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101 Wild West Rodeo History - 1971

 
 

RODEO DATES: August 26th, 27th, & 28th

   
ANNOUNCER: Clem McSpadden GRAND MARSHAL:
RODEO QUEEN: Gale Harmon SPECIALTY ACT: Bucky LeGrand

Grocery Stores Selling Tickets For 101 Rodeo - 101 Ranch Rodeo tickets are in the grocery stores.

 

The rodeo office, with the reserve seat board, has opened at the Chamber of Commerce, 112 North Third.

 

Work is under way at the rodeo arena.

 

First performance of the 101 Ranch Rodeo for 1971 will be 8 p.m. Thursday, August 26, and the third and final one will be Saturday, August 28.

 

The queen contest has been announced with Mrs. Neita Rogers of the Ponca City Business and Professional Women's club again serving as queen hostess.

 

The tough stock of Elra Beutler and Son of El Reno will again provide competing cowboys an opportunity to turn in good rides on the bucking stock, and test their skill in timed events.

 

The popular announcer, Clem McSpadden will be behind the microphone, with his extensive knowledge of the rugged sport of professional rodeo adding much for the enjoyment of the crowd.

 

Thursday, the first night, will be Family Night. This was initiated last year and proved so popular it is being repeated.

 

One member of the family can purchase a regular $2 50 ticket for the advance price of $2, and purchase the second ticket for one-half. This represents a savings of $2 on the two tickets.

 

As in past years, the advance price is $2, while at the gate seats will be $2.50. The box seats are $3.50.

 

Each ticket purchased from the grocery stores or the queen contestants must be exchanged at the rodeo office for a reserved seat.

Bargain On Rodeo Tickets For Family Night August 26th


Stock by Elra Beutler and Son — Clem McSpadden, announcer — top cowboys in the professional sport of rodeo — $7,000 prize money — clown; Buck LeGrand and the Clark Brothers — queen contest — downtown parade — carnival — rodeo dance.

 

This all adds up to just one thing — the best three days of rodeo in the history of the 101 Ranch Rodeo!

 

Performances will be at 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, August 26, 27 and 28. The queen will not be crowned until the final show.

 

Tickets are available at Ponca City grocery stores and from any queen contestant after she has announced her candidacy.

 

Purchased in advance they are only $2. Reserved seats are $2.50 at the gate and box seats are $3.50.

 

Tickets for Thursday, Family Night, are even a better bargain. Purchase one at the regular advance sale price of $2 and buy the second ticket for $1. This way, for $3, on Family Night a fan gets two tickets which would cost $5 at the rodeo grounds.

 

Tickets must be taken to the 101 Ranch Rodeo office, 112 North Third, and exchanged for a reserved seat. Those desiring box seats will pay the additional $1 at the time the tickets are exchanged.

 

The majority of box seats are sold, Mrs. Harry Braden, who is in charge of the ticket office, said Saturday. But there are still good selections for each night.

 

Persons who have found their favorite spot in the grandstand from which to watch the excitement in the arena should exchange their tickets as soon as possible, Mrs. Braden said.

Rodeo Cowboys Still Rugged Individualists — The last authentic remnant of the Old West is that most rugged and fiercely independent athlete—the rodeo cowboy.

 

The cowboy, independent, proud of a free life, carved out a code of living at the turn of the century where there was no law.

 

This is the inheritance left by the men who worked the vast interests of the Miller Brothers—Joe, Zack and George, creators of the 101 Ranch.

 

Other vast spreads developed in the south and the west, but the cowboy did not change his character.

 

Working on the ranches or as a professional athlete, the cowboy's character today is the same—rugged and fiercely independent.

 

More than 100 of them will be competing in the 101 Ranch Rodeo for over $7,000 in prize money.

 

Professionalism in the sport of rodeo has been honed to a fine degree. Cowboy athletes are not range cowboys looking for an easy buck.

 

They are riders making a living—working hard to stay in their chosen profession—with a lot of college graduates on the pro rodeo circuit.

 

The cowboy does not roll his own smokes from a Bull Durham sack as they did on the range. Today, he does cigarette commercials.

