101 Wild West Rodeo Officials Name Po-Hi Band Grand
Marshal Of Parade
The 101 Wild West Rodeo is less than a week away and final plans are
continuing to unfold from the Ponca City Rodeo Foundation.
One of the highlights during the week is the annual parade, set to begin
at 10 a.m. from West 'Grand Avenue at Oak Street, heading east along
Grand ,Avenue and ending at Sixth Street, according to parade chair
The most recent announcement is that Grand Marshal of the 2001 101 Wild
West Rodeo Parade will be "the Big Blue 'Band." Blenden confirmed that
the Ponca City High School Marching Band will the Grand Marshal of the
Led by band director Mark Casperson, "the Big Blue Band" represented the
State of Oklahoma at the inauguration parade in Washington, D.C. for
President George W. Bush's inauguration in January.
Blenden said parade participants need to be ready for the lineup at 9:30
a.m. and any questions should be directed to her at 580-362-1075 or Stan
Long, 765- 7387.
Floats are requested to meet on the side street in front of the West
Grand Avenue Church of Christ, for their progress east.
Those using horses in the parade, should meet in the grassy area south'
of the West Grand Church of Christ, and be able to produce a Coggins
Test if requested, according to Blenden.
Classic car entries will be meeting on North Peachtree Street and North
Birch Street, but are reminded to "please don't block driveways,"
Political participants should gather on the side streets of North and
South Lake Street.
The 42nd annual 101 Wild West Rodeo is Wednesday through Saturday, Aug.
15-18, at 8 p.m. each night.
Tickets are available at local banks, grocery stores, Corral West and
McVay's, according to Blenden. Advance tickets Wednesday and Thursday
are $6 each and $8 at the gate.
Friday and Saturday advance tickets are
$7 and they will be $9 at the gate. Children under 12 years of age can
get in free on Wednesday and Thursday, and $3 on Friday and Saturday.
There will be rodeo slack on Tuesday starting at 4 p.m., including two
rounds of steer roping, and other slack in team roping and calf roping
events, plus steer wrestling.
Sabrina Walton Reigning As 101 Wild West Queen
Walton is a 22-year-old college student from Enid, and is the reigning
Miss 101 Wild West Rodeo Queen.
Walton's parents are Maple and Brenda Phares and Evert and Gayla Walton.
She recently graduated Magna Cum Laude from Northern Oklahoma College
and is transferring to Southwestern Oklahoma State University, where she
will finish her bachelor's degree in athletic training and a minor in
One of Walton's future plans in the sport of rodeo, is to be involved
with the Justin Sports Medicine Program.
Walton started riding horses competitively at the age of 14. Since then
she has competed in many rodeos, horse shows, roundup club events, and
queen competitions. She is a member of the American Quarter Horse
Association and the Enid Cherokee Strip Riding Club.
It is her dream to represent the great sport of rodeo at its highest
— Miss Rodeo America.
"Rodeo has given me so many wonderful opportunities and I want to give
back what it has given to me!"
Passing the opportunities of rodeo on to the next generation of
competitors and fans is what is most important to her.
She leads a very active life outside' of the rodeo arena. She is a
member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, the Fellowship of Christian
Athletes, a Dean's Scholar, and attends Emanuel Baptist Church.
"I would like to thank Ponca City for supporting me this year as I
attended Miss Rodeo Oklahoma. I had a wonderful time representing the
101 Wild West Rodeo and the 101 Ranch. It has been a great honor to be a
part of the history and tradition of the 101 Ranch and Rodeo," Walton
101 Wild West Rodeo For Four Big Nights
The 101 Wild West Rodeo will be making it's fifth four-night run in
Ponca City, after many years of three-night performances as the 101
Dates for the 101 Wild West Rodeo this year will be Aug. 15-18, with
performances nightly at 8 p.m.
There will however, be two go-rounds of steer roping on Tuesday, Aug.
14, starting at 4 p.m., followed immediately by other rodeo slack,
including calf roping, team roping and steer wrestling.
All of it will take place at the 101 Ranch Rodeo Arena, located along
West Prospect Avenue, just west of North Ash Street, in Ponca City.
