101 Ranch Rodeo Opens August 26
The 101 Ranch Rodeo for 1965 will be on Thursday, Fri-day and
Saturday nights, August 26, 27 and 28, it was announced Monday.
Lex Conley, announcer for the National Finals Rodeo and for the
television shows of the Wide World of Sports, will be announcer for
the rodeo this year.
As in the past two years, Jim
Shoulders will be the stock producer.
For the first
time since establishment of professional RCA rodeo in Ponca City,
Buck Le Grand will not be able to clown any of the performances be
cause of prior engagements.
GOLF DOESN'T TAKE CARE of the muscles required in the applying of
wood preservative to the grandstands at the 101 Ranch Rodeo arena,
according to those who worked last Sunday. An entirely different set
is required. The wood was treated when the bleachers were erected
several years ago. Now they need a "booster." Shown here are left,
Dr. W. F. Alexander-Bill to those who know him-and Melvin L.
Ford, best known as Bud or Mel, hard at work. Alexander is chairman
of the maintenance crew which includes anyone willing to lend a
hand. Ford is president of the board of trustees of the Ponca City
Rodeo Foundation. Their wives worked as hard as they did Sunday,
although they refused to be photographed-knowingly or unknowingly.
IT'S RODEO TIME - almost! The dates are set.
They're earlier this year Thursday, Friday and Saturday, August 26, 27 and 28. Jim
Shoulders is again under contract to furnish his unpredictable
stock. Special acts, clowns and an announcer of the National Finals
Rodeo are all contracted to appear in the arena at the 101 Ranch
Rodeo. But there is much work that must be done before the first
grand entry. It is work that does not show. It is work that would
cost more than the Rodeo Foundation could pay. So persons interested
in the development of this attraction to Ponca City are going out
and doing it. Here is shown a portion of the "crew" which last
Sunday spread on the bleachers 55 gallons of wood preservative.
"Small fry" are having fun just a lookin'. And they had only paint
brushes with which to work! Before the job is completed another 110
gallons must be applied. Any volunteers willing to WORK will be most
welcome. Call Bud Ford at the First National Bank or Bill Alexander
at his office on Ranch Drive.
RODEOING VETERAN TAKING OVER AT MIKE FOR EVENT NEXT WEEK
A voice familiar to rodeo fans over the nation will make spectators
at the 101 Ranch Rodeo feel they are standing "back of the chutes."
The voice will be that of Lex Connelly, who will be the announcer
for the 101 Ranch Rodeo here Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening
of next week. Each performance will be 8 p.m.
Connelly, national television voice of professional rodeo for the
past five years; hails from Chatsworth, Calif. He hag handled the
color commentary for 23 sports presentations of rodeo on both CBS
and ABC. For ABC he often worked with Clem McSpadden, well known in
rodeo circles and in the Oklahoma legislature, who was announcer
here last year.
Also, Connelly has dubbed in the rodeo announcer's voice for arena
sequences of the "Stoney Burke" television series.
This will be Lex's first announcing appearance in an Oklahoma arena.
He was signed last January by Bethel Freeman, vice president of the
Spectators will hear a brand new approach to rodeo announcing drawn
from the Californian’s 18 years in rodeo.
Connelly has a unique background embracing experience in every phase
of rodeo-contesting, public relations, administration and
production, in addition to announcing.
For 11 full seasons Connelly made his living as a steer wrestler and
roper. He won such major contests as New York's Madison Square
Garden, the Cheyenne Frontier Days and the Cow Palace at San
Seven years he ranked as one of the top 10 money winners in steer
In 1957, Connelly was appointed managing director - of the Rodeo
Cowboys Association, the highest executive position in rodeo. During
the five years Lex held the association reins pro rodeo made many
Connelly negotiated the first network television contracts,
established a successful public relations campaign with national
news media and mapped out the National Finals Rodeo as a climactic
close for the rodeo year.
In 1962, the National Finals Rodeo moved from Dallas to Los Angeles.
In this year Lex Connelly returned to his home state as producer and
general manager of rodeo’s World Series.
The 101 Ranch Rodeo is one of the few rodeos in which Lex will
appear this year.
CIVIC CLUBS WILL VIE IN WILD COW MILKING CONTEST AT RODEO
Boasters have been unusually numerous and loud among Ponca City
businessmen of late. Each seems to feel that he – or at least some
member of his particular civic club – has more of the real wild west
in his makeup than anyone else.
The boasting has started to take on serious proportions so ….. The
Rodeo Foundation decided to give boastful men who feel the lure of
rodeo an opportunity to prove themselves – or their fellow civic
A wild cow-milking contest will be held each of the three nights of
the 101 Ranch Rodeo. This will test the stamina and ability of the
greatest of the braggarts.
