101 Wild West Rodeo





The 60th Annual 101 Wild West Rodeo

June 6 - 8, 2018

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Work Sessions

Work will continue through this year and next on improvements to the 101 Wild West Rodeo Arena. Volunteers are always welcome.





RETURNING THIS YEAR: Barrelman - Justin “Rumpshaker” Rumford & Specialty Act - Amanda J. Payne




101 Wild West Rodeo History - 1962


RODEO DATES: September 14th, 15th, & 16th

ANNOUNCER: Bill O' Conner GRAND MARSHAL: Pernell Roberts
RODEO QUEEN: Joy LeGrand SPECIALTY ACT: Ken Boen, Janette Plunkett

Permanent Seats Slated for Rodeo

A contract for erection of 8,000 permanent seats at the rodeo grounds was approved by the board of directors of the Chamber of Commerce Monday afternoon.

The "turn key" job was awarded to the Ponca Tank Co. "We feel fortunate that a local contractor was able to handle the job," Scott Hancock, president of Chamber of Commerce owned Ponca City Rodeo Foundation said.

It is expected that the project will be completed by August 1.

Plans for the extensive bleachers were drawn by an engineer and then double checked by other engineers for strength and safety prior to calling for bids.

Other organizations will be able to use the seats on a rental basis, Hancock said. It is the aim of the foundation to have them benefit the community as much as possible.

Eventually, other structures will be constructed at the rodeo grounds, according to the president. With increased facilities it will be possible to use the grounds for many other purposes.

The third annual rodeo is scheduled for September 14, 15 and 16. Stock already has been contracted and specialties are being lined up, Hancock said.

"From this point, it looks as though this year will be the most exciting and interesting rodeo yet," he declared.

Cherokee Strip Time Coming


Only 12 more weeks until rodeo time in Ponca City!

This may seem a long time to those eager to enjoy the thrilling" spectator sport. But there is still much to be done by those responsible for putting on the show.

Committees were appointed at a special meeting Tuesday evening, called by Scott Hancock, president of the Ponca City Rodeo Foundation, a corporation owned by the Chamber of Commerce.

"We are utilizing, all the knowledge gained by the men who have worked so hard on the two previous RCA rodeos here and drawing in more workers,” Hancock said. "It's going to, be bigger and better than ever."

Committee members are all members of the Rodeo Foundation, Hancock said in announcing the appointments. They are:

Business – Melvin L. Ford, chairman, Claude Braudrick, Harry Hayman and Paul Northcutt.

Services and concessions – Allan Muchmore and R. L. Brookshire.

Seating – Glenn Hickman, chairman, and AI Neville.

Advertising, programs and specialty acts – Bethel Freeman Jr., chairman, Mrs. Aleta Lutz and Elec Rains.

Queen, contest – Leon Nelson, chairman, and Mrs. Ann Corzine.

Rodeo grounds – Pat Schlesinger and Wayne Moler, co-chairmen.

101 Ranch Memorial Trailride activities – Jiggs Corzine and Al Neville, co-chairmen.

Concession Rights Go To Four Clubs

Four organizations have been granted concession stand rights for the three-day 101 Ranch RCA Rodeo here September 14, 15 and 16, Robert L. Brookshire, concessions chairman, announced today.

They are the Junior Chamber of Commerce, the American Business Club, Knights of Pythias and FFA Mothers Club.

A meeting of representatives of the four organizations will be held Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in the First National Auto-bank", Brookshire said.

At this time location of stands will be assigned. The group also will go over recommendations for policies and the requirements for concession stands.

Selection of organizations to run the stands was based upon equipment, personnel and need for financial projects.

There were many applications and each was appreciated, Brookshire said.

One of 'Bonanza' Stars Coming as Rodeo Guest

Television star Pernell Roberts will be a guest for the 101 Ranch Rodeo on September 14, 15 and 16, Bethel Freeman Jr, chairman of the specialty acts, announced Saturday.

Roberts is best known as Adam Cartwright, the eldest of the three brothers on the No.1 television show Bonanza, seen on NBC each 5unday at 8 p.m.

Plans are being finalized, and much activity is expected to begin about August 1. Scott Hancock, president of the Ponca City Rodeo Foundation said.

