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101 Wild West Rodeo History - 1991

 
 

RODEO DATES: August 20th, 21st, & 22nd

   
ANNOUNCER: Dr. Lynn Phillips GRAND MARSHAL: Dennis Parker
RODEO QUEEN: Heidi Ahrens SPECIALTY ACT: Tommy Lucia

New Stock Pens Biggest Job Of 101 Ranch Rodeo Officials


The 101 Ranch Rodeo foundation has been quite busy since February reconstructing the stock pens and constructing holding pens for the roped animals of the 101 Ranch Rodeo.

 

"The rough stock pens, located on the south side of the arena, have been there for thirty years or so," Raymond Tole, vice president of the foundation said. "We had a tough time removing them, and redrilling holes for the new poles and welded work of the new pens."

 

The work has been performed from trustees of the volunteers and volunteers, plus the Kay County community service sentencing program, Dan Meador, Director.

 

"We couldn't have done it without the large amount of pipe donated by Conoco, and other materials by CEJA Oil Company. Transportation has been furnished by NCI Inc.," Tole said.

 

The work will provide three pens for the rough stock, including broncs and bulls, and one for timed events. "We'll also have some smaller pens for the animals in that night's performance, that will be able to speed up the events," Tole said. "He said the goal is to have new catch pens at the north end of the arena.

 

Other improvements at the arena are to add a permanent bathroom on the west side, and "We would like to add a third, with a shower, at the south end," Tole said.

 

The trustees and volunteers have been working evenings from 7 p.m. until dark on Wednesday and Thursday, with another group of workers on Saturdays. "It's been a large undertaking, tearing out the old pens that were 30 years old," Tole said.

 

The 101 Ranch Rodeo was named by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association a year ago as the No.1 rodeo in the Prairie Circuit. "We're proud of that, and hope to continue nabbing that honor. We're doing some things that could enhance the honor," Tole said.

 

101 Ranch Rodeo foundation president is Scott Klososky and Rick Barnthouse has been the arena director. This year, the 101 Ranch Rodeo will be held on Aug. 20-21-22, with slack performances on Aug.19. The Rumford Brothers of Abbyville, Kan., will again provide the stock for the rodeo and produce the rodeo, for the second year in a row. It included a year ago, some extra shows to fill in and quite a show before the grand march.

101 Ranch Rodeo A Chute-Out Event

 

Some of the finest and hardest working athletes in the United States will be on hand Aug. 22-24 to compete in the annual 101 Ranch Rodeo.

 

The 1991 101 Ranch Rodeo is part of the Coors Chute-Out Rodeo series, a fact that guarantees a high-quality program in every aspect imaginable.

 

Now in its 13th year as a supporter of the sport through its association with the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA), Coors is one of the major supporters and key players in the success of America's oldest sport.

 

While Coors is associated with many facets of professional rodeo, its Chute-Out series is the most popular and visible element. Besides the contestants, several other rodeo participants — including announcers, stock contractors, clowns and barrelmen, and committees — profit from the benefits of the Chute-Out series.

 

The 101 Ranch Rodeo is one of more than 50 Coors Chute-Out rodeos scheduled for 1991, and like all the rest, it promises to provide plenty of fun, excitement and thrills for those fortunate enough to be in attendance.

Dennis Parker Named Marshal For 101 Ranch Rodeo

 

Conoco regional vice-president, administration, and refinery manager Dennis Parker will serve as marshal for the 101 Ranch Rodeo Parade which will take place Thursday in downtown Ponca City to kick off the 32nd annual rodeo event.

 

The parade will begin at 5:30 p.m. at Union Street and West Grand Avenue and then proceed east on Grand Avenue to Seventh Street, according to ,John Heinze, parade chairman.

 

Parker is an active supporter of the rodeo as well as many other events in Ponca City and surrounding area. When asked to be parade marshal, Parker said, "I would be delighted and consider it a privilege to act as marshal for this event with such an outstanding heritage."

 

The parade will kick off the first ,night's performance of the, rodeo, which will begin at 8 p.m. at the 101 Ranch Rodeo arena at North Ash Street and West Prospect Avenue.

 

"We have received a large number of parade entries,  but anyone wishing to participate in the parade is cordially invited to still enter," Heinze said. "Persons having a horse, buggy, wagon, antique or classic car as well as floats and walking units are encouraged and invited to enter," Heinze added that trophies will be awarded in various categories.

