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RODEO DATES: August 11th, 12th, & 13th

 
ANNOUNCER: Dr. Lynn Phillips GRAND MARSHAL: Jack and Betty Cutler
RODEO QUEEN: Tara Smith SPECIALTY ACT: Keith Isley
RODEO PRINCESS: Jori Cowley STOCK CONTRACTOR: Andrew's Rodeo Co.

101 Wild West Rodeo Here This Week

By BOB PATTERSON
News City Editor

That one week out of the year when rodeo fans have come to enjoy, has finally arrived for 2011. Hopefully, fans will have enough water and cold drinks available, should the weather remain as it has for the past several weeks.

Dates for the 101 Wild West Rodeo this year will be Aug. 11-13, with performances at 8 p.m. nightly.

The rodeo will be held at the 101 Ranch Rodeo Arena, located on West Prospect Avenue at North Ash Street. Beautification efforts of the arena parking lot have changed entrance roads to the parking lot areas, to Ash Street and to West Prospect Avenue.

The 2011 Rodeo will mark the 52nd running of the rodeo honoring what historians have described as the birthplace of rodeo — the once mighty 101 Ranch.

The fabulous 101 Ranch, with a 50-year history both rich and tragic, influenced Oklahoma and agriculture like no other ranching operation in the world.

The 101 Ranch, established by Col. George W. Miller in 1879 on the banks of the Salt Fork River southwest of what is now Ponca City, began with thousands of acres of land which Miller both leased and purchased from his friends — the Ponca, Tonkawa and Osage tribes. The Colonel, who died in 1903 at the age of 61, and the ranch, which was already successful came into the capable hands of his sons, George, Joe and Zack.

It was 1905 when the Millers offered to perform what they called a “round-up” or “buffalo chase” as an entertainment for a National Editorial Association convention. Visitors were said to come to the ranch in 30 regular and special trains, and the crowd estimated at nearly 60,000 was thrilled to the exhibition of cowboys recreating real life ranch work from bronc riding and roping to Tom Mix’s debut as a roper and rider.

After years of success as the “101 Ranch Real Wild West and Great Far East Show” things at the ranch began to crumble in the late 1920s, due to the deaths of Joe in 1927 and George in 1929.

But the rodeo returned to the Ponca City scene, when the Ponca City Cherokee Strip Rodeo Committee came up with the idea of having a rodeo during the Cherokee Strip Celebration in September 1960. By 1962 the financial success of the Cherokee Strip Rodeo proved that people wanted the return of a show similar to the 101 Ranch Wild West Show. The present bleachers were constructed in 1962; however additional improvement in chute heaven, the press box, and the new left & right release chutes have made the rodeo arena a top notch attraction.

The Ponca City Rodeo Foundation headed by Larry Goodno, in his eleventh tenth year as president, contracts with a number of interesting one act exhibitions for the three-night stand. Other foundation officers include Raymond Ball as vice president; Darleanna Wamecke as secretary and Shawndra Sheik as treasurer.

Are you tough enough to wear pink? The 101 Wild West Rodeo will continue the tradition with the implementation of a Tough Enough To Wear Pink? Night. Thursday evening’s performance will be designated as “Pink Night”.

The color pink is not something you would usually associate with the tough sport of rodeo; however, breast cancer has touched the lives of many rodeo and western lifestyle families. Rodeo committees,  western event producers and western manufacturers have joined together to raise awareness and funds for the fight against breast cancer. The TETWP campaign puts this important health issue top-of-mind at rodeos and western events across America and Canada. The Ponca City Rodeo Foundation which organizes and puts on the 101 Wild West Rodeo is pleased to join those who have already gotten behind this campaign and the momentum continues to build.

At Thursday’s performance, the foundation will give $1 for each person in the audience who is wearing pink and $50 for each event winner who is wearing pink to the Breast Cancer Assistance Program Fund out of Tulsa.

Thursday will also be Community Appreciation night come out early and enjoy a free barbecue dinner with ticket purchase from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on the east-side of the rodeo grounds.

There will be a live concert and dance immediately following each night’s Rodeo Performance on the east-side of the arena. Meet the cowboys and contract personnel, visit with some old friends or maybe make some new ones.

Back again to the rodeo this year and sure to be a crowd pleaser is the 101 Women’s Drill and Grand Entry Team. Organized by Janie Campbell, this array of talented and spirited women is kicking off the grand entry each night. They will be displaying talented horsemanship in flag bearing and synchronized routines.

Dr. Lynn Phillips will return to announce the rodeo. Dr. Phillips has become a regular at the 101, providing exciting and entertaining commentary.

This year’s rodeo is again being produced by Andrew’s Rodeo Company of Addielou, Texas, promises to be greater than ever with an excellent lineup of contestants, specialty acts, bull fighters, and stock. Andrew’s Rodeo Company has become quite popular with the rodeo associations and cowboys, providing stock for a three-night plus slack rodeo.

Serving as Barrelman and this year’s specialty act will be Keith Isley from Goldston, N.C. Keith Isley won the trifecta — all three PRCA awards for which he was nominated in 2009: Clown of the Year, Comedy Act of the Year and Coors Man in the Can for best barrelman. He also was selected to perform at the 2009 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.

Returning this year as Bullfighters will be Wacey Munsell and Jeremy Muntz.

The official crowning of the 101 Rodeo Queen and 101 Rodeo Princess is held during the Saturday night performance. Reigning queen, Lauren Hadley of Ponca City, Oklahoma, will hand over her authentic hand beaded 101 Wild West Rodeo crown. Audiences will have many opportunities to meet and greet queens at each nightly performance. Reigning princess, Jada Haken will be handing over her title and crowning the new 101 Wild West Rodeo Princess.

“Rodeo Week” in Ponca City is celebrated with several exciting activities in the Ponca City areas including a parade downtown along Grand Avenue on Saturday morning. The parade which starts at 10 a.m. is immediately followed by the annual Kids Rodeo held in front of the Ponca City Library located at the east end of Grand Avenue. The Kids Rodeo has become an exciting tradition of the parade offering kids the opportunity to meet queens, visit rodeo clowns, and get up close to rodeo affiliated livestock. Horse rides, goat tail tying, and stick horse barrel races are just a sample of the fun activities slated for the kids.

The Ponca City Rodeo Foundation, its 16 board members, and numerous supporters, invites everyone to attend this year’s rodeo. “Family Night” is Thursday with adults just $10 in advance, $12 at the gate, & kids ages 12 & under FREE. Friday and Saturday performances are adults just $10 in advance, $12 at the gate, kids ages 7-12 $5, & kids ages 6 & under FREE, or buy a weekend pass and enjoy all 3 nights for $20. Advanced tickets can be found at select local businesses.

Tough Enough To Wear Pink at the 101 Rodeo?

Are you tough enough to wear pink? The 101 Wild West Rodeo will continue the new tradition with the implementation of a Tough Enough To Wear Pink? night. Thursday evening’s performance will be designated as “Pink Night”.

The color pink is not something you would usually associate with the tough sport of rodeo; however, breast cancer has touched the lives of many rodeo and western lifestyle  families. Rodeo committees, western event producers and western manufacturers have joined together to raise awareness and funds for the fight against breast cancer.

The TETWP campaign puts this important health issue top-of-mind at rodeos and western events across America and Canada. The Ponca City Rodeo Foundation which organizes and puts on the 101 Wild West Rodeo is pleased to join those who have already gotten behind this campaign and the momentum continues to build.

At Thursday’s performance, the foundation will give $1 for each person in the audience who is wearing pink and $50 for each event winner who is wearing pink to the Breast Cancer Assistance Program Fund out of Tulsa.

101 Wild West Rodeo Parade Set Saturday

The 101 Wild West Ranch Rodeo Parade will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, running from well west of the railroad tracks through the Ponca City downtown area along Grand Avenue.

The Grand Marshal for this year’s parade include Jack and Betty Cutler.

The Rodeo Parade Committee is looking for participants for this year’s parade. If you are interested in being a participant in the parade or you would like more information contact Tim Blanton at 580-765-2482, if no answer please leave a message.

The twelfth annual Kid’s rodeo will be held immediately following the main parade, at the Ponca City Library area.

Familiar Name Returns To Rodeo as Stock Contractor  — Andrew’s Rodeo Company

There’s a familiar name for Ponca Citians and others who attend and have attended the 101 Wild West Rodeo in recent years. That name is Sammy Andrews.

Again this year the rodeo will be produced by Andrew’s Rodeo Company of Addielou, Texas — Sammy Andrews was introduced to rodeo at a young age. He is the son of B.D.

