101 Wild West Rodeo





The 60th Annual 101 Wild West Rodeo

June 6 - 8, 2018

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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 - 1970


RODEO DATES: August 28th, 29th, & 30th

RODEO QUEEN: Carla Watson SPECIALTY ACT: Montie Montana


101 Ranch Rodeo days are many things.


They are trail rides across open prairies.


They are parades.


They are reunions of those who worked at the historic 101 Ranch and knew personally the world famous Miller Brothers-Joe, George and Zack—and of performers in the Miller Bros. Wild West Shows.


They are days of expert young horsewomen, personable, charming, seeking the title of Queen.

They are western dances.


And they are days of tough, fast, exciting action in the 101 Ranch Rodeo arena.


Ponca City goes Western Thursday and the first night out on the trail will be Sunday when the 101 Ranch Memorial Trailriders and the Ponca City  Trailblazers gather at their respective starting points.


Though riding different routes, they will converge upon Ponca City a week from Thursday, the first day of the 101 Ranch Rodeo. Together they will parade down Grand Avenue and on to the rodeo grounds where they will be encamped the remainder of the week.


The first parade will belong to trailriders—the wagons, outriders, trucks, horse trailers and all the other equipment necessary for a modern ride.


Though quite different in most ways from the trips the 101 cowboys made to Hunnewell, Kan., for supplies—or to "live it up" on pay day—there is the same spirit, generated by cooking, eating and sleeping out-of-doors, gathering around an open fire, exchanging tales and, perhaps, singing.


The second parade is for everyone who wants to join in and have fun. It is for cowboys, real and "for a day"— world famous entertainers such as Montie Montana and his human (almost) horse, Rex, who will entertain 'in the arena—the clowns—all of the trailriders, again—but without their equipment—antique cars—r o u n d u p over a wide, wide area, and.....All the lovely queen contestants will be mounted on their well-groomed, well-trained horses, led by reigning queen Beverly McAnaily of Coyle, who has represented the 101 Ranch Rodeo so well the past year.


Former queens, many of them now married with children, but still loving the feel of a horse under them, will be a part of the second, or "official" parade Saturday afternoon.


1969 was the first reunion of the 101 Ranch old-timers for more than 30 years. Some of them live in Ponca City: Others came from the states of New York and California, as well as points in-between.


The number will be doubled this year and hours will seem all too short as they reminisce, again young, anticipating the future.


Eleven girls, at least and perhaps more, are spending hours each day putting their horses through the pattern, which will count 50 percent toward the queen's title.


Horsewomen from Bartlesville, Tonkawa, Collinsville, Blackwell, Newkirk, Chickasha and, of course, Ponca City will be in a grand whirl Rodeo Week. The climax will be Saturday night with the crowning of the 1970-71 Queen of the 101 Ranch Rodeo.


Every cowboy, every cowgirl loves a fast western dance. Saturday night for the professional cowboy athlete's competing 'in the arena, and for those who love the only professional sport indigenous to the West, there will be dancing to the foot-stomping music of toe Wandering Okies.


At 8 p.m., Thursday, August 28, Clem McSpadden, rodeo announcer, state senator, president of the Rodeo Cowboy Association, director of the National Rodeo Finals and grandnephew of the late Okie Philosopher, Will Rogers, will say....."Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the 101 Ranch Rodeo," officially opening the rodeo of 1970.


Those who have not attended an "Opening Night" performance have missed a thrill succeeding nights cannot duplicate.


It is the thrill of a "first."


It is the thrill, toe excitement accompanying the unknown.


What about the stock?


Are the broncs ill-tempered with a wide streak of pure devil in them?


The Big Brahmas—those well-fed, pampered beasts who think they are arena champions—will they remember the cowboys who stayed aboard eight seconds, scoring a good ride and be out for revenge? Many s rodeo clown will attest the Brahmas have memories equaling the legendary elephant's.


How will the ropers find the calves? Dodging, bawling, fighting even after the piggin' string is tied? Will the roper earn his prize money, or will the hefty calf break loose?


Those steers, all muscle and determination to stand on their own four feet—will they make the seconds required to dog 'em seem like hours to the cowboy?


