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The 58th Annual 101 Wild West Rodeo

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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. nightly.

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 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 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 treasurer.

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 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.

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 cowboy.

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 performance.

Reigning princess, Ally Jennings of Ponca City, 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.

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 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.

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 Phillips

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 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 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 horse.

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 http://www.lynnphillipsranch.com.

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 POKES!

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 was invited 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 Gress.

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 company.

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 Learn More
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 night's performance.

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 merchants.

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 website.

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.

Larry Goodno

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

Farewell Address
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!

Madison Hughes

Three Contestants Hope To Become 101 Wild West Rodeo’s 2013 Queen
 
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.
 
Introducing.....Ashlyn Hilburn

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.
 
Introducing.....Cheyenne Oakes

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.

Ally Jennings

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 Rodeo Oklahoma!

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 Rodeo.

To learn more about the pageant visit www.missrodeooklahoma.com.
 
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 Honor Roll.

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 www.missrodeooklahoma.com.
 
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 America.

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 Rodeo.

To learn more about the pageant visit www.missrodeooklahoma.com.

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” Corzine.

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 construction business.

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
Ponca City.

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 this effort.

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 918-836-2528.

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 area)!

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 Wednesday night.

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 of performance.

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 Loaded respectively.

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
times.

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 on Saturday.

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 fall.

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 $873.52.

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, worth $116.47.

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 one time.

The 55th annual 101 Wild West Rodeo will be back again in Ponca City in 2014 on June 12-14.
 

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