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101 Wild West Rodeo History - 1987

 
 

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

   
ANNOUNCER: Clem McSpadden GRAND MARSHAL:
RODEO QUEEN: Kristen Martin SPECIALTY ACT: One-Armed Bandit

FRANK PHILLIPS, great grandson of Bill Pickett, of Washington D.C. poses before the statute of his famous bulldogging ancestor which was recently dedicated at the stockyards in Fort Worth.

 

A videotape of the unveiling will be shown by the 101 Ranch Collectors Association following the 101 Ranch Old Timers meeting at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Hutchins Memorial Building.

 

Don McGrew will provide the television for the screening. Also there will be a video presentation introducing members of the Pickett family and 101 Ranch Old Timers present for the dedication. And, a film shot during the ranch's heyday, provided by Joe Colby, will be shown. The film is part of the collection of restored films in the Library of Congress.

1987 101 Ranch Rodeo Provides Lots Of Action

 

Rodeo clown Gary "Roach" Hedeman led the bull up the fence and away from the thrown rider.

 

When the bull got a little too close, Hedeman leaped the fence and bounded up the spectators' bleachers, where, near the top, he plopped down and crossed his legs as if he were just another paying customer.

 

He performed the maneuver rapidly, with flowing grace. It seemed to take little effort.

When the crowd's laughter died down, Hedeman returned to the arena floor, exchanging the inevitable banter with rodeo announcer Clem McSpadden.


"If that happens one more time," Hedeman called out to announcer's box, "I'm gonna pull a Johnny Paycheck."

 

"You're gonna take this job and shove it?" McSpadden asked.

 

Hedeman gestured to let the announcer know that's precisely what he planned to do.

 

The Thursday night performance of the 1987 101 Ranch Rodeo featured the work of two of the nation's best-known rodeo clowns.

 

Hedeman, 26, of El Paso, exhibited his athletic prowess as the bullfighter.

 

He was teamed up Quail Dobbs, 45, of Coahoma, Texas, winner the past two years of the Coors "Man in the Can" award as the Professional Rodeo Cowboy's Association's (PRCA) best barrel clown.

 

Dobbs, who has held a PRCA contract card for nearly a quarter of a century, had the literal highlight of the show: a burning rocket-car routine involving several fireworks displays.

 

The cowboys and stock provided plenty of figurative fireworks during the rodeo's "ridin', ropin' and rasslin'."

 

Stock contractor Walt Alsbaugh's calves and steers proved to be especially frustrating to the cowboys competing in the timed events. Many contestants left the arena with an NT ("no time") as their scores.

 

Calf roping was the most vexing. Only two cowboys scored times in the event. Steve Massey was the leader with a time of 14.2 seconds. The other cowboy to place was Eugene King, who trailed the leader by over five seconds (19.6).

 

Team ropers fared somewhat better. Rich Skelton and Jimmy Wade stopped the timer's clock respectably early with 7.5 seconds to take the lead. Following were Jimmy Wade and Paul Duncan, 9.2 seconds, and Bill Robinson and Garland Bloodworth, 15.8 seconds.

 

Checotah's great steer wrestler Roy Duvall (three-time world's champion steer wrestler and 21-time qualifier for the National Final's Rodeo) was among the cowboy's finding Thursday's stock frustrating, scoring an NT in the steer wrestling.

 

Ote Berry lead the event with a good time of 5.4 seconds. Trailing him were Ricky Huddleston, 7.3 seconds, and Red Doffin, 7.5 seconds.

 

Gale Beebe led her nearest competition by over a second and a half in barrel racing with a time of 16.75 seconds. Next was Betty Roper, 17.20 seconds, then Beth Braudrick, 17.28 seconds.

 

Cowboys in the riding events had a considerably more rewarding evening.

 

In the bareback competition, Chris Guay scored 80 points, followed by Shawn Frey with 76 and Jon Brockway, 73.

 

Phil Smith led the saddle bronc riders with 78 points. John McBeth followed with 76 points. Hawkeye Henson scored in the low 60s on his first ride, but the judges awarded him the option of a re-ride because of technical problems. Henson wisely chose to take the re-ride and scored 75 points for third place.

 

Scott Wilkins was the evening best bull rider with 78 points, edging out Danny Hershberger, 76 points, and Randy Hugle, 71.

 

Tonight's performance of the rodeo gets under way at 8 p.m. Pre-rodeo activities begin an hour earlier.

 

Saturday, beginning at 10 a.m., there will be two go-arounds of steer roping to determine who will compete in the Saturday evening steer roping event. The 1987101 Ranch Rodeo Queen will also be crowned during the Saturday evening performance.

The Changing World Of Professional Rodeo

 

The nature of the professional rodeo cowboy is changing from what it was 20 or 30 years ago, said Charles Tucker veteran rodeo cowboy and member of the 101 Ranch Rodeo Foundation.

 

Top rodeo stars no longer bounce from one event to the next via pick-up truck and horse trailer.

 

Dying is the old-time romance from the days when cowboys drove long stretches of western highways, stopped over in cut-rate hotels and drank at honky-tonk bars, while migrating along the professional rodeo trail.

 

Today's top riders have adopted more modern and efficient ways of riding the circuit.

 

After all, the sport is no longer just a way of life — its big business that nets some top stars over $100,000 in yearly earnings.

 

Qualification for the National Finals Rodeo (NFR), held yearly in Las Vegas, is based on annual earnings during the 12-month rodeo season, Tucker said. NFR competitors are the top 15 money winners in each event.

 

About five years ago the rules were changed limiting to 100 the number of events that could be counted toward national finals qualification, he said. The change pressured top-level cowboys to ride the highest-paying rodeos to ensure a December invitation to Las Vegas.