Rodeo officials have secured the efforts of two well-known bullfighters,
Kevin Rich and Donald Shepard, and in the announcer's booth will be the
familiar voice of Dr. Lynn Phillips, of Enid. Keith Isley will be
bringing a specialty act as the barrelman.
Rafter H Rodeo Company will again be the stock contractor.
101 Ranch Goes Back Long Time
The history of the 101 Wild West Rodeo goes back a long time. It got a
foundation when Col. George W. Miller was aiding the Texas cattle drives
as they made their way north towards the 101 Ranch which Miller was just
establishing in the early 1870s.
From that cattle domain, which Col. Miller then established to the
largest diversified farm and ranch in the world, is the story of the
growth and development of the 101 Ranch of Oklahoma, located on the
paved highway, nine miles southwest of Ponca City.
That was the time when buffalo roamed at will over the broad and rolling
prairies. It felt the brunt of civilization, as the buffalo began to
vanish, and the cattlemen took over prior to civilization bringing the
settler and the farmer.
The Miller Brothers followed all of the changes, although the ownership
of the 101 Ranch remained the same.
It was during the time when cattle were being brought northward from
Texas along the Chisholm trail and pastured in the old Cherokee Strip.
With the opening of the Cherokee Strip to settlement in 1893, it became
necessary for Colonel Miller to establish permanent headquarters for his
ranch, and this was done immediately by leasing tracts of land that
belonged to the Ponca and Otoe Indians and that were adjacent to the
Salt Fork River, thus providing water facilities for his herds.
Ranch Was 110,000 Acres
From the beginning, the 101 Ranch grew, and included at its height,
110,000 acres. Three sons of Col. Miller, Joseph C., Zack T., and George
L., improved the immense ranch.
In addition to their herds the Miller Brothers maintained all sorts of
animals at the ranch, including buffalo, elephant, camels, ostriches and
elk, together with cages of monkeys, coyotes and other animals,
including several bear. They introduced the 101 Ranch Real Wild West
Show on the road, and it went world wide.
While this year's 101 Wild West Rodeo is the 42nd annual, the Miller
Brothers began the rodeo several years before the 1960s, and had quite a
time with the production. The annual event grew in reputation surpassing
those held in Cheyenne, Pendleton and other points in the far west.
Rodeo Fans In For A Treat As Annual Event Begins
Local rodeo fans are in for a treat late this afternoon or early this
evening if that man
— Guy Allen
— shows up for the steer roping that will begin at
4 p.m. in the 101 Wild West Rodeo Arena.
Allen, Lovington, N.M., who won the steer roping here a year ago, went
on to claim his 15th steer roping world championship
— his 10th strait
— even before he rode into the Lazy E Arena in
Guthrie, home of the 2000 National Finals Steer Roping last October.
All Allen did last year in the 101 Ranch Rodeo Arena was claim the first
go-round at 9.0 and then post an even better, 8.9 to keep Trevor Brazile
of Childress, Texas, from using his best scores of 9.4 and 9.2 to win
the average. Allen’s 9.0 and 8.9 were a 17.9 and that got him the win on
the Rafter H Rodeo Stock steers. While the 8.9 was better than his first
go, Allen had to have it to win the average. And, it was .4 behind the
best in the second go, that by Marty Jones, who had a 10.4 in the first
There will be two rounds of the steer roping starting at 4 p.m. at the
101 Ranch Arena on West Prospect, just off North Ash Street. That will
be followed by slack, including some calf roping, team roping and steer
First official night of the four-night rodeo performances will be at 8
p.m. Wednesday, with 8 p.m. performances Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Prices for Wednesday and Thursday are slightly lower than the final two
Those will be the nights of appearances from barrel man Keith Isley,
Contract Act of the Year for 1999 and 2000, with a specialty act.
Also on the program will be bullfighters Kevin Rich and Donald Shepherd.
Fans will be listening once again to Dr. Lynn Phillips of Enid, as the
official announcer for the rodeo on the four night performances.
Rodeo Slack Time Events Provide Lots Of Excitement
The extra night of rodeo called slack provided local fans with some real
treats by area cowboys. Some of it early, shortly after the 4 p.m. start
and some of it later, as the program wound down to a finish shortly
before 11 p.m.
