101 Wild West Rodeo





The 60th Annual 101 Wild West Rodeo

June 6 - 8, 2018

Website will be updated as information becomes available.

Keep Watching For Updates.





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 - 1978


RODEO DATES: August 17th, 18, & 19th

ANNOUNCER: Clem McSpadden GRAND MARSHAL: Clem McSpadden

The Home of Ropin', Ridin', & Barrel Racing.....Wild West Lives On In 101 Ranch Rodeo


The rodeo. Nowhere but on the North American continent will you find one.

While sports such as soccer, hockey, and tennis have gained international recognition, the rodeo remains purely an American-Canadian venture.


Created as a test of skills and bravery that once were required of every cowboy who herded cattle across the western plains, the rodeo has retained a mystique about it that is unique in the sporting world. One gets the impression that he is not actually watching a modern-day spectator sport, but a segment of the past that began to disappear with the advent of the barbed wire fence.


The men who make up the rodeo also share a common bond with their heritage. Their lives, as such, are not as harsh as their grandfathers or great-grandfathers, but they have the same ,toughness and single-mindedness that their predecessors had.


Next week, the 101 Ranch Rodeo returns to Ponca City. With it come parades, contests, and some of the best rodeo performers in the United States. And a chance to catch a little glimpse of history.

101 Ranch Rodeo Week Events In Full Swing


Festivities for the 101 Ranch Rodeo are in full swing with activities continuing through Saturday.


A "Dig for Gold", sponsored by Security Bank, is scheduled for noon Wednesday near Third and Grand, along with free horse and wagon rides by the Ponca Trail Blazers Round-up Club. Thursday will feature a high noon shootout by the American Business Club, followed by a square dance, promoted by the Pioneer Squares, downtown at 7 p.m., with the first round of the rodeo at the rodeo grounds at 8 p.m.


KLOR's World Famous Terrapin Derby will be run at noon Friday in the downtown area and the second leg of the rodeo will be held at 8 p.m.


The Noon Lions Club is sponsoring this year's Cow Chip Throw, to be held downtown Saturday at 10 a.m., followed by another "high noon shootout" by the AMBUCS.


The annual Rodeo Parade will begin at 2 p.m. and the final night of the rodeo will again start at 8 p.m. The rodeo will be followed by a western dance, sponsored by the 101 Ranch Foundation, at the Rodeo Grounds.

101 Ranch Oldtimers Reunite This Week

The 101 Ranch Oldtimers Association will meet at the Cherokee Strip Living Museum of Arkansas City on Aug. 18th. The group will gather at 3 p.m. in the lobby of the museum. A tour will be conducted by the curator, Herbert Marshall.

According to Mike Sokol, president of the Oldtimers, the group will also meet in the Chamber of Commerce Building . in Ponca City on the 17th, 18th and 19th of Aug. A chuck wagon dinner will be held on Aug. 19th at 4 p.m.
Denzil Alcorn's Band To Play at Rodeo Dance Saturday

Denzil Alcorn and the Wanderin, Okies will be the featured band at the 101 Ranch Rodeo Dance, to be held Saturday night after the rodeo at the rodeo grounds.

Alcorn, a native son, started his band career in 1960 when he won a talent show and went on the the Big D Jamboree and the Louisiana Hayride in Shreveport, La.












Other winners were: David Yerby, 9-6, $10; Edna Pesewonit, 9-2, $5; Bryce Parker, 9-1, $2; Sean Robinson, 9-0, $1; Trent Fryer. 8-10, $1, Shelly Gross 8-10, $1

TWIRLIN' THOSE ROPES IN THE 101 RANCH RODEO ARENA are Dallas and Marty Tipton. They're getting ready for their Saturday night performance at the rodeo, along with other trick roping students learning the "tricks of the trade" from Mike Sokoll, a trick roper with the 101 Ranch. In the arena with Dallas and Marty will be Margaret Moorman, Kelly Kitchen, Bayne Kreger, Sara Kreger, Kim Kreger, Dessa Kreger ,Danny Coon, Buddy Coon, Robert Cartlidge, Mark Freeman IV, Mikeal Aker, Evelyn Dulinsky, and daughter Tammy, Buddy Nash, Matt Crumrine, Jo-Lin Walker, Mary Steichen, Cary Sue Majors, Pam McVay and Michele Parker.




Katie The Mule To Miss First Parade In 18 Years

John Heinze will be participating in his 18th 101 Ranch Rodeo Parade, Saturday. For nearly all of them he has been the parade chairman.