 

As the West was growing up, he roped, wrestled steers, broke a bronc and fixed a windmill.

 

In rodeo business he is a specialist.

 

"Competition is so keen," says steer wrestler Jack Roddy, 1966 world champion bull dogger, "that you find most guys going for one event. The purses are so good nowadays that specialists 'are the rule".

 

In Fort Worth one of the best bareback bronc riders in the country was not allowed to ride in the parades. The other cowboys were afraid he'd fall off his horse. "He's used to holding on to that bareback bronc rigging and riding a certain way. It's not like sittin' a horse," Roddy said.

 

Jack has ridden the bucking horses and straddled the steers, too. But it was "like trying to stand a piece of spaghetti on end," he said.

 Standing 6-5, he's a bulldogger—period. Most steer wrestlers are big. Bronc riders are little.

 

Jack is typical of many of the professional rodeo cowboys. He got his first pony on his dad's San Jose, Calif., ranch when he was two.

 

"I never wanted to be anything except a cowboy," he said.

 

We've got two nice bars in San Francisco and I don't have to do this for a living. But I'd like to win another championship."

 

In high school he drew horses in art class. His phrase to describe his thoughts then is, "I'd sit around in class and rope my boot." Most of his waking thoughts homed in on saddle leather and a good horse.

 

"Rodeoing has come a lot of miles and a few million dollars since Roddy won the all-around intercollegiate championship and steer wrestling title at Cal Poly in 1959.

 

"Harley May set the money-winning record with $19,000 in 1954," he said. "Ten years later, C. R. Boucher broke the record, but only by $400. I won $22,400 bulldogging in '66 and Roy Duvall broke my record last year with $30,300. Larry Mahan won $57,726 as all-around champion in 1969 and that's the way the money has jumped up. We've got ten million people coming to see us, and there's $3.8 million in purses.

 

"Cowboying has changed. We're not a bunch of drinkers, fighters, and tobacco chewers. If a guy writes a bad check he's going to get suspended. We've got a rule book, and we're going to keep the sport clean.

 

"This sport," he said, "is plumb independent. I've got a boy and I'd like for him to he a cowboy. People like cowboys. Those cigarette ads that show a cowboy are really popular with women. Cowboys don't have a bunch of agents and lawyers like other athletes. They don't have bed checks.

 

"This hat cost me $50 and I got a pair of Justin boots worth $120. My clothes are tailor-made in Denver, but they're cowboy clothes. I'm a cowboy and I want people to know I'm a cowboy.

 

"I'm proud to be a cowboy."

Former 101 Ranch Hands Make Plans For Fourth Reunion In '71


The first two years, there was no money for expenses always a part of every reunion At the business session this year, during rodeo week, the group voted to pay dues of $5 a year, according to Mike Sokoll, who was reelected president.

 

Membership cards are now being printed and soon will be mailed to all who have paid their dues. Nineteen had paid for the coming year before the 1970 reunion was over.

 

Eighty-six Old Timers and special guest were present for the chuck wagon feed at the Pioneer Woman Park. Amount the guests was Montie Montana.

 

An exhibition of roping was given by boys and girls in Sokoll's roping class, following which Montana presented each of them with a personally autographed picture of himself and Rex, his wonder horse.

 

Sokoll proudly wore a pair of 101 Ranch chaps made by Larry Williams of Niagara Falls, N.Y., a former 101 ranch hand, and presented to Sokoll during one of the sessions at the Chamber of Commerce office.

 

Sokoll has appointed committees to contact all former 101 Ranch personnel, enlist their memberships and make plans for them to attend the 1971 reunion there were about 30 in Ponca City. This year there were more than 60 registered, representing 12 states. They came from as far east at New York and as far west as California. Others were here from Mississippi, Texas and Wisconsin.

 

With the country divided into four districts and a vice chairman to work in each, at least 150 are expected to be here in 1971.

Display Of Things Western Slated


Space is now being assigned for Western Appreciation Day, to be held in conjunction with the 101 Ranch Rodeo and Old Timers fourth annual reunion next Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

 

The display is to be on the Security Bank parking lot on East Grand and is being sponsored by the bank Thursday and Friday from 9:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.