Ticket sales are expected to open the first week in August. New bleachers to accommodate 8,000 spectators will be in place at the rodeo grounds and work will begin shortly afterwards on box seats to accommodate several hundred more.

"Two successful rodeos have taught us many things," Hancock said. Everything that provides thrills, excitement and entertainment will be on hand this September.

"In addition, there will be a larger purse, which will attract more top cowboys. The specialty events are some of the most spectacular n the business today.

"To top it all off, Pernell Roberts will be here to greet fans personally."


“September Show Revives Tradition of Miller Brothers”
August 19, 1962


Rodeo is indigenous to Kay County.

A forerunner occurred in the fall of 1882 north of here in Cowley County, when people of Winfield held the first agricultural fair. They wanted entertainment which would attract crowds.

At that time, Col. George W. Miller, founder of the famous 101 Ranch, had a home in Winfield. Here his family lived and he was close to his expanding cattle empire across the border on the rolling prairies to the south.

Colonel Miller had just finished a cattle drive up the Chisholm Trail and still had some cowboys with him. They staged an exhibition of riding and roping which was enthusiastically received.

Not until 22 years later was the first roundup held on the 101 Ranch. It was in preparation for the big Wild West show promised for the 1905 national editorial Association convention to be held in Guthrie.

This marked the beginning of modern rodeo with its displays of western skill and daring. It has spread too many parts of America and is now professional sport.


The Miller brothers – Joe, George and Zack – always frowned upon the use of the word “rodeo.” To them “round-up” was the best descriptive term for these Wild West sports.


The big roundup for the National Editorial Association was given on June 11, 1905. Thirty regular and special trains, many “double headers” and all loaded even to the roofs of the cars, brought the visitors to the ranch.

The procession for the grand entry, nearly a mile in length, came into the huge pasture fenced off for the occasion, escorted by the Miller brothers.

Behind the cavalry band was the famous old Indian chief, Geronimo, hero of a hundred battles with the whites. A government prisoner, he was brought up under heavy guard from Ft. Sill for the occasion.


There were many bands, a long procession of cowboys and Indians, all in their full regalia.

In the events were bronco busting, roping contests and performances by Miss Lucile Mulhall and her trained horse. Miss Mulhall had the reputation of being the best and most daring horsewoman in the world.

On Sept. 16, 1906, one of the largest Wild West shows in the history of the Southwest was held on the 101 Ranch to celebrate the 13th anniversary of the opening of the Cherokee Strip.


Oldtimers came by the hundreds for the reunion which the show offered. Two thousand people are reported to have taken part in the program including 500 cowboys and 1,000 Indians.


This is the beginning of the tradition which the RCA rodeo in Ponca City, now officially the 101 Ranch Rodeo, has been given the right to carry on.


From 1904, the Miller brothers, sons of the ranch founder, continued the annual roundup, always in September and for three days. A rodeo arena was constructed. The grandstand had a capacity of 10,000, then the largest in Oklahoma.

The best known cowboys of the country were employed on the ranch at some time, many of them going on the fame in the moving picture and rodeo worlds.

For this reason, the Millers felt that the 101 Ranch was the logical place for holding world championships. Beginning with the 1924 roundup, the annual winners in the riding and roping contests were presented silver medals in recognition of their championships.

Permission to designate the present three-day rodeo as the 101 Ranch Rodeo was granted the Ponca City Rodeo foundation by Zack Miller Jr. and Mrs. James Gibbs, Valley Mills, Tex., grandchildren of the ranch founder, Col. George W. Miller.

Rodeo has returned home. It will always be in September, commemorating he opening for the Cherokee Strip. Chartered by the Rodeo cowboys Association, it is a World championship Rodeo.

Many of the colorful and imaginative events of the early roundups on the 101 Ranch will be revived and tradition which has long been dormant will be carried on throughout the years to come.


Once shuttled from spot to spot, then left standing alone and neglected, the little old ticket office of the 101 Ranch Wild West shows has found a new home.

It is at the rodeo grounds east of the Darr School undergoing extensive renovation. When the 101 Ranch Rodeo opens here September 14, so will the 11 ticket windows of the old office.