But missing from the event for the first time will be.his mule Katie, which was ridden either by Heinze or his young grandson, Scottie Fisher, in the previous 17 parades. Katie's health won't permit her to take part this time.


The 18th annual edition is scheduled to move out at 2 p.m. Saturday, starting at Union and Grand and proceeding west to Seventh.

Chairman Heinze is encouraging all types of western units to participate. In the line of march are to be the official 101 Ranch Rodeo Band, directed by Bill Anderson; Shrine units, riding clubs, unattached horseback riders, buggies, wagons and other similar vehicles, antique cars and a number of political figures.


Those wishing to be in the parade are urged to be in position at the starting . point ahead of the starting time. Heinze said all horse units are asked to line up in the 100 block of North Union, Shrine units in the 100 block of South Union and the politicians on Grand west of the starting line.


One of the color guard units will be' the newly formed group from the Marland VFW chapter. Marland, then Bliss, was the first location of the famous 101 Ranch.

Rodeo Starts Tonight

The 101 Ranch Rodeo opens tonight with the first of three nights of competition. Starting time is set for 8 p.m. at the rodeo grounds.


Clem McSpadden, well known rodeo announcer and former gubernatorial candidate, will again be the announcer at this year's outing.


Competition will include bareback riding, calf roping, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, barrel racing, and bull riding, as well as the annual buffalo stampede. Thursday's stampede will feature riders from radio station KLOR, with riders from the Ponca City Police Department riding Friday night, and a combined team of the best riders riding in the Saturday night finale.


In addition to the regular competition, the Rodeo Queen will be selected on Saturday night.


Several champions from last year will be returning to try and repeat their wins. Top money-winner and winner of the calf-roping competition, Rick Parsons, Tulsa, will be back, as well as bull riding champ Charlie McCrary, Stillwater and bareback riding winner Bob Logue.

101 Ranch Rodeo Opening Dry, But Windy


No water, but a lot of wind. That's what faced those in attendance during the first night of the 101 Ranch Rodeo Thursday night.


Unlike last year's rain debacle, the contestants and the 3,500 spectators, a vast improvement over last year's soggy event, in attendance had only to sit through a steady southern wind that gusted to 25 mph.


The absence of rain showed up in the times of the riders, as well. Pawnee's Colin Howell stunned the crowd with a 4.4 second time the steer wrestling  competition, considerably better than the 7.1 second time set by last year's winner, Rick Bradley.


Howell was followed closely by Kellyville, Okla., native Stan Williamson, who posted a 4.6 second time to put him 'in second place. Currently third is former world champion Tommy Puryear, with a 4.8 second run.

Corpus Christi, Tex., resident Buddy Geter topped last year's winning time in the calf roping contest, as well, tying his calf in 8.7 seconds. His time beat that of last year's winner Rick Parsons, who is slated to compete in the calf roping tonight, by .7 of a second.


Bill Tyer, Grandview, Tex. ,currently holds second with a time of 10.4 seconds, and Stillwater resident Roger Marlow is third with 10.8 seconds.


Ike Sankey, Rose Hill, Kans., took a first-night lead -in the bareback riding' event with a score of 70, followed by T. J. Walter with 62 and Rusty Riddle with 61.


Former Ponca City resident Sammie Groves took a commanding lead in the saddle bronc riding competition. Groves, now of Stroud, Okla., hit 71 points, with former world champion Monty Henson second with 63 and Ike Sankey with 61.


Two Texans led the way in the bull riding competition. Ricky Bolin, Mesquite, Tex., topped the nine riders who stayed on past the eight-second buzzer with a score of 75. Runner-up to the world champion bull rider last year, Randy Magers, was second with a 73, and four-time national champ Don Gay is currently in third with a score of 72.


Kathy Braungardt topped the field in the barrel races with a 17.4 ride. Linda Moore placed second with a 17.8 and Jacque Clampitt and Paula Phillips are tied for third with runs of 18.0.

Cowboys Holding Their Leads Going Into Final Performance


All but one of the Thursday night contestants retained their leads after the second performance of the 101 Ranch Rodeo, held Friday night.


Only former world champion John McBeth was able to tie the Thursday night leader, Stroud native Sammie Grove, in the saddle bronc riding contest. McBeth, from Burden, Kan., posted a 71 to earn his share of the lead.


