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 - 1985


RODEO DATES: August 8th, 9th, & 10th

ANNOUNCER: Dr. Charles "Bud" Townsend GRAND MARSHAL:

101 Ranch Rodeo Commemorative Belt Buckles

101 RANCH RODEO commemorative belt buckles are shown by Terry Altman of Altman Casting, Co. The limited series has been purchased by the 101 Rodeo Foundation. The buckles are on sale at the Ponca City Area Chamber of Commerce and will be available at the rodeo on the 8th, 9th and 10th of August. The buckles come in gold and antique brass.

101 RANCH RODEO belt buckles are now on sale at the Ponca City Area Chamber of Commerce office The buckles, cast by Altman Casting Company, are of a numbered limited edition. There are 100 gold-plated ones, selling for $35, and 300 brass buckles selling for $12. The buckles are available at Genes Western Store, McVay Outfitters, Frontier Federal, First National Bank, Pioneer Bank at Osage and American National Bank. The Rodeo Foundation is also selling T-shirts, posters, and license plates. The rodeo is set for Aug. 8, 9 and 10.

Milking Contest Entries Accepted


Entries are now being accepted for the 1985 Amateur Wild Cow Milking Contest held in conjunction with the 101 Ranch Rodeo Aug. 8, 9 and 10. Application forms are available at the offices of the Ponca City Area Chamber of Commerce, 112 North Third.


The Wild Cow Milking Contest will entertain prior to the 7:30 main performance each evening.


Each team will consist of three members: a roper, a mugger and a milker. The entry fee is $30 per team, and there is a limit of 10 teams per night. Contestants may indicate their preference of the night on which they perform, but assignments will be made on a first come, first served basis, so entries need to be received early. A team may enter more than one night, but must pay an entry fee for each performance.


A cordial invitation is extended to area business firms to enter a team in the competition. All entries must select an official team name. Ample publicity will be given to each team and its members, including introductions from the announcer's stand.


Deadline for entering the contest is Monday, Aug. 5. All entry fees must be paid at time of entry, and the entry application, which includes a liability release, must be signed by all participants.

STOCK CONTRACTOR for the 25th annual 101 Ranch Rodeo will be Walt Alsbaugh from Alamosa, Colo. The rodeo opens tonight at 8 p.m. at the 101 Ranch Rodeo grounds on North Ash. Other performances will be at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday for this traditional event.


25th ANNUAL RODEO - 101 Ranch Rodeo Set To Start


The 25th Annual edition of the 101 Ranch Rodeo will begin Thursday, at 8 p.m. at the 101 Ranch Rodeo Grounds, at the corner of Ash and Prospect in Ponca City.


The rodeo, sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboy's Association and the Women's Professional Rodeo Association will draw many of the Southwest's top cowboys and cowgirls to the three-day event.


The rodeo will continue through Saturday with all shows starting at 8 p.m.

Ticket prices are $4 for advance general admission, $5 at the gate, $1 for children ages 7 through 12, and there is no charge for kids 6-and- under.

Tickets are available in Ponca City at Bestyet Discount Foods, H&P Thrif-T-Wise, both Miller Market locations, Ralph's IGA, Both Safeway locations. Gene's Western Store, McVay Outfitters, Security Bank and Trust, Pioneer Bank and Trust, Pioneer Bank of the Osage, American National Bank, First National Bank, Frontier Federal and D&T Tack.


In Newkirk, tickets may be purchased at Eastman National Bank and the Newkirk IGA.


In Blackwell, tickets are avail-able at the Security Bank and at First National Bank, in Shidler at the Community Bank, in Tonkawa at the First National Bank and at the Kaw City Community Bank in Kaw City.


Events featured at this year's rodeo include team roping, saddle bronc riding, calf roping, a wild cow milking contest, bareback bronc riding, steer wrestling, bull riding and barrel racing. As always, there will be rodeo clowns in attendance and specialty acts will be presented between events.


The team roping event is new to this year's rodeo. Team roping consists of an exceptional amount of teamwork between the two ropers, as well as the ropers and their horses.


The steer is roped, while on the run, by the header who throws a loop around the animal's horns and "dallies" his rope (wraps the rope around the saddle horn). He then slows and turns the roped steer to one side.