Action at the 101 Ranch Rodeo Arena for the 101 Wild West Rodeo actually
begins a four-night performance tonight at 8 p.m. and runs through
Saturday. Special lower prices are available Wednesday and Thursday
There were two go-rounds of steer roping with 46 total contestants, and
J. Paul Williams of Ponca City provided the early thrills for area fans
that were in attendance. Williams finished the first go-round as the
winner with a 9,6 for $998.61. He missed out on collections in the'
second go, with a no time.
It was a reversal for Kelly Casebolt of Newkirk however, as he failed in
the first go, but made up for it in the second with a 9.8 to nab
$826.44 for second place in that go.
Don Eddleman of Santa Anna,
Texas had the best time of the night at 9,2 during the second go for
first, but he also could not figure in the average and settled for
$998.61 for first in the second go.
Best money-nabber for the night was Vin Fisher of Andrews, Texas, who
had an 11.1 in the first go for $309.91 and a three-way tie for fifth
in the second go with his 10.7 earning $160.69 and the two together got
him the average, at 21.8 for $998.61
more. Not bad for chasIng a steer for less than 15 seconds each ride.
Steer roping champion Guy Allen, who has won it nationally 15 times and
10 times straight, didn't disappoint those in attendance, with a 10.2 in
the second go for splitting third and fourth money, $568.17.
Allen however had tough luck and was not able to catch up with a
speedster in the first go for a good toss.
There were 62 steer wrestlers following and 48 calf ropers in a first
go-round of slack. All of the cowboys in those two events will be part
ofthe fournight performances beginning tonight, as they try to do better
in their second go-round.
Area calf ropers for the fans provided best efforts, and Stockton
Graves, formerly of Ponca City and now calling Alva home, had a lock on
first place for quite a time with a 10.5. He gave way to a
tie when De Lee Peterson of Bartlesville also had a 10.5, but Jerome
Schneeberger of Ponca City dropped both of them a notch, when he tied
his calf in 10.3. That wasn't quite good enough for the lead however as
Kevin Loyd of Haysville, Kan., finished things off for the night with a
9.7, and $881.40. Schneeberger got $729.43 and Graves and Peterson each
Tops in the steer wrestling was a familiar name, Tom Duvall of Hitichita,
Okla., with a 3.7 to tie an earlier effort by Trent English, Lindsay.
They got $1,011.05 each. There were a pair of 3.8s and a pair of 3.9s in
steer wrestling as the quickest event of rode.o proved just that.
Besides the calf roping and stee.r wrestling tonight, there will be bull
riding, saddle riding, bareback bronc riding, team roping, ana girl
Local Cowboy Takes Lead In 101 Rodeo Calf Roping
Home town influence hit the 101 Wild West Rodeo arena Wednesday night as
Jerome Schneeberger displayed National Finals Rodeo talent in the calf
roping event. Schneeberger had taken a slight back seat on slack Tuesday
night, but he certainly didn't do that Wednesday.
Utilizing a 10.3 on the Tuesday slack program, Schneeberger cut almost a
full second off that time, and got a 9.4 that put him well in front for
the average at 19.7 on two.
Bull riders found the going mighty tough here on the Rafter H Rodeo
Stock as none was able to complete an official ndeffitfie 101 Wil<fWest
R6<reo opening night Wednesday.
But it was thrilling time after thrilling time, and good scores on other
rough riding stock, as cowboys and cowgirls were able to overcome what
they had seen in the opening event.
Take for instance, Tommy Duvall of Hitchita, Okla., who set a new arena
record in the steer wrestling average with his second try Wednesday
It was early in the program, just after bull riders had failed to get an
official score, when steer wrestling began. Justin Smith had become the
first of three to get a good enough hold to throw his steer, in 4.3.
That was good, but Duvall did it a half-second faster, in 3.8 to go with
his slack performance of 3.7 and that's 7.5 (a new arena record on two).
Several others were to find the steer horns to their liking, but most
were too quick out of the box, and it cost them. Donnie Hough of Pryor
had a 4.0 and Casey Burdick of Mulvane, Kan., a 4.5 that went with a 4.2
for a total of8.7 on two.
But others got flagged down for
"speeding," according to announcers Dr. Lynn Phillips and Curt Robinson
and were assessed 10-second penalties.