Andrews who was a PRCA Stock Contractor in the forties and fifties. Sammy started producing amateur rodeos in 1980 and received his PRCA Card in 1987. James Andrews, son of Sammy Andrews, is a third generation of Rodeo and shares the responsibilities of producing outstanding Rodeos and award winning Breeding Program at the Andrews Ranch.

Andrews was nominated as Stock Contractor of the Year 2000, 2002, and 2004 by PRCA members. Sammy was selected as Stock Contractor of the Year 2002. Stock recognized by PRCA such as 1990 Runner-up Bull of the Year and 1991 Bucking Bull of the Year, Skoal’s Outlaw Willie. Skat Kat was Bucking Bull of the NFR 1996, 1998, and Runner-up Bull of the Year in 1999. In 2000 Omalene was the Runner-up NFR Bareback Horse, 2001 Roly Poly was Runner-up Horse of the Year and Bareback Horse of the NFR finals, and in 2004 he was Bareback Horse of the National Finals. In the Year 2003, Omaha Tour Finals, Big Time was selected Bull of the Finals; at the 2003 Dallas Tour Finals, Wild Weed was selected as Bull of the Finals. And a new young bull Cat Daddy was selected as Bull of the Finals at the 2004 Winter Finals in Las Vegas. At the 2004 Texas Circuit Finals, Roly Poly was selected as Bareback Horse of the Year and Erksme was selected as Bull of the Year. 2005 San Antonio began recognizing top ranked stock performance during the San Antonio Rodeo. Andrews bull Cat Daddy walked away with the check and recognition for the bull of the event and in 2006 Fender Bender received the honor, Thanks to San Antonio. Cat Daddy was voted Runner-Up Bull of the Year 2005. Texas Circuit Finals for 2005, Roly Polly 2nd bare back horse, Broncs Faded Star 3rd, in the Bulls Cat Daddy received Bull of the year with Rompus and Erksme tying for 2nd and 3rd. Year 2006 Fender Bender received the honor of runner up PRCA BULL of the Year, Texas Circuit Finals Bull of The Year. Rompus was 2nd Bull of the year Texas Circuit Finals.

Andrew’s ability to produce quality stock is well noted with 1999 Hall of Fame Bucking Bull, BODACIOUS, with 135 outs and only 8 qualified rides. Bodacious won Bucking Bull of the Year 1994, 1995, and Bucking Bull of the NFR 1992, 1994, and 1995. Son of Bodacious, Bo Dipping, began taking the spotlight in the Rodeo Circuit. He was awarded Rankest Bull Summer Finals in Dallas 2001 and 2002. Sports Illustrated followed his career with an article in June 2003. Ft. Worth Star Telegram and Dallas Morning News visited the Andrews Ranch summer 2003 publishing a full-page article on Sammy and Bo Dipping. In 2004, Outdoor Life visited the Andrews Ranch and aired a documentary called FEARLESS BODACIOUS. Houston Rodeo and Livestock Show honored Sammy during the year 2004 awarding him with a bucking chute to use as a memorial for Bo’s grave. ESPN has recently visited the Andrews Ranch and aired an insert of Sammy and Bodacious through out the telecast of the 2005 NFR displaying the much-appreciated bucking chute.

The greatest pride came when the fourth generation of the Andrews Rodeo Co., Summer Andrews at the young age of five, displayed the Texas Flag during the Saturday night performance of the 2004 Texas Stampede in Dallas, Texas. Summer and Savana Waller often display the American Flag, riding their ponies during the National Anthem. Everyone loves a youngster on a pony. Andrews Rodeo Co., takes pride in producing bucking bulls from rodeo legends. These include many of the rankest bucking bulls in rodeo history, such as: BODACIOUS, Skat Kat, Tumble Weed, Wild Toad, Super Dave, and Erkel. The sons of these legends that are now being produced by Andrews Rodeo Co. are Bo’s Excuse, Fender Bender, Erksme, Wild Weed, Little Weed, Jim Dipping, Rena’s Pet, Red Onion, and Rocking Synde.

The knowledge gained from a lifetime of Rodeo experience, including founding and operating Andrews Rodeo Co., has given Andrews the opportunity to represent the Stock Contractors on the Executive Council of the PRCA for the past eight years. Andrews Ranch is located in Addielou, Texas where Sammy and his wife Rena make their home. Sammy and his son James along with his family, wife Pepper and their children Summer, Kelon, and Alley continue producing outstanding rodeos with stock from their award winning breeding program.

First Surprise, Then an Honor!

When we received the news that we had been selected to be Grand Marshals of the rodeo parade, our first reaction was pretty much surprise.

Following closely on the heels of surprise was a feeling of honor. We began to look back over 50+ years of loving the rodeo and of being great supporters. Jack’s family were ranchers, they had their own stock and produced a rodeo every week when he was growing up in Texas, so when the 101 Ranch Rodeo began he felt right at home.

I was raised in Osage County, so cowboys were always part of my life. We loved the rodeo from the beginning and would attend every performance with our daughters.

As our girls grew up and started their own lives, August became a very important time of the year. Rodeo became reunion time for the Cutlers. Katy and family came from Florida. Betty Faye and hers came from Houston and Jackie and her family lived here, so we all looked forward to rodeo. It was a time of great fun for all of us.

Our grown-up grandkids still attend, so on goes the tradition!!

It was when I began to be directly involved with the rodeo board that I realized the time and effort the volunteers give to making such an event a reality. My contribution is selling the box seats which I have done for the past 12 years. I also help the girls in the rodeo office as needed. In closing I will say Jack has never missed but one performance in all these years. Rain or shine! That is a real record
of loyalty.

It has been a pleasure for me to work with the men and women involved in making it all happen.

We look forward to many more years of Great Rodeo.

Thank you so much for such an honor.
Jack and Betty Cutler.

101 Wild West Rodeo Foundation Gets The Best Barrelman, Clown

2010 PRCA Awards - Clown of the Year, Coors Man in the Can, Comedy Act of the Year. For the second straight year, Keith Isley swept the Coors Man in the Can award, Comedy Act of the Year and Clown of the Year at the annual PRCA Awards Banquet, Dec. 1, 2010 at the South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa in Las Vegas.

And he’ll be bringing that type of performance to the fans at the 101 Wild West Rodeo this week as it unfolds Thursday through Saturday, Aug. 11-13.

Keith was born on Oct. 9, 1957 in Reidsville, N.C. Keith started his rodeo career in 1972 at the age of 15 competing in the junior rodeo division in the bareback riding and bull riding.

He also tried his hand at bullfighting. It got to the point where he enjoyed the bullfighting (protecting the cowboys) more than the competition. That’s more or less how his career as a contract performer began.

Keith had no desire to tell jokes or perform clown acts. Being somewhat shy, he found the large audiences intimidating. However, after a period of time he found that the baggy pants and make-up that he wore provided him a comfort shield between himself and the spectators. Slowly but surely, he began telling jokes and performing clown acts.

Some of his comedy routines consist of Trick Roping, High Impact-Low Impact aerobic workout, various animal routines and Trick Riding. Acts such as these have made it possible for Keith to make rodeo entertainment a fulltime career.

His travels have taken him throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and Canada.

Awards include:
•Coors “Man in the Can” (2010)
•PRCA “Clown of the Year” (2010)
•PRCA “Comedy Act of the Year” (2010)
•Dodge Circuit Finals (2010)
•First Frontier Circuit Finals (2010)
•PRCA “Clown of the Year” (2009)
•PRCA “Clown Act of the Year” (2009)
•Coors “Man in the Can” (2009)
•NFR “Barrel Man” (2009)
•PRCA “Clown of the Year” (2008)
•PRCA “Clown of the Year” (2007)
•PRCA “Clown of the Year” (2006)
•PRCA “Specialty Act of the Year” (2006)
•Coors “Man in the Can” (2006).

Three Different Singers To Perform at the Rodeo

The 101 Wild West Rodeo Foundation has always filled the air with great music at the time of the presentation of the Nation’s banner, the American flag. This year is no different, with three selected to perform at the three nights during the Grand Entry. They are Amanda Overton, Dawn Jackson and Weslee Simpson.
 
Amanda Overton, who will appear on Thursday, was raised in Newkirk, and is currently living in Ponca City. She is the 21-year-old daughter of Cliff and Lori Overton. She started singing at a young age, standing on a step stool proudly singing the National Anthem for her family. She has sung in her church worship group, rodeos, small town events and sports events. She says “I have always loved singing the National Anthem. I am very proud of our country and the freedom it gives us. Singing the National Anthem is a way I can support our country and the people fighting for it.”

