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 - 1966


RODEO DATES: August 25th, 26th, & 27th

RODEO QUEEN:  Jeanne Roby SPECIALTY ACT: Rex Allen & The Men of the West

101 RANCH RODEO GROUNDS profited by the bad weather of last week. When there was too much ice and snow to work on city streets, crews were busy hauling and spreading sand on the arena. This view is looking north from the chutes and shows, on the right, the condition of the field after the sand has been spread. It is believed. this will keep the arena in better condition if it should rain during rodeo, as it did last year. Then it was necessary for city to scrape and haul mud off before the rodeo could begin.












FOUNDATION ADOPTS BUDGET FOR RODEO AUGUST 25-27 A budget of $20,500 for the 101 Ranch Rodeo in August was adopted by the Rodeo Foundation board of directors at its meeting Tuesday. Rodeo dates are Thursday, Friday and Saturday, August 25, 26, and 27. All performances will be at night.


Contracts have been signed for the producer, radio and television star and for bullfighters.


Jim Shoulders again will be stock producer for the August rodeo. Shoulders, who holds more world records than any other cowboy in the professional sport of rodeo, is still competing. He ranked ninth in the nation in money won riding bareback broncs as of May 15.


A well-known and ever popular star of television and motion pictures, which once was a top competing cowboy, Rex Allen, will be here to entertain the rodeo crowds.


Clowning and bull fighting will be the Clark Brother, who works the biggest rodeos each year.


Sub-committees have been appointed by Melvin L. Ford, president of the 101 Ranch Rodeo Foundation. Ford will be in charge of ticket sales.


Members of the Rodeo Foundation who will head committees are Scott Hancock, round-up clubs and grand entry; Glen Hickman, insurance and concessions; Bethel Freeman, specialty acts and pre-rodeo promotion; Dr. William Alexander, arena maintenance; Leon Nelson, parking, traffic and grounds; Paul Northcutt, legal advisor, and Allan Muchmore, gate, ushers and rest rooms.


Non-board members heading a committee are Elec Rains and Claude Braudrick, advertising, publicity and promotion.


Each of the chairmen will announce members of their committees at a later date.

Ticket Office for Rodeo Opens Monday in Hotel - It'll be first come, first served Monday morning when the 101 Ranch Rodeo ticket office opens in the Jens-Marie Hotel lobby.


Thrifty rodeo fans have been taking advantage of the advance sale of tickets and the savings of 35 cents on each ticket purchased for Thursday or Friday evening performances.


Tickets which regularly sell for $1.35 are on sale for $1 now at Ponca. City grocery stores and from the four girls.


The girls and their telephone numbers are Phyllis Yozzo, 2-1867; Sharron McVeigh, 2-4257; Judy Brisco, 2-3294, and Pamela Blubaugh, 5-5998.


Queen contestants are not selling tickets this year. They are to be judged solely on horsemanship, personality and western attire.


The four girls out selling tickets receive a commission on each sale and they are out to make money to aid them in school this winter. All will be in college.


Phyllis just graduated from St. Mary's High School and Sharron from the Senior High School. Both Judy and Pamela win be sophomores in college.


The best seats for the 101 Ranch Rodeo are reserved early. Persons who already have purchased their tickets are advised to exchange them as soon as possible for a reserved seat, Robert L. Whitworth, secretary, said this morning.


Roundup and saddle clubs of this area are invited to enter a rodeo queen contestant, Whitworth said.


Those planning to have a contestants should contact Whitworth immediately.


The queen contest is not limited to young horsewomen in this immediate area. It is open to all interested girls who have never been married and live in this general area, Whitworth said.


Mrs. Ann Corzine be hostess for the queens again this year.


Three-Day Cowboy Exhibition Here Opens Thursday at Renovated 101 Rodeo Grounds - Rodeo - America's most competitive sport!


The cowboy contestant - independent and proud, finds a challenge in making his own way solely on ability, tempered with luck.


The daredevil competitive instinct of cowboys developed two of the major events in rodeo today - bareback riding and bull riding. You'll see them at the 101 Ranch Rodeo, three nights beginning Thursday.


