The 58th Annual 101 Wild West Rodeo
June 8 - 10, 2017
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RODEO DATES: August 8th,
9th, & 10th
ANNOUNCER: Lynn Phillips
GRAND MARSHAL: Louis “Jiggs” Corzine
RODEO QUEEN: Ashlyn Hilburn
SPECIALTY ACT: Cowboy Kenny Bartram
RODEO PRINCESS: Trinity St. Andrews
STOCK CONTRACTOR: Andrew's Rodeo Co.
101 Wild West Rodeo This Week
It is rodeo week in Ponca City, with the dates for the 101 Wild
West Rodeo this year Aug. 8-10 with performances at 8 p.m.
The 101 Wild West 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 2013 Rodeo will mark the 54th 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
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 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; Kacey Calhoun as secretary and Larinda Hays as
Regular rodeo performances will run Thursday through Saturday,
at 8 p.m. nightly. 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 barbeque dinner with ticket purchase from
6:30 p.m. 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 & 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. 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
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.
This year’s specialty act is Cowboy Kenny’s Steel Rodeo — Steel
Rodeo is an Oklahoma based company owned by Freestyle Motocross
professional and legend, Cowboy Kenny Bartram. Kenny Bartram
brings his years of expertise and professionalism, along with
other top riders in the industry, to put on a nonstop, action
packed freestyle motocross exhibition for this years rodeo.
Serving as Barrelman this year will be Dale “Gizmo” McCracken
from Wheaton, Mo. Known on the rodeo Circuits as Gizmo, he has
been jumping in and out of barrels, entertaining crowds and
distracting 1,800 pounds of muscle, horns and fuzzy fury for the
past 27 years in professional rodeo circuits from coast to coast
as a professional rodeo clown.
Returning this year as Bullfighter is Wacey Munsell and joining
Wacey for his first time to the Ponca City rodeo scene will be
Bullfighter Nathan Harp. Nathan 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
The official crowning of the 101 Rodeo Queen and 101 Rodeo
Princess is held during the Saturday night performance.
Reigning queen, Madison Hughes of Goodwill, 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
Reigning princess, Ally Jennings of Ponca City, will be handing
over her title and crowning the new 101 Wild West Rodeo
“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.
The 101 Wild West Rodeo Stock Contractor: Andrews Rodeo Co.
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
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
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
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.
SAMMY ANDREWS & JAMES ANDREWS, Bagwell, Texas, PRCA 2002 Stock
Contractor of the year. Sammy Andrews is a third-generation
stock contractor. With knowledge gained from a lifetime of rodeo
experience, Sammy and his son, James, operate the business and
have enjoyed success with their breeding program for bucking
bulls and horses.
In 1999, bucking bull Bodacious was inducted into the ProRodeo
Hall of Fame. Four of their bareback horses, one saddle bronc
and four bucking bulls were selected for the 2011 Wrangler NFR;
Outlaw was named one of the top five bulls of the 2011 Finals.
‘Gizmo’ Will Keep Bulls From Rider Contestants
With a 2,000-pound bull bearing down on you, it helps to have a
sense of humor. It also helps to have a barrel to hide in.
World-renowned clown and barrel man Dale “Gizmo” McCracken will
be providing the entertainment for the 101 Wild West Rodeo.
“Sometimes it just don’t seem right to have this much fun and
get paid for it,” McCracken said.
Known on the rodeo circuits as Gizmo, he has been doing rodeos
for 27 years. He travels the country putting on his shows from
Canada to Texas, from the east coast to the west coast.
The last few years McCracken spent more than half the year on
the road, logging some 45,000 miles through dozens of states.
At each rodeo, there are a variety of duties for McCracken. As a
comedian, he will interact with the crowd throughout each
performance and put on skits that tend to leave fans in
stitches. During bull riding, he continues to provide comedic
relief as well as a necessary tool for the bull riders,
bullfighters and others that are in the arena.
“First of all when I’m in the barrel, my best friend is Jesus,
and my second best friend is the barrel,” said McCracken, who is
working this years rodeo for the first time. “It’s your safe
haven there a lot. It also has its important part for cowboys
and bullfighters to use, a place for them to go in the arena if
they’re in a bind. That barrel is like that one tree out in the
middle of the desert that gives you a little protection.”
And it’s also a heavy object with which some of the feistier
bucking beasts love to play. So what’s it like for McCracken to
be hit with that much force?
“It’s like getting into an aluminum trashcan and put into the
back of a pickup going down the road at 35 miles per hour,” he
said. “Then when you get up to speed, you have your buddy throw
you out of the pickup, and you just bounce along down the road.
“The first time they hit you, it’s like a carnival ride. Then
they hit you again, and it’s more like a car accident that turns
into a carnival ride. It’s a pretty exciting tilt-o-whirl.”
So is McCracken’s life as a rodeo clown. He spends many weeks on
the road, working events in several states, but he loves what he
does. He enjoys the crowds and the excitement that comes with
rodeo, and loves to see the smiles and hear the laughter.
“I really enjoy seeing people have a good time,” McCracken said.
“Maybe there’s a guy that’s had it pretty rough, is struggling
some. If we can just get him to the rodeo and use our last
American heritage sport to help him forget his troubles, then
he’s had a good night, and we, as a rodeo, have had a good
night, too. Laughter is pretty good medicine, and the way things
are right now, everybody needs a shot.”
Gizmo started his act as a bullfighting clown and moved into
stand-up comedy on a show in Branson, Mo. Gadgets and gizmos
that went sour were often part of his routine, hence his name,
“Gizmo, World’s Greatest Inventor.”
A lot of clowns and specialty acts sell themselves with a
bucking car or a dancing horse, said the clown. “I supply a
character. Nobody knows what I’m going to do next, they just
have to trust me, Ha!”
Rodeo crowds might meet anyone of his alter egos. Maybe Ozzy
Osborne, a wild Jerry Lewis, Dr. Giz., Sir-Rink-In Machine, or
even Elvis, perhaps an ostrich rider.
“There’s all different kinds of things that could happen,” Gizmo
hinted. “I like to keep people looking for me and wondering what
I’m going to do.”
The acts share a high-energy, clean, family-oriented feel. He
tries not to do anything that children would be disciplined for
if they copied. “I don’t want to get them set up for a whoopin,”
Gizmo said. Which character he becomes depends on the crowd. He
“reads” the group, gauging what they would like. Is it a rowdy
bunch, or more laid back? Would they appreciate the subtler
routines or the big bang?
Dale “Gizmo” McCracken and his Bull Fighters provide a line of
defense for bull riders in the arena.
While they swap one-liners with rodeo announcer Dr. Lynn
Phillips, they also perform the important task of distracting
the bulls and keeping them away from the riders.
23rd Straight Year at 101 Wild West Rodeo as Announcer: Lynn
Long-time rodeo announcer Dr. Lynn Phillips will be returning
for his 23rd 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, Michigan, and then he had the
pleasure of announcing the PRCA rodeo in Wahoo, Nebraska. Lynn
commented, “Traveling is one of the things I enjoy most about
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
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 legend.
During timeouts, he can entertain as well as educate. During the
action, he can clarify and add color.