 

Heinze asks that everyone be in position in the staging area at Union and Grand by 5 p.m. Thursday.

 

Anyone with questions should call the rodeo office at 765-2980, or Heinze.

Barbecue Will Kick Off 1991 101 Ranch Rodeo

 

In Ponca City, barbecue and rodeo go hand in hand and this year's 101 Ranch Rodeo barbecue is no exception. Preparations are being finalized for the barbecue, slated for Thursday, which traditionally kicks off the 32-year-old rodeo and it's cookin' up to be a great one say its organizers.

 

"We're planning to serve approximately 800 people," said Debra Morrow, chairman of this year's barbecue. "We've tried to make it more attractive to families by adding the option of a children's plate for those under 12, It should make it both fun and affordable for the entire family to attend the barbecue and the rodeo."

 

The annual barbecue, held on "Family Night" at the rodeo, is sponsored jointly by the Ponca City financial institutions: American National Bank, First National Bank and Trust, Heartland Federal, Pioneer Bank and Trust, and Security Bank and Trust. Employees from those institutions will be serving the meal being provided by Head Country Bar-B-Q.

 

We'll be serving Head Country barbecue beef, backed beans, potato salad and tea or lemonade," said Danny Head of Head Country Bar-B-Q. "There will be lots of good food for everyone plus a bonus of a $1-off coupon to Head Country Bar-B-Q Restaurant on the back of every dinner ticket."

 

There will also be entertainment by vocalists from the Ponca Playhouse and free balloons for the children, according to Morrow.

Advance tickets for the pre-rodeo barbecue, which is served from 6 to 8 p.m., are available at all five financial institutions, the Chamber of Commerce, Sisco's Circle S Western Store, Head Country Bar-B-Q Restaurant, McVay's, Eastman National Bank in Newkirk and Pioneer Loans in Blackwell.

 

"By purchasing tickets in advance people can save 50 cents on each ticket," Morrow said. "Add that to the dollar-off coupon on the back and you've got a great bargain meal!"

 

Advance tickets are $4 for adults and $2 for children under the age of 12. Tickets will be sold at the gate for an additional 50 cents each.

 

This year's barbecue committee included Morrow, Security Bank and Trust; Dick Pitts, American National Bank; Robin Carpenter and Nancy Goad, First National Bank and Trust; Kathy Tippin, Heartland Federal; and Mari Wright, Pioneer Bank and Trust. Assisting the committee were Danny Head and Scott Klososky.

101 Ranch Rodeo To Start 32nd Year

 

The big names of rodeo are coming to Ponca City this week as the 32nd annual 101 Ranch Rodeo unfolds at the rodeo arena in the northwest part of the city, Ash Street and Prospect Avenue.

 

While the Thursday night entry list looks similar to a "Who's Who in Rodeo", there's no shortage of entries for the three nights, Aug. 22-24, as indicated by Louise Williams, in charge of the entry lists. The rodeo performances begin each night with the Grand Entry at 8 p.m.

 

Rumford Rodeo Stock Contractors from Abbyville, Kan., will be providing the stock for the rodeo and producing the 101 Ranch Rodeo this year — a break from many previous years when the Walt Alsbaugh Stock Contractors from Colorado had produced the show. A member of the contractors, Bronc Rumford, will appear as a contestant during the rodeo.

 

Festivities will be kicked off Thursday with the annual 101 Ranch Rodeo parade in downtown Ponca City. Parade chairman Johnny Heinze indicated a large group of entries for the 1991 parade, which will have as the Parade Marshal, Dennis Parker, vice president from Conoco Inc. The parade begins from Union Street and West Grand Avenue at 5:30 p.m. heading east to Seventh Street where it disperses.

 

There will be time, too, to reach the rodeo grounds where Ponca City financial institutions are sponsoring a barbecue, with all the trimmings, from Head Country Bar-B-Q, between 6 and 8 p.m.

 

Highlighting the Saturday performances at the rodeo will be the designation of the 1991 101 Ranch Rodeo Queen. A number of contestants will be appearing in a contest that goes a long way in naming the queen. A luncheon along with a style show for the contestants will be held at noon Saturday at the American Legion.

 

The rodeo will also have added incentive from special sponsorships, such as being part of the Coors Chute Out, Copenhagen/Skoal, and Coca-Cola Winners Circle.