Josh McIntire of Jones, Okla., had a 3.6 that went to 13.6; Garrett
Nokes of McCook, Neb., a 3.9 that went to 13.9 and Mike Bush, of Stigler
4.0 that went to 14.0.
And the excitement continued in the next event, when bareback riders
were able to ride their mounts for the eight-second count, for the most
Chad Klein of Clinton, La., had an 83 on Good Buddy, and that put him in
first place ahead of Darren 'Clarke, Denton, Texas, with a 79 on Brown
Sugar. Chuck Logue, New Braunfels, Texas, had a 76, for third.
Besides Schneeberger doing his best to claim the calf roping
title, which will be decided after the others have their second go
tonight, Friday and Saturday, Herbert Theoroit of Poplarville, Miss.,
had a 9.8. He had a no time on the first calf Tuesday.
Bill Huber of Albia, Iowa, had an 11':3 and Gail Turner of Elgin,
Okla., a 14.1.
Rodeo fans got some addition. al thrills in the saddle bronc rid" ing
when Bobby Griswold, Geary, Okla., had an 80 and Cory F. Hughes of
Preston, Kan., had a 76. Jet McCoy of Weatherford put a 73 on the
scoreboard and Jon Clark of Preston had a 72.
Team ropers Dwayne Clay of Sapulpa and C.R. Bradley of Stillwater showed
how to do it right in the time of 6.7 while Kirby Smith of Hays, Kan.,.
and Luke Myles of Wichita, got a 7.4.
The best from local team roping contestants, which included some
cowgirls, who were within a 45-5,0 mile radius of Ponca City, looking
for a spot in Saturday's finals was a 13.8 by Rick Campbell and Dick
Campbell of Blackwell.
However, Tina Beaty of Ponca
City and Jeff Cline of Newkirk did it in 14.3 and Cherisa Osborn and
Gary Osborn Sr., of Ponca City, got the job done in 10.1, but had to
take a five-second penalty on only one heel to make it 15.1. That may
still get into the finals, where the top eight times will compete on
Girl barrel racers thrilled the crowd also, when two made the trip
around the three barrels in less than 17 seconds on the wellgroomed 101
Wild West Ranch Rodeo Arena ground. Missi Henderson of Winfield, Kan.,
did it at 16.4 and Charlottia Fanning of Guthrie was one-hundredth of a
second slower at 16.95.
Kim Squires of Carnegie had a 17.09 and Crystal Shumate of Willston,
Fla., stands fourth at 17.24.
Bull riders finished up the night in a second section, with eight
attempts, and none able to stay aboard their bulls for the eight-second
The rodeo continues tonight at 8 p.m., as well as two more nights,
Friday and Saturday, both at 8 p.m.
Area Contestants Continue To Post Low Scores
Area challenges were met at the 101 Wild West Rodeo here Thursday night
in the second of a four-night performance on four-night performance on Rafter H Rodeo stock.
The third night of the rodeo will be at 8 p.m. tonight, as things begin
to wind down. However, there's a big day ahead for rodeo fans when the
101 Wild West Rodeo parade unfolds Saturday at 10 a.m. heading east on
Grand Avenue from Oak Street.
Then too, there are pretty girls vying for the 2001 101 Wild West Rodeo
Queen arid that comes to an end at the rodeo on Saturday; According to
Linda Mauk of the Ponca City Rodeo Foundation, the coronation will be
after the first event, which is bull riding at 8 p.m. Saturday.
Vying for the 2001 101 Wild West Rodeo Queen are Shannon Nichole Dowdle,
Falisha Moser, Megan O'Neill, Stacie Schneeberger and Crystal Sloan. It
will be the final night of the reigning 2000 101 Wild West Rodeo Queen
During the rodeo performances Thursday night, an attempt at spoiling
Ponca City's Jerome Schneeberger's calf roping claim of the lead on two
go-rounds, Stockton Graves, a Po-Hi football and wrestling star of a few years back, got caught speeding from the starting gate.
As a result, Graves, who had a 10.5 in slack on
Tuesday night behind Schneeberger's 10.3, found his 9.8 on Thursday
night went to a 10-second penalty, and 19.8 and what would have ,been a
20.3 ballooned to 30.3 and may be out of the money.