 

Anything western—new or old—may be placed on the lot, Carl Balcer, who is in charge of arrangements, said. Space may be reserved by calling Balcer at the bank.

 

The display will be open to the public and there is no charge for space, Balcer said.

 

People of this area have many 'interesting and historic objects dating back to the early West, while others possess articles typical of the West today.

 

Seeing such displays side-by-side will depict the development of the West from the open range days to the sophisticated West of the 1970s, Balcer said.

First 101 Rodeo In 1905 Recalled


"Zack Miller gave me my first dime," said Mrs. F. E. (Elsie) McAllister, longtime Oklahoma resident who attended the first organized 101 ranch rodeo held June 11, 1905.

 

Mrs. McAllister, 330 South Pine, lived as a little girl on a farm surrounded on three sides by 101 Ranch land. She remembers the Miller Brothers, and although she was a young girl at the time, recalls going to the first rodeo.

 

Elsie and her brothers and sisters had stayed up all night the night before the rodeo watching the 33 train car loads of cowboys and ranchers unload. They watched the train until dawn, "Then we got hungry and went home to eat," she said.

 

The unloading seemed to provide those present with nearly as much excitement as the rodeo.

 

Mrs. McAllister recalled the Miller brothers selling tincups to the Crowds for them to take to the nearby creek for a drink.

 

The dime Zack Miller gave, her was earned by going to the well to get him some water. She said she spent six cents on material for a dress but can't remember what she did with the remaining four cents. She said with a chuckle, "A dime was alot of money back then!"

Mrs. McAllister remembers that first rodeo as being much more exciting than the present day rodeos. Although she admits that it may partly be due to the  thrill of being a child at such an event, she thinks it is because the participants were authentic cowboys instead of show riders who wear fancy clothes.

 

Geronimo was among the famous people at the first show, Mrs. McAllister said.


Instead of the popular peanuts and popcorn sold at modern rodeos, the fans of that early day were content to bring their own sack lunches and get their drink from the tin cups at the creek.

 

She doesn't recall any queen contest although .she said there were a few girls who rode in the show.

 

Mrs. McAllister said she has only been to one modern rodeo and hasn't been back because she remembered the old show as being so much more thrilling.

 

The 1905 event had been widely advertised and there were special trains from Kansas City and Dallas full of spectators. Thousands of near-by folks  came in farm wagons, buck boards and buggies.

 

According to a newspaper clipping, there was only one automobile on the grounds.

 

That first rodeo, which entertained the National Editorial Association, was the first entertainment of the kind to be staged at the ranch, although in latter years it was to become the greatest crowd assembling spot in the southwest. It was also the initiative for the Millers to put their first wild west show on the  road soon afterward and it was the kickoff for all the future greatness of the big ranch.

101 Rodeo Stock Arrives, Oldtimer Here For Reunion


Broncs — well-fed, pampered brutes—and strong, heavy, vile-tempered Brahma bulls, often fighting among themselves, are in the corrals at the 101 Ranch Rodeo arena. The three nights of ridings roping and 'dogging competition begin Thursday.

 

The first oldtimer has arrived for the fourth annual reunion of men and women who worked at the 101 Ranch many years ago.

 

The trailriders will be going out this afternoon to camp near Blue Stem Lake, northwest of Pawhuska before beginning their ride into Ponca City for the 101 Ranch Rodeo.

 

And it is time to dress western!

 

Western garb is the high fashion for Ponca City during Rodeo Week. Boots - hats -jeans - blouses - ties - dresses of the pioneer women — all are appropriate.

 

Empty slots have appeared on the reserved seat board at the Rodeo Ticket Office, 112 North Third, as fans hurry to get their favorite locations in the grandstand.

 

The regular $2.50 tickets may be purchased for $2 at Ponca City grocery stores, but must be turned in for reserved seat There will be an addition charge of $1 for a box seat.

 

For Thursday, Family Night two $2.50 tickets will cost only $3 if purchased in advance.