Immediately the heeler moves in behind, ropes both hind feet while the steer is still in the upright position, and dallies his own rope. Time is stopped when both horses are turned to face each other with the steer in the middle, and the rope taut.


The wild cow milking contests will be held at 7:30 p.m., prior to the main events. Three persons make up a milking team.


The rodeo parade will start at 2 p.m. Saturday from Union and Grand. The parade follow a route east from there to Seventh Street.


Rodeo announcer this year will again be Dr. Charles "Bud" Townsend, history professor at West Texas State University.


Ponca City's own Mike Sokoll, a veteran 101 Ranch performer, will bring his trick ropes for a show also scheduled before the Saturday evening show. Sokoll was with the original 101 Ranch Wild West Show from 1909 to 1915. Sokoll teaches a class on trick roping and will bring several of his students to perform as well.


Other entertainment scheduled includes Donny Green and Jeff Kobza, rodeo clowns. This year's contestants for the title of rodeo queen are Sandra Courtney, of Sapulpa; Robin Eustler, of rural Dewey; Jenel Boeckman, of rural Okeene; Tina Byers, of Oklahoma City; Brenda Abitz, of Purcell, and Tonya Gifford, of Mannford. The reigning Queen is Teresa Ann Carlo, of Noble.

Historic 101 Ranch Rodeo Unfolds 25th Annual Show


A combination of tough competition and fine stock resulted in a night filled with excitement as this year's 101 Ranch Rodeo got under way Thursday night.


The 25th Anniversary of the rodeo will continue with two more performances tonight and Saturday. Performances begin at 8 p.m.


Ponca City's nationally famous rodeo, sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Association, has attracted world champions and leading contenders to the area for the three-day-event.


The pace began fast and furious Thursday evening with the bare-back bronc riding competition.


The first two entries received no score for their attempts, but Larry Scott, of Sand Springs, went for a real ride on a horse named Thorobred. He scored 72.


Next up was Jeff Hart, from La Porte, Colo., on Russet. Hart ended up with a 69.


Jim Meigs, of Canyon City, Colo., rode a horse named Sage Hen to a leading score of 74. But it was Jay Kirkland, from Billings, Mont., who topped the field with 75.


Other riders included Monk Dishman, of Beaumont, Texas, who scored 66; Marty Cummings, of Hinton, Okla., and Gerald Hightower, of Oklahoma City, who didn't score.

Lyle Sankey of Branson, Mo., received the re-ride signal from the judges when the horse Three Plugs left the chute and didn't perform.


A break in the action was in order as the field and stock was prepared for the calf roping event. During the break Donnie Green, a rodeo clown from Canada, brought out his "Brahma-ru Pick up truck" (actually a young Brahma bull.)


Green pointed out that he had genuine bulls-hide leather-covered seats, four on the floor and built in hat racks. When he had trouble get-ting started, he said he was sure it was a carburetor problem, because he "smelled gas."


In the calf roping event, the low time came from Paul Tierney, of Rapid City, S.D. Tierney, who made $87,533 in winnings last year, roped in 10.9 seconds. Second place went to Jon Burdine, of Eufala, Okla., with a time of 12.6 seconds.


Other contestants included Ponca City's Frank Childress with a time of 22.8 seconds; Berry Braden, also of Ponca City, with a close time of 12.7 seconds; Jerry Jetton, of Stevensville, Texas, also in 12.7 seconds; Rick Branch, of Edmond, with a time of 15.9 seconds. Competing, but not scoring, were: Larry Snyder, Medicine Lodge, Kans.; John Tibbets, Midland, Texas, and Steve Massey, Lookeba, Okla.


After the calf roping event, Donnie Green and Jeff Kobza tried to convince the audience, and the announcer "Bud" Townsend, that they had "Holstein" milk for sale. Actually, what they had was a billy goat and a bucket. Green determined that he had been robbed and called it an "udder disaster."


Moving to the saddle bronc riding, the field provided close competition, of the 11 contestants, seven received a score of 70 or better.


Topping the entrants was Gary McDaniel, of Tensley, Wyo., with a score of 81 on a horse named Long-branch. Following McDaniel in scoring was a tie for second at 75 points by Scott Fogg, of Mound City, Mo., and Marty Forster, of McCay, Colo.