Those are just a few of the reasons that it’s so easy to
categorize Lynn Phillips as the quintessential public address
announcer for events such as the annual 101 Wild West Rodeo.
Who is Lynn Phillips?
A Pro Rodeo announcer with stints at the NFR and National
Circuit Finals A rancher, raising performance quarter horses,
including two-time AQHA Reserve World Champion calf roping
An Anesthesiologist in Enid, Oklahoma.
A movie actor in the movie “White Sands.”
And now a writer and teller of Cowboy Poetry and Tall Tales.
In addition to announcing rodeos, he has also served as
announcer for other equine events including the AQHA World Show,
National Reining Horse Futurity, The Great American Wild West
Show, Theatre Equus, Mexican Rodeo Extravaganza, and Evening of
the Dancing Horses.
Lynn;s announcing duties keep him in demand as a voice talent
for commercials, documentaries, and a role in the movie “White
Sands” working alongside Samuel Jackson, Willem Defoe, Mary
Elizabeth Mastrantonio and Mickey Roark.
“Oh, he’s the perfect person for this job,” said Larry Goodno,
Chairman of the 101 Rodeo Foundation.
Want to know more about Lynn Phillips? Visit his website at
The National Anthem Singers For Three Rodeo Appearances
Meet this year’s National Anthem singers.
Madison Hughes is a 21 year old student at Oklahoma Panhandle
State University and started her career by winning the mutton
busting at Nevada’s oldest rodeo. Madison rides for the OPSU
Equestrian team and the OPSU Ranch Horse Versatility team She
has won state AQHA championships, qualified several times for
the AQHYA World show and has had the privilege of holding
multiple other rodeo queen titles, She received her FFA American
Degree, her Certificate of Applied Science in Welding Technology
and is now pursuing a degree in Ag Business. Madison is also a
state Hunter Education instructor and enjoys hunting, fishing,
hiking, singing and her time with family.
Lerin Elane Thomas is a Newkirk native and the 18 year old
daughter of Jim Thomas and Sharla Thomas, and granddaughter of
Kenneth and Janet Sheik and Linda Danner. Lerin is a 2013
Newkirk High School graduate, and will pursue a degree in
Agriculture Communication at Oklahoma State University. GO
This past year Lerin has enjoyed representing her community as
Miss Newkirk, and the State of Oklahoma as Page to State
Representative Dale DeWitt where she was elected Mock Session
Speaker of the House and Page of the Week by her peers. She was
also honored to serve her High School FFA Chapter as President
and member of the Oklahoma State FFA Chorus, and was inducted
into the Kay County 4-H Hall of Fame.
Lerin enjoys hunting, fishing, lake activities, OSU Football and
spending time with family and friends. Most of all she loves to
share her passion for music by singing the National Anthem at
community events as she feels it is her way of supporting the
courageous men and women currently fighting for our future
freedom, honoring those who have made the ultimate sacrifice to
preserve our freedom and to show her love for this amazing
country we live in — THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
Malory Scott is the 18 year old daughter of Gary Scott and Tonya
Scott of Newkirk. Malory graduated from Newkirk High School and
is a freshman at Northern Oklahoma College majoring in
Agriculture and Environmental Engineering
and is a member of Roustabouts.
Malory’s hobbies and interests include music, agriculture,
photography, baking and traveling.
Wacey Munsell Is Being Joined By Nathan Harp as Bullfighters
It seems almost natural that Wacey Munsell become a bullfighter,
as he is a third generation bullfighter following in the
footsteps of his grandfather, father, and uncle. Wacey has honed
his bullfighting skills almost from the time he started
walking using practically anything he could make an imaginary
bull. This included the family dogs, swing sets, a billy goat
that butted his miniature clown barrel around, a ram that local
show sheep breeders thought was too mean to handle, and
sometimes nothing at all. During this time he often tried
mimicking the moves of four legendary bullfighters that he
looked up to, those being the likes of Rex Dunn, Rob Smets,
Miles Hare, and Joe Baumgartner. Those imaginary bulls have
become the real thing.
Munsell of Ulysses, Kan., at 26 years old already has over a
decade of experience fighting bulls. In the spring of 2004, a
high school junior at this time was the youngest ever to be
allowed on the Professional Bullfighters Tour and the World
Championship Rodeo Bullfighters Tour, which is produced by Rex
Dunn and Stanley Foster, at 17 years old. Not only did he join
the tours he ended up the 2004 World Champion freestyle
bullfighter just eight days after his 18th birthday
in October collecting a gold buckle. He struck gold again in
October 2006 claiming his second World Champion buckle.
In the fall of 2004, a high school senior, Wacey was approved
for his PRCA bullfighter card and traveled to Las Vegas in
December to compete in the famed Benny Binion WNFR Bucking Stock
Sale bullfighting competition. After the two-day competition he
emerged the champion. Wacey has been nominated twice to fight at
the Kansas High School Finals Rodeo in 2004 and 2005. In the
summer of 2005 Wacey was invited to compete at the famed
California Rodeo Salinas, in Salinas, Calif. After the dust
settled after the four-day competition he was named champion
claiming the coveted Salinas buckle. He repeated his performance
in Salinas again in 2006 receiving another buckle. In 2005 Wacey
to compete in the PBR Dickies National Bullfighting
Championships, and later became the 2005 Co National Champion
freestyle bullfighter with good friend and fellow Kansan Sam
Once was not enough for Wacey, again invited to compete with the
Dickies tour he emerged this time the stand alone National
Champion. Wacey also won the 2007 Daisy Professional
Bullfighters Tour World Championship with partner Sam
Gress with their outstanding cowboy protection skills. Wacey has
been selected five years in a row to work the Ram Prairie
Circuit Finals Rodeo at the American Royal in Kansas City,
Missouri in 2007, 2008, and 2009, in Wichita, Kansas in 2010,
and in Weatherford, Oklahoma in 2011. Wacey has also been
selected to work the National High School Finals Rodeo four
years in a row, 2007-2010.
Wacey has worked many major PRCA rodeos across the United States
in his young career. He has fought in places like The National
Western Rodeo in Denver, Colorado, The Sand Hills Rodeo in
Odessa, Texas, The Fiesta De Los Vaqueros Rodeo in Tucson,
Arizona, Rodeo Austin in Austin, Texas, The American Royal in
Kansas City, Missouri, and the 2009 PBR Challenger Tour Finals
in Atlanta, Georgia and again in 2012 in Denver, Colorado.
Probably the most proud moment in Wacey’s career was when he was
selected to fight at The Justin Boots Playoff Championships in
Omaha, Nebraska in 2009 and 2010. Wacey will be seen in new
places in 2012 as he gets to work the famed Buffalo Bill
Rodeo in North Platte, Neb., and the Dodge City Roundup in Dodge
City, Kan. Waceyís goals are to someday work the WNFR and PBR
Finals and to one day own his own professional stock contracting
Wacey is a quality cowboy protector during the bull riding and
one that bull riders trust to keep them safe, but he is a World
Champion freestyle bullfighter so don’t take your eyes off of
him after a bull rider leaves the arena, because
this is when his fun begins as he will leave you on the edge of
your seat with crowd thrilling and heart stopping freestyle
bullfighting. Get caught up in the action with Wacey Munsell,
the young gun in town and he’s smoking hot!