 

The first oldtimer to arrive is Orville Vasser of Victorvill, Calif., who came to Ponca City Friday. He was employed at the ranch in 1906, and was the 32nd to send in his reservation for the. 1971 reunion. The reunion is expected to draw 100, Mike Sokoll, president of the Old Timers organization said.

 

For the first time there is be a carnival at the rodeo grounds. It will be in full-swing Wednesday with 15 rides and like number of concessions.

 

Cowboys will begin to come into Ponca City Wednesday entries close at 4 p.m. and the  drawing of stock begins.

 

Everything is adding up to the finest performance and the most  outstanding queen contest since the 101 Ranch Rodeo was revived in 1960.

Champs Compete In 101 Rodeo


Do the top cowboys of the nation compete in the 101 Ranch Rodeo?

 

You bet they do!


Each year the top 15 money winners in each event go to the National Finals Rodeo—the "World Series" of professional rodeo. Here the All Around cowboy and World Champions are determined.

 

The All Around is the cowboy athlete who wins the most money in two or more events. World champions are event top money winners.

 

Of the five leading contenders for All Around this year, four have rodeoed at the 101 and two have pocketed a share of the more than $7,000 in prize money.

 

Phil Lyne of George West, Tex., leading in All Around standings, won the Guy Shultz Memorial Trophy as the 101 Ranch Rodeo All Around in 1969 and went on to win pro rodeo's Rookie of the Year title. Lyne is one of the sport's newest and best all around hands, entering five events—saddle bronc, bare-back bronc and bull riding, calf roping and steer wrestling.


By mid-August he had pocketed $31,013, with Bob Berger of Norman not far behind with $28,941. Berger, too, has beer out in the 101 Ranch Rodeo arena on saddle broncs and bulls.

 

Berger is typical of many modern professional cowboy athletes. In his mid-twenties, he holds a bachelor's degree in animal husbandry. He rodeos full time, flying his own plane across the country. He began his rodeo career in 4-H competition back in 1958 and likes rodeo because "your only limit is your own incentive."

 

In third place is Paul Mayo of Grinnell, Iowa, with $26,258.

 

Larry Mahan of Brooks, Ore,, drew Hurricane, the No. 2, Brahma of the Jim Shoulders string. One last spin, less than a split second before the horn, dumped Mahan. That was in 1965 and Mahan went on to win the bull riding title and was seventh in All Around competition.

 

In 1966 he won the All Around title for the first time. This year Mahan is competing hard to win it for an unprecedented sixth year. He has the record of most money won in a single year-$57,726.

 

Many other cowboys, specializing in one event and currently in the top 15 money winners, have had 101 Ranch Rodeo fans holding their breath as they rode, dogged or roped.

 

In saddle bronc there is Shawn Davis of Whitehall, Mont. and Dennis Reimers of Clara City, Minn.

 

Bareback bronc riders among the leading contenders who have made trips to the pay window here are Bob Mayo of Grinnell, Iowa-brother of Paul and Gary Tucker of Carlsbad, N. M.

 

Bob has walked away with more 101 Ranch Rodeo money than his brother Paul. His distinctive style lying back on the bronc is familiar to fans across the country.

 

Rodeoing seems to run in the Mayo family. In addition to Paul, there is elder brother Don, who was high in the standings. Youngest brother, Roger, is getting his start in pro rodeo.

 

The longest is in bull riding — 11 of the top 15 having competed here at least once, usually several times.

 

In addition to the four All Around contenders they are Bob Steiner of Austin, Tex., Bill Stanton of Oakland, Calif., Jerome Robinson of Brandon, Neb., Sandy Kirby of Woodstown, N. J., Bill Kornell of Salmon, Idaho, Myrtis Dighton of Crockett, Tex., and Randy Magers of Fort Worth.

 

Though fifth in the standings, Stanton does not compete full time, but at any rodeo he is considered the man to beat. When he is not riding bulls, he is selling real estate in California.

 

Robinson held the unofficial record in 1970 for competing in the most rodeos — 128. He graduated from Colorado State University that year and qualified for the National Finals.