Who are the cowboys competing in the 101 Ranch Rodeo arena?


In the past they have been the greats in the nation.


First nighters will know.......

Dress Western Starts Thursday (August 20th) Fun is the essence of every parade.


For some, it is more fun to be in the parade. Others prefer to watch, cheering their favorites and exchanging quips with participants.

At least that is the way it is with the 101 Ranch Rodeo parade, which this year will be 2 p.m., Saturday.


It will form on Union, north of Grand Avenue, with all units ready to go by 1:30, John Heinze, parade chairman for the Ponca City Rodeo Foundation, said today.


To all roundup clubs, individual riders, antique cars, buggies and wagon owners—to everyone who wants to get into in the act, have fun and promote • the 101 Ranch Rodeo, Heinze • says come on, join in.


Heinze asks that everyone planning to be a part of the parade notify the Chamber of Commerce so units can be assigned locations for falling into line.


Beginning Thursday, it is officially western days in Ponca City until after the final performance of the 101 Ranch Rodeo Saturday, August 29.


Get out the pioneer dresses and bonnets, put on a western tie, don jeans and a western shirt, add a cowboy hat—go western! There will be an atmosphere of fun, relaxation and anticipation in Ponca City the next 10 days.


Join in is the invitation of the Ponca City Rodeo Foundation, sponsors of the rodeo.


Ticket Off ice To Remain Open later for Fans

After six o'clock this evening, no more entries were to be accepted for the 101 Ranch Rodeo queen contest. At noon today 13 young women had turned in entry blanks and there was a possibility that two more would enter before the deadline.


The Rodeo Ticket Office will be open tonight until 8:30, it was announced this morning by Mrs. Marry Braden, who is in charge of the reserved seat boards. Persons wanting information in regard to them may call the office, 2-1368.


Shoppers in downtown Ponca City will be entertained this evening by Kay County's own Wandering Okies from 6:30 to 8:30, This western band will be mounted on a truck in front of the Rodeo Office, 112 North Third.


The group also will be playing for the annual western dance Saturday following the rodeo.


The queen contestants and the grocery stores are selling tickets at a savings of 50 cents each over the price at the rodeo. Each must be turned into the Rodeo Office as all seats are reserved.


Thursday, the first night of the 1970 rodeo is family night and a still greater savings is being offered for that night only. The first ticket is $2, the regular pre-rodeo price, and the second is only $1.


This is making it possible for a family of four to attend the opening performance for only $6, rather than $10 if they were to wait until arriving at the rodeo grounds to secure them.


The ticket office is to be open Saturday from 8:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m., for the convenience of those who find it difficult to exchange their tickets on other days.


For those employees who do not get off work until 5:30 p.m., the ticket office will be open until 6 p.m., Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Thursday, it will close at the regular hour and then be moved immediately to the rodeo grounds,

TRICK ROPER MONTIE MONTANA TO THRILL 101 RODEO AUDIENCES Wagons, Children Get Special Ride Before Grand Entry

Montie Montana and Rex A western personality new to the 101 Ranch Rodeo arena, but known the world over for his trick roping, Montie Montana will be here to thrill spectators at each of the three performances and in the rodeo parade at 2 p.m., Saturday, the last day of the rodeo.


First night performance will be next Thursday with the colorful, fascinating serpentine of the hundreds of riders in the 8 p.m. Grand Entry.


Nothing quite equals the firs night Grand Entry with all it pageantry.


For the first time in the history of the 101 Ranch Rodeo there will be a preview entry for wagon units and children mounted on ponies.


It is impossible to get the hundreds of riders and the wagon units in the arena at the same time. Also, it is dangerous for children on ponies to be close to the larger horses, according to John Heinze, parade chairman.


Montie Montana is one of the most beloved and outstanding "cowboys of our times." He has starred in every important rodeo in the United States and Canada, besides doing command performances for many greats of the world, including Prince Philip of England Crown Prince Akahito of Japan and the crowned heads of Arabia. No "drugstore cowboy," Montie is the real thing, having started his roping and riding a an early age on his father's ranch in Montana.