In bareback riding the rules are stacked against the cowboy. They are all in favor of the horse. To even the odds, the contestant must depend on instinct and his own strength.


Both the bronc and the rider are scored: the bucking from 65 to 85 points; the rider, his spurring and general control from 1 to 20 points.


The same rating is used in saddle bronc competition. The cowboy has more equipment, which may be hazardous. The stirrups can help the rider, but become dangerous if the cowboy's boot hangs up in one. The rider can be spun round and round if his foot does not slip out of the stirrup.


Horse and cowboy are a team, in calf roping. They work independently, yet together, to beat the stop watch. Training gives the horse "cow sense" so he can judge the calf's speed and anticipate his movements.


Without this "cow sense," the contestant has little chance of ending up in the money.


Steer wrestling, or bull dogin, was developed at the 101 Ranch and now is one of the five standard events in rodeo. It pits nerve and know-how against animal instinct. It is one of the toughest events in the professional sport of rodeo. Each steer wrestler must work out a style of his own, figure how to use the weight, balance and momentum of the steer to his own advantage.


Bull riding is the finale of the 101 Ranch Rodeo.


There is excitement and tension behind the chutes as well as in the spectators. The eight seconds the contestant must stay on board must seem like eight hours.


The daring and skill of the bull rider is always a spectacular event. The bulls are chosen for their ability to be rough, bucking, twisting, hooking, spinning devils.


The bad movement comes when the cowboy leaves the the bull, either from choice or because he is bucked off. The bronc, as soon as the rider is off his back, will try to avoid the cowboy.


Not the bull.


The bull remains enraged, turning on the contestant who has just left his back. Many a cowboy has been saved from serious injury by the quick and courageous work of the clown, who comes in to attract the attention of the bull away from the rider.


Rodeo - the rugged sport which pits the daring and skill of the cowboy against the devil that is in every bronc and bull and the animal instinct and strength of calf and steer.

Queen Candidates To Display Horsemanship Before Judges - Horsemanship of the eight queen candidates for the 101 Ranch Rodeo will be judged as they put their mounts through the American Quarter Horse Association reining pattern No.1.


Junior Butler of Woodward, who judges many shows in this area, will be the judge, Robert L. Whitworth, secretary of the Ponca City Rodeo Foundation, has announced.


Judging will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday in the rodeo arena, and the queen will be announced during the rodeo that night.


All persons holding rodeo tickets for that evening will be welcome to watch the horsemanship judging.


The rules and regulations of the AQHA will govern the judging.


The judge has the authority to require the removal or alteration of any piece of equipment or accoutrement which, in his opinion, would tend to give a horse an unfair advantage.


Any inhumane equipment will be scored accordingly.


Faults which will be charged against the horse are: opening mouth excessively in bit reining; breaking gaits; refusing to change leads; anticipating signals; stumbling and falling; wringing tail; bouncing or sideways step and backing sideways.


Faults that will count against the rider are changing hands on reins; losing stirrup; two hands on reins at any time and any unnecessary aid given by the rider to the horse--such as unnecessary talking, petting, purring, quirting, jerking of reins, etc.--to induce the horse to perform will be considered a fault and scored accordingly.


For bit reining, horses will be ridden with grazing, snaffle, curb, half-breed, bar or spade bit. No wire curbs, regardless of how padded or taped, or no chin strap narrower than one-half inch or no nose bands will be permitted.


Whether tie-downs are permitted will be at the discretion of the judge.


Movie, Television Singing Star To Perform in Person at Rodeo
Rex Allen, America's singing cowboy, needs no introduction to the millions of people who have seen him in movies and on television and heard him on his Mercury recordings.


He will be the featured star of the 101 Ranch Rodeo here next Thursday, Friday and Saturday.


His thousands of fans in this area will have an opportunity, to see and hear him in person, Fans have been captured by the songs sung in the inimitable Rex Allen style. In 1962 the cowboy singer once again soared to the top of the nation's hit charts when he strummed his guitar and sang his now famous platter "Don't Go Near the Indians".