Other contestants and their scores were: Joe Bob Nunez, Gamerco, N.M., with 72; Dino Hebb, of Bedford, Texas, with 72; Lyle Sankey, of Branson, Mo., with 70; C.J. Rogers, of Farmersville, Texas, with 70, and Rod Breech, of Rosaline, Kans., with 68. Entrants not scoring included Ray Hodd, of Stillwater, Okla.; Joe Nichols, of Guyman, Okla., and Roger Bartel of Cambridge, Kans.


The next event was steer wrestling, also known as bull-doggin'. This event was made famous first by the legendary Bill Pickett, one of Oklahoma's premier cowboys. All the entrants Thursday night were from Oklahoma.


The low time for last night's contestants came from Stan Williamson, of Kellyville, Okla., with a lightning-quick 4.8 seconds. In second place was Newkirk's Russel Pappan with 4.9 seconds. Also entered in the event were Jody Stamper, of Beggs, Okla., and Johnny Young, of Pico, Okla., both with a time of 5.5 seconds; Jimmy Henson, of Mounds, Okla., with a time of 6.1 seconds; Jon Burdine, of Eufaula, Okla., with a 7.8; Albert Hiemer, from Tryon, Okla., and Jim Graves, from Ponca City, both with no score. Graves had rope problems at the chute.


In team roping, new to the 101 Punch Rodeo this year, the team of Sterling Price, of Tatum, N.M., and Brett Boatright, of Conway Springs Kans.; led with a time of 6.7 seconds. Also roping were the teams of: Johnny Woods, of Marlow, Okla., and Phillip Murrah, ot Lawton, with 9.4; Joe Matile, of Liberal, Kans., and Richard Degnan, of Ashland, Kans., 13.3. Also entered were Jim Bailey, of Washington, Okla., and Garland Bloodworth, of Yukon, scoring a 21 2 They were assessed a 10- second penalty for beating the calf to the 14-feet mark, a head start that is not allowed by the judges.


Competing but not scoring were: Justin Patterson, of Ponca City, and Ed Goad, of Fairfax; Phil Lyne, of Cotulla, Texas, and Guy Alien, of Lone Star, N.M.; Marlow Eldridge, of Eico, Nev., and Bobby Hurley, of Clarksville, Ariz.; Lee Woodbury, of Nanua, Idaho, and Rusty Wright, of Mt. Pleasant, Texas, and Charlie and Lenn Noble, both of Yale, Okla.


The cowgirls were up next with the barrel racing event. Leading the pack with a low time of 18.23 seconds is Katrina Akers, of Grand Prairie, Texas. Others entered include: Tacy Lynn Cates, Pamona, Calif., (18.31); Lisa Arnold, Pryor, Okla., (18.84); Jamie Massey, Lookeba, Okla., (19.04); Kathy Spears, Siloam Springs, Ark., (19.07); Delyssa Trotter, Choctaw, Okla., (19.33); Linda Parker, Columbia. Kans., (19.62); Jackie Head, Huntsville, Texas, (20.21); Carolyn Degnann, Ashland, Kans., (30.49).


The final event of the evening was bull riding.


Lyle Sankey, of Branson, Mo., with a score of 76 on a bull named Buster, leads the field. Next was Rocky Hickman, of Tulsa, with a 71. Other riders were: Jimmy Schuster. Larkspur, Calif., (69); Steve Osborn, of Wichita, (68), and Darrel Hoss, of Wild Horse, Colo., (68).


Competing but not scoring were: Walt Terry, of Oilton, Calif.; Charlie Needham, of Riverton, Wyo.; Douglas Adams, of Del City, and two cowboys from Ponca City: James Powelson and Earl Foster Smith Jr.


Tickets for the rodeo are $5 at the gate, $1 for children 7 through 12, and kids 6-and-under get in free.


The rodeo parade will be 2 p.m. Saturday from the intersection of Union and Grand east to Seventh Street.


Saturday night the title of Rodeo Queen will be presented to one of the six contestants. The reigning queen is Teresa Ann Carle, of Noble.

Action Continues At 101 Ranch Rodeo Grounds


Wild cow milking started Friday night's 101 Ranch Rodeo off with a bang, well, a squirt, as members of the Newkirk Animal Clinic successfully caught and milked one the of cows.