For the spectators – what hilarious fun!
This contest was one of the most popular events at the 101 Wild West
Shows. From there it spread and for many years was a commonly
scheduled event at rodeos throughout the west.
Wild cow is strictly a timed event. The specific rules to be
observed next Thursday, Friday and Saturday have not been announced
by the Rodeo Foundation.
As original and performed in rodeos, wild cow milking calls for a
team of three men. Two of them throw ropes around the head of the
wild cow. The ropers then get on both sides of the cow, holding its
head steady for the milker.
There is no control over the hind quarters. This portion is allowed
to twist from side to side, kick the bucket or whatever the cow
decides is best to defeat the milking cowboy.
In these earlier contests between three men and a wild cow, a soft
drink bottle was used rather than a milking pail.
It is expected that the three agile clowns bullfighting the 101
Ranch Rodeo will give to the ambitious and confident pseudo cowboys
every assistance possible.
GENUINE GOLD-PLATED Justin cowboy boots will be the trophy for the
civic club which sponsors the successful wild cow milking team at
the 101 Ranch Rodeo. Bob Whitworth, Chamber of Commerce manager,
goes western for Rodeo Week as he displays the trophy. In the arena
Thursday night will be teams from the Jaycees, Kiwanis and After
Five Lions Club. Friday night the Rotarians, Ambucs and the noontime
Lions Club will be cheering their teams. The winners the first two
evenings will fight it out Saturday night for the trophy.
STOCK CONTRACTING JUST CAME NATURALLY TO RODEO CHAMPION The greatest competing cowboy in rodeo history, Jim Shoulders found
himself in the stock contracting end of the game more by accident
than actual intent.
This is the third year Shoulders has been furnishing bucking animals
for professional and the third year he will be producer of the 101
Ranch Rodeo in Ponca City.
Early in 1959, as rodeo's top money winner three successive years,
Jim had few records left to shatter except his own. He had no future
plans other than using his skills in bareback bronc riding and bull
riding in the contest arena, and continuing to operate the
5,000-acre cattle ranch he owns at Henryetta for his wife Sharron
and their three children.
But to help a weekly rodeo get started in central Texas, he invested
some of his hard earned winnings in bucking stock. The new rodeo
established, Jim parlayed his investment into the 200 head of horses
and bulls that make up his current bucking string.
With a keen knowledge of what to look for in outlaw animals, picked
up during competitive seasons, plus a wide acquaintance with rodeo
committees over the country, stock contracting seemed to fall
naturally into the future scheme for Shoulders.
At the 1959 National Finals, rodeo's first "world series" at Dallas
in Late December, the wiry Oklahoman captured his fourth straight
crown as the year's high money winner, by finishing runner-up in
bareback bronc riding standings and topping the bull riding for the
In so doing he boosted his string of world championship crowns to
16, almost twice the number ever won by any other in rodeo.
In 1960 Shoulders missed winning a national diadem for the first
time since 1954 but wound up fifth in the total money picture,
pushing his overall rodeo winnings to $384,368 since 1946, his first
Born May 13, 1928, in the suburbs of Tulsa, Jim began rodeoing in
the footsteps of an older" brother, Marvin Shoulders, who put him on
his first bucking animal at, Dewey in. 1943.
Jim remembers wishing he'd stayed in the grandstand on that first
one, but he won $18.
Victory has come his way ever since.
$500 PRIZE FOR A RIDE ON TORNADO Want to earn $500 in eight seconds?
Some lucky (?) person at the Friday night performance of the 101
Ranch Rodeo will be given that opportunity.
Jim Shoulders has put up $500 to be given to this person if he can
make an eight-second ride on Tornado in the RCA¬ approved manner.
Tornado will be in the arena Thursday night so prospective riders
can size him up and figure their strategy for staying aboard.
The offer is not limited to cowboys.
It is open to anyone who wants to try – drugstore cowboys, business
men, executives – anyone of legal age.
Not all of the rules and regulations are known yet, only two. The
rider must be of legal age and the free hand must not touch
Tornado-during the first eight seconds after he comes out of the
How the lucky (?) person is to be selected from the many who will
want to try to be the first to complete a ride on Tornado will be
announced by Shoulders at the Thursday evening rodeo performance.
For the past two years the cowboys themselves have voted Tornado as
the bull of the year.
Tornado was chosen for the NFR and not one of the 15 top riders in
the nation was able to stay on him until the sound of the horn.
Everyone who has seen him in action agrees that Tornado is an
excellent name for the twisting, heaving, crossbred Brahma of the
Jim Shoulders string.