 

But the best part comes from that "Who's Who in Rodeo" list of contestants. Just the very first night, the bull riding event alone lists five of the top eight present money winners in the event seeking spots in the National Finals Rodeo. They include Tuff Hedeman of Bowie, Texas, currently in second place behind Clint Branger of Roscoe, Mont. Hedeman has $58,977 to date, just $367 less than Branger.

 

Also scheduled to appear the first night Aug. 22, are Jim Sharp, Kermit, Texas, third; Norman Curry, Deberry, Texas, fourth; Ervin Williams, Tulsa, seventh; and Raymond Wessel, Wichita, eighth.

 

Protecting those bull riders, and keeping the crowd entertained during the rodeo at various times, will be Kevin Rich, who is one of the top bullfighters on the circuit this year. Rich, from Bucklin, a small southwestern Kansas town, now makes his home at Windsor, Colo., raising bulls and other stock.

 

The rodeo fans will have been treated to some other "Who's Who in Rodeo" names entered, during the bareback riding Thursday, when five of the top 16 will appear including Wayne Herman, Dickinson, N.D., fourth; Phil Smith, Emerson, Ark., eighth; Mark Garrett, Story, Wyo., 11th; Marvin Garrett, Belle Fourche, S.D., 13th; and R.C. Patterson, Kim, Colo., 16th.

 

Also scheduled to appear are the top two team ropers in the country. The No.1 team roping duo is Charles Pogue, Ringling, Okla. and his partner, Steve Northcutt, Odessa, Texas. They have $43,553 each and are ahead of that second pair, of Bob Harris, Gillette, Wyo. and Tee Woolman, Llano, Texas, who have $38,887 apiece.

 

Another well-known name and previous NFR champion set to appear on Thursday is Ote Berry, Checotah, Okla., who is No.2 in steer wrestling. He is just $4,000 behind the No.1 spot at the present time, held by Todd Fox of Marble Falls, Texas.

 

Not to be outdone, there is a top name in the girls barrel racing event, expecting to show up Thursday. That would be Vana Beissinger, of Lake Worth, Fla., who is No. 3 on the present money list with $42,392.

 

Also, in the saddle bronc riding No.9 on the top 16 in the 1991 world standings hoping to make it to the NFR later this fall is an entrant for Thursday - Bud Longbrake of Dupree, S.D., with $36,621 slightly less than $2,000 off the No.8 spot held by Kyle Wemple, Milford, Calif.

 

Following the usual 10 entries in each event participating during the regular part of the rodeo Thursday, there will be some slack performances - entrants who had entered on time, but for production purposes are given their opportunities after the regular rides and events.

Cowboy Artist's Work Available at 101 Rodeo


While cowboy artist Fred Fellows  will be unable to attend the 101 was Ranch Rodeo and coordinate a showing of his works at the Fine Arts Center and Conoco, some of his prints have been donated as rodeo fund raisers.

 

Carey Head from the Rodeo Foundation, said that Ponca City News staff writer Louise Abercrombie and Gary Davis (former rodeo foundation chairman) had discussed inviting Fellows to the rodeo as a VIP (Very Important person), with the possibilities of showing his works.

 

"You can just imagine how I felt when he said he would like to donate one instead. I was thrilled to have him say that, so you can imagine too what it was like to receive his package with six signed and numbered prints inside. His only stipulation was that I show the four pieces depicting women in frontier life to the Pioneer Woman Museum," Head said.

 

Head said her parents purchased two of the individual prints on the spot for $110 apiece.

 

"I took the other four to West End Interiors and A and A Paint. Marsha Mauk and Dean Allen took two apiece to frame as a donation to the Rodeo Foundation," Head said.

 

She said the prints will be shown during each night's rodeo performance. One print will be auctioned during Saturday's Queen's Luncheon and the other three will be announced Saturday night.

 

Anyone interested in purchasing a gallery-framed, signed and numbered limited edition print at a bargain price should stop by the booth at the southeast gate inside the rodeo grounds and make a bid. The winners will be contacted by telephone, according to Head. She said all proceeds benefit the rodeo foundation.

The 'Elite' 101 Ranch Rodeo

 

The 101 Ranch Rodeo has become, as of Wednesday night, and it was scheduled that way, an "elite" rodeo as Bronc Rumford of Rumford Rodeo Stock Contractors pointed out.

 

Somewhere along the way, confusion that team roping and steer roping were one and the same, has been cleared up considerably during a visit with Rumford.