In addition Amanda loves doing art work and designing and making dresses. Amanda is currently attending Northern Oklahoma College in Tonkawa.
 
For the Friday performance, Dawn Jackson will be called upon.

Dawn Jackson was born and raised in Ponca City. She and her husband have three children ranging in age from 3 to 15.

Even though her musical roots have always been grounded in country music with a little ‘60s sound mixed in, Jackson’s public musical “career” has consisted mainly of singing in her home church and at Christian events.

She has sung in the church choir, shared solos and participated in a women’s contemporary Christian quartet.

She has also led a children’s choir, led the adult choir and been her church song leader.
 
On Saturday night, the microphone will be turned over to Weslee Simpson for the specialty.

Weslee Simpson is the daughter of Eric and Anita Simpson of Tonkawa. She is a Sophomore currently attending Northern Oklahoma College where she is majoring in pre-medicine, in the hopes of becoming a dentist.

Weslee is the recipient of the Oklahoma State Regents Academic Scholarship. She serves as Sophomore Representative on the President’s Leadership Council, and President of NOC’s Civitans Club.

Weslee is a member of Student Senate and has also been on the President’s Honor Roll for the previous two semesters.

Weslee Simpson currently holds the title of Miss NOC Tonkawa 2011.

Board of Directors Put 101 Rodeo All Together

The Ponca City Rodeo Foundation board of directors put in a lot of time on the road as well as in session for getting the best rodeo in the state, as well as the Prairie Circuit, for which is a coveted title “Rodeo of the Year.”

That opportunity comes from the outstanding group of board of directors, including Larry Goodno, Chairman; Raymond Ball, Vice Chairman; Darleanna Warnecke, Secretary and Shawndra Sheik, Treasurer.

Then there’s others with important committee responsibility, including Scott Burries, Cody Golay, Gary Parli, Contract Personnel; Hank Hainzinger, Steve Powell, Tyson Morton, Grounds; Dr. Tim Blanton, Crystal Bickford, Kacey Calhoun, Events; Brad Beaty, Darrel Dye, George Pease, Promotions.

The board also has some important members from year’s ago, including Honorary Lifetime Members, Danny Head, John Heinze, and Kevin Frazier.

Youngsters Have Opportunity At 12th Annual Kid’s Rodeo

All you rootin’ tootin’ cowboys and cowgirls are invited to come join the fun at the eighth annual kid’s rodeo to be held right after the parade, approximately at 11 a.m. Saturday, on the lawn of the Ponca City Library.

Events will be held on the front lawn and will include: Hoppy Horse Corral sponsored by ConocoPhillips, Stick Horse Flag Race sponsored by the Library, Musical Hay Bales sponsored by ConocoPhillips, Money in the Hay sponsored by ConocoPhillips, Horse Beanbag Toss sponsored by Friends of the Library, Rodeo Queens Autographs sponsored by the 101 Rodeo Foundation, Bucking Horse sponsored by Correll Paint and Body, Face Branding sponsored by Friends of the Library, Cactus Hat Throw sponsored by ConocoPhillips, and a Dunk Tank provided by the Second Baptist Church and sponsored by ConocoPhillips.

In addition there will be a Book Sale, Sponsored by Friends of the Library, Includes lots of children’s books and videotapes - Kid’s Rodeo Special: Buy Two Books & Get One Free!

Drinks and Ice are furnished by: Wal-Green’s and Ponca City Rodeo Foundation.

Popular Dr. Lynn Phillips Will Keep 101 Entertained

Long-time rodeo announcer Dr. Lynn Phillips appears for his 21st straight year here at the 101 Wild West Rodeo and will again cover the rodeo action from the announcer’s area.

Here’s a switch. During the week, he calls the shots in the tense, sterile arena of a hospital operating room. But on weekends, Dr. Lynn Phillips trades his stethoscope and surgical greens for a silver felt cowboy hat, a silver belt buckle and a silk bandanna and picks up a microphone as a professional rodeo announcer. During his career as a rodeo announcer, Lynn can truthfully say, “I’ve announced everywhere from Wahoo to Kalamazoo.” A few years ago, he announced a rodeo in the Wings Hockey Stadium in Kalamazoo, Mich., and then he had the pleasure of announcing the PRCA rodeo in Wahoo, Neb. Lynn commented, “Traveling is one of the things I enjoy most about announcing.”

Medicine can’t match his weekend rodeo hobby for excitement, “I still get butterflies before I start announcing,” Phillips smiles, “but unlike years ago, now they fly in formation.” As long as this announcer is behind the microphone, you will probably never hear the question “Is there a doctor in the house?”

But, with all kidding aside ... his accent is silky smooth, his shtick is as polished as the boots he wears and the organizational skills he displays on a nightly basis are the stuff of a legend.

Wacey Munsell Returns To Show Skills for 101

Wacey Munsell - 2004 & 2006 World Champion Freestyle Bullfighter 2005 & 2006 PBR Dickies National Champion.

It seems almost natural that Wacey Munsell becomes a bullfighter, as he is a 3rd generation bullfighter following in the steps of his granddad, father and uncle. Wacey has honed his bullfighting skills almost from the time he could walk using practically anything that he could make an imaginary bull out of; the dogs, a ram, a goat, and swing sets. Those imaginary bulls have now become the real thing.

Munsell will be utilizing his skills in the 101 Ranch Arena this week during the 101 Wild West Rodeo from Thursday through Saturday, Aug. 11-13.

At 24 years old he already has 11 years of experience fighting bulls at rodeos across the Midwest. In 2004 Wacey was the youngest ever to be allowed on the Two Bulls Professional Bullfighters tour and the World Championship Rodeo Bullfighting tour. Not only did he join the tour he ended up the 2004 World Champion! In October 2004 he won the finals of the world championship rodeo bullfights tour and the gold buckle just 8 days after his 18th birthday, and struck gold again in October 2006 claiming his second World Championship!

In late 2004 Wacey was approved for his PRCA bullfighter’s card and in December of 2004 he won the PRCA’s Benny Binion NFR Bucking Stock Sale bullfighting championship. His goal is to someday work the NFR and PBR finals. Twice he has been nominated to fight the Kansas High School Rodeo Finals (2004-2005), and was crowned the 2005 and 2006 California Rodeo Salinas freestyle bullfighting champion in Salinas, California.

In October of 2005 Wacey was shared the crown of Dickies National Champion bullfighter of the PBR with good friend Sam Gress, but was the stand alone champion in 2006 by a narrow margin of three points. In January 2006 Wacey got the opportunity to work the National Western PRCA Rodeo in Denver, CO.

Wacey is a quality cowboy protector during the bullriding and one that bullriders trust to keep them safe, but he is a world champion freestyle bullfighter so don’t take your eyes off of him after a bullrider leaves the arena, because this is when his fun begins and he will leave you on the edge of your seat with crowd thrilling, heart stopping freestyle bullfighting. Get caught up in the action with Wacey Munsell, the new young gun in town and smoking hot!

Wacey Munsell is attending Dodge City Community College in Dodge City, KS with interests in Artificial Insemination, Embryo Transfer and Ag business management.

Wacey’s Rodeo Accomplishments Include:
•PBR Dickies National Champion Freestyle Bullfighter
•World Champion Freestyle Bullfighter
•California Rodeo Salinas Champion Freestyle Bullfighter
•National Western Stock Show & Rodeo Bullfighter
•Elk City Rodeo of Champions Bullfighter
•Top O’ Texas Rodeo Bullfighter
•Beef Empire Days PRCA Rodeo Bullfighter.

Jeremy Muntz Returns To 101 Rodeo Protection Team

Jeremy Muntz — here for his third visit to the Ponca City rodeo scene for this week’s 101 Wild West Rodeo at the 101 Ranch Arena Thursday through Saturday Aug. 11-13, has a passion for the sport of rodeo. He provides one major function, and that is cowboy protection. It is his job to keep the Bullrider out of harm’s way in the rodeo arena and put his life on the line for a fallen cowboy.

Jeremy is 28 years old and is from Denton, Neb., and has been a PRCA Bullfighter for 2 years.

Jeremy is very familiar with the rodeo industry and has a dedication to the sport and cowboy way of life. He is recognized for his bullfighting ability and cowboy protection in the rodeo arena and professionalism and hard work wherever he may go.