The Rex Allen success story began in Willcox, Ariz., where he was born on a typical western ranch owned by his father. To Rex, singing was always the natural way to express his feelings, but his horse and the cowhands on the family ranch were his only audience.


On his 11th birthday, his father, "a music lover who played the fiddle," bought Rex his first musical instrument--a Sears-Roebuck guitar and a book of instructions. Within a few months the talented youth was singing and playing his guitar at local church functions and benefits.


Upon graduation from high school, Rex turned down a scholarship to the University of Arizona to take up the rodeo trail. The next two years he rode wild horses and roped cattle with the best hands of the West.


As a sideline, the blonde six-footer entertained fans with his songs and guitar.


Rex left the rodeo-circuit and after months of singing for anyone who would listen, he landed his first professional singing job on a Trenton, N. J., radio station.


In Match 1945, he was auditioned for the National Barn Dance Show on radio station WLS and was hired as a regular on the show. Within a few months he became one of the biggest stars in the history of the show.


Hollywood beckoned in 1949 and Rex signed a contract with Republic Pictures. He and his famous horse Koko galloped through a succession of successful western thrillers.


The popular screen favorite then starred in his own popular TV series "Frontier Doctor."

Although Rex no longer competes on a bucking horse, he still loves the competitive thrill of the big western rodeos.


"I love the personal appearance dates at a rodeo or fair more than anything else in my career. I love people and I love to be with people--I guess I'm still a country boy at heart.


I enjoy television and motion pictures, but I love to get back to 'my people'--country people, particularly when I am swapping stories with the real westerners, the cowhands behind the chutes at a rodeo," he said.

A CHALLENGE TO A BURRO riding contest has been i thrown at the Noon Lions, winners of the Golden Boots in the 101 Ranch Rodeo wild cow milking contest last year, by other civic clubs. Defeat and the roaring boasts and brags- have not been easy to ignore and overlook. Rumor has it that the Ambucs expect to win the coveted trophy as Johnny Heinze bribed Katy with sugar to tell him the secrets of sticking on. the back of a burro. The question now is: Will Heinze be disqualified because of the bribe? - See story Below.











- It has been conceded that the Noon Lions have the most “know how”—or luck – when it comes to milking wild cows.


But, are their representatives able to ride a burro?


Members of five other civic clubs say “No.” They have challenged the Lions to a burro riding contest to be held during the 101 Ranch Rodeo Thursday, Friday and Saturday.


Three different teams will race Thursday and Friday nights for go-round honors. The two winners will ride it out Saturday night for the prized trophy – the Golden Boots.


It will be a long race so luck cannot play too much of a part in the outcome. Riding skill and instinct will be the deciding factors.


Jim Shoulders, world champion cowboy who has some of the best bucking stock in the country, is stock contractor for the 101 Ranch Rodeo and will furnish the stock for the burro race.


The race will start from down In front of the chutes, the rider going to the north end of the arena. Here his partner will climb aboard with him and they will spur their burro and dash back to the finish line at the chutes.

The Noon Lions have been challenged by the After Five Lions, Kiwanis, Rotary, Ambucs and Jaycees.


Five of the clubs has named their two burro riders and one member to hold the animal before the beginning of the race.


The Jaycees have yet to find a member capable of making friends with a burro and holding it. They also lack two experienced burro riders. It is expected that contestants will be drafted at the Monday evening conclave.

The Noon Lions expect their superiority in the rodeo arena to be upheld by Dave Burrow, George Page and Lowell Brown.


Kiwanis Club challengers are Harold Younger, Bob Peck and Pat Schlesinger, with Arnold Cupples as an alternate. Schlesinger has named himself “holder of the burro.”


Riding and working for the After Five Lions will be John Smith, Dr. Jerry Trotter and Ray L. Peterson.


Rotary will be represented by Warren Jackman, Dr. Gus Kever and Bill Wetzel.


Ambucs have been the loudest challengers as they have Johnny Heinze on their team. Heinze claims to be an authority on burro riding since he bribed Katy to brief him on the finer points of the sport. Other members of the team are Richard Buerger and Bill Leonard.

