, who held the best score in steer roping all three nights, won
the all-around cowboy trophy for his time of 10.8 seconds. Guy Alien
finished in second place with a 12.1 score for $1,215.
Roy Cooper and James Alien shared the number three spot for times of
12.2 seconds each. Cooper collected $1,032, while Alien earned $850.
Shardyn Wallace of Sand Springs was crowned queen of 1983 101 Ranch
Rodeo Saturday. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ted J. Wallace.
Sponsored by the Central Oklahoma Pinto Association, the 20-year-old
cowgirl is a junior sociology major at Oklahoma State University where
she is an honor student.
She was 1982-83 OSU Bennett Homecoming Queen and has modeled on the