As soon as the Saturday night performance is over, Montie will leave by chartered plant for Pierre, S.D., where he must be on location early Sunday morning for a western movie in which he has an important role.


Montie is bring two horses with him, including his trainee horse, Rex, as nearly human as a horse can be. Rex performs before more than a quarter of a million school children each year and has ever appeared in the ballrooms of some of the most plush hotels in the nation.


The Rodeo Ticket Office, 112 North Third, will be open Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons until six o'clock to accommodate workers who cannot exchange then tickets for reserved seats during the regular hours.


Tickets purchased from queens or at the grocery store; are $2 rather than the regular $2.50. All must be exchanged for reserved seats.


Thursday night—family night—tickets are $2 for the first ticket and $1 for the second, or a savings of $2 for the two tickets.


RODEO STARTS THURSDAY - Top Cowboys Here For Rodeo

Top rodeo cowboys of the nation will be in Ponca City Thursday, Friday and Saturday to try for a cut of the $7,000 prize money up for grabs in the 101 Ranch Rodeo.


The stock—broncs, bulls, steers and calves—came in last week They have been eating well and saving up their energy to vent their devilish spleen on those who try to conquer them.


The stock is from the string of Elra Beutler and Son of Elk City, who have been the stock producers the past three years.


First performance will be 8: p.m., Thursday, but two special events will precede the grand entry.


At 2 p.m., all riders and equipment of the Ponca Trailblazers and the 101 Ranch Memorial Trailriders will assemble on Grand Avenue between Eighth and Ninth to parade west on Grand to Union and then on to the rodeo grounds to pitch camp.


In the arena at about 7:30 p.m., Thursday, there will be a pre-grand entry, reserved for, children on their ponies and the wagons of the trailriders.


Thursday is family night. To encourage children and parents to attend together, there has been a special reduction in tickets for that night only. The  first one purchased from queens or grocery stores is $2 and the second is only $1.


As the 14 lovely queen contestants ride in the grand entry each evening, they will be introduced to the spectators by Clem McSpadden, nationally known veteran rodeo announcer, who will be at the microphone. The rodeo band, composed of senior high school musicians under the direction of Don Leavitt, will play while the crowds are gathering and provide sound effects to add to the tenseness of competition. Montie Montana, internationally known trick roper, who has starred in motion pictures, television and in rodeo arenas is bringing his trained horse, Rex, to Ponca City. They will perform in the arena each night and appear in the rodeo parade it 2 p.m. Saturday.


Special musical entertainment will be provided by Billy Parker, television and recording star, with the Wichita Line-men as backup musicians. The Linemen, a country-western band, will be featured in several numbers.


The funny men in the baggy pants this year will be George Doak of Fort Worth and Gary Parli of Caney, Kan. Both are widely known clowns and bull fighters.


Friday at 4:30 p.m., the queens will ride their patterns in the rodeo arena to be judged on their Horsemanship. The public is invited to see the girls skill and control on their horses. The exhibition is free.


Saturday at 2 p.m. the "official" 101 Ranch Rodeo parade will start east on Grand Avenue from Union.


Queen contestants, cowboys, entertainers, judges, all of the trailriders and many roundup clubs coming to Ponca City especially for the event, will participate.


The parade is open to everyone who wishes to take part, John Heinze, chairman said.


The queen will be announced at 7:15 p.m., Saturday, the final night of the 1970 rodeo

ANOTHER JOB LICKED! The new un-loading chute was completed by members of the Ponca City Rodeo Foundation and volunteer workers just before the first load of bulls arrived for the 101 Ranch Rodeo Thursday, Friday and Saturday. In addition to the chute (one always had to be borrowed previously), the men rebuilt the bull corral, repaired the bronc corrals, replaced seat boards in the grandstand, and painted, painted and painted. The men worked 14 nights from the time they got off their jobs to 10 or 11 p.m. The result is having the grounds in excellent condition at a savings of several hundreds of dollars, Dr. Bill Alexander, foundation president, said.

101 Rodeo Runs Two More Nights - The luck of the draw and the skill of the cowboy produced an unprecedented 70-point bull ride Thursday night at the 101 Ranch Rodeo.