 

When he was 19 years old, red-headed Bill Kornell won the bull riding crown and was Rookie of the Year. Bill is always a tough competitor in bull riding when he decides to travel.

 

Magers was fifth in the event last year, although he was injured a month before the Finals and was unable to compete in the year-end "World Series," banking a thousand dollars more than he did in 1969.

 

Richard Stovers of Duncan, Junior Garrison of Marlow, Barry Burk of Duncan and Tim Prather of Snyder, Tex., are the top calf roping contenders who have been in the 101 Ranch Rodeo arena.

 

Garrison, who has been here four years, is one of the favorites with 101 spectators. He was calf roping champion in 1970. If he continues to rodeo for some years to come, as he's planning, it is expected he will go down in rodeo history as one of the great calf ropers.

 

Junior is credited with roping and, tying a calf in the fastest time in rodeo, when in 1967 he turned in an incredible 7.5 seconds at Evergreen, Colo.

 

Barry Burk, second in calf roping in 1970 with $22,443, has become the perennial holdings of this spot in world standings. For four consecutive years, he has finished in the runner-up spot for the championship. Rodeoing runs in the family, as he is the son of a former world contender, Dee Burk, and has two uncles, Jiggs and Clyde, who were also deeply involved in rodeo.

 

Seven steer wrestlers currently in the world championship top 15 contenders have tried their skill against the tough stock at the 101 Ranch Rodeo.

 

They are Bill Hale of Checotah, Nathan Haley of Hanna, Jim Poteet of Duncan, Jim Smith of Castle, Don Huddleston of Talihina, Roy Duvall of Boynton, Sonny Ehr of Minot, N. D., and Rex Bland of Trent, Tex.

 

Hale is consistent. Now leading by more - than $9,000, and with his background in steer wrestling, a championship seems inevitable. At the 1970 Finals, he took a first place win in five seconds flat.

 

Roy Duvall, a familiar competitor to 101 Ranch Rodeo fans, is the "big man from Boynton." He holds the record for the most money won in the event in a single season—$30,715 in 1967, one of the years he competed here.

 

If the 29-year-old dogger maintains his past record of winning championships every other year, he's due for another title in 1971.

 

How many of these rodeo greats will be in the 101 Ranch Rodeo arena again this year no one will know until after entries close at 4 p.m. today.

 

There is no doubt that many of these and others will be here Thursday, Friday or Saturday when the professional cowboy athlete will be the Star.

Former 101 Ranch Cowhands, Showmen Arriving For Reunion


First arrivals for the 101 Ranch Rodeo are the "old timers," those men and women who lived and worked a the 101 Ranch in the days of its greatest glory.

 

They began coming in Monday with Mr. and Mrs. Larry Williams of Niagara Falls N.Y., the first to arrive. Williams was a "ranch hand, but vivid are his memories of the fun, and at times excitement, of those days.

 

Jerry Goodman, who worked on the ranch, has flown in from Grafton, Wis., sharply dressed in a well-tailored summer suit—quite different from his work-a-day clothes on the 101. Goodman has his own ranch now.

 

Last week 56 former workers, cowboys and cowgirls, performers, costume designers and makers and members of the Wild West Show band had made reservations for the reunion. It is expected that still others will just "drop in," said Mike Sokoll, president of the organization formed last year when 33 attended.

 

Headquarters are the Chamber of Commerce office, where the coffee pot is always on and there is a large conference room for visiting.

Saturday there will be the chuck wagon feed in the Pioneer Woman Park, with one of the cooks being Jackie Laird, famous cowgirl.

 

Jackie prefers to cook, along with Mr. and Mrs. Jack Newman, rather than sitting down and being an "honored guest."

 

That evening the "old-timers" will attend the final performance of the the 101 Ranch Rodeo to watch the modem day professional cowboy athlete compete for prize money of approximately $7,000.

 

Cowboys at the 101 Ranch contested against each other, but for money each dropped into the hat. It was their relaxation—not a way to earn a living.

RODEO OPENS THREE-NIGHT STAND


Cowboys Vying For Cash, Place In National Finals


With cut-off  date for qualifying for the National Finals Rodeo in Oklahoma City only two months away, leading cowboys are intensifying their competition.