CHECK FOR $500 has been signed by Jim Shoulders, who is betting no
one can win the money by staying on high-twisting Tornado for eight
seconds at the Friday night performance of the 101 Ranch Rodeo. The
man – he must be of legal age – who attempts the ride will be
selected from among ¬those signing up to take on the crossbred
Brahma. If he can stay aboard until the horn sounds and does not
touch the bull with his free hand he will gain national cowboy fame,
for Tornado has never been ridden. Five hundred dollars for eight
seconds' work represents an extremely high rate of pay - $225,000 an
hour or $1, 800, 00 for an eight-hour day. The opportunity is open
to anyone, not just competing cowboys.
101 RANCH RODEO ENTRIES HIT 119 One hundred and nineteen rodeo hands filed their entries with the
arena secretary Wednesday for the 101 Ranch Rodeo today, Friday and
Saturday. Their entry fees will swell the prize money payoff to
$6,540 for the three evening performances.
The entry roster boasts two current event leaders in world
championship standings and five men who wear the gold belt buckles
marking past world champions.
Larry Mahan, Brooks, Ore., is among the 30 bull riding entries. He
leads all other bull riders with $15,515 won in the event this year
and has a commanding $4,105 lead for the title won last season by
Ponca City’s Bob Wegner.
Mahan, in his third year of pro rodeo, ranks third in total money
won to date with $19,241 in the Monday standings released by the
Rodeo Cowboys Association.
Number one bareback bronc rider in rodeo now is Paul Mayo, Grinnell,
Iowa, entered here. Mayo shot from third to first place last week,
over defending champ Jim Houston, after winning the important
Sidney, Iowa, contest and $1,115 on bareback broncs there. He stands
just behind Mahan in total winnings with $18,838.
Many Title Holders The list of 30 steer wrestlers includes three world titleholders, C.
R. Boucher, Burkburnett, Tex., the 1964 kingpin, and the Combs
brothers of Checotah – Willard and Benny, champions in 1957 and
Guy Weeks, Abilene, Tex., 1963 world champion saddle bronc rider, is
The fifth champ is the grand old man of rodeo, Freckles Brown,
Lawton, who at 40 was the top bull rider of 1962 and who is still
tough as a boot at 43.
Ropers Plentiful Best-known entries in calf roping are Ronnye Sewalt, Chico, Tex.,
runner-up for the title last season, and Barry Burke, Wagoner,
number three in the title race. Ponca City’s long time pro
contestant Merle Davis is entered as a favorite here.
Hottest man on the road in wrestling now is Billy Hale, Checotah.
Hale is in second place in standings, but closing fast the lead
built up earlier this season by California’s Harley May. Hale will
try to keep a six-rodeo winning streak alive here. In 1964 Hale
Former Champs Here On the bareback broncs, Mayo’s chief competition should come from
Jim Bausch, Rapid City, S.D, third a year ago and a former National
Intercollegiate Rodeo champ.
Kurley Hebb, Fall River, Kan., 11th in saddle bronc riding last
year, and Ralph Maynard, rookie sensation from Eagle Butte, S.D.,
now 10th, will test Weeks on saddle broncs.
An interesting addition to the bull riding competition this year
will be two top Canadian entries, Hank Abbey, Rumford, Alberta, 12th
in the standings last year, and Dave Garstead, Medicine Hat,
Jimmie Adams Performs Besides the six contest events, including the girl’s barrel race,
the 101 Ranch Rodeo will feature fresh and entertaining specialty
acts by Jimmie Adams with his trick roping, modern style and his Red
Rocket horse, and by C.D. Ferguson with his monkey sheepherders and
Local civic clubs have whipped up great interest in their special
wild cow milking. As a result, the rodeo committee has increased the
number of standby ambulances.
Rodeo Chairman Bud Ford said, “We have great confidence in the
enthusiasm but little in the ability of the club members to tackle
these wild cows.”
Rodeo clowns Chuck Henson, Wiley McCray and John Routh, all new to
local audiences, will round out the program, with Jim Shoulders
furnishing all livestock.
Performances begin at 8 p.m. sharp and ticket windows open at 5
Contestants, Rodeo Stock Ready For Opener
A fanfare by the 101 Ranch Rodeo band at 8 sharp tonight will open
the 1965 RCA rodeo in Ponca City.
The most outstanding group of cowboys in local rodeo history will
be riding, roping and dogging.
They have come from Montana, Canada, Iowa, Texas, Wyoming, Kansas,
Arizona, California and North Dakota, and some of Oklahoma’s own top
contenders are competing.