Even though all tickets are sold prior to the opening of the rodeo, the office will be used, at least for information, Melvin L. Ford, ticket sales chairman, said today.

It is known that the office dates back to 1924, but whether it was in use before that time is not known. The first roundups held by the Miller brothers were south of the Salt Fork River and west of the highway.


In 1924 the arena was moved north of the river and east of the highway and the ticket office was either “taken along” or newly built at that time. The grand stand would accommodate 10,000 persons.

Many persons can remember the long, long lines at each of the windows as thousands came to see the world famous roundups, the forerunner of professional rodeo.

It was not the easiest task to move the little building. But members of the Rodeo Foundation much preferred the “original” to a “copy.”

Jack Davenport, as a contribution to the rodeo, moved the office to its present site. It had been moved before, Davenport said, basing his statement on “evidence we movers know.”

On both the interior and exterior are marks, showing that the office has stood more than once in the flooding water of the Salt Fork. Silt covered the floor.

When work on it is completed the little old office once again will be a sturdy building, ready for many more years of service.

DEMAND FOR RODEO SEATS has been steady ever since the opening of the advance sale ticket office in the lobby of the Jens-Marie Hotel Thursday morning. Sales the first two days were more than double the opening day of last year, Melvin L. Ford, ticket sales chairman, said Saturday morning. Exchange of tickets purchased from grocery stores has been excellent, also. All seats are reserved this year and the earlier the exchange the better the choice, Ford said. Queen candidates will begin selling tickets Monday morning. Shown here taking care of a few of the customers are Mrs. Joe Onstot, who is in charge of the ticket office, and Ford.


SOUVENIR PROGRAMS FOR ’62 RODEO CONTAIN 32 PAGES; NOW ON SALE - Souvenir programs for the 101 Ranch Rodeo of 1962 are now on the newsstands. It is the largest, most informative program yet published for an RCA rodeo in Ponca City.

It will become, in all probability, a collector’s item, for not only does it tell of the events of the modern professional sport of rodeo, but it has stories and pictures of the beginning of rodeo on the world-famous Ranch in 1905.

The colorful grandeur of those early days is reflected in the picture of the stately White House of the ranch, torn down many years ago. Today, even the site is hard to find for it is buried in a tangle of weeds, vines and high grass.

A collector’s item today is “Magazine and Daily Review” of the 101 Ranch Real Wild West, which sold for the price of 10 cents. The 38-page booklet gives an account of each of the three Miller brothers who owned the fabulous 101 Ranch.

The “magazine” tells how the ranch found a home in the Ponca country. It describes the life and work of the cowboys and the cowgirls, picturing them in the dress of more than half a century ago.

The advertisements, rather than being of local business concerns, are for such items as 2 in 1 Shoe Polishes; Yucatan gum; Conn musical instruments; Firestone tires and rims; Fatima, the Turkish blend cigarette, and “Juniata” shoes for horses.

Fifty-three merchants and business firms purchased advertising in the 1962 souvenir program. This made it possible to publish a 32-page book which gives interesting facts regarding rodeo personalities and the specialty acts to be seen here September 14, 15, and 16. The programs sell for 50 cents each.


For spectators unfamiliar with signals of the judges, these are pictured and explained.

The thrill of barrel racing, life of the 101 Ranch Memorial Trail Riders while they are on the trail and the daring and skill of cowboy contestants are all to be found in the pictures in the new program.


To make it more interesting for those watching the events there are pictures and information about the five main events --- calf roping, saddle bronc riding, bareback bronc riding, steer wrestling and Brahma bull riding.


The first page inside the front cover has a large picture of Pernell Roberts, Adam Cartwright of the top-rated television show ‘Bonanza,” who will be a guest at all three performances of the rodeo.


Roberts, an expert horseman will ride in the spectacular parade being planned for Saturday, second day of rodeo.


“Musical Group’s Director Recalls Event at Ranch”

“Well do I remember that big affair, for it so happens that I was the organizer and director of the band under the great generalship of Corb Sarchet, who was then secretary of the Chamber of Commerce.”

Wallace H. Hannah of San Marcos, Calif., was writing about the 1920 roundup staged by the Miller brothers as a benefit for the Chamber of Commerce band.