Schneeberger remained in first place in the calf roping, with his 10.3
and 9.4 for 19.7. Schneeberger's 9.4 did go under on Thursday night
however, as Ty Massey of Lookeba, Okla., had a 9.0, best so far in the
After Wednesday's failure of bull riders to stay on the bulls of the
Rafter H Rodeo Company,
there were three successful riders Thursday.
Top score went to Don Terry
West of Henryetta with an 80 ride in the first section shortly after the
Grand Entry. Rodeo fans had to wait however until the final event of the
night, the second section of bull riding, to see second place. That went
to Clint Craig of Mena, Ark., who got a 78 on Big John.
Lonnie Carpenter of Colwich, Kan., was actually the first to score on
the evening, as he rode the second bull out of the chutes in the first
section and got a 68.
Local team roping provided some really good times as they worked their
way for a finals position on Saturday. Some eight to 10 teams each
night, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, are seeking eight final spots in
the rodeo on Saturday.
Best on Wednesday was a 13.8 1 by Rick Campbell and Dick Campbell of
Blackwell. But three teams on Thursday really showed rodeo fans how well
they could do, by breaking the 10-second barrier. John Oxford and Doyle
Wedd of Ponca City had an 8.2, while Richard" Morgan of Tonkawa and
Woody Morgan of Ponca City showed off with a 9.0 and then Clark Jones of
Ponca City and Keith Lane of Kildare had a 9.3.
Girl barrel racers who wowed the crowd with two rides under 17 seconds
on Wednesday, saw that happen twice again on Thursday, with a new
leader. Tamara Reinhardt of Lakin did it in 16.85, which was a tad
better than the two scores of Wednesday — Missi Henderson of Winfield at 16.94 and
Charlottia Fanning" of Guthrie at 16.95.
Janae Ward of Addington, Okla., had a 16.88 but tipped one of the
barrels over, thus taking a five second addition for 21.88 on Thursday.
In the professional team roping, rodeo fans got a thrill from several
who went under seven seconds. Two teams however, had additional 10
seconds tacked on when the header left the starting gate too soon. They
were Shane Goad, Briscoe, Texas and teammate Travis Goad, Reydon, Okla.,
who had a 6.0 balloon to a 16.0 and Patrick Rawls, Earlsboro, Okla. and
teammate Micah Lynch of Meeker, who saw their 6.3 go to 16.3.
However, Shannon W. Lee of Gotebo and Darrel L. Radacy of Lookeba
grabbed the lead in the team roping with a 6.6. That was a tick-of-a-second better
than 6.7 turned in by Dwayne Clay, Sapulpa and C.R.
Bradley, Stillwater, on Wednesday.
Saddle bronc riders made their play for top money Thursday when Clay
Wilson of Stillwater rode Lost Trails to an 81 for the lead and Craig W.
Latham of Goodwell had an 80 on Spring Fling to tie for second with
Wednesday's leader Bobby Griswold of Geary, Okla.
Challengers were unable to wrest the lead during steer wrestling and
bareback riding on Thursday. John Kloeckler of Checotah did move into
the second spot on two of the steer wrestling event when he put a 4.0
hold on his steer and that went with 4.2 for combined 8.2. That's still
behind the leader, TommyDuvall of Hitchita, Okla., who had a 3.7 in
slack and a 3.8 Wednesday for a 7.5 on two.
Thursday's bareback best went to Payne L. Dobler of Andover, Kan., who
had an 80 on Silver City. Chad Klein of Clinton, La., had an 83
Wednesday on Good Buddy and third presently is Darren Clarke. of Denton,
Texas, a 79 on Brown Sugar. Thursday fans got a treat from D.V. Fennell
of Stroud who got a 78 on Maggie Mae, and that stands fourth presently.
Locals Cheer For Queens, Ropers At Rodeo Saturday
The 42nd annual 101 Wild West Rodeo drew to a close Saturday night with
rodeo fans getting to whoop and holler for their favorite queen
contestant and local team ropers as those contests came to a
close as well.
There were five queen contestants for the 2001 101 Wild West Rodeo
Queen. They included, Crystal Sloan, Stacie Schneeberger, Megan O'Neill,
Falisha Moser and Shannon Nichole Dowdle. Relinquishing her crown 'was
the 2000 101 Wild West Rodeo Queen, Sabrina Walton.