Jeremy’s rodeo accomplishments include:

2009 - National Federation of Professional Bullriders Finals Bullfighter

2008 - Midwest Bullfighters Association World Champion Bullfighter, Midwest Bullfighters Association National Finals Champion, Midwest Bullfighters Association National Finals Qualifier, Bullriders of America Finals Bullfighter, World’s Toughest Bulls & Broncs Finals Bullfighter, World Championship Rodeo Bullfight Finals Qualifier, World Championship Rodeo Bullfight Round Winner, Champion Freestyle Bullfighter-Atlantic, IA, Champion Freestyle Bullfighter-Washington, KS

2007 - World Championship Rodeo Bullfight Finals Qualifier, World Championship Rodeo Bullfight Finals Round Winner, Reserve Champion Freestyle Bullfighter- Scotia, NE, Reserve Champion Freestyle Bullfighter- Tecumseh, NE, Extreme Bullriding Tour Finale Bullfighter

2006 - PBR Dickies National Championship Bullfight Contestant, World Championship Rodeo Bullfights Round Winner, World Championship Rodeo Bullfight Finals Qualifier, World Championship Rodeo Bullfight Finals Short Round Qualifier, Reserve Champion Freestyle Bullfighter- Scotia, NE, Reserve Champion Freestyle Bullfighter- Atlantic, IA, Midwest Bullfighters Association National Finals Qualifier, Extreme Bullriding Tour Finale Bullfighter

2005 - Reserve Champion Freestyle Bullfighter- Ulysses, KS, Reserve Champion Freestyle Bullfighter- Red Oak, IA, Champion Freestyle Bullfighter- Bedford, IA, World Championship Rodeo Bullfight Finals Qualifier

Royalty Slated To Be At 101 Wild West Rodeo

Jamie Virden Is 2011 Miss Rodeo Oklahoma
On July 24, 2010, Jamie Virden captured the title of Miss Rodeo Oklahoma 2011 during the National Day of the American Cowboy celebration. Primarily held at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, the Miss Rodeo Oklahoma Scholarship Pageant judges contestants on horsemanship, speech, modeling, interviewing, impromptu questions, photogenics and written test.

As the official ambassador for Oklahoma and professional rodeo, Jamie has represented Oklahoma by making appearances throughout the state and across the nation promoting the sport of rodeo and America’s western heritage.

Virden is the 23-year-old daughter of Larry and Julie Virden and has one sister, Jessica. She grew up trail riding and, as she grew older, her interest in horse also grew. She spent years progressing her horsemanship skills and abilities before achieving her first rodeo queen title in 2006. One quick year of being a rodeo representative after years of merely being a fan and she found what she was truly passionate about.

“Rodeo is a family-oriented sport that is a constant reminder of a simpler way of life than the fast pace world we are living in today,” Virden said. “It revolves around hard work, dedication, and
determination to be successful and these values can be called upon to teach the youth of America strong morals and ethics.”

Marlow is where Virden calls home, but future plans include finishing her education at the University of Oklahoma and focusing on a degree in communications with an emphasis on broadcast
journalism. With her knowledge and passion, she hopes to become an ESPN commentator for the professional sport of rodeo.

Virden thanks her sponsors and supporters for their encouragement and generosity. “Without you all, my year would not be possible and I appreciate each of you immensely! Thank you!”

Miss Rodeo Oklahoma Teen Is Bayleigh Warren

Hanging her hat in Claremore is Miss Rodeo Oklahoma Teen 2011 Bayleigh Warren. She is the 16-yearold daughter of Lane and Lesleigh Warren, and the older sister to Laramie Warren. Bayleigh attends Adair High School where she is a sophomore and a member of Future Farmers of America. She shows pigs, judges horses and livestock, and grades cattle. She also competes in the Oklahoma
High School Rodeo Association in barrel racing.

Bayleigh was Miss Rodeo Oklahoma Princess 2008 and presently is the Miss Rodeo Oklahoma Teen 2011. In the future, she plans to become Miss Rodeo Oklahoma and also Miss Rodeo America.

Having strong skills in science and computers, Bayleigh’s long term goals are to become a crime scene investigator or an anesthesiologist.

2011 Miss Rodeo Oklahoma Princess Is Cori Ann Ingram

Cori Ann Ingram, of Collinsville, is Miss Rodeo Oklahoma Princess. She attends Collinsville Middle School and competes in rodeos in barrel racing pole-bending goat-tying and breakaway roping.

A member of Cowboy Junction Church in Vinita, Ingram and her family are also members of the Glory Riders, a horse drill team ministry that performs at rodeos and other equestrian events.

Ingram plans to attend Oklahoma State University and study business and eventually have her own business specializing in rodeo gear and rodeo royalty clothing.

She said, “I am extremely excited to be representing the sport of rode and the greatest state of this blessed nation — Oklahoma!”

Farewell From Miss 101 Wild West Rodeo 2010 — Lauren Hadley

Dear Rodeo Fans, Friends and Family,

It does not seem like it has been a year since I was crowned Miss 101 Wild West Rodeo Queen for 2010-2011! What started out as a dare between friends to see if the “prissy English” rider could keep up with the tough cowgirls, has turned into a passion for all things rodeo, which will last a lifetime.

I am constantly amazed by how generous and helpful the rodeo and western community has been to me. It has been a very steep learning curve — even though I grew up on a ranch — and there have been many people who have stepped up to help teach me how to be the best rodeo queen I could be for the 101.

From all of the sponsors to my queen coordinators, I want to express my thanks for helping me and answering all of my off-the-wall questions. I also want to thank all of my friends and family for supporting me. Traveling to rodeos at the last minute, going on shopping trips for glittery silver arena tops, putting up with many failed attempts to curl my hair, and frantically searching for stain pens to wipe the horse slobber off of white jeans — you have always been there for me.

Last but not least, I would like to thank all of my fans and the fans of rodeo who have supported me through my reign. The louder you cheer the higher my heart is lifted. All of you are my inspiration to be bigger and better.

Sincerely yours,
Lauren Hadley
Miss 101 Wild West Rodeo 2010-2011

Meet Your 101 Wild West Rodeo Queen Candidates

The long and storied history of the 101 Ranch and the rodeo that honors its heritage and memory continues to attract top horsewomen hoping to win the honor of serving as the queen of the 101 Wild West Rodeo. This year, there are seven contestants for the title of 101 Wild West Rodeo Queen 2011-2012. They include JadeAnn Anson Black, Savannah Caroline Brisco, Rebecca Jo Nester, Ralyn Blakely Newman, Kandis Rupp, Tara Ashley Smith and Tori Walton.

Our queen’s competition offers a wealth of gifts and prizes, including a handmade, hand-tooled queen’s saddle valued well over $1,600. Numerous Ponca City merchants have donated awards and gifts for the queen, horsemanship and runner-up winners.

Ponca Tribe member Rosetta LeClair has hand-beaded a traveling tiara and sash for our queen, keeping the Native American influence a part of the 101’s heritage.

Activities for the candidates include a queen’s luncheon and style show, appearances in the parade, media appearances and interviews, as well as appearances and autograph sessions during each night’s rodeo performances.

The contestants are judged on horsemanship, public speaking, appearance and personality. The coronation will be during Saturday’s performance.
 
INTRODUCING.....JADEANN ANSON BLACK

JadeAnn Black, 15, is the daughter of Michelle and Warren Black and big sister to Kyle. She is a freshman at Ponca City High School and was a member of the East Middle School basketball team last year and enjoys playing soccer. Black is a member of the Western Wranglers 4-H Club and Future Farmers of America. She is a member of the First United Methodist Church. She is the granddaughter of Travis and Barbara Anson, of Ralston, and Mary Black, a longtime resident
of Tonkawa, now living in Yorktown, Texas,

Horses have been her passion since her grandpa first put her on a horse at the Lake Etling Ranch Rodeo near Boise City,. She was one-yearold. Black stayed on all day — refusing to get off to eat. Since that time she has competed in junior barrel races, horse shows and rodeo pageants.

Black plans to be a veterinarian and to have a place where children with disabilities and children suffering from abuse and neglect can learn to ride and share her love of horses. She currently has two horses, a palomino quarter horse gelding named Lucky, and Scarlet, a 5-yearold paint mare.

“It would be a great honor to represent her hometown and the 101 Wild West Rodeo as Miss 101 Wild West Rodeo,” said Black. “Trusting in God, family and friends, and a ‘Yes, I Can!’ attitude, will help me achieve my dreams.”
 
INTRODUCING.....SAVANNAH CAROLINE BRISCO

The 19-year-old Northern Oklahoma College sophomore is the daughter of Barry Brisco, of Enid, and Nicki and Clint Watson, of Perry. Brisco is the granddaughter of Sheryl and H.L. Mendeville, of Perry; Karen Vaughan, of Enid; Jan Brisco, of Tampa, Fla., and the late Jack Brisco.

As a student at NOC, Brisco is a member of the Roustabouts, jazz band and concert band where she plays her saxophone.