In providing a band for Ponca City and making possible the open air concerts that are being held weekly, several thousand dollars had been spent by the chamber. The Millers wanted to reimburse this fund through the roundup, as the preferred to call rodeo.

The estimate of moving picture men and others, experts in estimating the size of big crowds, was that more than 11,000 people attended the roundup.

‘There was more than $2,500,000 worth of automobiles in the Buffalo Park, where the roping arena was built,” Ellsworth Collings wrote in his book “101 Ranch.”

Collings continued: “The roundup had been widely advertised and people came from many cities. The ticket sellers reported persons from Chicago, Kansas City, St. Joseph, New Orleans, Shreveport, La, Fort Smith, Dallas, Denver, Wichita Falls, Santa Fe, Omaha and other points.

“Cars were on the grounds from as far west as Anthony, Kan., Enid and Hennessey; north to Wichita; east of Bartlesville and south to Oklahoma City, Stillwater and Guthrie. Cars began arriving at 8 o’clock in the morning.

“The Millers were assisted by many notables including Col. Zack Mulhall of former show fame; C.K. Williams, the moving picture producer; Henry Grammar, J.H. Cornett, the Shultz brothers and various others whose names were always read in connection with successful roundups.”

Wallace Hannah came to Ponca City in 1919, after the war. He was accompanied by his wartime buddy, the late Bill Hahn, a newspaperman who went to work at once for The Ponca City News.

Hannah contacted Sarchet and L.K. Meek, president of the chamber. These influential Ponca City boosters set the wheels in motion for the organization of the Chamber of Commerce Band.

To secure members, Hannah ran an advertisement in “Billboard,” the well known professional magazine, for musicians to come to Ponca City. E.W. Marland, through his secretary Frank Lucas, proposed to give any musician coming here a job in his refinery, which was new at that time. To get the job, the musician had to be accepted in the band, Hannah recalls.

As a result of this one ad, there were literally dozens of applicants. Many of them located permanently in Ponca City and became band members.

“Using these people as a nucleus, we gathered in all the local musicians available at the time and almost from the beginning it turned out to be a fine sounding band,” Hannah wrote.

“The band became popular, playing weekly park concerts in summer and indoor concerts in winter. They made many trips around the state and, of course, played for the 101 Ranch Rodeos.”

Hannah is now retired after some 30 years in the public school music field. When he left Ponca City he played the French horn professionally in the Chicago area and then taught in the Chicago schools prior to going to the West coast in 1930.

The annual spring music concert presented last April by the music department of the Manteca, Calif. Union High School was dedicated to Hannah. The dedication read:

“It is with great pride that I dedicate this program in honor of our guest conductor, Wally Hannah. His life-long contribution to his students and school bands will carry on for many years to come. His leadership and guidance of the great band movement of the Northwest will never be forgotten. His mastery of the baton, his willingness to always help and his sheer humbleness are proof of the great educator that he is. I say thanks to a great guy.”



Trumpet fanfares and stirring music typical of rodeos and the circus will be heard at the 101 Ranch RCA Rodeo here September 14,15, and 16. Providing the music will be a band composed of top senior high musicians under the direction of A. H. (Pete) Long.


This will not be a new experience for Long as he directed his first rodeo band in the summer of 1934. This was for the Cheyenne World’s Championship.

Long and Bethel Freeman Jr. have visited rodeos at Tulsa, Wichita, Springdale, Ark., Wichita and other places to hear the latest in back ground music.


There hasn’t been much change through the years, Long has discovered. “We play every one of these,” he said when shown a list of selections played by Prof. D. La Blanca’s band when it toured with the 101 Ranch Real Wild West Show in the early 1920’s.


“Well, not quite all,” he amended as he continued looking at the titles of the 40 numbers in an old souvenir program. “We don’t play ‘Three Twins,’” Music considered typical and especially suited to a Wild West rodeo or roundup show, whatever it may be called, surprises many people.


Music considered typical and especially suited to a Wild West rodeo or roundup show, whatever it may be called, surprises many people.