Visit Wacey Munsell’s Website (http://www.waceymunsell.com) To
Nathan Harp — here for his first year at the Ponca City rodeo
scene 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.
Nathan Harp’s hometown is Tuttle, Okla., where he lived until he
was 21 and then he moved to Stillwater, where he still resides.
After high school he put all of his effort into his career and
before long found success in the freestyle bulifights. In 2011
he won the Rex Dunn World Championship Freestyle Bullfights.
The Stillwater resident got his PBR bullfighting card in 2012,
but he has been fighting bulls since he was 16. Nathan wasn’t
brought up in a rodeo family, but since he can remember he has
always had a love for rodeo.
Letter To Rodeo Fans —
101 Wild West Rodeo Foundation Chairman
Welcome Rodeo Fans,
I am excited that it is once again 101 Wild West Rodeo time in
Ponca City, OK. I am Larry Goodno, Chairman of the 101 Wild West
Rodeo Foundation and I know this year is going to be another
action packed year with rodeo events and live music after each
The rodeo foundation members never have a lack of rodeo
enthusiasm and love of the sport. This year during off season
the foundation has had time to reflect on the years past and
have come up with some outstanding ideas to bring
back the history of rodeo. In years past you could not turn a
corner without knowing it was rodeo time, thanks to local
So the foundation has decided to take this to the next level and
make it a competition. So take a look around town during rodeo
week and you will see merchants displaying their excitement as
well. If you want more information please check out our awesome
You will also see this year an exciting change has been made to
the rodeo event line up. We love to keep our local cowboys
involved and stick to our roots of the 101 Ranch. So we have
incorporated a local event with 5 teams each
night for steer mugging and bronce riding. Then on Saturday it
gets real interesting when the top 5 teams come back to compete
in the WILD Cow Milking. Hold onto your seat because it is going
to be a Wild ride!
The rodeo foundation would like to invite you to join us for
this year's 101 Wild West Rodeo.
Board of Directors Put 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; Kacey Calhoun, Secretary; Lorinda Hays, Treasurer; and
Sarah Troutman, Co-Treasurer. Then there’s others with important committee responsibility,
including Brad Beaty, Cory Goodno, George Pease, Promotions; Dr.
Tim Blanton, Shawndra Sheik, Events; Jim Thomas, Scott Burries,
Tyson Morton, Grounds; Steve Powell,
Hank Hainzinger, Contract Personal.
The board also has some important members from year’s ago,
including Honorary Lifetime Members, Rick Barnhouse - Danny Head
- John Heinze - Kevin Frazier
WOW, IT’S AMAZING how fast time flies! I have had an incredible
year representing the 101 Wild West Rodeo. It is such a
wonderful opportunity to support, promote, and encourage the
sport of rodeo. I have met some amazing people along the way and
am honored to be a part of the 101 Wild West Rodeo history. It
is that time that we will crown a new lady to carry the title
and I hope she has the same enjoyment I have had! I would like
to thank all the sponsors that have helped me throughout the
year. The 101 committee is so supportive and I would like to
take the chance to show my gratitude for their help on my
adventures! We have an incredible committee and rodeo here in
Ponca City and I’m proud to have had the chance to join in on
the action! Thank you for the joys, support, and fun I have been
blessed with this year and good luck to all of the contestants
vying for the title this year. Enjoy it! God bless!
Three Contestants Hope To Become 101 Wild West Rodeo’s 2013
There are three contestants vying for the honor of becoming the
2013 Queen of the 101 Wild West Rodeo. That announcement will be
made during the rodeo performance of Saturday night at the 101
Ranch Rodeo Arena on North Ash Street at West Prospect Avenue.
Introducing.....Evie Lillian Gates
Evie Lillian Gates is a 3rd generation cowgirl. She is the 18
year old daughter of Van and Rochelle Gates, who reside in
Vinita. Evie will be attending Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College
to receive her Associates majoring in Animal Science.
While at NEO, Evie will be part of the Intercollegiate Horse
Show Association and will ride for her college equestrian team.
Her education will be continued at Oklahoma State University to
receive her Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science
with a minor in Animal Reproduction. Upon graduation, Evie’s
future plans are to build and own a facility working in animal
reproduction, specializing in embryo transfer, and artificial
insemination in livestock.
Evie has been very involved in FFA receiving her Oklahoma FFA
State Degree, the Tulsa State Fair Ring Master Scholarship,
Oklahoma FFA 3rd place State Secretary book award, and the
Oklahoma FFA Career Passport in Animal Science Achievement. Evie
is also very involved within the livestock community such as
being a 4 year board member for the Junior American Boer Goat
Association. While on the board she was the reporter for the
JABGA. She has volunteered her time within the American Boer
Goat Association by being an intern for the ABGA National Show.
With a deep rooted interest in livestock and promoting the boer
goat industry, Evie started the Oklahoma Junior Boer Goat
Association in 2013.
While showing livestock, Evie’s passion has also been riding and
showing horses along with the sport of rodeo. She is looking
forward to promoting the PRCA rodeo and her goal is to become
Miss Rodeo Oklahoma someday.
Ashlyn Hilburn is the daughter of Alan & Beth Hilburn and big
sister to Madelyn Hilburn in Vinita. She is 16 years old and
will be a junior at Vinita High School in the fall of 2013.
She starting riding at age four and currently competes in barrel
racing, pole bending, goat typing, breakaway roping and ranch
rodeos. She is active in FFA, 4H and the Craig Co Youth Rodeo
Association and is an honor roll student at VHS.
Ashlyn has four horses that she rides almost daily but will ride
her horse “Easy” in this horsemanship competition.
Some of her previous accomplishments include the 2011 Craig Co
Youth Rodeo Association Queen, 2012 4H state qualifier-speed
events, the 2011 Central Timed Event Circuit Breakaway Champion
and the 2012 PRCA Will Rogers Memorial Rodeo Queen. Ashlyn hopes
to further her education to become a veterinarian.
Cheyenne Oakes is the daughter of Steve and Marsha Oakes, Niece
of Karol and Dan Daniel and Granddaughter of Lucy and T.A. Rhamy.
Cheyenne is a resident of Newkirk.
She is 18 years old and will be celebrating her 19th birthday in
a couple weeks.
Cheyenne graduated from Newkirk in 2012, and while in high
school she was involved in FFA and was a part of the state
runner-up Newkirk Co-Ed cheer team. She is currently studying at
Northern Oklahoma College majoring in psychology.
After graduating from NOC she plans to attend Oklahoma State
University and compete on the Equestrian Team.
Cheyenne is a former member of the American Quarter Horse
Association and the American Paint horse association. She has
competed in small rodeo events in barrels and poles and has also
competed in English and western riding competitions.
Princess Writes Farewell
Hello everyone! At the age of 13 winning this title has provided
me with a year of great personal growth. From my first event as
the 2012 Princess, to these final days of the 54th annual 101
Wild West Rodeo, this has truly been a year of many surprises,
unforgettable memories and various lessons that I did not expect
to learn as a rodeo princess.