Another Burden resident, Dave Price, moved into second place with a score of 64.


Cumby, Tex., veteran Chuck Logue moved into second in the bareback riding event with a score of 68. Texan Paul Mayo, a two-time national champion currently in third with a 66 and fellow Texan Curtis Molder is fourth with a 64.


Ike Sankey still leads in bare backing with his score of 70.


Gary Toole, Mangum resident, Comanche, Okla. rider Dick Miller moved into a fourth-place tie in the riding competition. Both scored a 71, well short of current leader Ricky Bolin's 75, which he scored Thursday night.


It was a bad night for the steer wrestlers, with the steers nearly winning. Nine wrestlers left the chute in pursuit of their animals, but only five came back with a score, and one of those had 10 seconds added to his time for breaking the barrier.


The closest anyone came to Colin Howell's electrifying 4.4 second run in Friday's rodeo was Apache's Gregg Hindemann. Hindemann turned in a 5.1 second time to put him in fourth behind Howell, Stan Willimason and Tommy Puryear.


The two final contestants in Friday's calf roping event, Texans Bobby Hungate and Johnny Hudson, took at least a temporary hold on second and third, respectively, in the calf roping competition. Hungate, the final roper, posted a 9.4 second run, only seven-tenths of a second slower than leader Buddy Geters time.


Hudson finished with a time of 9.7 seconds.


Two Oklahoma girls moved into a second-place tie in the barrel race.

Renee Ward, Appington, and Sheri Trent, Del City, finished with a 17.6 second run to be currently ranked second behind Kathy Braungardt, who ran a 7.4 Thursday night.


Ward's mother, Florence Youree, Appington, finished one-tenth of a second behind her daughter, good enough  to take third place in the standings.

Sankey Wins Top Honor At '78 101 Ranch Rodeo


A Kansan received the award for best all around cowboy and a Texan walked off with the biggest purse as the 101 Ranch Rodeo drew to a close Saturday night.


Ike Sankey, Rose Hill, Kan., received the Sonny Shultz Memorial Trophy for best all-around cowboy after winning the bareback competition and placing fifth in the saddle bronc contest.


Sankey had erroneously been listed as the third-place finisher in the bareback, but a quick check of the scores revealed that his Thursday night score of 72 was good enough for first.


Sankey won $576.24 for his finish in the bare back competition. Glen Webb, Prairieville, La., scored a 71 on Saturday night to move into second place, along with third-place finisher. Dale Hirschman, Del City.


Two Mesquite, Texas, cowpokes became a little bit richer for their efforts in the rodeo when they finished first and third in the bull riding event.


Rick Bolin and Don Gay finished first and third, respectively, in the bull riding, with Bolin taking the biggest purse of the rodeo, $952.56.


Bolin's score of 74 edged out runner-up to the national champion last year and fellow Texan Randy Magers by one point. All three of the top finishers competed on Thursday night.


Jimmy Roper, Oktaha, came up with an outstanding 4.3 second run on Saturday night to take the lead, and a victory, away from Colin Howell in the steer wrestling event. Howell, who hails from Pawnee, had a Thursday night run of 4.4 seconds. Kellyville's Stan Williamson was third with a time of 4.6 seconds.


Roper took home a purse of $635.04 for his win.


Sammy Groves' Thursday score of 72 proved to be unbeatable, as the Stroud resident took the first-place. prize of $482.16 in the saddle bronc competition. Rick Whorton, Springdale, Ark., scored a 71 on Saturday night to move into a tie with Kansan John McBeth, while Kansans Tom Arnold and Dave Price ended in a tie for third.


Stillwater's Buddy Geter retained his lead in the calf roping contest with his Thursday time of 8.7 seconds to win the j $693.84 first prize. Fellow Oklahoman Gary Johnson was one-tenth of a second behind Geter for second place and another Oklahoman, Roy Burk, was third.


Kansan Sue Elliot won the barrel racing competition on the final night with a time of 17.3 seconds, edging out another Kansan, Kathy Braungardt and Oklahoman Rene Ward. Elliot won $291.30 for her efforts.

Disclaimer - The information found on these pages is only meant to be a concise chronological collection of happenings as they relate to each year's 101 Ranch Rodeo and not a complete or total recreation of each year's events and/or happenings. If you have additional information pertaining to the 101 Ranch Rodeo and would like to share it with us and others that visit this website, please feel free to submit your information to us and we will be glad to review it and consider adding it to these pages.


contact us bookmark