Included in the “programme” of La Blanca’s’ band are such well-known selections as “Traviata” by Verdi; “Faust,” Gounod; “Lucia di Lammermoor,” G. Donisetti; “Tannhauser,” Wagner; “The Glow Worm,” Paul Lincke; “Cavalleria Rusticana,” Mascagni; “Blue Danube,” Strauss; “ The Fortune Tell” by victor Herbert and many others as well known and classical.

Marches used for the circus grand entry will be woven into a medley for the grand entry of the 101 Ranch Rodeo Fanfares will precede introduction of rodeo personalities.

Most of the music will be “on and off,” Long said. The riding events will be staged to a background of fast gallops. In the roping, riding and bulldogging events, the band will begin the gallop at the release of the chute door. The music will end with the completion signal or the disqualification for the contestant. The successful cowboy will be accorded a fanfare.

Descriptive songs, waltzes and a rhythmic score will provide a musical setting for the show, Long said.

A special bandstand is being constructed at the southwest corner of the arena. The band will be a colorful group, wearing large hats, silk vests, blue jeans and boots. They will be strictly western in dress when playing for the rodeo.

Competition is keen among the band students, Long said. They all want to make the rodeo hand. Final selection will be made from among Gretchen Luther, Anna Marie Hatlelid, Harold Christensen, Phillip Howe, Sandria Jones, Tom Williams, Jerri Lynn Brown, Sue Ann Wallace, pat Conley, Karen Broomfield. And Bennie Brown, Vici Walker, Doug Martin, Allen Summerfield, Laurie Hayen, Kent Washburn, Betty Brown, Jim Ledbetter, Ronnie Nuckols, David Bales, Larry Long, Don Howe, jerry Walker, Hollis Allen, Craig Smith, Paul Powell, Bruce Young, Jim Garrison, Bill Young, Gage Hartman, Delbert Hatten, Albert Clark and Robert Davis.



A professional hand has guided the planning and developing of the three-day 101 Ranch Rodeo to open here Friday, September 14. It is that of Bill O’Conner, Coffeyville, who has been in professional rodeo for 22 years.

In the minds of many local persons, RCA Rodeo and Bill O’Conner are synonymous, as he has announced the two previous rodeos held here.

His dad rodeoed before him and Bill started when he was just a kid. He was a steer wrestler, and it was just by accident that he got into the announcing end of the sport.

When the announcer did not show up at Pryor, O’Connor stepped it, announcing the performance as well as being a contestant. That was 18 years ago. He continued this double role for about five years, taking his steer after the show was over.


“When I hit the ground and splattered instead of bouncing, I decided it was time to quit,” O’Connor said. From that time he has devoted his energies to announcing.

For the past 15 years the popular announcer has averaged more than 30 rodeos a season. In 1950, O’Connor and a partner, Lou Hoover, entered the stock producer field of rodeo, After Hoover’s death, O’Conner has been working as advisor in the production of rodeos and announcing.

The most important part of a successful rodeo is the months ahead of its opening, O’Connor said. “When the first horse starts out of the chute, the work must be all done. It is too late then to pick up loose ends.”

Being both announcer and producer is a good combination for a fast-moving rodeo performance. The announcer has the advantage of being able to see all of the chutes. The arena director, the man down in the chutes, looks to the director for cues.

Rodeo definitely is established in Ponca City, O’Conner said. It is fast taking a tip place in the major league, which is where the “hometown” of rodeo should be.

The producer-announcer has been working with the Ponca City Rodeo Foundation since last December. He will arrive Tuesday, and, except for the three days he will announce the Topeka rodeo, will remain here until after the third performance is completed and all purse money distributed.

He will not leave then, O’Conner said. There is the rehash in preparation for making the 1963 RCA rodeo on that will top all others, even 1962.


All box seats for the Friday and Saturday evening performances of the 101 Ranch Rodeo are sold out, Melvin L. Ford, ticket sale chairman, announced today. There are still some boxes available for Sunday afternoon’s show.

The new, permanent grandstand is completed, and numbers have been stenciled on each of the 8,000 seats. Local businessmen worked until 11:45 Wednesday night to get everything in readiness for the three-day rodeo opening here next Friday.

All seats will be reserved, Ford said. When a performance is sold out there will not be any “standing room” tickets available.