The winning team consisted of Jeff Cline, Gaynell Schieber and Gary Schieber. Running a close second were the Newkirk Milk-hands, composed of Keith Lane, Ernie Engleking and Doyle Webb. S&S Feeds provided the third place team of Dana Cline, Jim Thomas and Kelle Schieber.


In the official rodeo events, the first man out of the chute in the bareback bronc riding event, Bingham Hefner of Littleton, Calif., rode hard for eight seconds to top the field with a score of 75. That tied 75 that Jay Kirkland of Billings, Mont., received at Thursday's event.


Gary Hemsted of Anderson, Calif., received a 68 and Jim Jones of Rio Vista, Texas, ended up with a 67. Neither one high enough to place in the money. Also riding, but not scoring was Davie Ratchford of Colony, Kans., and Gates Conner of Norman, Okla.


The time to beat in the calf roping contest was. Paul Tierney's 10.9 seconds. No one at Friday's rodeo was able to beat it, but new second-and third-placers were determined.


Buddy Geter, Stillwater, brought in'a time of 11.5, just beating the 11.6 of Brad Raney of Fruitvale, Texas. Other entrants included Steve Flynn of St. George, Kans., with a time of 12 seconds and Jeb Barney of Carthage, Texas, who roped m 12.1.


Also roping were Robin Harrison of Nash, Okla., (24.5) and Bronc Rumford of Abbeyville, Kans., (20.7). Competing, but not scoring were Rick Kyle of Quanah, Texas; Chip Johnson of Shreveport, La., Clay O'Brien Cooper of Gilbert, Ariz., and Gary Johnson of Henryetta.


The first rider in the saddle bronc event was awarded a re-ride after his horse fell in the chute. He was Don Malli, Arvada, Wyo. On his re-ride, he received a 68. Two cowboys hit a 72 to tie the evenings results, but neither rode hard enough to break the 81 scored by Gary McDaniel, Tensley, Wyo., Thursday night or to make it into the money bracket.


The 72 score was received by Merlon Fairbanks of White River, S.D., and Derek dark of Colcord, Okla. Shark Rods of Spencer, Okla., rode for a 67. Also riding, but not scoring were Skeeter Thurston of Hyannis, Neb.; Robert England of Shady Point, Utah, and Monte Evinger of Ponca City.


Clay O'Brien Cooper, who was unable to score in the roping competition and currently No. 2 in rodeo money nation-wide with over $50,000 in earnings this year, turned in a phenomenon time of 4.4 seconds on the steer wrestling, or bulldoggin', event. That score easily beat Thursday's 4.8 from Stan Williamson of Kellyville, Okla. An Apache, Okla. native turned in an excellent 4.5 later in the event to take the second position.


Steve Flinn of St. George, Kans., wrestled a 5.7, Matt Wynn of El Reno, received a 6.4, Kurt Goulding of Comanche, would have received a lightning-quick 3.9 but a broken barrier penalty added 10 seconds. Bronc Rumford of Abbeyville, Kans., got 16.5 for his efforts.


In the team roping event. Clay O'Brien Cooper joined up with Jake Barnes of Bloomfield, N.M., to rope in a time of 6.5 seconds, beating the 6.7 the team of Sterling Price and Bret Boatright received Thursday night. Dennis Watkins of Taft, Calif., and George Richards of Humbolt, Ariz., then equaled the time of Barnes and Cooper with 6.5.


The only other riders to score were all assessed penalties for one reason or another. They were Walt Rodman and Russ Rodman, both of Gait, Calif., (11.5, including the 5- second penalty); Dan Fisher of Ambrose, Texas, and Charley Price of Lovington, N.M., (21.9), and John Miller of Edmond, and Ed Gaylord of Guthrie, (22.5).


The event was fraught with cowboy falling in to the "competing but not scoring" bracket. They included Bill Scott and Jim Osborn, both of Seminole; Steve Flinn and Bronc Rumford; Tee Woolman of Llano, Texas, and Leo Camarillo of Lockford, Texas; Jerry Webb of Goodwell, Okla., and Mark Freeman of Texoma, Okla.; Julio Moreno of Marysville, Calif., and Walt Woodward of Stockton, Calif.; Don Meyers of Yukon, and Gary McNair of Kingfisher, and Jerry and Jerry Cloud, a father and son team from Elk City.