Veteran Announcer To Be 'VOICE' Of Three-Night 101 Ranch Rodeo - When the 101 Ranch Rodeo opens Thursday, the voice of Floyd Watts, veteran of more than 20 years as a rodeo announcer, will be heard. Watts will be the announcer for each of the three performances.


Tickets may be secured from local grocers, the three banks and from the Four salesgirls -- Phyllis Yozzo, Sharron McVeigh, Judy Briscoe and Pamela Blubaugh.

On the advance tickets for Thursday and Friday night performances, there is a savings of 35 cents. There is no reduction in the price for Saturday night.


All seats are reserved and I tickets must be exchanged at I the ticket office in the lobby of the Jens-Marie Hotel for reserved seat tickets. The office is open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.


Advance sale of tickets will end at 5 p.m. Thursday and the ticket office will be moved to the rodeo grounds. It will be set up there in the little ticket office which served the former 101 Ranch Wild West Shows.


There will be entertainment preceding the rodeo by the Rodeo Band under the direction of Peter Long and those who have made the trail ride in celebration of the 101 Ranch Rodeo.


Floyd Watts is known as the man with the smooth, rich voice, developed by years of announcing many of the country's best rodeos.


He is outstanding because of his knowledge of the professional cowboy's work behind the chutes and in the arena.


While the action is going on in the arena, before it starts and afterwards, Watts will keep the fans informed on the events and the performers. He'll also give the times of each contestant in the timed events, and the score in the riding contests.

Watts has announced the Will Rogers Roundup Club Rodeo at Claremore for 20 years. At other top rodeos in this section, Watts has been behind the mike for 10, 12, 13, 14 and 13 years. He has been. announcer for rodeos in Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, Iowa, Arkansas, Kansas; Missouri, New Mexico, Tennessee and Colorado.

 Three of Oklahoma's Top Pros in 101 Ranch Rodeo
Over $7,000 in purse money and entry fees will be at stake for competing cowboys Thursday through Saturday nights during Ponca City's 101 Ranch Rodeo.


Last year's rodeo competition saw 106 big-hatted entries in pursuit of $6,015 in prize money. The biggest share went to Don James of Weleetka, who earned the nod in bull riding.


James pocketed $495 with a marking of 64 points, top score among the event's 30 entries.


Other event winners included Jim Bausch, Kaufman, Tex., in bareback riding; Ralph Maynard, Eagle Butte, N. D., in saddle bronc riding; Dusty Bogard, Bula, Tex., in calf roping and Billy Hale, Checotah, in steer wrestling.


Among cowboys planning to compete in the 101 Ranch Rodeo this year are three of Oklahoma's top pros, Ronnie Bowman of Durant, Kelly Corbin of Delaware and Joe Green, Sulphur.


Bowman and Green concentrate on bull riding while Corbin enters roping events. Green now ranks 20th in the nation in his event.


As one of more than 500 such contests approved each year by the professional Rodeo Cowboys Association--542 were held in 1965--competition in the Ponca City arena is conducted under nationally recognized rules. Judges selected by the rodeo committee and the RCA are responsible for ride enforcement.


Also, as in all RCA-sanctioned rodeos, a contestant's winnings here will be credited to his individual standings in the race for this year's national rodeo crowns. These championships carrying $24,000 in added award money, go to the top money winner in each event category at the end of the season. Record of each member's winnings is kept throughout the year by the RCA at its national offices in Denver.


Contestants will be tangling with top bucking stock owned by Jim Shoulders of Henryetta, who during his full time competitive years, 1949 through 1959; earned 16 national championships.

GENE AND BOBBY CLARK, appearing in the 101 Ranch Rodeo arena this week for the first time, have perfected the art of Brahma bullfighting to a thing of precision timing and footwork. They spice their work with antics and remarks that keep audiences laughing.


Their experience in the rodeo arena has given these young men a knowledge of the Brahma. The brothers work extremely close to the bulls, relying on footwork and judgment to get them out of trouble. At its best bullfighting. is a dangerous business and Bobby and Gene have received numerous bruises and fractures during their rodeo careers. The clowns are not strangers to the contest side of the rodeo. Bobby is a competent calf roper and Gene competes in calf roping and steer wrestling.