Throughout my year as 101 Wild West Rodeo Princess, I have
signed my name more times than I probably will for the rest of
my life, ridden great horses and not so great horses, used more
than 10 bottles of hairspray and shoved countless bobby pins
into my hat to the point where I think I have permanent dents!
But I wouldn’t change any of it. I feel very blessed to
represent my hometown of Ponca City. I know I will hand over my
title to a well deserving cowgirl.
I would like to thank everyone who has helped me through my
contestant stage and throughout my reign as princess. I
appreciate your support, kind words and sponsorship.
I would especially like to thank my family; I could not have
gone through this past year without your love and support. Words
cannot express how thankful I am to everyone for helping me make
this an amazing year. I am proud to say that I represented one
of the greatest sports in the world. Each rodeo I have attended
reminded me that this sport is not just a hobby; it’s a
lifestyle. Our western way of life will continue to grow and
flourish with the amazing people who work hard to keep it alive
through the sport of professional rodeo.
Two 2013 Princess Contestants For the 101 Wild West Rodeo
Introducing.....Trinity Dawn St. Andrews
Trinity Dawn St. Andrews is the 13-year-old daughter of Brian
and Lacy St. Andrews of Ponca City, OK. Trinity will be in the
8th grade this fall at Newkirk Middle School. Her love of rodeo
stems from an early age. She has been actively competing in
barrel racing since the age of 4. Trinity also competes in
breakaway roping, poles and goat tying. She recently won High
Point in Speed events at the NW district 4-H horse show and
Reserve in barrels and all around at the OKYRA winter series.
Trinity is very involved on the local, county, district and
state level in the 4-H with her horse and judging projects. Her
future goal is to attend OSU.
Trinity would like to wish all those competing at the 101 Wild
West Rodeo Good Luck!
Introducing.....Paige Nicole Henderson
Paige Nicole Henderson is the twelve year old daughter of Spike
and Karey Henderson. Paige will be a sixth grade student at
Blackwell Middle School this year. She has two sisters Hope and
Chloe. Paige enjoys riding her horse Skip and most recently took
Skip to the Native Pride Pony Club summer camp. Paige is just
beginning to learn about the sport of Ranch Sorting and has fun
practicing with her Dad. When Paige isn’t riding Skip, she loves
cheerleading, soccer, and basketball. Paige Is also very active
in the Blackwell First Christian Church. But, most of all, Paige
loves being with friends and having fun!
|Meet The 2013 Miss
Rodeo Oklahoma Royalty
|2013 Miss Rodeo Oklahoma Reared in Purcell
From Purcell Oklahoma, Rachel Bergren reigns as the 2013 Miss
Reared on her family’s working cow-calf operation, Rachel’s
passion and love for agriculture and the western industry are
deeply rooted. A graduate from Iowa State University, Rachel
received scholarship honors from Iowa Horse Council, the
American Quarter Horse Foundation, & the Iowa Quarter Horse
Racing Association. While attending Iowa State, Rachel served as
Block and Bridle Club Horse Group President, as well as their
AQHA Show Chair and Show Manager, and Secretary for the ISU
Rodeo Club. Rachel received her Bachelor of Science in Animal
Science with focus on Livestock Nutrition.
As President of her High School National Honor Society, Student
Council Representative, 4-H’er, and FFA member, Rachel
understands the value of strong leadership and the importance in
the investing in America’s youth. Miss Rodeo Oklahoma will spend
the year traveling the state and across the country as an
ambassador of Oklahoma and the sport of professional rodeo. In
December, Rachel will be representing Oklahoma as she competes
for the title of Miss Rodeo America at the Wrangler National
Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, Nevada. The mission of the Oklahoma
Rodeo Pageants Council, Inc. is to provide opportunities for the
young women of Oklahoma to maximize their educational potential
while promoting the state of Oklahoma through the sport of
Rodeo. The Miss Rodeo Oklahoma Scholarship Pageant is sponsored
by the Oklahoma Rodeo Pageants Council, Inc. The pageant selects
Oklahoma’s representative to the Miss Rodeo America Pageant held
each year in Las Vegas as part of the Wrangler National Finals
To learn more about the pageant visit
|Cleveland Teen Reigned As 2013 Miss Rodeo Oklahoma Teen
The reigning 2013 Miss Rodeo Oklahoma Teen, Taylor Spears, was
born and raised in the heart of Oklahoma. Being raised on a farm
in Cleveland, where she resides with her parents, Terry &
Shirley Spears has taught her many valuable lessons. She is a
busy Sophomore at Cleveland High School, participating in many
FFA Activities while maintaining good grades on the Principal’s
Taylor is proud to be representing Oklahoma, the sport of rodeo
and our western lifestyle. The mission of the Oklahoma Rodeo
Pageants Council, Inc. is to provide opportunities for the young
women of Oklahoma to maximize their educational potential while
promoting the state of Oklahoma through the sport of Rodeo. The
Miss Rodeo Oklahoma Scholarship Pageant is sponsored by the
Oklahoma Rodeo Pageants Council, Inc.
To learn more about the pageant visit
Vinita Girl Reigned As 2013 Miss Rodeo Oklahoma Princess
Jori Claire Cowley is a 12 year old cowgirl who feels very
blessed and honored to hold the title of Miss Rodeo Oklahoma
Princess 2013. Jori hails from the AC Ranch and is proud to call
Vinita home. She was crowned during the 2013 Miss Rodeo Oklahoma
Pageant in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Jori won the categories of
appearance, personality, photogenic and the coveted horsemanship
award on her 15 year old gelding “Roper”. Jori is a 3rd
generation rodeo cowgirl with deep roots in the PRCA. Her late
grandpa was a Turtle, RCA and PRCA member and her Dad and Mom,
Alan and Chandy are retired PRCA contract act members and her 10
year old, brother, Autry loves to rope. Jori is an honor student
with a 4.0, she is a member of Equine Excellence 4-H Club,
volunteers with senior citizens, participates in youth rodeos
and is very active in her church youth group and loves to serve
the Lord. One day she would like to be a surgeon, and continuing
representing Oklahoma and Professional Rodeo as Miss Rodeo
Oklahoma Teen and Miss Rodeo Oklahoma and one day Miss Rodeo
Jori will travel through out the great state of Oklahoma in
2013, she looks forward to her travels and meeting rodeo fans
and feels blessed for the opportunity that God has given her as
Miss Rodeo Oklahoma Princess, 2013. The mission of the Oklahoma
Rodeo Pageants Council, Inc. is to provide opportunities for the
young women of Oklahoma to maximize their educational potential
while promoting the state of Oklahoma through the sport of
Rodeo. The Miss Rodeo Oklahoma Scholarship Pageant is sponsored
by the Oklahoma Rodeo Pageants Council, Inc. The pageant selects
Oklahoma’s representative to the Miss Rodeo America Pageant held
each year in Las Vegas as part of the Wrangler National Finals
To learn more about the pageant visit
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 is Louis “Jiggs”
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 fourteenth annual Kid’s rodeo will be held immediately
following the main parade, at the Ponca City Library area
Grand Marshal of the 101 Wild West Rodeo Parade
Louis “Jiggs” Corzine a lifelong resident of Ponca City will be
the Grand Marshal of the 101 Wild West Rodeo parade on Saturday.