The ride, which was scored the highest of any bull ride at the 101 Ranch Rodeo, was made by Bob Berger, the No. 1 bull rider in the nation at this time. But only $2000 separates the men in the first ten spots.


More than 4,000 witnessed the spectacular ride. This was the largest "first night" for rodeo since the initial performance in September 1960.


Tonight activity in the arena will begin at 7:10 when all the trailriders will be honored. They will have a grand entry into the arena to display the wagons, buggies and other rolling equipment as well as the horses ridden over the ranches to come into Ponca City for the 101 Ranch Rodeo.


Queens, who will have been judged at 4:30 p.m. on their horsemanship, will be introduced and at the same time the crowd will be entertained by the trick ropers in the school of Mike Sokoll.


The second performance of the rodeo of 1970 will get underway at 8 p.m., sharp.


Saturday at 7:15 p.m. will come the moment for 14 lovely queen contestants to learn which one will be the 101 Ranch Rodeo reigning queen for the coming year.


Tonight rodeo fans will have an opportunity to see more of the leading cowboys in each of the five standard events, and still others are in the draw for Saturday night.


Among them will be Buck Rutherford, former All Around Champion, C. R. B. Boucher and Roy Duvall. Others high on the standings are Bob and Mike Shoulders, Merle Davis, Prank Braden and Frank Childers.


About 90 percent of the spectators remained for the after rodeo bull rides and several hundred did not leave until nine more calves had been roped and 16 steers dogged.


There will be after-rodeo activity tonight and everyone will be invited to remain for all the action in the arena.


There are two go-rounds in bronc and timed events and the seconds in each will be divided between tonight's and Saturday night's performances. Because of the large number entered in null riding, each cowboy has only one head.


Montie Montana's visit to two local banks Thursday afternoon seemed quite amateurish compared to the amazing trick roping of Montie and the polished performance of Rex, his almost human horse, responding flawlessly to the word commands of his owner and trainer.

Montie and Rex will make two appearances tonight and again Saturday.


Following his last performance, Montie will leave by chartered plane for Pierre, S. D.. to appear in a picture with Joel McCrae, Casey Tibbs and Slim Pickens.


Billy Parker, country-western singer, and the Wichita Lineman, who were featured in several numbers and were backup men for Parker, were warmly received by the large crowd. This popular combination will be heard in each of the next two performances.

Rodeo Rookie's Ride Wins All Around - Bob Berger Top Money Winner In Annual Show....Perfect weather, sensational rides on stock often selected for National Finals Rodeo and no serious injuries made the 101 Ranch Rodeo one of the most successful since rodeo was revived Ponca City.


Randy Magers was thrown from a spinning bull in front of the chutes Saturday night. At first it was thought he had been trampled by the bull, but a few minutes later Magers was able to walk away.


Ron Chaloupek of Beaver, a rookie who received his RCA card in April, won the Guy Shultz Memorial Trophy as the 1970 All Around at the 101 Ranch Rodeo.


Ron was top money winner of the 11 men entered in two or more events. For first in second go-round of saddle bronc he took home $128.05. The trophy was presented to him by Mrs. Guy Shultz to conclude the 1970 rodeo.


A champion aboard a champion made Bob Berger, bull rider, the top money winner. He pocketed 595.84. He scored an unusually high 70 points for his sensational ride Friday.


Bob Romer, with a score of 66, walked away with $446.88; Johnny Nix, with 65 points, took $297.92. Lee Markholt and Bob Voegele, a Ponca City contestant tied for fourth with 63 points. Each received $74.48 for their eight-second rides.


In bareback bronc riding Jess Gatlin and Denny Wingate tie for first in the average, each scoring 120 points in two rides. Payoff was $116.65 each.


Winner in the average for calf roping was Richard Mullins, who tied two head in the good time of 29.7 for $178.36. Fastest time of the three days was the 10.2 of Steve Massey in the first go-round. Massey, with a 14.5 in the second go-round, was second in average with 30.8.


Brandon McReynolds, a consistent winner in saddle bronc, the only event which he enters, won first go-round and tied for second in the second to win the average with 136 points. He was $384.15 richer when he went off after getting the whistle Saturday night.