She is pursuing an associate degree in biology/zoology degree before planning to continue her education at Oklahoma State University where she plans to earn a veterinary medicine degree with an emphasis on equine health.

Brisco rides a black-and-white Tabiano Paint named Cash which she has been training.
 
INTRODUCING.....REBECCA JO NESTER

The 16-year-old daughter of Joe Nester and Teri Nester, both of Ponca City, is a junior at Ponca City High School. She is active in FFA and enjoys competing in barrel racing and pole bending as well as training, showing and working with horses. The outgoing personality also enjoys riding cross-country on motorcycles, jet skiing, meeting new people, spending time with family, hanging out with friends and Facebook. Her goals are to win Miss 101 Wild West Rodeo, join the National Guard and pursue degrees in marine biology and equine production at Texas A & M University.
 
INTRODUCING.....RALYN BLAKELY NEWMAN

Ralyn Blakely Newman, 23, is the daughter of Cynthia and Lindell Newman, of Waukomis.

She is a lifelong resident of Northwest Oklahoma and is the granddaughter of the late Wanda and Edsel Cole and Oarn and Rachel Newman. Newman is a member of Northwest Oklahoma State University rodeo team and competes in barrel racing and goat tying. Her latest endeavor is learning to rope. She will graduate this December with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice with a minor in history.

She has interned with the Department of Wildlife Conservation in both Oklahoma and Texas.

Newman enjoys shooting sports and has competed in trap and skeet shooting and archery since age 9. As a member of the Oklahoma Highway patrol Cadet Academy, Newman won the award for shotgun marksmanship and speed at the age of 17 and finished second in the academy behind her twin sister.

After graduation from NWOSU, Newman intends to pursue a career as a federal game warden enforcing forensic poaching prevention.
 
INTRODUCING.....KANDIS RUPP

Kandis Rupp, 17, is the daughter of Kory and Marnita Rupp, of Marshall, and big sister of Byron and Riley. She is the granddaughter of Wane and Martha Casteel, of Perry, and Larry and Judy Rupp, of Tonkawa.

Rupp is a junior at Covington-Douglas High School where she is on the principal’s honor roll. She is the Sentinel of the FFA, and member of 4-H and Fellowship of Christian Athletes and plays slow pitch softball. During her free time she enjoys participating in rodeo queen contests, going to rodeos, training horses, going to horse shows, trail riding with her mom and sister, play days, reading, dancing, singing, drawing and writing short stories.

After graduation, Kandis plans to attend Southwestern University as a member of the rodeo team, and then finish her education at Oklahoma State University with a degree in Veterinary Science.

She plans to open an equine breeding and training facility along with her veterinary practice.
 
INTRODUCING.....TARA ASHLEY SMITH

Tara Smith, 20, is the daughter of Billy and Kayla Smith and granddaughter of Jerry and Teresa Bakewell, all of Ponca City. Before graduating Ponca City High School in 2009, Smith was named to the honor roll several times and was an active member of FFA.

She went on to attend Northern Oklahoma College in Tonkawa and graduated last May with an associate degree in biology/zoology.

Now a junior at Oklahoma State University, she is pursuing a degree in animal science with an emphasis on pre-veterinary science. She plans to be accepted into the veterinary medicine program and specialize in equine sports medicine and surgery.

When not studying for school and expanding her knowledge in everything relating to horses, Smith enjoys riding and traveling. She hopes to travel to many different countries to study their culture and horse riding techniques.

Smith is a member of the American Quarter Horse Association, American Paint Horse Association and Jockey Club.

She competes in 3-day eventing and, occasionally, dressage and show jumping. As a member of the United States Pony Clubs, she has earned a C-2 rating and qualified for USPC championships. Now that she is dedicating more time to school and studying her riding is more casual, but plans to pick back up during breaks and when she is finally finished with her education!
 
INTRODUCING.....TORI WALTON

Tori Walton, 20, is the daughter of Glenn and Lora Walton. She is a 2008 graduate of Newkirk High School where she was very active in FFA. She is pursuing a career in veterinary technology. Past titles include the 2003 Arkansas City Mavericks Rodeo Princess and 101 Wild West Rodeo first runner-up.

Walton enjoys horseback riding, hunting, fishing, scrapbooking, cooking and being with friends.

Farewell From Miss 101 Wild West Rodeo Princess 2010 — Jada Haken

To all of the rodeo fans,

As your 2010-2011 Miss 101 Wild West Rodeo Princess, it has been my honor and privilege to represent this great rodeo throughout the past year. I have enjoyed being a positive role model for others by demonstrating good horsemanship, good sportsmanship, and a professional attitude. I feel like it was only yesterday that I was preparing for the competition — working on my speech, practicing the horsemanship pattern, and selecting what to wear. I have truly enjoyed the once
in a lifetime experience that you have given me.

As my reign comes to an end, I would like to thank the 101 Wild West Rodeo Foundation for all of their hard work and dedication that goes into putting on such a great rodeo! Thank you to everyone involved in the Princess Pageant for giving their time and commitment into putting on such a wonderful pageant. Also, I would like to give a big thank you to all of the Princess Pageant sponsors for your contributions to make this pageant such a great success. Last, but not least, a heartfelt thanks to my family, horses, and close friends. They all have supported me and helped make my dream come true! I would like to wish the best of luck to our lovely 2011-2012 101 Wild West Rodeo princess and queen contestants. May you enjoy the wonderful friendships that you will make and the precious memories that will last a lifetime.

Until next time, so long everybody, and I hope to see you down the rodeo road soon!!!

Always Your 2010-2011 Miss 101 Wild West
Rodeo Princess,
Jada Brooke Haken

Meet the 101 Rodeo Princess Candidates
 
INTRODUCING.....JORI COWLEY

Jori, is an 11-year-old rodeo cowgirl from Vinita. She is the daughter of Alan and Chandy Cowley and sister of Autry Cowley. She hails from a rodeo family with deep roots in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and the 101 Wild West Rodeo. Jori’s late grandfather, Carl Thomas, was a Turtle member and her parents are retired PRCA Contract Act members. Her grandfather roped in the 101 rodeos of the early 1960s; her mom rans barrels here in the late 1970s.

She is a member of Craig County Youth Rodeo Association and Central Timed Event Circuit. Cowley competes in barrel racing, pole bending, flag racing, goat tying, and dummy roping. She is a sixth grader at Ewing Halsell Middle School in Vinita where she is a 4.0 GPA student. She is a member of Helping Hands 4-H Club and Cherokee Nation Youth Choir. She enjoys volunteering showing show steers, reading, spending time with her family and her Welsh corgi. Cowley wants to be a surgeon and Miss Rodeo America one day.
 
INTRODUCING.....KASSIDY MCKEE

Kassidy McKee,11, is the daughter of Justin and Jeannie McKee of Lenapah. She is a sixth grader at Oklahoma Union School and enjoys helping her parents raise horses, beef cattle and bucking cattle at the McKee Ranch. She spends most of her time outdoors running barrels, fishing and playing with her dogs and cats. She also has an ABBI bucking bull named Broadway that she raised.

McKee comes from a long line of rodeo champions including a five-time world champion steer roper, a barrel racing mother and a father who is a PRCA rodeo announcer.
 
INTRODUCING.....RILEY RUPP

When not riding her horse, Riley Rupp, 12, is active in basketball, field and track and 4-H. Rupp also enjoys pleasure riding with her mom, sister and cousins, trail riding at Lake Carl Blackwell, playdays, rodeos, barrel racing and showing her horse at local and county shows. The avid athlete lists her hobbies as swimming, reading, drawing, water-skiing, knee-boarding, riding four-wheelers, outfishing her daddy, bow-fishing and shooting her .22 rifle.

Rupp is the daughter of Kory and Marnita Rupp, of Marshall. She is the little sister of Kandis and Byron. Rupp is a sixth grade student at Covington-Douglas School.
 
INTRODUCING.....TRINITY ST. ANDREWS

Trinity St. Andrews, 11, is the daughter of Brian and Lacy St. Andrews and is a sixth grade student at Newkirk Middle School. She resides at the family farm in Ponca City with her two younger sisters, Rachel and Payton.

St. Andrews has been involved with rodeo since she was 4. Her main event is barrel racing but she also competes in pole bending, flag racing, goat-tying and breakaway roping. St. Andrews is a 6-year member of the Newkirk Range Riders Club and competes in their play days and annual rodeo. She also is an active member of the Western Wranglers 4-H Club. She enjoys traveling and trying new things with her horses.
 