Jiggs graduated from Ponca City High School in 1943 and worked
with his Father at Corzine Construction as a building contractor
until 1948 when he began working for Harville Motor Company
where he met Ann Harville and they became Husband and Wife on
January 14, 1950 and remained married until her death in 2002.
In 1952, Jiggs tried his hand with Bill Sharp as a co-owner of
Bill and Jiggs Service station described at that time by Cities
Service as the nicest of all of the company stations which was
located on the corner of South First Street and South Avenue
but, after two months Jiggs sold his half of the station to
Sharp as Jiggs Father was needing his help at the family
In 1953, Ann gave birth to their daughter Connie.
Through the years of their marriage Jiggs and Ann raised and
sold horses and Ann was an accomplished horsewoman. Jiggs and
Ann were instrumental in the forming of the 101 Ranch Memorial
Trail riders where he was President of the group for many years.
In late 1959, Allan W. Muchmore, president of the chamber of
commerce envisioned the plan of a rodeo as a part of the
Cherokee Strip Celebration and appointed Scott Hancock as
president of the Ponca City Rodeo Foundation, a subsidiary of
the Chamber of Commerce formed for the purpose of promoting and
sponsoring rodeo here in Ponca City.
The Rodeo Foundation received the support of over 40 local
businesses who are underwriting the success for $10,000 and
other residents and area ranchers have requested to be included
in the group of supporters and Jiggs was one of them.
Jiggs assisted promoting and helped in the building the rodeo
arena which was to be located just north of the Agriculture
Building on West Hartford at the present location of the Ponca
City Parks and Recreation building. The junior baseball diamond
would have to be relocated and work done on the new diamond
before it will be ready for use. The new diamond would be
located near the Tracy W. Young Army Reserve Center.
Jiggs looked forward to the hours of planning and work to assure
the success of the first world championship rodeo ever to be
held in Ponca City, the home of some of country’s most
outstanding rodeo cowboys and clowns.
The arena was completed and the rodeo was scheduled for the
nights of September 16 and 17, and the afternoon of the 18th of
1960 but, had to be held over one more performance as there was
so much interest by the citizens of
In 1961, a new rodeo site was selected — 11 1/2 acres owned by
the city just east of Darr School at the intersection of West
Prospect and the extension of North Ash and Jiggs was there
again to assist in the moving of the arena to its new location.
This site remains the location of the annual rodeo. From the
first in 1960 and for many years thereafter the Corzines
remained active with the rodeo. Ann Corzine, was a queen
hostess, and Connie Corzine, was a queen mascot for many of the
rodeos. Rodeo just seemed to be in the Corzine blood.
Louis Jiggs Corzine’s family now consists of his daughter Connie
and her spouse, three grandsons, Tyson, Tyler, and Tanner and
their spouses, and four great grand children Trenton, Teagan,
Tokota, and Talon.
Shriners To Appear in Rodeo Parade
Clowns, colorful floats and little cars will roar through town
on Saturday, Aug. 10, as part of the 101 Wild West Rodeo parade.
The theme of this year’s Shriners float is “Changing the World
through Caring for Kids.” It will be accompanied by members of
Akdar Shriners, Tulsa’s local chapter of Shriners International.
Each Shriner will be wearing a “fez,” the traditional
little red hat the fraternity has made so famous.
Akdar Shriners participate in more than 56 parades each year to
entertain the communities and promote fundraising initiatives
for Shriners Hospitals for Children. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit
organization, Shriners Hospitals
for Children relies on generosity of donors to continue carrying
out its mission.
Shriners Hospitals for Children was founded in 1922 by the
fraternity now known as Shriners International, which continues
to support these hospitals as its philanthropy. The health care
system provides pediatric specialty care regardless of the
patients; ability to pay. Shriners Hospitals for Children are
currently providing treatment to more than 1,300 children from
northern Oklahoma. Funds raised by Akdar Shriners help support
Shriners Hospitals for Children is a health care system of 22
hospitals dedicated to improving the lives of children by
providing pediatric specialty care, innovative research, and
outstanding teaching programs for medical professionals.
Children up to age 18 with orthopaedic conditions, burns, spinal
cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate are eligible for care
and receive all services in a family-centered environment,
regardless of the patients; ability to pay.
For more information about contributing to Shriners Hospitals
for Children visit www.donate2SHC.org. If you know of a child
Shriners might be able to help, ask a Shriner or call
Fan Appreciation Night Is Thursday
Thursday will also be Community Appreciation night of the 101
Wild West Rodeo.
Come out early and enjoy a free barbecue dinner with ticket
purchase from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the tent on the
east-side of the rodeo grounds.
Steer Roping Opens Tonight
By BOB PATTERSON
News City Editor
Anyone out there looking for an extra night of rodeo can get it
tonight, as there are 39 entries to the two go-round steer
roping event that will all take place at the 101 Ranch Arena on
North Ash Street at West Prospect Avenue starting
at 7 p.m.
That’s right, die-hard rodeo fans. While the three-night 101
Wild West Rodeo begins officially on Thursday, with performances
also on Friday and Saturday, all at 8 p.m., that steer roping
event is also a pay-off event that the 101 Ranch
Rodeo Foundation and Andrews Rodeo Company will provide.
And, there’s some top names in the 39 listed although two have
already received a doctor’s release. They include popular and
well-known to the area, J. Paul Williams of Burbank and Trent
Mills of Gillette, Wyo. But there are a number of others that
will be willing to try that catch in two go-rounds with payoffs
being in average also. It’s tough to do, and not many have done
it, but one quick roper could end up with quite a bundle winning
both and the average.
But let’s take a look at just who will be in the event.
From the area, and this may be stretching it a little in some
cases, the first four expected to run in the arena tonight
include Brad Mohon of Claremore, J.P. Wickett of Sallisaw, Mike
Chase of McAlester and Gannon Quimby of Mannford. But then
there’s also Tom Smith of Barnsdall, Cord Hodge of Tulsa, Kim
Ziegelgruber of Edmond, Dee Kyler Jr., of Pawhuska and Worm
Shipley of Copan. Also, Darin Suit of Ames and later in the
first go, Larry Steward of Stillwater and Brad Prather of
Skiatook. Then, according to the day sheet, Ralph Williams of
Skiatook with Brad Starks of Lenapah, Roger Branch of Perkins
and C.A. Lauer of Buffalo (told you it may be stretching the
Others from Oklahoma include Chet Herren of Pawhuska, Brodie
Poppino of Big Cabin, Justin McKee of Lenapah, Shorty Garten of
Pawhuska, Justin Bay of Woodward and Rod Hartness of Pawhuska.
Some of those names (and many others) are quite familiar to
regular rodeo fans and that’s just the Oklahoma-based cowboys.