 

This weekend 161 of them will be at the 101 Ranch Rodeo trying to add to their earnings from the more than $7,000 purse.

 

The opening performance begins with the grand entry at 8 p.m. today.

 

Advance tickets may still be purchased at Ponca City grocery stores, but must be exchanged for a reserved seat at the Rodeo Ticket Office, 112 North Third.

 

Tonight is Family Night with two $2.50 tickets costing only $3 if purchased in advance.

 

The office will be closed at 5 o'clock and moved to the arena, opening there about 6 o'clock.

 

Of the 15 top All Around Cowboys in the nation, six will be in action in the 101 Ranch Rodeo. An all around is determined by the amount of money won in two or more of the standard events.

 

They are Phil Lyne of George West, Tex., who is leading in the standings, Bob Berger of Norman in second place; Paul Mayo of Grinnell, Iowa, fourth; T. J. Walter, Watkins, Iowa, sixth; Barry Burk, Duncan, tenth, and Jay Himes, Beulah, Colo., 12th.

 

So stiff is the competition, the standings change from week to week and money pocketed at the 101 could well move a cowboy up a position or two.

 

Of this elite group, Himes, Walters and Mayo will be out on bareback stock this evening, and Mayo will be out in bull riding.

 

Lyne, in addition to leading All Around as of last Monday, also is leading calf roper. He won the AH Around title of the 101 Ranch Rodeo in 1969, receiving the Guy Shultz Memorial Trophy.

 

Other leading contenders in calf roping entered here are Junior Garrison of Marlow, Lyne, in addition to leading, All Around as of last Monday also is leading calf roper. He won the All Around title of the 101 Ranch Rodeo in 1969, receiving the Guy Shultz Memorial Trophy.

 

Other leading contenders in calf roping entered here are Junior Garrison of Marlow fourth nationally, and Gary Ledford, Comanche, ninth. Ledford has drawn a calf for tonight.

 

In saddle bronc, a man to contend with is Brandon McReynolds of Andrews, Tex. who though not in the top in the event, always turns in a good score here and pockets a big share of the purse.

 

John McBeth of Atlanta, Kan. has qualified for the NFR. the past six years, though not in included in the standings so far in 1971. A win tonight in saddle bronc would help gain him a try at the more than $100,000 purse at the "world series" of rodeo.

 

Ron Chaloupek of Beaver is returning this year after winning the Guy Shultz Memorial Trophy in 1970, the year he turned pro. He will compete in bareback.

 

Five top steer wrestlers called in. Billy Hale of Checotah, who has a $7,000 lead in the event, will be trying his skill this evening.

 

Other steer wrestlers who will be seen in action Friday and Saturday night are Nathan Haley, third; Jim Smith, Castle. eighth, Roy Duvall, Boynton, ninth and Don Huddleston, Talihina, tenth.

 

Bull riders who will be trying to stay aboard for eight seconds and make a good score to increase their national standings are John Quintana, Milwaukee, Ore., second; Bob Berger, third; o Bob Steiner, Austin, Tex.. fourth; Bill Stanton, Oakdale, Calif., sixth; Randy Magers, Fort Worth, eighth; Phil Lyne, ninth and Myrtis Dightman, tenth.

 

Bulls for tonight have been; drawn by Quintana, Paul Mayo, Stanton and Steiner.

 

A bonus for tonight will be an after-rodeo, when nine steer wrestlers will go out.

Top Cowboys In 101 Rodeo Events Divide Total Purse Of Nearly $8,000


After three days of the stiffest competition ever seen in the 101 Ranch arena, a nearly $8,000 purse was divided Saturday night among the lucky ones of the 161 cowboys entered.

 

In some instances cowboys in the top 15 in the national standings added to their total, while others had nothing to show for their efforts and left behind their entry fees, ranging from $20 to $35, depending upon the event.

 

Many times, it seemed the rugged and mean-tempered stock of Elra Beutler and Son starred.