INTRODUCING.....SIERRA SIDLO

Hailing from Ponca City is Sierra Sidlo, 11, the daughter of Kristy Buck and Edward Sidlo. She is an academic achiever from Union Elementary School, has been named to the honor choir and has received awards for leadership. Sidlo is an active 4-H member and achieved top 10 honors at the state level in junior horsemanship. She was the 2006 Miss Rodeo Oklahoma Sweetheart

Slack Tonight For 101 Rodeo

By BOB PATTERSON
News City Editor

Rodeo fans get a special treat tonight, when the Andrews Rodeo Producers and the 101 Wild West Rodeo combine to present a two go-round of steer roping which Isn’t normally on the rodeo agenda.

Things get under way at 7 p.m. tonight at the 101 Rodeo Arena, located on North Ash Street at West Prospect Avenue.

The main three-night rodeo is set to begin at 8 p.m. Thursday, running each night at 8 p.m., through Saturday.

There are a number of well known and area ropers ready to compete in the two go-rounds tonight. They include Tateroo Hearn of Pawhuska; Shorty Garten of Pawhuska; Roger Branch of Perkins, Grady Potter of Arkansas City; Chet Herron of Pawhuska; Larry Stewart of Stillwater; Cody Garnett of Barnsdall and Dee Kyler Jr. of Pawhuska.

Listed on the run sheet for the performances tonight are a total of 47, although three already at 2 p.m. Tuesday, had received doctor releases from competition. Others may not show up, but at any rate, it should be a really good show on tonight’s arena floor.

The three-night 101 Wild West Rodeo opening Thursday night, will include bareback bronc riding, tie-down roping, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, team roping, girls barrel racing and bull riding, for the professionals in the rodeo. Then, there will be specialty acts and local team roping also. They’ll be ushered in by the performance of the 101 Women’s Drill and Grand Entry team.

Also, if you dare, Thursday night has been designated again, as TETWP. That’s Tough Enough To Wear Pink in short. The 101 Rodeo Foundation will give $1 for everyone wearing pink to Cancer Research. What a great way to help out in that respect.

And, on Thursday, it will be Community Appreciation night, so come out early and enjoy a free barbecue dinner with ticket purchase on the east side of the rodeo grounds from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Steer Ropers Set Tempo for Rodeo

By BOB PATTERSON
News City Editor

Steer ropers really set the tempo for the 101 Wild West Rodeo during Wednesday’s two go-round slack at the 101 Ranch Arena. That is anticipated again tonight during the opening of the three-day performances of the 101 Wild West Rodeo set for 8 p.m. Grand Entry time each night Thursday through Saturday.

Community Appreciation night tonight. That means come out early and enjoy a free barbecue dinner with ticket purchase on the east side of the rodeo grounds. That gets a head start on the other activities that begin at 8 p.m., as it is
named Family Night.

Then again, it’s a special night for those TETWP. What’s that? That’s Tough Enough To Wear Pink, and the 101 Rodeo Foundation is set to send $1 for every person wearing pink tonight to cancer research. So help out, if you’re tough enough to wear pink!

Now, back to the tempo of the rodeo and you’ll find some really good times from steer ropers on Wednesday.

Rocky Patterson of Pratt, Kan., proved to be the best on two head, when he opened the first go-round with a perfect 10. That’s 10.0 on one head and he backed it up with a 12.1 in the second go-round and earned top dollar for two worth $879.30 on the combined time of 22.1. He also got the top dollar of $879.30 for his first go-round, with the 10.0 but finished out of the money on the second go, despite having a good enough time to fetch top money.

In the first go-round, following Patterson were Cody Lee of Gatesville, Texas, with 10.3 for $727.70 and then Shay Good, Midland, Texas with 10.6 for $576.10. Fourth went to Mike Chase of McAlester for $424.49 on 11.4, then Grady Potter of Arkansas City, Kan., had 11.7 for fifth and $272.89 followed by 11.8 of Buster Record Jr., Buffalo for $151.80.

Trey Wallace of George West, Texas, led the money-winners in the second go-round with a 10.5 for $879.30 and that just nipped the 10.6 posted by Barnsdall’s Cody Garnett who got $727.70.

Third went to Ralph Williams of Skiatook for $576.10 on 11.0 and then Doug Clark of Wayne took fourth on 11.3 for $424.49. Fifth and sixth showed two get $212.24 apiece on 11.5, including Jess Tierney of Hermosa, S.D. and Buffalo’s
C.A. Lauer.

Following Patterson in the top money on two head was Will Gasperson of Decatur, Texas, who finished the first go-round prior to the break and reassignment of steers, with a 12.0. He was first out during the second go-round and topped that time with an 11.6 that set the early pace for two head with his 23.6. That stood, until Patterson nipped him with the 22.1. However, Gasperson, who did finish in the money in either go-round showed that a cowboy could still get near top billing with good efforts. It earned him second for 4727.70.

Third on two went to Cody Lee of Gatesville, Texas, with 10.3 and 13.5 for 23.8, just two-tenths of a second slower, but $576.10 for his pocket. Fourth was Mike Chase of McAlester, who had 11.4 in the first go and 13.8 on his second effort for 25.2 and $424.49. Buster Record Jr. of Buffalo had 11.8 and 14.0 for 25.8 and fifth place on two at $272.89 while sixth was split by the 28.1 times of Brad Prather of Skiatook and Cody Scheck of Kiowa, Kan. Prather had 12.8 and 15.3 while Scheck had 13.0 and 15.1 and they each got $75.80.

Get ready for some real fun filled times in the next three days, because the 101 Rodeo Foundation, headed by Larry Goodno has really put together a top-notch rodeo with top-notch stock provided by the Andrews Rodeo Company of Addielou, Texas.

Then too, there’s the 101 Wild West Rodeo parade coming up at 10 a.m. Saturday in downtown Ponca City along Grand Avenue, from somewhere west of the railroad tracks to Sixth Street. And at 11 a.m., or as soon as the parade is over, it will be time for the Kid’s Rodeo and activities at the lawns of the Ponca City Library.

Anyone looking for more than just the rodeo events of bareback riding, tie-down roping, saddle bronc riding, team roping, steer wrestling, girl’s barrel racing and bull riding, can stay later tonight and Friday for slack. It will include some girl’s barrel racing, along with tie-down and team ropers plus steer wrestlers. Then on Friday night it will be local team roping slack after the regular rodeo performance.

Presentation of the 101 Wild West Rodeo queen and princess contestants will be held during the Grand Entry, which will include the 101 Women’s Drill and Grand Entry Team. Then on Saturday, coronation of the two, queen and princess, will be held.

 

101 Wild West Rodeo Begins

By BOB PATTERSON
News City Editor

On what may have been one of the most perfect evenings to sit back and watch cowboys and cowgirls, Thursday’s performance of the 2011 101 Wild West Rodeo provided some really good times and scores on an arena floor that was also honed to perfection.

Thanks to the 101 Rodeo Foundation and its staff of chairman Larry Goodno, Thursday was a really good show for Community Appreciation night. The Andrews Stock Company also produced quite a spirited bunch of animals that put the performers to a real test on many occasions.

Following the Grand Entry, it was all business for the participants. Some were quite successful, while others found that some of the stock from the Andrews Stock Company just wouldn’t cooperate for either quick times in the timed events, or the ability to stay on the backs of the rough (riding) stock. From the first event to the last, bareback riding to bull riding.

However, Yance Day of Fort Scott, Kan., made it for an eight-second count on Shady Lady to lead the bareback riding. Two others were able to stay put for that amount of time, including Taylor Price of Huntsville, Texas, on Big Momma for 73 and Monty Goodwin of Weatherford, Okla., on Spitfire for 69.

Last regular event of the rodeo, the bull riding, was a different story, as nine made the effort to ride eight seconds. All but one found the going too tough and were on the ground within that time, but Hagen Garrett Knighten, of Huntsville, Texas wowed the crowd during the performance that ended just shortly after 10 p.m., with a 78 on Vicious Bender.

In between, besides competition, fans got a thrill from Keith Isley, barrelman for the rodeo, and a couple of specialty acts. And the youngsters, there must have been two or three hundred of them, made it a quick event in the calf scramble and there weren’t too many sad faces afterwards.

Aiding Isley during the riding events were bullfighters Wacey Munsell and Jeremy Muntz, who kept those broncs and bulls from getting even close to downed riders.