Filling in throughout the 37 that are actually scheduled to
appear at the present time, include several from Texas. The
Texans include Jim Locke of Miami, Trey Wallace of George West,
J. Tom Fisher of Andrews and Dan Fisher of Andrews followed by
Vin Fisher Jr. of Andrews and then Jarrett Blessing of Paradise.
Other Texans include Joe Wells of Cisco, Cody Lee of Gatesville,
Bryce Davis of Ovalo and Corey Ross of Liberty Hill.
Other out-of-state resident cowboys in the steer roping
competition include Howdy McGinn of North Powder, Ore.; Travis
Mills of Gillette, Wyo.; Rocky Patterson of Pratt, Kan.; and
then two from South Dakota, Jess Tierney of Hermosa
and Coy Thompson of Whitewood.
Now, that’s just one event, which does not appear in the regular
lineup for the 101 Wild West Rodeo. And, there’s a lot of extra
events to keep fans well entertained. Also, don’t miss the
opportunity each evening to visit some of the dining trailers
and vendors that’ll have hundreds of various items for sale.
It’s fun at the rodeo, so have a great week.
101 Rodeo Opens Tonight
By BOB PATTERSON
News City Editor
While tonight is opening night for the 101 Wild West Rodeo in
its 54th annual appearance, some rodeo fans got an early view of
what to expect at the 101 Ranch Arena on North Ash Street
That was when some 36 steer ropers entered the arena for the
Steer Roping event, which is not on the three-night programs.
And they put on quite a show, despite some disappointments
called “no time” and then some ornery critters forcing extra
time in getting tied once lassoed by the ropers.
But a couple of guys named Fisher from Andrews, Texas, and a
Kansan really put on a show, and ended up with aggregate times
of 24.0 and 24.1 and 24.2. That’s tight in anybody’s race.
By the time the Fisher guys were getting ready for the second
go-round, Rocky Patterson of Pratt, Kan., had posted a 24.2 with
a first go of 12.5 and then getting a jump when the line-up is
reversed for the second go, and he had an 11.7 to
make up that 24.2.
Then, with time running out on those who were actually eligible
for the aggregate, Vin Fisher Jr. put on an 11.6 to go with his
first go 12.5 and that knocked a tenth of a second off the
leader’s time for a 24.1. However, two ropers later came J. Tom
Fisher from the chute with an earlier 11.4 and he got the job
done in 12.6 for that winning time of 24.0. That eventually got
J. Tom Fisher $1,111.50 in the aggregate and the 11.4 earned him
an additional $555.75 for third in the first go-round.
Vin Fisher Jr. collected second money of $833.62 in the
aggregate plus $138.93 in the second go-round on a fourth place
tie with Travis Mills of Gillette, Wyo. Patterson’s aggregate
earnings were $555.75.
The other two money winners in aggregate were Cody Lee of
Gatesville, Texas and Brad Prather of Skiatook, each using the
25.1 on two, for $138.93. Both Lee and Prather had 13.8 on first
go and then took second in the second go-round on an 11.3 for
the eventual tie earning $694.68 each.
Somewhat unusual but they proved it could happen. Top money in
the first go-round went to J.P. Wickett of Sallisaw on a 10.5
for $1,111.50 while the 10.6 of Ralph Williams of Skiatook got
$833.62. J. Tom Fisher was third (noted earlier) while Jarrett
Blessing of Paradise, Texas, had an 11.6 for fourth and $277.87.
However, best for entire night on one head, came in the second
go by Jim Locke of Miami, Texas, with a 9.7 and he did it with
only four ropers left in the arena to finish the night’s
activity. Locke was able to nab $1,111.50 for that first place
finish in the second go.
Noted earlier were the Lee and Prather situation tied for second
and third money, and then also noted were Mills and Vin Fisher
Jr. for the fourth money.
Remember, three regular performances with a lot of action
including Grand Entry, Queens, Specialty Act, Barrelman,
Bullfighters and oh, yes, bareback bronc riding, saddlebronc
riding, tie-down ropers, bulldoggers, team ropers, girls barrel
racing and bull riding with the opening at 8 p.m.
There’s a lot of things to do if you’re not interested in just
watching what’s going on in the arena also with crafts and
vendors throughout the 101 Ranch Rodeo grounds. Have fun!
101 Rodeo Begins Three-Night Run
By BOB PATTERSON
News City Editor
It was Family Night and TETWP (Tough Enough To Wear Pink) and
quite a success as noted from the calf scramble and fans and
contestants in various shades of pink!
And it was quite a show by the contestants, and that includes
those that stayed after the end at 10:15 p.m. or so, until about
midnight, when slack performers provided some good times in
steer wrestling, tie-down roping and girls barrel racing.
But it only could have been that successful if the 101 Ranch
Rodeo Foundation had not provided a well-groomed arena floor and
a considerable amount of arena improvements for the fans and
contestants alike in the past year for
the 54th annual 101 Wild West Rodeo.
The foundation team is headed by Larry Goodno.
But there’s got to be a proud Sammy Andrews for the efforts of
his being the Rodeo Stock Contractor — Andrew’s Rodeo Company.
Stock and crew are top-notch anywhere and the Andrews efforts
have shown that time and again.
Also Dollie Riddle, secretary/timer and Jodi Peterson, timer,
are just a couple of really good ones to keep things under
control in the Press Box.
And there’s the ever-popular Dr. Lynn Phillips at the microphone
with the usual yarns that go with keeping fans and contestants
informed about what’s going on.
While we’re at it, specialty acts including Cowboy Kenny’s Steel
Rodeo (that was something!) and the barrelman, funny Dale
“Gizmo” McCraken, bullfighters Wacey Munsell and Nathan Harp
rate right at the top for their efforts.
So now too, it’s time to remind everyone that at 10 a.m.
Saturday, the 101 Wild West Rodeo parade begins from the west
side of the BNSF Railroad tracks along Grand Avenue, and heading
east through Sixth Street, plus the Kid’s Rodeo on the lawn of
the Ponca City Public Library, right after the parade. Oh, yes!
Two more nights, including tonight (Friday) and Saturday, for
the three-night rodeo, starting with that special group of women
on horseback, the 101 Wild West Drill Team in a really new type
Also, fans get to see a lot of pretty girls including reigning
queens, teens, and princesses along with candidates for this
year’s queen and princess crowns.
And now, some scores and times that Friday and Saturday
performers will have to shoot at if they want to get into the
top listings, and that carries the weight of a paycheck, maybe!
The fans had hardly enough time to get ready for all the action
that took place Thursday, with Johnny Garside of Stringtown
showing with a 58 score on Q5 Thin Line only to be outdone by
Brian Leddy of Roll, with a 70 on TJ Night Moves in the bareback
event. But there was considerable concern when one of the ranch
bronc riding contestants took a really hard landing and was
taken by the Ponca City Fire Department EMS crew on a stretcher
board from the arena. Good luck to you fella!
In the steer wrestling, John Kloeckler of Checotah (top steer
wrestling contestants always seem to come from Checotah) had a
4.4. That stood for the rest of the event, until Trell Etbauer
of Goodwell got a 4.4 also.