 

"The 101 Ranch Rodeo had steer roping some time back, but lately it had not included it in the program of events. It had recently gone to team roping exclusively. However, there had been requests for it (steer roping) to be returned to the program, and we're ready," Rumford said early Wednesday afternoon.

 

That's just what happened, and a section of slack "steer roping" was held Wednesday night in preparation for "the final" three days of the 101 Ranch Rodeo, which gets under way at 8 p.m. tonight.

 

There were several National Finals Rodeo hopefuls in that Wednesday night performance, and others are expected to appear tonight through Saturday.

 

"Steer roping added to the program is advantageous to the rodeo and community. There are options, and most rodeos do not have the steer roping and many do not have team roping (two competitors roping the same animal). By having both, the 101 Ranch Rodeo will offer every rodeo event possible to contestants and the fans," Rumford said.

 

"There's probably only ten percent or less that have every rodeo event. The list of contestants gives good reason to having it, and it has paid off," Rumford said.

 

Rumford related, "Dad (Floyd, a partner in the business) was always interested in horses. He'd been a contestant and had aspirations of a championship. But a tractor accident sidetracked him. He almost lost a leg as a result, and in fact doctors wanted to take it." "Dad ended his contact with competition, and got into the livestock business because he wanted to be involved. I came along and got into the swing of things. We traveled all over, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Chicago and eastern rodeos.

 

"I got into rodeoing at a very young age. Early on, they billed me as the youngest bareback rider (at 31/2 years). I did a routine on an old bay named Sonny. When I reached 10 I got into competing, and rode the rough stock until I was 32. Since then, I've limited it to bulldogging and calf-roping," Rumford said.

 

The stock contractor said there was no question that calf roping might be one of the toughest, requiring a lot of different aspects of rodeo — riding, roping, throwing, tying, and doing it in a matter of seconds. "It's like all of the others thrown into one contest," Rumford said.

 

Producing a rodeo, such as a stock contractor does, is big bucks business. "The most ideal situation is to have one animal per contestant. On occasion, an animal will have to be run twice in a week as a The most ideal situation is to have one animal per contestant. On occasion, an animal will have to be run twice in a week as a result of the entry list at rodeos we've produced," Rumford said.

 

He said there was a fine line between top notch bucking animals, used once a week. "You've also got to consider care of the animal, and depending on how good the animal is, the animal may head to Circuit (regional) rodeos and even to the National Finals," Rumford said.

 

When animals cost between - $1000 and $25,000, you can't afford to abuse an animal. "We've got some in that price range, and some that have shown their stuff at the National Finals," Rumford said.

 

When a rodeo calls for three nights of calves and contestants expand the entry list, there's extra runnings, called "slack." Rumford said a stock contractor has to be prepared to offer calves and steers enough as a result of the needed "freshness" of the animals.

 

He said the animals are not bred to be a beefy animal, and will command $100 to $200 apiece. "A novelty to the animal is the horns, and a Mexican bred calf or steer are the ones we like to have for the rodeos. It simply makes the Mexican ranchers cornering the market," Rumford said.

 

Rumford said the ideal stock contractor schedule is one rodeo per week. However, on occasion Rumford has had two rodeos a week. He said the usual is Monday-Wednesday or Thursday-Saturday. "One rodeo per week seems to work best for us," Rumford said.

 

The Rumford stock for the 101 Ranch Rodeo includes 56 head of bucking horses, and 15 saddle horses. "The saddle horses are for pickup men, flag men, and opening ceremony routines," Rumford said. The stock also includes 90 head of steers and 35 calves, a pair oxen which will be used to chronicle a 101 Ranch event during the opening ceremony, trained Brahma, two Mexican bulls that are from Portugal bullfight arenas and 28 bucking bulls.

 

You certainly can say that rodeo stock contractors have a sizeable investment.

 

Rumford said they also provide a specialty act, "And this one is one of the best in all of rodeo. It's Tommy Lucia, who has been nominated several times to entertain at the National Finals. It will be a treat to see him. He has a super act with a horse, named 'In His Glory'," Rumford said.

 

"We have an opening pageant that is a tribute to Bill Pickett, a former 101 Ranch ranch hand. It should be exciting, particularly for you (Ponca Citians and area rodeo goers) around here," Rumford said.