Thursday night's low time on the barrel racing event was 18:2: seconds, turned in by Katrina Akers of Grand Prairie, Texas. That time didn't hold out very long as the second rider out, Martha Josey of Karmac, Texas, rode hard for an 18.14. Her effort proved to be the best of the evening.


Other riders included Cindy Raney of Fruitvale, Texas, (24.56); Tamara Hammons of Canyon, Texas, (23.61); Deb Cox of Mullin, Neb., (19:14); Jan Jones of Rio Vista, Texas, (19:37); Cindy Nottingham of Bluff City, Kans., (18.64); Sharla Garnett of Hutchinson, Kans., (18:44); Donelle Kvenild of Tucson, Ariz., (24:64, including a five second penalty for dropping a barrel); Renee Ward of Addington, Okla., (18:67), and Scarlett Deaton, also of Addington, (19:03).

The leading scorer in the bull riding event from Thursday night's action was Lyle Sankey, with a 76. The third rider out, Doc Holiday of Guthrie, on a bull named Preacher, tied that.


Also riding was Jay Crocker of Las Cruzes, N.M., (72); Mitch Gaines of Sand Springs, (71); Ken McSpadden of Big Cabin, Okla., (69); Graham Heffernan of Keller, Texas, (68), and J.C. Stockton of Cedarvale, Kans., (67).


Riding but not scoring were: Gene Owen of Sperry, Okla.; Mike Swisher of Dover, Okla.; Bob Arndt Jr. of Emporia, Kans., and George Fitzgerald of Albuquerque, N.M.

Okeene Entry Named Queen Of 1985 Rodeo


Janel Boeckman of Okeene was crowned queen Saturday during the final night of the 25th Annual 101 Ranch Rodeo.


She succeeds Teresa Carle of Noble.


Robin Eutsler, Bartlesville, was named first runner-up, while. Sanda Coursly, Sapulpa, was second runner-up and Miss Congeniality. Dawn Marie Garrett, Collinsville, was third runner-up, and Tina Byers, Midwest City, was fourth runner-up.


In the cowboy competition Clay O'Brien Cooper and Jake Barnes tied for the team roping title with the team of Dennis Watkins, Taft, Calif. and George  Richards, Humbolt, Ariz. Both teams roped in 6.5 seconds.


Cooper, who holds the Denver Arena team roping record of 4.5 seconds, is currently second in rodeo money for the year, with over $50,000. Cooper is from Gilbert, Ariz., and Barnes is from Bloomfield, N.M.


Sterling Price, Tatum, N.M., and Bret Boatright, Conway Springs, Kan., took second with 6.7. Olie Smith, Del Rio, Texas, and Paul Tierney, Rapid City, S.D., won third with 6.8.


Olie Smith, 1979 and 1980 World's Champion Calf Roper, won the Steer Wrestling event with a time of 4.3 seconds. Clay O'Brien Cooper placed second with 4.4 and 1980 World Champion All-Around Cowboy Paul Tierney took third with 4.9.


Martha Josey's time of 18.14 seconds at Friday night's competition stood the test of time as the lady from Karmac, Texas, took first in that event. Second place went to Gail Jones, Graceville, Fla., with 18.17, and third belonged to Katrina Akers of Grand Prairie, Texas, who turned in an 18.23 Thursday night.


Cliff Overstreet, of Saginaw, Texas, won the bull riding event with a score of 77 while Doc Holiday of Guthrie tied for second with Lyle Sankey of Branson, Mo., both with scores of 76. Jay Pierce, Muskogee, was third with a 75.


In the bareback bronc riding event, a three-way tie between Bingham Hefner, Littleton, Calif.; Jay Kirkland, Billings, Mont., and Milburn Outhier of Weatherford, Okla., split the money. They all scored 75.


With a 74 was Jim Meigs of Canyon City, Colo., and third place went to Kansan John Luthi.


Stillwater's Puddin Payne won the calf roping event with 10.1 seconds, Paul Tierney tied for second with Tom Dewbre, of Wichita, with a time of 10.9, and third was awarded to Bill Barrett, Ardmore, with 11.3.


Gary McDaniel, Tensley, Wyo., scored high in the saddle bronc event with 81. Second went to Terry Chapman of Haskell, Texas, with a 78, and the money saw a three-way-split for third between Doug Dyer of Castle, Okla.; Scott Fogg, Mound City, Mo., and Monty Fowler.

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