Now, here’s a guy who could vie for an All-Around Title if there
was one for this rodeo. Etbauer kept showing ;up in the next two
events, and despite a no score during the saddle bronc riding on
L12 Rotten Angel (maybe that’s the reason), he did get a 14.4 on
he tie-down (calf roping) event.
Three events in a row is tough for anyone, and that’s saying
something when it comes to a steer, a wild horse and calf.
Justin Smith of Castle put a 5.9 on the board for third in the
first night of activity in steer wrestling and Arnold Laskey of
Romoland, Calif., has an 8.7.
Now with all of that said in the steer wrestling, the final
effort in the slack that was earlier mentioned, finds that Brad
Lahman of Caney did the trick in 4.2. So, those 4.4s will have
to settle at the present time for second and third money split.
But two more nights may change all of that.
There must have been something in the 70s as noted from the
scores in the following event, when four saddle bronc riders got
scores in the 70s. Tops at the present time is a 73 by Tol
Cawley of Crockett, Texas, on H19 War Hawk while there were two
72s, scored by Kobynhagen Williams of Haughton, La., and Cole
Hatfield of Guthrie, Texas, on 666 Mud Puppy and H31 Fully
Right away you knew there was quite a crowd at the arena, when
the arena floor was filled with youngsters in the calf scramble.
Then the calf (tie-down) roping event saw former world champion
Fred Whitfield, Hockley, Texas give a lesson to other
contestants with a time of 8.3. Then, in second place for the
main event fans, is Tyler Garten of Kingman, Kan., with a 9.7.
But there were a total of 14 looking for better times in slack,
and one, Caddo Lewallen of Morrison put on an 8.7 in the event
to move into the second spot.
Four pair of team ropers really made it look easy Thursday
night, all between the times of 5.4 and 6.1. It’s a quick work
for two ropers and two horses in an effort to stretch one steer
from head to heel. That’s why they call it team roping, header
and heeler. So, Colt Braden of Dewey and Nick Simmons of Colcord
can put that 5.4 on the board in the top spot presently,
followed by a 5.7 from the work of Jesse Stipes and Casey Stipes
of Salina. Then there’s a pair from Inola, including Tanner
Shoop and Roy Shoop, plus Tyler Johnson of Mound City, Kan., and
Mitch Murray of Alma, Kan., with those 6.1
First to work the clover-leaf pattern in girls barrel racing was
Kara Fox of Jay and she did it in 17.60. That set the pace for
the rest of those riding in the main performance Thursday, but
in slack, there were two others topping that. Best came in the
very first run of slack, when Tana Poppino of Big Cabin did it
in 17.50 and later, closer to 11:30 p.m., Jessi Eagleberger of
Stringtown got it done in 17.58. Others under 18 seconds in the
main event were Emily Miller of Weatherford at 17.67 and Kris
Burden of El Reno at 17.97. Then also, in slack were Gretchen
Benbenek of Aubrey, Texas in 17.68, Kay Young of Overbrook in
17.77, Tara Lee Woodall of Springer in 17.80 followed by Shelley
Ward of Bartlesville, with a 17.94.
“Well, would you like to see some bull riding?” called out Dr.
Phillips from the press box after the regular session of
barrels, which had been followed by a stunning performance from
the Cowboy Kenny’s Steel Rodeo. Fans were in complete
affirmative, and so not to disappoint, the very first out of the
chutes came Brad Harris of Winfield, Kan., on 458 Rock Star.
Harris held on and was rewarded for the effort with a score of
87. That could very well stand up in bull riding, but it didn’t
a year ago! So come on out and see the complete show.
Others were unable to stay on the bull long enough to get a
score recorded Thursday. Whether that continues will be up to
those other riders tonight and Saturday.
Better Scores Friday During Annual Rodeo
By BOB PATTERSON
News City Editor
A softer, slower arena turf at the 101 Ranch Rodeo Arena Friday
night gave way to no new leaders in timed events, but did allow
a couple of better scores in the two bronc riding events of the
54th annual 101 Wild West Rodeo.
That may all change once the clearer skies predicted for
Saturday and Saturday night allow drier conditions at the rodeo
grounds for the final night of the three nights of rodeo.
Results from Saturday night will be printed on Monday. In the
meantime, during Saturday’s activities, folks enjoyed a 101 Wild
West Rodeo parade, kid’s rodeo and other activities.
So, on Friday night, following the 7:50 p.m. Grand Entry
highlighted by the 101 Wild West Women’s Drill Team and other
introductions, bareback bronc riding opened the rodeo with a 66
by Ross Sherrod of Conroe, Texas, but that
was well under the 70 recorded on Thursday.
Then, Joel Schlegel of Burns, Colo., held on to Shady Lady for a
judge’s score of 80 and that was what will probably go down as
the winner, since there were no entries called in for that event
Steer wrestlers had a tough go but did put up some creditable
times. Whether they were good enough to get into the money by
the end of Saturday, may be determined later if the arena floor
does get worked and is better than Friday night.
Best on Friday was a 4.8 by Jeff Miller of Blue Mound, Kan., and
that was six-tenths of a second slower than the 4.2 that had
been posted in slack on Thursday night, wiping out a pair of
4.4s. Other marks worth mentioning Friday were the 5.3 by Cody
Charmasson of Bristow and 5.7 by Garet Farney of Parsons, Kan.
Saddle bronc riders were really good at hanging on Friday and
several made it through the eight-second count required. Cody
Anthony of Monahans, Texas, got a 76 on Hippy Music but Weston
Ireland of Sallisaw on Sugar Shack took the lead Friday, with a
78. The two were better than the 73 recorded on Thursday.
Calf roping saw J.C. King of Bentonville, Ark., get the job done
in 8.6 seconds. That’s three-tenths of a second slower than the
8.3 notched on Thursday.
Whether it withstands the Saturday ropers remained to be seen,
but there were some good ones expected to try to make it to the
top, one of which was Ponca City’s Jerome Schneeberger scheduled
during the contest.
Team ropers found the team of David Key, Stephenville, Texas and
heeler Jett Hillman, Purcell, get a 5.5 and that was just a
tenth of a second off the 5.4 that was in the lead following
Thursday. The team of Troy Boone, Mooreland
and Tad Sheets, Alva, posted a 6.0 worthy of mention on Friday.
Best in the girl’s barrel racing was the 18.11 on Friday by
Chelsie Clement, Glencoe and a pair of 18.22s by Ashlie Whithrow
of Henryetta and Dusti Cribbs of Wichita Falls, Texas. So far,
best in the barrels was a 17.50, and it occurred during the
Thursday night slack.
Bull riders had a tough time Thursday.
None were able to stay on for a score out of the seven attempts,
but there were five scheduled riders for Saturday in an effort
to best the only score of the rodeo to date, an 87.