Ford urges all persons purchasing advance sale tickets from the queen contestants or grocery stores to exchange them immediately for reserved seats. The ticket office is located in the lobby of the Jens-Marie Hotel.

Beginning Monday, the ticket office will be open until 8 p.m. each day until Friday, when it will be closed at 3 p.m. After that time tickets may be purchased at the rodeo grounds.

JUST TO LOOK at Ken Boen and his “new gray mare” is enough for a good laugh. He is scheduled to provide many a chuckle with hiss acts at the 101 Ranch Rodeo Friday and Saturday nights and Sunday afternoon. Ken, 30 years old and weighing 220 without an extra ounce of fat, has a sure sense of comedy. He also is a top-notch bullfighter clown and steer wrestler. How high can he jump? It all depends on how close the bull is, Ken say. In Baton Rouge he grabbed an iron railing atop a cement wall nearly 14 feet above the ground. Headed toward the wall, with the bull only a breath behind, he scrambled up the wall like a soldier running an obstacle course. The next day he found it impossible to get anywhere near the top. The stimulus of a bull snuffing his hip pocket was missing.


Shoulders To Ride Here


Champion will be pitted against champion in the rodeo arena Friday night. Another first for Ponca City!


Jim Shoulders, rodeo’s top money winner of all times, will put all his skill to the test when he mounts Spec, the No. 1 Brahma bull of the National Rodeo Finals.

This is the first time in the history of professional rodeo that a world championship bull rider has tried to ride the top bull as a specialty event. It will be rodeo at its thrilling best.

This unusual feature will be seen on the opening night only.

Afterwards Shoulders will autograph programs for cowboys and cowgirls, young and old.

The All Round world champion cowboy is bringing his favorite horse to Ponca City. Saturday at 10 a.m. and will be seen the thousands expected to line Grand Avenue for the big rodeo parade.

At noon he will have luncheon with the four lovely queen contestants – Tobie Stewart, Sandy Scott, Joy LeGrand and Dianne Dubberstein.

Excitement has soared since Shoulders accepted the invitation of the Rodeo Foundation to appear here in a specialty act Friday evening.


Due to conflicting schedule, Pernell Roberts, the Adam Cartwright of Bonanza, will not be able to appear Friday evening. He will be the top personality attraction for the Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon performances.

WAY BACK WHEN Ponca City was young, the 101 Ranch Round-up grounds to the southwest were a magnetic attraction. Way back, when these cars were the latest, rodeo drew huge crowds to the famous Miller Brothers 101 Ranch just as the revived 101 Ranch rodeo is drawing crowds to Ponca City for the show September 14, 15, and 16. Note in the background the home of the Millers; the White House, now gone from the Cherokee Strip although rodeo has come back. Turn this page back: at top, is a 1922 picture of the huge crowd that gathered for the big show. At the bottom of the page a modern Ponca City rodeo crowd watches bulldogging, which was born on the 101. Smaller pictures show additional attractions: Bucking bulls, Buck LeGrand and bucking horses. Buck, seriously injured in Missouri but now recovering, is proving you can’t keep a good man down.



“Five foot two, eyes of blue…..”

The lyrics of this familiar old song accurately describe Janette Plunkett of Abbott, Tex., sensational young trick and fancy rider who will perform at the 101 Ranch Rodeo Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Though she has yet to reach her 22nd birthday, the petite blonde Texan already is an international star. She has been riding professionally only five years.

Janette made her professional debut at the International Fair in the Dominican Republic in 1957. Subsequently she has appeared in Havana, Cuba and Ottawa, Canada, as well as numerous cowboy classics throughout the United States.

The young rider includes in her act such tricks as a saddle layback, Cossack drag, one-foot stand, shoulders stand and the Stroud layout. Her favorite is the beautiful Hippodrome stand.

Like most trick riders, Janette designs all her own costumes, but leaves most of the actual sewing to her mother. She carries with her 20 riding outfits, made mostly of sequins, metallic Latex, bright colored wools, silks and satins trimmed with rhinestones and embroidery. She also has hats and boots to match each costume.

In her off months, usually December and January, Janette keeps busy doing advertising and modeling. She also works as a buyer for western wear store and, at times, as a secretary.