Famous name of steer wrestlers, Duvall, found things just right in the event. The trio that comes from what many feel the steer wrestling capital of Oklahoma, maybe rodeo, put on quite a show. Tom Duvall, who now resides in Hitchita, had a 6.4 but that was the final steer wrestled to the ground. And, it placed him fifth. However, Spud Duvall of Checotah had a 3.5 and Riley Duvall put his steer down at 3.6 for present standings of first and second. The two have survived slack after the main rodeo Thursday, when Brandon Volker of Hardtner, Kan., had a 4.5. It sent Tom Duvall’s spot one further down in sixth. Fourth is Tanner McElhaney of Henryetta at 5.3 and Shane Frey of Duncan fifth at 5.7.

The other rough riding stock had some participants show success, and it was a Welch rider, Hardy Braden, who posted the best score so far, with a 77 on Tango. It bested the 76 of Jacobs Crawley from College Station, Texas, on Tater Tot and a pair of 73s, by Tol Cawley of Crockett, Texas, on Gypsy Woman and Cody Angland from New South Wales, Australia, on Lucille.

Tie down ropers may have thought their times of 10.2 and 10.3 were good enough this year. Not so. During the regular performance, Landyn Duncan of Foster, had the 10.2 and Rich Newton of Fulshear, Texas, had the 10.3.

Then came slack following the main rodeo performance Thursday. First up to out do those two scores was a 9.6 by Colby Dorsey of Binger. Then it was Ponca City’s Jerome Schneeberger, who has been to the National Finals Rodeo, with an 8.6. That came at 11:15 p.m., and would you believe, just three minutes later, Hunter Herrin of Apache got his calf tied in 8.5. Wow! Then, later in slack, Kaleb G. Wilber of Cherokee had a 9.4 which presently is third place, ahead of Dorsey and the two from the regular performance.

During a local ranch bronc riding event sponsored by First Council Casino, John Miller of Newkirk was scored at 72 and Blaine Stacy of Kaw City had a 70.

It was a similar story in the team roping event for fans who stayed, and there were a few, after the main performance. Charles Pogue of Ringling and Jeff Hillman of Jones did the trick in 6.5 and first up, during the regular performance, Rick Anderson of White City, Kan., and Luke Holland of Hinton had a 6.9. But, in slack, which started at 11;30 p.m., the team of Clay Saffell of Locust Grove and Jake Pianalto of Rose, had a 5.1. That’s first place right now. Second from slack was the team of Tyler Johnson of Bucyrus, Kan., and Mitch Murray of Alma, Kan., with a 5.4. Also at 6.9 were Caleb Woodard and Troy Gaston, both of Hutchinson, Kan.

Local team ropers Jay Case and Tanner Case of Ponca City showed their competitive spirit with a 7.7 and that’s fast for local team roping, sponsored by Osage Casino. Next at the present time with a 9.0, are Travis Garrison of Cleveland and Travis Buford of Ponca City. There will be more local team ropers in the main performance tonight, and then there will be a bunch getting a chance during slack following the main performance.

Tipping the barrels in early efforts cost several girl riders in the barrel racing event, but Sallye Williams of Skiatook took the clover-leaf pattern in 18.48, only to be outdone by the final rider of the regular performance, Cheryl Magoteaux of Byers with an 18.40. That didn’t stand up to some in slack, particularly that of Jeanne Anderson of White City, Kan., who had a 17.65. Five others were below the 18.40 including Kindell McKamie of Talala in 18.08, Michelle Hoffman of Medford with 18.14, Blair Askew of Viola, Kan., with 18.19, plus Molly Childers of Mead with 18.21 followed by Felicia Miller of Grandfield with 18.37.

It will be rodeo time again tonight at the 101 Ranch Arena, with Grand Entry starting things off at 7:50 p.m.

Dr. Lynn Phillips of Enid was true to what he has proven many times for the 101 Rodeo Foundation, keeping things going from the announcer’s booth.

And pre-music, then more throughout the performance and staying with it through slack, were the S & D Music and Sound Productions, of Stan and Debbie Loughridge.

Then too, there’s another performance besides tonight, in the three-day event, it being on Saturday.

But that’s not all on Saturday. There will be the 101 Wild West Rodeo Parade in downtown Ponca City along Grand Avenue at 10 a.m., followed immediately by the Kids Rodeo on the lawns of the Ponca City Library. And you may want to go early to the rodeo, for there will be crowning of princess and queen.

Stormy Night for 101 Rodeo Fans

By BOB PATTERSON
News City Editor

It was an all-together different situation Friday night from Thursday for rodeo fans and participants as well.

Opening night Thursday for the 2011 101 Wild West Rodeo was nice, if not perfect.

That all changed for the second night on Friday, as threatening weather moved in, and in fact, sent almost all of the crowd scurrying for cover elsewhere from the 101 Rodeo Arena.

Following the Grand Entry, and first couple of events, sprinkles began appearing signaling what may come. Some of the crowd took the early hint.

By the end of the saddle bronc riding event, Andrews Rodeo Company personnel were continuing their efforts to produce the rodeo, and in fact did. There were several anxious moments during that event including one horse not cooperating in getting back to the holding pens. Shortly after it was finally corralled, the next event, tie down roping began.

The crowd, except for a few hardy soles, had escaped however.

Saturday night plans were to have coronation of both, princess and queen, of the 2011 101 Wild West Rodeo. It followed a day beginning with the 10 a.m. parade in downtown Ponca City along Grand Avenue and the Kids Rodeo on the lawns of the Ponca City Library.

During Friday’s early events, the lone bareback rider to get a score was Zach Dishman of Beaumont, Texas, on Matt with an 80. David Lester Jr. of Fort Scott, Kan., was given the opportunity for a re-ride, when both the horse Moonlight and Lester ended up in the one large mud-puddle at the southwest corner of the arena, spraying a number of spectators in the box seats at the fence line with mud.

Both rider and bronc were most completely covered with mud.

For the 80 by Disman, that put him on top of the leader board, just ahead of Thursday’s Yance Day of Fort Scott, who had a 79.

In the steer wrestling, the 7.5 best score Friday night by Terry Meadows of Georgetown, Texas, was not close to the lead of 3.5 posted by Spud Duvall of Checotah in Thursday’s performance. Whether it gets him into the money depends on tonight’s efforts by others in the event.

After about an inch of rain, and still raining, tie down roping became a real challenge for the ropers. The 11.2 by Bryson Dean Sechrist of Apache just wasn’t close to the present leader of Hunter Herrin, also of Apache, who had 8.5 during Thursday’s slack.

Local Ranch Bronc Riding and Local Team Roping went by the wayside as a result of the weather.

Girl’s Barrel Racing also had no participants waiting around.

There was some team roping to complete, and Philip McCoy of Beggs and Brandon Wright of Henryetta really did it up right in the tough going. They had an 8.0 for the best of the night, but that too wasn’t close to the 5.1 of Clay Saffell of
Locust Grove and Jake Pianalto of Rose during slack on Thursday which has them in the lead.

Jennie Murray, rodeo secretary for the Andrews Rodeo Company in the 101 Wild West Rodeo, noted that none of the bull riders were able to stay on the bulls Friday. Not surprising with slick backs and whatever.

The secretary also noted for The News, the times and scores from tie down roping through the rest of the program. She also noted a correction in the saddle bronc riding scores. During that event, the scoreboard went out, and attempts to ride found two get 79s, and they share first place at the present time.

They include Justin Browning of Sulphur, La., on Apple Jack and Will Payne of Beaver on Sugar Bear. Also Ryan Bestol of Hyannis, Neb., put a 76 on the record books. The two 79s were better than the 76 scored by Jacobs Crawley of College Station, Texas, on Thursday.
 

Nice Day for Parade, Kids Rodeo

Hadley Earns MRO First Runner-Up Nod

By CAREY HEAD
News Lifestyles Editor

OKLAHOMA CITY — Lauren Hadley, the 22-year-old daughter of Paul and Terri Hadley and granddaughter of the late L.L. Merrifield, recently competed in the Miss Rodeo Oklahoma 2012 Scholarship Pageant. Hadley represented the 101 Wild West Rodeo as its 2010-2011 queen.

During the MRO competition, Hadley was judged on horsemanship, rodeo and equine knowledge, speech, appearance, photogenics, and personality. In addition to a written test, the contestants answered impromptu questions about rodeo and current events. They participated in a horsemanship luncheon at Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill, media interviews and an informal fashion show during “Paint the Town Pink” event to benefit cancer research and treatment.

Hadley placed first in horsemanship after completing a set pattern and flag run on one horse and a freestyle pattern and queen run on another horse. Horses ridden in the competition were provided for the queen contestants so that judging was solely based upon the contestant’s performance, not the horse’s performance. She also placed first in appearance wearing a custom leather dress designed by Rodeo Queen Paradise and in the photogenic category with a picture provided by Cope Photography. She placed second in the written test and third in both speech and personality. Overall, Hadley was named Miss Rodeo Oklahoma 2012 First Runner-Up.