 

Clowning in the arena to protect the lives of the cowboys and entertaining the crowds, which, numbered into the thousands each evening, were the veterans Buck LeGrand and the Clark Brothers, Gene and Bobbie.

 

Each evening the ever-popular rodeo announcer and politician, Clem McSpadden, who was behind the microphone, drew applause for the professional cowboy athletes when he described what they were not.

 

A cowboy has never been known to demonstrate against his country. He has never burned a draft card and there are no hippies among them. Out of the chutes in saddle bronc was Johnny Gass, just returning from a tour of duty in Vietnam.

 

The Guy Shultz Memorial Trophy, given to the All Around Cowboy was won by Marvin Holmes of Pickens, who placed in both go-rounds in saddle bronc and was second in the average, for $235.30. Holmes also competed in bareback riding.

 

The all around trophy goes to the cowboy who wins the most money in two or more events.

 

In bareback riding Gary Tucker, Carlsbad, N.M., 68.6, former world champ, won $439.04. Ben Calhoun, Canyon City, Colo., 64, $329.28; T. J. Walters, Watkins, Iowa, 62, third in the nation at the present time, $219.52: Hulin Missildine, 61.1, $109.76.

 

Calf roping winners were Kent Youngblood, Lamesa, Tex., 10.1, $768.32; Marvin Cantrell, Nars Visa, N.M., 10.9, $376.24; tie for third and fourth, Roy Burke, Duncan and Phil Lyne, George West, Tex., leading all around cowboy, 11-4, $288.12 , apiece.

 

Saddle bronc riding was the only event in which cowboys drew two head. First go-round winners were John McBeth, Atlanta, Kan., 65, $125.44; Marvin  Holmes, Pickens, 61, $94.08; Kurby Hebb, Kauffman, Tex., 59, $62.72 and Brandon McReynolds, Andrews, Tex., 57, $31.36.

 

In the second go-round, completed Saturday night, winners were Johnny Gass, Lubbock, Tex., 62, $125.44; McBeth, 61, $94.0.8 and Holmes and McReynolds split third and fourth, with 59 for $47.04 each.

 

Average in saddle bronc was won by McBeth, 126, $125.44; Holmes, 120, $84.98 and Gass and McReynolds split third and fourth, 116, $47.04. As there was more than $2,000 in the purse, steer wrestling paid six places. Billy Hale of Checotah, who is leading in the national standings, turned in a 4.5 seconds on his steer, the fastest time for this event in the 101 Ranch Rodeo arena. For this feat he pocketed $586.87.

 

Saturday might, two other times under five seconds were made, Bob Littrell, Marlow, 4.8 for $485.69 and Don Huddleston, Talihina, 4.9 for $3®4.50. In fourth place was Sonny Vaughn, Wayne, 5.3, $283.32; fifth, Roy Duvall, Boynton, ninth in current standings, 5.6, $182.03 and sixth, Dan Adcock, Ramona, 5.7, $101.19.

 

Bulls dominated the riders each evening at the 101 Ranch Rodeo. Bobby Steiner, Austin, Tex., turned in the best score, 66 for $556.64; Marv Shoulders, Henryetta, son of champion Jim Shoulders, 64, $417.48; and Jack Carnes, Perryton, 61, Myrtis Dightman, Houston, 61, and Ronnie Bowman, Calera, 61, $139.16.

 

Two Enid barrel racers tied for first with 17.5 seconds. Marva Beavers and Bana Perry took home $133.82 each. Other winners were Sharon Youngblood of Lamesa, Tex., 17.7, $95.95; Linda Ellis, Orlando, 17,8, $70.70 and Deana Miller, Tonkawa, and Kathy Lamkin, Wichita, split fifth and sixth with 17.9 seconds for $35.35.

 

Features of the barrel racing Friday and Saturday evenings were two seven-year-old cowgirls — Deena Wheaton, of Mounds, and Chris Boucher, daughter of C. R. Boucher, Burkburnett, Tex., 1964 steer wrestling champion. Deena turned the barrels in 18.1 Friday night while Chris ran them in 18.8. In some years these times would be good enough to put both girls in the money.

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