Eight teams from the area vied for honors in the. local team roping
contest. They were decided through three nights of action on Wednesday,
Thursday and Friday. Posting the best times were three on Thursday
night, led by the 8.2 of John Oxford and Doyle Wedd, both of Ponca City.
Then came a 9.0 by Richard Morgan, Tonkawa and Woody Morgan, Ponca City
followed by a 9.3 by Ponca City's, Clark Jones and Keith Lane, Kildare.
One team made it to the finals for Saturday in the Friday roping, that
being Ted McKee and Red Nichols of Ponca City, with a 10.4.
There were a number of other worthy efforts on Friday night
as the rodeo got closer to the final night. In the girls barrel racing,
Delores Toole of Manter, Kan;, really made it hard for others when she
zipped around the three barrels in 16.70. That was a clear lead over
what had been posted in the previous tow nights, but Teal
Rice of Lakin, Kan., almost duplicated it with a 16.77. Those two stand
one-two at the present time.
The girls were getting better however as the rodeo went on from opening
night. Top two on opening night were Missi Henderson of Winfield, Kan.,
with a 16.94 and Charlottia Fanning, Guthrie, with a 16.95. Then on
Thursday, Tamara Reinhardt, of Lakin, got a 16.85 and had the lead for
Bull riders again had it tough on the Rafter H Rodeo Company stock, with
only one rider making it to the eight-second whistle. That was Dustin
Hamlin, Golden, Okla., with a 68 on MoJo. But Don Terry West of
Henryetta had posted an 80 the night before and presently stands on top
with Clint Craig of Mena, Ark., using a 78 on Big John for second.
In the professional team roping, Marshall M. Samples of Abilene, Kan.,
and Jerry Linaweaver Jr. of Lansing, Kan;., had a 6.7 on Friday. They
posted a "no time" on Thursday. Shane Goad of Briscoe, Texas and
Travis Goad, of Reydon, Okla., had a 7.2 Friday. They broke the barrier
Mike Outhier of Utopia, Texas had a 74 on Black Jack in the saddle bronc
riding but that trails the 81 posted by Clay Wilson of Stillwater on
Thursday. Two others are at 80.
Cory Munlin of Pasadena, Texas, on Stormin Norman got an 81 in the
bareback bronc riding, but that's behind the 83 posted by Chad Klein of
Clinton, La., on Wednesday.
Jerome Schneeberger of Ponca City stayed in front, barely, in the calf
roping with his 19.7 on two. Really putting that to a challenge was
Kevin Loyd of Haysville, who had a 9.7 the night of slack and then had a
10.4 the second night and that made his two at 20.1. That's close.
Bart Bailey of Okmulgee, Okla., got a 5.1 to go with a 3.8 in slack that
pushed his two to 8.9, presently in fourth place.
Tommy Duvall of Hitchita, Okla., leads with a 7.5 on a 3.7 and 3.8.
It'll be. a busy night for the Rafter II Rodeo crew, as'
they load up and head to another rodeo. Shelley Hall, secretary of the
rodeo, handed out sizable checks on Saturday night at the close.
Some will have to wait until next year.
Huge Crowd At Final Rodeo Performance
The 42nd annual 101 Ranch Wild West Rodeo wound up Saturday night
before a packed arena of fans who witnessed the crowning of Stacie
Schneeberger as 2001 101 Ranch Rodeo Queen.
The crowd, which may have been one of the biggest in the grandstand~,
chute heaven and the boxes, found many spectators standing and walking
around for better views of each event as they unfolded.
The arena floor, which had been rebuilt the past few months under the
direction of Rick Barnthouse and a number of others, was the best its
been in many years. Added to that were the efforts of Kay County FFA
members who took turns manicuring the areas around the three barrels during each evening's barrel racing.
It truly showed that the 2001 Ponca City Rodeo Foundation Inc. under the
guidance of president Brad Beaty had made some great improvements, just
as they have been done in the past several years. Barnthouse, a
long-time member of the board of directors, was presented a "Friend of
the Rodeo" award by Beaty as a result of his arena ground crew efforts.
Beaty also presented another "Friend of the Rodeo" award to Steve
Peresko, owner of Davis-Moore Auto Group, for their efforts in the rodeo
this year, providing a really nice pickup truck that was used
considerably during the rodeo.