COWBOYS VIE FOR $350 SADDLE IN BRONC RIDING CONTEST HERE - A contest within a contest will be seen at the 101 Ranch Rodeo. The winner will not be decided until the final saddle bronc is ridden Saturday night.


Jim Shoulders, stock contractor has offered a $350 silver mounted saddle to the cowboy winning the most money in saddle bronc riding at rodeos where he has furnished the stock.


The two top contenders called in their entries soon after Berva Dawn Taylor, rodeo secretary, opened her office this morning.


They are Jimmy Rogers of Hawkins, Tex., and Dale Heiliger of Fort Worth.


Three new bulls, which score high in bull riding, have been added to Shoulders’ string. They are Bat Man, who has yet to be ridden and is described as a “pretty bad bull”; Robin, No. 69, a challenge to the best rider, and Sweet Pea, which belies his name.


Tornado, Big Bad John and Dr. Jekyll are still going strong as well as Mohammed and other mean bulls which will be in the area at the 101 Ranch Rodeo.


The stock began to arrive at the arena Tuesday evening and more came in today.


The arena is in the best condition of any year yet, according to those who have inspected it. Everything is in readiness.


Thursday evening activity will begin at 6 p.m., when the eight queen contestants demonstrate their horsemanship. The queen will be announced that evening.

Burros Win Falls Over Civic Clubs - Fast action, suspense and good entertainment were all present in the arena at the opening of the seventh annual 101 Ranch Rodeo. Thursday evening.


The response of the crowd to cowboys, Rex Allen, western singing star and the Men of the West, and the clowning of civic club members and the professional bullfighters gave evidence of Thursday evening being one of the most successful nights of the 101 Ranch Rodeo.


Tonight's performance will begin at8 o'clock. Pre-rodeo entertainment will be the the Swingin' Conners.


The cowboy parade will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday.


First suspense Thursday evening came during the bareback riding contest when Jim Hill, Enid, was thrown by Pretty Boy and could not get up. Rushed to the Ponca City Hospital, his injuries were found to be minor was able to return to the rodeo grounds.


Escapes Injury - Another Cowboy, Jerry Pardue of Carlsbad, narrowly missed serious injury, when the Shoulders' bull, Exterminator, threw him and spun to butt and stomp him. Pardue was able to walk out of the arena with help.


Rex Allen and His Men of the West brought thunderous applause. Allen will sing a different program each evening at the rodeo. Following his appearance, he will again ride around the arena, shaking hands with the many young people eager to meet him. The radio, television, movie and recording star will give autographs after the rodeo.


The burro race among members of the Jaycees, Rotary and Noon Lions Club proved hilarious for the spectators, but rather serious business for the riders.


Animals Trained - Assured by Jim Shoulders that the burros were well trained, gentle and liked to be ridden, the bucks and antics proved a surprise.


At one point there was some sentiment to give it to Warren Jackman of the Rotarians "for the most falls."


But the Jaycees came in the winners, the two riders lying across the burro rather than astride it.


Tonight the After Five Lions, Kiwanis, and Ambucs will be riding. The winners will be pitted against the Jaycees Saturday evening.


John Gray of the Jaycees team is leaving town immediately and his place Saturday will be taken by Sid Kothe. Other members of the team are Jess Terpening and Kit Ramsey with Sid Kothe taking Gray's place.


Parade on Grand - The western parade will form at the rodeo grounds at 9 a.m. and move down Union to Grand, where it will turn and go east to Seventh.


Preston Moore, Democratic candidate for governor, is flying to Ponca City to participate in the western parade, it was announced Friday morning.


The Marine Corps is furnishing the color guard and bearers. They will be mounted on horses for the parade.


There will be riding clubs from many communities surrounding Ponca City and from as far away as Oklahoma City.


To conclude the activities of the seventh annual 101 Ranch Rodeo, a western dance will be held at the VFW clubhouse, beginning at 10 a.m. and continuing to 2 p.m. It is sponsored by the Jaycees.