Bobby Bean had 14.1 seconds on two head in steer wrestling for first in average. This was good for $210.38, and with his third place win in first go-round paid off for a total of $315.56 for his 14.1 seconds of work in the arena.


Deana Miller was first in barrels for 128.


All-Events Star Got His Start With 101 Ranch - The third presentation of the Guy Schultz Memorial trophy will be made at the final performance of the

101 Ranch Rodeo this year.


The trophy goes to the All Around Cowboy, which is determined by the contestant winning the most money in two or more of fee standard events. It becomes his personal possession.


Last year the recipient was young Phil Lyne of West George, Tex., who went on to gain the coveted title of Rookie of the Year of the Rodeo Cowboys Association.


The trophy memorializes one of the great performers of the world famous 101 Ranch Wild West Shows, who has become a legend in the world of rodeo — Guy Schultz. It was established by his widow.


Schultz began his career in rodeo when he was 12 years old at Bliss, now Marland, with the permission of his mother.


That was his first rodeo and his first win—the first of many firsts gathered over the years.


Though his original entry was saddle bronc, Guy was far from a one-event man. He was as all around as a cowboy could get. Saddle bronc and doggin' were his favorite events, but he entered wild cow milking, calf roping, bareback, steer roping, bull riding, and the relays.


Guy, weighing only 145 pounds, was the first man to bulldog a buffalo, a great, shaggy animal weighing more than a half ton. This feat earned him $3,000 a performance at Chicago.


As a special event in the wild west shows, he would bulldog a steer from a moving car or ride an ostrich. Crowds loved the birds, but they were tricky to ride.


Guy Schultz was the first —and only—cowboy to ride the famous bronc Midnight.


His saddle and chaps, together with some of the best known pictures of Guy are now in the Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City. He is included in the Western Hall of Fame in Omaha, Neb.


Guy was a cowhand at the 101 Ranch in its most colorful days. Later he was an arena director.


He was a friend and coworker of such cowboys and showmen as Tom Mix, Ben Johnson, Pawnee Bill, Buffalo Bill and Gabby Hays.


Guy was the subject of a story by Will Rogers, his close personal friend, appearing in a New York City paper.


Rogers began his account of the great performer, and genius with horses by telling of his riding a bronc and having a person ask: "Who is Guy Schultz?"


To ask that of a cowboy or rodeo fan is like asking a New Yorker "Who is Babe Ruth," was the answer.

Chickasha Girl Winner Of Rodeo Queen Title - Miss Carla Watson of Chickasha was announced as queen of the 1970 101 Ranch Rodeo here Saturday evening.


She was presented with two dozen roses and a saddle in a ceremony preceding the start of the third and final performance of the annual rodeo.


First runner-up for the honor was Dede Elkan of Bartlesville. Sue Ann Anderson, Gushing, was second runner-up; Robbie Willerton of Tonkawa, third runner-up, and the Miss Congeniality title was won by Jeanne McClung, Newkirk.


Miss Elkan received a $100 check and Miss Andear'son a pair of boots, and both also were presented with trophies along with the queen and Miss McClung.


A table model radio went to Miss Willerton and an engraved trophy buckle was given to the ticket sales winner, Nancy Kelly of Ponca City who sold 734 rodeo tickets.


Miss Congeniality was selected by a vote of the 13 queen contestants.


The queen, contest was judged 50 percent on horsemanship 25 percent on poise and personality and 25 percent on appearance.


The new queen succeeds Beveriy McAnally of Coyle, which reigned the past year. Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Watson, she graduated from Chickasha High School last spring as salutatorian of her class. A member of the Oklahoma and National honor societies, she will attend the Oklahoma College of Liberal Arts in Chickasha this fall on a full scholarship.


The queens have been guests at luncheons and dinners the past week, during which time they boosted the 101 Ranch Rodeo.


Area girls were guests of the Rotary, Kiwanis, Noon Lions and Ponca City Business and Professional Women's Club for luncheons and dinner. Thursday the out-of-town girls were entertained by the American Business Club.

By Myrtle (Peggy) Prentice


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