Jim Shoulders, stock contractor, has 140 head of stock in the
corrals waiting to go into the chutes. At least half of the bulls
have never been seen here before. Ten new broncs, will be coming
The queen contestants will ride short patterns for judges, to see
their wardrobes and horsemanship ability. They will be judged 50
percent on their riding, 25 percent on poise and personality and 25
percent on wardrobe.
Winner will be announced at the Saturday night performance after
each has made two appearances in the arena.
One of the "specialty acts" will be the wild cow milking contest
among Rotarians, Kiwanians, Noon Lions, After Five Lions, Ambucs and
Contestants tonight will be Harry Hayman, C. A. Porter and Joe
Onstot for the Kiwanis Club; Jaycees John Gray, Bob Cassity and
Arlene Millikan, and Ben Sanders, chairman, Wayne Smith, Don
Anderson and John Williams from the After Five Lions.
Other acts between the main' events will be Jimmie Adams in his
daring Roman riding act on the Red Rockets, Flash and Flame, and C.
D. Ferguson with his novelty monkey and sheepdog act. Adams will be
seen in trick, roping, also.
There will be entertainment in the arena beginning at 7 p.m., with
the swinging Conner family playing western songs; two dances by the
Oto-Poncs under the direction of Jerry Palmer; the 101 Ranch
Memorial Trail Riders and the Pioneer Chorus.
Tickets will go on sale at the 101 Ranch ticket office - at the
rodeo grounds at 5 o'clock this afternoon.
JUSTICE IS BLIND and so Wild Cow Milking Contest Judge Gareth
Muchmore plans to wear black glasses to avoid favoritism in the Wild
Cow Milking Contest at the 101 Ranch Rodeo tonight. He has been
equipped with starting pistols, wearing two to maintain an even
balance, he explained, rather than for self-protection.
CHAMPEEN WILD COW MILKERS, under protest of their five
defeated opponents, were the noontime Lions, shown receiving a pair
of gold-plated boots as their prize.
There was some
confusion when a steer showed up on the end of the rope handed one
of the teams, and a bit more confusion when Jaycees wound up with
orange drink instead of milk in their bottle. Left to right in the
presentation picture are Bethel Freeman, presenting the prize, Dave
Burrows, Wayne Smith, Eddie Davis and Buck Rowe.
Ponca City's own Jimmy Adams,
doing Roman Riding and Trick
Wiley McCray, Chuck Henson &
John Routh, Rodeo Clowns & Bull
C. D. Ferguson and his outstanding
sheep dog and monkey act.
Lex Connelly, Wide World of Sports
Stock Contractor, Jim Shoulders,
16 times World's Champion Cowboy.
30-piece Rodeo Band, under the
direction of Pete Long.
Indian Village, Ota-Ponc Indian Dancers.
(Ponca City’s Nationally
Known Oto-Ponc Indian dancers).
|The Swinging Conner Family
||The Pioneer Chorus (Barbershoppers)
SOUTH DAKOTA COWBOY WINS ALL-AROUND CROWN, $617 All-around champion of the 101 Ranch Rodeo was the third ranking
bareback bronc rider in the nation last year, Jim Bausch. Bausch,
from Rapid City, S. D., won the bareback event. He finished second in
steer wrestling with a total time of 13.6 for two head and walked off
with $617.60 won in the two events.
One of the high spots of the final performance came when Harry Burk,
a father for the first time just four hours before rodeo time, came
to the arena straight from a Tulsa hospital, borrowed a horse and a
rope and tied the fastest calf of the night, 12.5 seconds, to earn
$182.93. Burk, of Wagoner, who ranked third in the nation last
season, missed his first calf.
Honors and top money on total time were carried off by Dusty Bogard
of Charlie, Tex. His checks totaled $320.14.
Merle Davis, veteran Ponca City fulltime rodeo pro, earned second
place in the calf roping and $228.
Nine-year-old Debra Atkinson of Ringwood, the first entry in the 101
Ranch Rodeo for this year, come in first in the barrel race. Total
time for her two go rounds was 33.33 seconds.
Jimmie Gibbs of Valley Mills, Tex., winner of the 1964 contest, tied
for fourth in the average.
Bill Hale of Checotah won the steer wrestling by a full second over
Bausch. Hale pocketed $478.80 to help his second place stand in
national rankings for 1965. He threw two steers in 12.6 seconds.
In bull riding, which drew the most entries, 30, each man got but
one chance to compete. Don James, Henryetta, won the contest and
$394.80. James, 21, is a graduate of Jim Shoulders' bull riding
Rodeo's best score of 62 went to Ralph Maynard of Thunder Butte, N.
D., on the second go¬ round on saddle broncs. He had total points of
119 on two horses to give him average in this event, in which he
ranks 10th nationally.