“Being only my second rodeo queen pageant and my first time running at the state level, it was definitely an eye-opening experience,” Hadley said. “I had a great time and met many wonderful people and made several new friends. I really am pleased that I won horsemanship, photogenic, and appearance, which were the areas I wanted to hit hard in. Personally, I liked my speech, written more in rhyme, and had hoped it would place higher, but apparently it didn’t move the judges as much as some of the other girls’ speeches.

Many of the other girls had run in the state pageant before and almost all of them had held several queen titles before, so they knew what to expect. I paid attention and tried to emulate them as much as I could and I believe it paid off. I really wouldn’t mind running again with some more practice and experience.”

Hadley’s reign as the 101 Wild West Rodeo Queen officially ended last evening.

After being accepted to Tulsa University Law School, Hadley has decided to defer those plans while she develops a business plan for opening a pre-conditioning yard for cattle. She also is considering competing in this year’s Miss Rodeo U.S.A. and next year’s Miss Rodeo Oklahoma pageants.

Annual 101 Wild West Rodeo Ends

By BOB PATTERSON
News City Editor

It was not a dark and stormy night. Matter of fact, the Moon was just making an appearance (full) in the east horizon when announcer Dr. Lynn Phillips said, “Welcome, rodeo fans to the 101 Wild West Rodeo.”

That was the setting for Saturday’s final night of the 2011 edition of the 101 Wild West Rodeo. And there must have been something telling folks that this was going to be a really good one, as the east and west bleachers were filling up, and the northeast and northwest angle bleachers were getting a lot of folks.

Chute heaven was at it’s best, as were the boxes along the fence lines, despite the precarious possibility of getting splattered with some mud and water.

And contestants of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association didn’t let the crowd down, nor did the Andrews Rodeo Company with the stock utilized on the final night of the 2011 rodeo.

It all made for an exciting time. And it was the final event, bull riding, that proved to be the most beneficial to a performer, and pleasing to the crowd. While all but one got bucked by the Andrews Rodeo Company bulls, Reid Butler of Comfort, Texas, made a comfortable landing on both feet, with arms up stretched, after riding Top Gear. It earned him an 87 and only one of two riders for the three-night performance to get the job done in eight seconds. As a result, he finished with a total of $2,079 while second went to Thursday’s Hagen Garrett Knighten of Huntsville, Texas, with a 78 on Vicious Bender for a total of $1,771, according to Jennie Murray, rodeo secretary for the Andrews Stock Company in the 101 Wild West Rodeo.

The scoring events for the rodeo, including bull riding, were the only events to produce changes at the top of the leader board.

In the very first event of the night, bareback riding, Chris Harris of Itasca, Texas, fashioned an 83 on Hornet for first, and that got him $1,159.95. Also on Saturday, Evan Jayne of Marseille, France, took a 70 on Vodka, and that got him fifth place in the event, for $246.05.

Also, in saddle bronc riding, Keith Allen Brauer Jr., of Freeburg, Ill., scored a 79 on Rusty. That put him into a three-way tie for first with Justin Browning of Sulphur, La., and Will Payne of Beaver, who had 79s on Friday as the wind and rain began to cause havoc with the rest of that night’s performance. The three got $986.73 apiece.

Unfortunately for contestants in the girl’s barrel racing the last two nights, the going was tough and none could break the 20-second running that was accomplished during near perfect conditions on Thursday’s regular performance and slack that night. Top was the 17.65 during slack on Thursday by Jeanne Anderson of White City, Kan., for $1,106.23.

There were some really good times in the steer wrestling on Saturday, three of which finished in the money. But none could top the two in front from Checotah, Spud Duvall with 3.5 and Riley Duvall with 3.6 on Thursday. John Kloeckler of Checotah had a 4.0 to finish third for $916.04 and Zac Parrington of Hoyt Kan., had 4.2 for fourth and $674.97 on Saturday. Joining them was the 4.7 by Chancey Larson of Manhattan, Kan., for sixth place and $241.06.

In tie-down roping slack on Thursday proved to have the top two at the end of the performances, including Hunter Herrin of Apache at 8.5 for $1,625.45 and Ponca City’s Jerome Schneeberger at 8.6 for $1,345.20.

Saturday saw two more in tie-down roping get in the money, with Cole Bailey of Okmulgee finishing in third place on a 9.2 for $1,064.95 and Rhett Riding from Rocky, with 9.5 for $504.45, finishing fifth. Team ropers from Dewey, Colt Braden and Tanner Braden, got the effort accomplished in 5.5 but it landed them in third place for the event. That was worth $1,015.31 each.

Full money results include:

Bareback Riding:
1 — Chris Harris, Itasca, Texas, on Hornet, an 83, for $1,159.95;
2 — Zach Dishman, Beaumont, Texas, on Matt, an 80 for $878.75;
3 — Yance’ Day, Fort Scott, Kan., on Shady Lady, a 79 for $732.70;
4 — Taylor Price, Huntsville, Texas, on Big Momma with a 73 for $421.80;
5 — Evan Jayne, Marseille, France, on Vodka with a 70 for $246.05;
6 — Monty Goodwin, Weatherford, on Spitfire, with a 69 for $175.75.

Steer Wrestling:
1 — Spud Duvall, Checotah, 3.5 for $1,398.16;
2 — Riley Duvall, Checotah, 3.6 for $1,157.10;
3 — John Kloeckler, Checotah, 4.0 for $916.04;
4 — Zac Parrington, Hoyt, Kan., 4.2 for $674.97;
5 — Brandon D. Volker, Hardtner, Kan., 4.5 for $433.91;
6 — Chancey Larson, Manhattan, Kan., 4.7, $241.06.

Saddle Bronc Riding:
1 — Justin Browning, Sulphur, La., 79 on Apple Jack, $986.73;
1— Will Payne, Beaver, 79 on Sugar Bear, $986.73;
1 — Keith Allen Brauer Jr., Freeburg, Ill., 79 on Rusty, $986.73;
4 — Hardy Braden, Welch, 77 on Tango, $370.02;
4 — Shane Hand, Fort Scott, Kan., 77 on Buck Wheat, $370.02;
6 — Jacobs Crawley, College Station, Texas, 76 on Tater Tot, $97.37;
6 — Ryan Bestol, Hyannis, Neb., 76 on Heart Breaker, $97.37.

Tie Down Roping:
1 — Hunter Herrin, Apache, 8.5 for $1,625.45;
2 — Jerome Schneeberger, Ponca City, 8.6 for $1,345.20;
3 — Cole Bailey, Okmulgee, 9.2 for $1,064.95;
4 — Kaleb G. Wilber, Cherokee, 9.4 for $784.70;
5 — Rhett Ridling, Rocky, 9.5, for $504.45;
6 — Colby Dorsey, Binger, 9.6, for $280.25.

Team Roping:
1 — Clay Saffell, Locust Grove and Jake Pianalto, Rose, 5.1 for $1,549.69 each;
2 — Tyler Johnson, Bucyrus, Kan., and Mitch Murray, Alma, Kan., 5.4, for $1,282.50 each;
3 — Colt Braden and Tanner Braden, both of Dewey, 5.5, for $1,015.31 each;
4 — Charles Pogue, Ringling and Jett Hilliman, Jones, 6.0, $748.13 each;
5 — Cole Morgan and jess Morgan, both of Ada, 6.5, for $480.94 each;
6 — Rick Anderson, White City, Kan., and Luke Holland, Hinton, 6.9, for $133.59 each;
6 — Caleb Woodard and Troy Gaston, both of Hutchinson, Kan., 6.9, for $133.59 each.

Barrel Racing:
1 — Jeanne Anderson, White City, 17.65, for $1,106.23;
2 — Kindell McKamie, Talala, 18.08, for $948.19;
3 — Michelle Hoffman, Medford, 18.14, for $790.16;
4 — Molly Childers, Mead, 18.21, for $684.81;
5 — Felicia Miller, Grandfield, 18.37, for $526.77;
6 — Cheryl Magoteaux, Byers, 18.40, for $421.42;
7 — Sallye Williams, Skiatook, 18.48, for $216.06;
8 — Deantha Miller, Rose Hill, Kan., 18.54, for $210.71;
9 — Savanna Christensen, Medicine Lodge, Kan., 18.67, for $158.03;
10 — Jana Turner, Perkins, 18.74, for $105.35.

Bull Riding:
1 — Reid Barker, Comfort, Texas, 87 on Top Gear, for $2,079;
2 — Hagen Garrett Knighten, Huntsville, Texas, 78 on Vicious Bender, for $1,771.

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