Annual 101 Wild West Rodeo Concludes
By BOB PATTERSON
News City Editor
Once again, it was a really good night for rodeo, as attested by
the completely sold out notice at the gates. Rodeo officials
report that gate people had to start stamping fans to get into
the rodeo, even after paying the purchase price. That really
speaks well for the 101 Ranch Rodeo Foundation, headed by
president Larry Goodno, as fans got there and stayed for the
most part, and the thrilling Specialty Act of Cowboy Kenny’s
Steel Rodeo following Saturday’s final rodeo event, the bull
riding, which found none of the ten riders announced by popular
Dr. Lynn Phillips being able to hang on for the eight-second
count, thus leaving the grounds with a “No Score!” Would you
believe, that left the entire purse for the first rider of the
bull riding event on Thursday night, Brad Harris of Winfield,
Kan., with a total of $4,242.48 for his score of 87 on Rock Star
from the Andrews Rodeo Company, according to secretary/timer
Dollie Riddle and timer Jodi Peterson.
However, there were some exciting times for the rodeo fans, and
contestants in three of the four timed events, jumped into the
lead for the first place prize money.
The only escapee came in the calf (tie-down) roping where former
world champion Fred Whitfield of Hockley, Texas, survived his
Thursday time of 8.3 for $1,666.77.
As in rough stock riding, bareback bronc and saddle bronc riders
were unable to dislodge the leaders from Friday’s night. In the
bareback riding, Joel Schlegel of Burns, Colo., completed an 80
on Shady Lady for $1,178, and Weston Ireland of Sallisaw used
his 78 on Sugar Shack worth $1,134.37, in the saddle bronc
riding, for first place.
Following one of the best Grand Entry events of the 2013 rodeo,
led by the 101 Wild West Women’s Drill Team, and the
presentation of Armed Forces Tribute, the coronation of the 2013
Queen and Princess took place. Named as Queen was Ashlyn Hilburn,
16-year-old daughter of Alan and Beth Hilburn, who will be a
junior at Vinita. Princess for 2013 is Trinity Dawn St. Andrews,
a 13-year-old, daughter of Brian and Lacy St. Andrews of Ponca
City, who will be an eighth grader at Newkirk Middle School this
Other special awards came later in the rodeo, and included Cory
Goodno being named Committee Person of the Year, and the
Heartland Outfitters becoming Friend of the Rodeo.
Other top money in the bareback riding came from Brian Leddy,
Roll, Okla., with 70 on TJ Night Moves for $883.50 followed in
third by Ross Sherrod of Conroe, Texas, 66 on Hornet for $589
and a 58 score by Johnny Garside, Stringtown for
third on Thin Line for $294.50.
Barrelman Dale “Gizmo” McCraken continued to give his impressive
commentaries along with help from announcer Phillips.
Fans showed good appreciation of the antics that came along in
between other events throughout the three-night rodeo. In steer
wrestling on Saturday, first out for the evening came Kyle Blade
Irwin of Robertsdale, Alabama, and he did the
completed effort in 4.0 to get first place money of $1,542.80.
That knocked Brad Lahman of Caney down to the No. 2 spot, with a
4.2, and $1,276.80. Others gaining money were third and fourth
ties on 4.4 by John Kloeckler of Checotah and Trell Etbauer of
Goodwell, who each claimed $877.80; followed in fifth by Jeff
Miller of Blue Mound, Kan. with a 4.8 good for $478.80 and sixth
by Cody Charmasson of Bristow, with a 5.3, good for $266.
Then, the calf scramble. All three nights had an almost full
arena floor of scramblers, as youngsters tried hard to get
prizes. Sure, there were some disappointments, but you’d have to
know the youngsters yourself, if they didn’t get what they
wanted, and there were a lot of folks having to say something
like “well, you had fun trying didn’t you?”
Following saddle bronc riding champion Ireland in the event were
Cody Anthony, Monahans, Texas on Hippy Music, with a 76 for
$859.37. Third went to Tol Cawley of Crockett, Texas, with 73 on
War Hawk for $618.75 and then there were two at fourth and
fifth, with 72 scores, including Cole Hatfield of Guthrie,
Texas, on Fully Loaded and Kobynhagen Williams of Haughton, La.,
on Mud Puppy each getting $326.56 followed in sixth by Joseph
dean Lufkin of Sallisaw with a 71 on Stricke Force for $171.87.
Saturday night did find one calf roper get into the top money,
with Kyle Myers of Claremore completing the task in 9.3. That
earned him fourth place, for $804.65. Also following Whitfield
for second and third money respectively, were J.C. King of
Bentonville, ark., with 8.6 and $1,379.40 and Caddo Lewallen of
Morrison with 8.7 for $1,092.02. Two ropers split fifth and
sixth money, at $402.32 each, with 9.4s including Ryan Bothum of
Caddo and Jeff Miller of Blue Mound, Kan.
In the third timed event of the evening, the final team to move
into the arena did the effort in 5.3. The allowed header Adam
Rose of Willard, Mo., and heeler Billie Saebens of Nowata, to
get first place in the event by a tenth of a second, and
$1,239.75 each ahead of the previous top spot holders, Colt
Braden of Dewey and Nick Simmons of Colcord, who had that 5.4
worth $1,026, each.
Third in team roping were David Key of Stephenville, Texas, and
partner Jett Hillman, Purcell, with a 5.5 for $812.25 each while
fourth went to Jesse Stipes and Casey Stipes of Salina,
following their 5.7 for $598.50 each. Fifth went to the team
of Jake McCullough, Conway Springs, Kan., and Troy Gaston,
Hutchinson, Kan., with a 6.0 for $384.75 each.
Two teams tied for sixth and the four got $106.88 each. That
included the twosome of Tanny Shoop and Roy Shoop of Inola and
Kansans Tyler Johnson of Mound City and Mitch Murray of Alma.
In the final timed event of the rodeo, the girl’s barrel racing,
three riders bettered the 17.50 that had been posted following
slack on Thursday night.
First place went to Kristie Riley of Carney, first out on
Saturday, and she and her horse did it in 17.37 for the top
money of $1,222.93. Shortly after that, Kyra Stierwalt of Leedy
got a 17.38 and that was second for the rodeo and $1,048.23.
Sandwiched in between those two scores was a 17.49, fashioned by
Carol Chesher of Stratford, Texas, for third place money of
That 17.50 by Tana Poppino of Big Cabin during slack on Thursday
earned fourth place money of $757.05 followed in fifth by Jessi
Eagleberger of Stringtown, with 17.58, for $582.35. Sixth went
to Kara Fox of Jay with a 17.60 for $465.88 and then seventh saw
Emily Miller with a 17.67 for $349.41 and splitting eighth and
ninth money amounting to $203.82 each were Gretchen Benbenek of
Aubrey, Texas, and Alexia Mehrle of Nowata, as they put a 17.68
on the board. Also on Saturday night completing the top ten and
money winners was a 17.75 by Shelby Frasier of Dublin, Texas,
So rodeo fans certainly got their money’s worth in rodeo events
Saturday night. It was a good night, just a little breeze and
temperatures in the high 70s.
The rodeo also utilized a new ranch hand type of performance,
with some in the ranch bronc riding earlier in the evening, but
then it was a really fun-to-watch show in the wild cow milking.
And another specialty act came prior to the bull riding, which
included a number of sharpshooters on horseback, as they
attempted to shoot posted balloons in a trip around the arena
The 55th annual 101 Wild West Rodeo will be back again in Ponca
City in 2014 on June 12-14.
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