First Performance at 8 Tonight


All-around world champion cowboys and top money winners in such famous rodeos as the Cheyenne Frontier Days are among the 151 cowboys and cowgirls entered in the six events of the 101 Ranch Rodeo this weekend. Events are saddle bronc and bareback bronc riding, calf roping, steer wrestling, bull riding and barrel racing.

Grand entry Friday and Saturday will be at 8 p.m. and on Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

Two champion cowboy contestants are Jim Shoulders and Buck Rutherford. This is a return engagement for Rutherford, who was an entrant in the first RCA rodeo held here tow years ago.

Cowboys will be contesting for a purse of $6,365, Bill O’Conner, producer-announcer, said this morning. Calf roping, one of the most popular rodeo events, has a purse of $1,775.

Shoulders to Ride - Shoulders, top money dinner in rodeo of all times, are due to pit his skill as a bull rider against Spec, the No. 1 Brahma bull of the nation. He also has entered as a contestant in bareback bronc riding.

With Shoulders is his younger brother Bob, who is fast making a top reputation for himself in bull and bareback bronc riding.

Joe Frost, Vernal, Utah, one of the top 15 in saddle bronc riding, and Melvin Fields, Coffeyville, Kan., in the top 15 in bull riding, will be seen in the arena at each of the three performances.

Sonny Worrell, Fredonia, Kan., will be here for the 101 Ranch Rodeo. Worrell was one of the top winners at Cheyenne this year.

Gaining Reputation - “We have enough outstanding cowboys for a show twice this size,” O’Conner said. “Ponca City’s development into one of the best rodeos in this section of the country is astonishing. Most rodeos take many years to gain the reputation Ponca City has won in just two years.”

Barrel racing is going to be a fast contest this year. Two entries, Sue Roberts of Coffeyville and Jo Ann Crosby of Wright City, are among the top 10 in this sport.

Jimmie Gibbs, 10-year-old winner from Valley Mills, Tex., is another entrant. From Wichita comes Dianne Dubberstein, who has won more than $250 this year in barrel racing. She also is a contestant for the 1962 rodeo queen title.

From Ten States - The 151 cowboys have come from South Dakota, Nebraska, Colorado, Kansas, Minnesota, Texas, Utah, Florida and Arizona, in addition to Oklahoma. More than 50 towns are represented.

Ponca City’s own cowboy greats are entered in one or more of the events. Among them are Bobby Williams, Tom LeGrand, younger brother of Buck, and the Wegner brothers.

Every evening will be a completely different show, O’Conner said. Not even the specialty acts will be the same, as the performers will not repeat a feature.


Entries for the 101 Ranch Rodeo parade will assemble and begin forming at 9:15 a.m. Saturday, Taylor Lain, parade marshal, said today. The parade will move down Grand Avenue promptly at 10 o’clock, beginning at Seventh and disbanding at Oak.

The color guard will be furnished by the American legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Jimmie Gibbs of Valley Mills, Tex., granddaughter of Mrs. Marguerite Miller and the late Zack t. Miller, will be the honorary parade marshal. Assistant marshal will be J. Frank Ramsey.

In the parade will be the drum and bugle corps of Ponca Military Academy, the two junior high school bands and the Big Blue band of the senior high school.

Rodeo contestants and those giving the specialty acts will be seen on their horses. The Antique Auto Club will form on section and political candidates will be riding in the most modern of cars.

Jim Shoulders, world champion cowboy and biggest rodeo money winner of all time, will join in the parade. Shoulders will be seen in action each night at the rodeo.

Last section will be that of the 101 Ranch Memorial Trail Riders who have been on a trek from the Kansas-Oklahoma border to the Pageant Area at Lake Ponca Park.

Lain requests that all riders ride two abreast and as near the curb as possible.



For the second consecutive year Duane Hennigh, Laverne, was all-around cowboy of the 101 Ranch Rodeo. The top money winner took home $1,074.53 of the $6,365 purse.

Runner-up was Jim Shoulders, Henryetta, who contested in bareback and bull riding events Friday nigh. He won $599.46.