 

To qualify, riders have to fly to events to bridge the gap of time and space.

 

"The money has gotten better over the last 10 years which has enticed cowboys to make more rodeos," said Tucker.

 

It's common for a rider to fly in just in time to ride in his event, then get back on a plane for a flight to another rodeo.

 

Tucker said riders like Roy Cooper, who competes regularly in Ponca City, will arrange to borrow a horse or have one of his own at the event before he gets there. Some cowboys have been know to strategically place several horses around the country for such purposes.

 

Although the rodeo world is changing for the most successful. riders, the traditional life style re- mains much the same for youthful competitors still paying their dues at the lower ranks.

 

Steve Grey, 22, of Crescent says he has traveled by car and sometimes plane during his seven years as a rodeo cowboy.

 

Grey, a bull rider who turned in a low score in Friday night's go round, said he and three fellow Oklahoma bull riders were planning a 700-mile, overnight road trip to Nebraska for a Saturday evening event.

 

From there they will return to Oklahoma for a Wednesday event in Vinita,  followed by two rodeos in Texas and one scheduled in Pueblo, Colo. Sept. 2.

 

Successful rides last week in Ada. and Seminole netted Grey about $500, which will help pay traveling costs, he said.

 

Grey, who normally competes in about 50 rodeos each year, said he is just  getting back onto the circuit after being married earlier this year.

 

Friday's low score was due to a bad draw. Grey said. "Because of the bull I drew, I knew I had no hope for a high score tonight; so the best I could do was ride him and collect my share of the day money."

 

Grey's day money, which is prize money awarded after each nightly event, amounted to $87.50 which reimbursed his entry fee plus 50 cents.

 

Tonight's profit is about enough to buy me a coke," he said. "At least I didn't lose money. I won't worry about it; I'll go up to Nebraska and do better."

 

"I think I'm just as good as any-one else out here," said Grey.

 

He has refused offers of help from top-ranking riders because he wants to get established as a nation-al class bull rider independently.

 

"Lord willing, I want to get what I think is coming to me on my own."

Annual 101 Rodeo Winds Up Activity

 

For years the 101 Ranch Rodeo has entertained Ponca City crowds with top-notch professional cowboys and zany clown acts Saturday's final performance of the 1987 edition carried on the rodeo spirit in classic tradition with a high school band playing the Lexington March as horsemen paraded into the arena with cowboy hats and flags waving.

 

After pausing for the invocation, the crowd saluted the American flag held center stage by a horseback cowgirl wearing an Indian headdress, with opening ceremonies over, the ridin', ropin' and rodeoin' began. Cowboys flew from the backs of bareback broncos and calves were lassoed and snapped to the ground by ropes pulled taut when hurried cowboys competed for a share of the calf roping prize money.

 

Later came the barrel racers — cowgirls teamed with their mounts to weave through the triangle of drums faster than any other entry.

 

Team ropers and saddle bronc riders also drew cheers from the crowd but no event seemed more exciting and dangerous than the one held near the conclusion of the evening — bull riding. It is the only one in which the animal appears to have the upper hand on the cowboy.

 

Unlike steer roping, which seems to be anything but a fair fight, bull riding seems as close to fair as it gets in the sport of rodeo.

 

Bull riders are almost always heroes and the bulls are never more than villainous brutes.

 

After the crowd had gone home, cowboys gathered around and talked about newly acquired bruises and sore ribs.

 

Some cowboys collected large paychecks while others, if they were lucky, got a small stipend from the day money pot, which may have been enough to recover their entry fee.

 

Most of them will move on to Vinita, the next stop on the professional rodeo trail.

 

Kristin Martin of Ponca City, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. George Martin, was named the 1987 101 Ranch Rodeo queen during Saturday's performance.

 

So the 1987 version of the 101 Ranch Rodeo is over and tradition has been faithfully carried on for one more year.

 

Overall winners in each event included:


—Bareback riding:
1) Chris Guay, Stephenville, Texas-$759;
2) Duane Kellstadt, Mound City, Kan.-$628;
3) Shawn Frey Manou, La.-$497.

—Calf Roping:
1) Gary Johnson, Henryetta-$1012;
2) Hank Hainzinger, Ponca City-$838;
3) Rick McLimore, Gracemont, Okla.-$663.

 

—Saddle Bronc Riding:
1) Jeff Switxer, San Luis Obispo Calif -$970;
2) Phil Smith, Magnolia, Ark.-$727;
3) Robert Etbauer Goodwell-$485.

 

—Steer Wrestling:
1) Stan Williamson, Kelleyville-$872;
2) Byron Walker, Ennis, Texas-$721;
3) Ote Berry, Gorden, Neb.-$571.

 

—Team Roping:
1) Rick Skelton, Electra, Texas and Jimmy Wade, Ringling, Okla.-$853;
2) Paul Duncan, Atascosa, Texas and Steve Massey, Lookaba, Okla.-$640;
3) Robin Harrison, Nash, Okla. and Jim Hudgins, Hardimer, Texas-$426.

 

—Barrel Racing:
1) Gale Beebe-$703;
2) Betty Roper-$556;
3) Mary Beth Durfey-$468.

 

—Bull Riding:
1) J.W. Mitchell, Purcell-$821;
1) Don Bell Sterling, Kan.-$821;
2) Scott Wilkins, Branson, Mo.-$352;
2) Mike Swisher, Dover, Okla.-$352.

 

—Steer Roping:
1) Tutt Garnett, Elgin, Texas-$1381;
2) J B Whatley, Midland, Texas-$1143;
3) Kenny Call, Newhall. Calif. - $905.

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