August 29, 1966


“Heiliger Captures All Around Title at Local Rodeo” - Fewer than 30 cowboys divided the more than $6,000 prize money given at the seventh annual 101 Ranch Rodeo which closed Saturday evening. More than 70 went away empty handed, with nothing to show for the entry fees they paid.


Bob Williams, Ponca City cowboy, was bareback champion, winning the first and second go-rounds and the average. He came in second on the third go-round.

All around champion, competing in two or more events, was Del Heiliger of Fort Worth who won more than $300 in bareback and saddle bronc.


His wins placed him on top in the race for the $350 silver-mounted saddle given by Jim Shoulders to the cowboy riding in all of the Shoulders-produced rodeos this season and winning the most in saddle bronc competition.


There was less than $50 difference between Jimmy Rogers, Hawkins, Tex., and Heiliger, the two top contenders for the saddle, when the 101 Ranch Rodeo opened. The rides here decided the winner.


Two events paid off $618.80 each—calf roping and steer wrestling. Winners, were Kenneth Keller of Hurst, Tex., in roping and Billy J. Nockolas of Bartlesville in doggin’.


Mac McDougal of Burkburnett, Tex., with his ride of 62 on Martin Luther, took home the top money in bull riding, $510.80. No Ponca City cowboy made a qualified ride.


The Kiwanis burro riders won the Golden Boots trophy for the civic club, defeating the Jaycees, who protested the decision. However, no re-rides were given.

PAT SCHLESINGER, burro holder for the Kiwanis Club, hurries after the riders, Jud Ellenwood and Bob Peck, who struggle to stay on until the finish line is crossed Saturday evening at the 101 Ranch Rodeo.


Responsibility of the burro holder was not only to hold the burro for the riders to climb aboard, but also to assist in any other manner necessary. The Kiwanis club won the Golden Boots Saturday, defeating the Jaycees, who protested that the Kiwanis riders made a short ride.






JENSI FRONKIER, 1965 queen of the 101 Ranch Rodeo, enacted the part of the Indian maiden as Rex Allen, singing star of television, movies and radio, sang the story of an Indian lad and his love at each of the three performances.


Here Allen is  introducing Miss Fronkier, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Fronkier, 1315 South Seventh.

The 1965 queen is one-fourth Kaw and Osage.











REX ALLEN - Western film star,
TV performer, and recording artist.
A complete show with his Western band,
"The Men of the West".

Under the direction of Pete Long.

Following the rodeo.

JIM SHOULDERS - Stock contractor and contestant. 16 times World's Champion Cowboy.

FLOYD WATTS - of Tulsa. One of the out standing Rodeo Announcers in the Southwest.

THE CLARK BROTHERS - Gene and Bobby.
Known throughout the rodeo world as the best in clowning and bullfighting.

Oto-Ponc Indian Dancers performing each night.

Bethel Freeman Jr. was elected president of the 101 Ranch Rodeo Foundation at the meeting Friday noon in the Mark Downtown Cafeteria. Freeman has been serving as president since the resignation of Melvin L. Ford last summer when he moved 110 Bartlesville.


Dr. William F. Alexander was elected vice-president and Robert L. Whitworth re-elected secretary and treasurer.


The 1967 dates of Thursday, Friday and Saturday, August 24, 25 and 26 were approved for the 101 Ranch Rodeo. If these dates cannot be secured. Freeman was authorized to change to the preceding week when he attends the annual meeting of the Rodeo Cowboys Association in Denver next month.


Consideration had been given to changing the rodeo dates to correspond with any Cherokee Strip celebration. A one-day observance will be held in 1967, according  to present plans of the Chamber of Commerce, Whitworth said.


Since there will not be a three-day celebration, it was decided to continue to make the last weekend in August as 101 Ranch Rodeo time. Gene Blake and Al Duroy were introduced as new members of the foundation, succeeding Ford and Paul Northcutt.

 Northcutt will continue as attorney for the foundation.


Blake was appointed chairman of the parade committee.

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