2001 101 Ranch Rodeo Queen Schneeberger and other contestants had gone through a week of activity that included ticket sales and
speeches and horsemanship to claim her crown.
It was a Schneeberger night, as Jerome Schneeberger collected well at
the payoff window from Dell Hall's Rafter H Rodeo Company secretary
Shelley Hall. Calf roper Schneeberger on Wednesday had posted a 9.4
to go with a 10.3 on Tuesdays slack to get 19.7 on two. It earned him
second money $729.43 in the Tuesday slack first go-round, $577.47 for
the second go third place and $881.40 on the 19.7 for two. Not bad for
less than 20 seconds in one event.
The excitement swelled in the event on Friday when Kevin Loyd of
Haysville posted a 10.4 to go with his first go of 9.7 to get a 20.1 on
two. Saturday, C.R. Bradley of
Stillwater came into the arena with an 11.2 on the first go and when he
got a great catch and tie, the time must have felt like an eternity to
Schneeberger, until it was announced also at 9.0 which made it 20.2 for
two by Bradley (third in the average).
In steer wrestling, Roy Duvall of Hitchita stayed' on top with his
early rounds of 3.7 arid 3.8 for a 7.5. Duane Powders' of Choctaw had a
7.6 on two and Saturday, Brady Bartel of Cambridge, Kan., almost got it
done, with a 4.0 to go with a 3.7 that left him at 7.9 for third. So
there were thrills on the timed events Saturday.
Team ropers Dwayne Clay of Sapulpa and C.R. Bradley of Stillwater
(there's that challenger again) got an 8.7, but took a five second
penalty on only one leg caught by the heeler to make it 13.7 to go with
7.7 of the first go and 21.4 for the two efforts. That left Shawn Lee of
Gotebo and Darrel Redacy of Lookeba on top at 18.5.
Local team ropers Rick and Dick Campbell of Blackwell survived in the
finals of eight teams with a 9.2 to go with a qualifying time of 13.8
for 23.0 on two. They brought in the fifth fastest time, but none of the
other seven could make qualifying catches. So, they received the 101
Beverage saddles for their efforts.
The girls barrel racing was a bit slower than the first three nights
when there wee seven under the 17-second barrier. Deena Wheaton of
Mounds, Okla., did it in 16.77 but knocked two barrels over and to
balloon the time to 26.77. Winner was Friday's Delores Toole of Manter,
Kan., at 16.70. National Finals Rodeo champion Kappy Allen of Austin,
Texas had wowed. the crowd Friday, just ahead of that with a 16.95. But
there had been three others faster or just as fast, and then Teal Rice
of Lakin, Kan., got a 16.77 which stood up for second. Best on Saturday
was Gail Hillman, Wallet;, Texas at 17.02.
Riding events Saturday were a, crowd thriller from start to finish, but
the bulls had the better part of that event just as they did the first
night on Wednesday when they shut out the riders. There was one ridden
Saturday, as Nathan Klassen of Buhler, Kan., had a 62 to finish fifth
out of five that rode bulls for the entire rodeo. Winner of bull riding
was Terry West on Thursday, getting an 80.
Bareback riders scored well, with three riding their opposition, and
bringing home scores of 70, 77 and the best being 81 by Mark Gomes of
Nickerson, Kan., on Good Buddy. That tied him for second with Cody
Muntin of Pasadena, Texas — behind Wednesday's best of the rodeo
83 by Chad Klein, also on Good Buddy.
Saddle bronc riders had a. challenge also after Clay Wilson of
Stillwater had ridden Lost Trails for an 81 on Thursday. It stood up for
first. Best on Saturday was a 78 by Bart Franks of Goodwell on Bondie,
which got him fourth. Matt Reid of El Dorado, Kan., had a 77 Saturday on
Blue Moon, a tie for fifth with Cory Hughes of Preston, Kan., on SKLS
LOCAL TEAM ROPERS Rick Campbell (2nd from left) and Dick
Campbell (4th from left) were presented new saddles
following the competition they won at the 101 Ranch Wild
West Rodeo Saturday. Making the presentation were Nick
Jeffries (left) and Donna White (3rd from left), officials
of the 101 Beverage Company, sponsors of the event.