Sunday afternoon Terry Forcum rode Spec, the No. 1 rodeo bull on which Shoulders made a feature ride Friday evening. While the Ponca City cowboy was not able to stay on the “hurricane deck” for the eight seconds required to place in the money, he managed to hold on for one of two seconds longer than Shoulders.

The courage and skill of Buck LeGrand, No. 1 bullfighter of the rodeo world, was witnessed by the some 4,000 persons attending the final show Sunday afternoon.

The hand of Bob Williams, Ponca City, became entangled in his bull rope as he was thrown form a Brahma. LeGrand, always close to the scene of action, ready for any emergency, immediately stepped in. After several tries, he was able to release Williams’ hand from the rope around the still furiously bucking bull.

In distracting the attention of the bull to give Williams an opportunity to move to safety, LeGand was knocked down and under the hard-pounding hoofs of the bull. Though kicked in the side, LeGrand finished the show as though nothing had happened.

Following are results of the six events of the 1962 rodeo:

Bareback Bronc Riding
Bucky Baker, 179 points, $399.60; Jim Shoulders, 176 points, $299.70; Buck Rutherford, 175 points, $199.80; Gene Herren, 173 points, $99.90.

Calf Roping
1st go round – Duane Hennigh, 11.9 seconds, $244.53; Junior Garrison, 13.4 seconds; $183.40; Merle Davis, 13.9 seconds, $122.27; Don Fedderson and Kenny Call, 14.1 seconds, $30.56

2nd go round – Ike Anderson, 12 seconds, $244.53; Leonard Hampton, 12.3 seconds, $183.40; Billy Jo McCord, 12.4 seconds, $122.27; Junior Garrison, 12.5 seconds, $61.13.

Averages – Junior Garrison, 25.9 seconds, $244.53; Don Fedderson, 28 seconds, $183.40; Johnny Yearout, 28.8 seconds, $122.27; Merle Davis, 29 seconds, $61.13.

Saddle Bronc Riding
1st go round – Brandon McReynolds, 171 points, $109.20; Sonny Roberts, 170 points, $81.90; Joe Frost, 169 points, $54.60; Pat Burk, 168 points, $27.30.

2nd go round – Wayne Storm, 176 points, $109.20; Jim Lancaster, 169 points, $81.90; Brandon McReynolds, 168 points, $54.60;Gene Maynard, 167 points, $27.30.

Average – Wayne Storm, 342 points, $109.20; Brandon McReynolds, 339 points, $81.90; Pat Burk, 331 points, $54.60; Jim Lancaster, 328 points, $27.30.

Steer Wrestling
1st go round – Duane Hennigh, 7 seconds, $175.20;John Chaney, 7.4 seconds, $131.40; Jack Wasson, 8.1 seconds, $87.60; Dale Beckham, 9 seconds, $43.80.

2nd go round – Jack Barger 6.2 seconds, $175.20; Don Fedderson, 6.9 seconds, $131.40; C.P. Watson, 7.1 seconds, $87.60; Frank Freas, 7.5 seconds, $43.80.

Averages – Duane Hennigh, 15.1 seconds, $175.20; John Chaney, 16.7 seconds, $131.40; Don Fedderson, 17.4 seconds, $87.60; John Barger, 19.3 seconds $43.80.

Bull Riding
Duane Hennigh, 174 points, $479.60; Jim Shoulders, 172 points, $299.75; Bob Guinn, 172 points, $299.75;Morris Dykeman, 171 points, $119.90.

Barrel Racing
1st go round – Sharon Arvidson, 17 seconds, $43.33; Rose Thedford, 17.3 seconds, $32.50; Sandy Clawson, 17.7 seconds, $21.67; Polly Regan, 18.4 seconds, $5.42; Nola Freeman, 18.4 seconds, $5.42.

2nd go round -- Sharon Arvidson, 19.2 seconds, $43.33; Marge Taylor, 19.3 seconds, $32.50; Rose Thedford, 19.4 seconds, $21.67; Sue Roberts, 19.5 seconds, $10.83.

Average – Sharon Arvidson, 36.2 seconds, $43.33; Rose Thedford, 36.7 seconds, $32.50; Sandy Clawson, 37.6 seconds, $21.67; Sue Roberts, 38.3 seconds, $10.83.

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