 

Some of the stock to look for and appearing at the 101 Ranch Rodeo, and possibly heading to the National Finals, are bulls "Sunflower," "Juke Box," "Dougle 0 Hall's Reject," and "Tiny Tim/Skoal," according to Rumford.

 

Top notch horses include a three-time bucking horse of the year on the Prairie Circuit, "Red River/Skoal" Also appearing are "TNT/Skoal," and a notable, "Strycnyne," whom Rumford said was 35 years old, and "a grand old horse."

 

"All of the cattle we use, we eventually put into a stocker-feeder program, and on occasion feed them on out to market. We've got 600 acres of farm ground that we have in wheat and pasture, therefore combining two uses out of the animals," Rumford said.

 

The stock contractor said they are always looking to improve, and therefore, he spends some time just going to another rodeo to compete. "I was at the Wild Bill Hickok Rodeo at Abilene, Kan., Tuesday, and able to see a close friend, Harry Void, who produces that rodeo. We always look for some tips about how to do some things," Rumford said.

So you can see, there's always an opportunity to improve.

 

Area Folks Pulling For Leading Rodeo Money Winner


Ty Murray, the leading money winner by far in the 1991 World Standings; with a current $111,455 —  almost double that of his nearest competitors — has a number of Ponca City and area folks rooting for him as he participates in tonight's events of the 101 Ranch Rodeo.

 

Murray, 1989-90 World Champion, leads Tee Woolman of Lano, Texas, in the all-around. Woolman is $55,030 shy of what Murray has under his belt to date in the unofficial Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association standings.

 

Now from Stephenville, Texas, Murray is fourth in saddle bronc riding with $48,305 and sixth in bull riding with $40,934. He is scheduled for tonight's performances of the 101 Ranch Rodeo in three events, bareback riding, saddle bronc riding and bull riding.

 

Murray took the world championship in 1990 with earnings of $213,772.

 

Murray's folks were from the Marland area and close cousins of Murray who are still here include Richard and Alvena Crum, Laurzell (Murray) Holmes and James Murray. There are other distant cousins also in the area.

101 Ranch Collectors To Meet Saturday


The 101 Ranch Collectors will be meeting at the Hutchins Memorial building in Ponca City following the 101 Ranch Old Timers reunion, Saturday, Aug. 24, at 10 a.m.

 

The collectors will have some of their prized pieces of memorabilia of the 101 Ranch on display by 9 a.m. The public is welcome. There will ' be posters, pictures, post cards, guns used in the 101 Ranch Wild West Show, badges, watch fobs, and other items. Some members are even known to trade.

 

The displays will be closed during the Old Timers reunion, but will open again after the meeting, until 3 p.m.

 

Kathryn Stansbury, author of "Lucille Mulhall, Her Family, Her Life, Her Times" will speak on "The 101 Ranch, the Myth and the Reality." The collectors will elect officers.

Long Night, Top Scores Spark Opening Of 101 Ranch Rodeo

 

The 101 Ranch Rodeo The 101 Ranch Rodeo got off to a "darkened" start, but when the lights came on for good, fans got some real thrills in watching some of the best scores posted and some that will take some doing in staying on top.

 

The lights went out twice just as the rodeo got under way, but upon being fixed around 8:30 p.m., they stayed on for good.

 

For the regular rodeo fan, competition was over for them shortly after 10 o'clock, but with the heaviest entry list ever, additional performances were held in the calf roping, girls barrel racing, steer wrestling, and team roping. The hardiest of rodeo fan left the arena at 3 a.m. Friday, bleary-eyed and ready for tonight's second performance beginning at 8 p.m. There will be a third performance at 8 p.m. Saturday.

 

The extra performances as a result of the entry list prompted rodeo officials to some run off Wednesday night in the steer roping, and that event is a two go-round event. Thursday night, the extra performers were in commonly referred to as "slack". Rodeo officials said there were 437 contestants in all for the 32nd annual event, the first time there had been more than 400.

 

Nine contestants plus 38 "slack" ropers to get rid of the bulk of 69 entries in the calf roping event, came up with some quick times. A pair of 9.1s were recorded after 2:42 a.m. Friday when the final 12 began roping. They were Fred Whitfield, Cypress, Texas, who currently is tenth on the 1991 World Standings of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, and Marty Lindner, of Giddings, Texas. Next are Doug Close, Wayne, Okla., with 9.5 and Rabe Rabon, Paradise, Texas, at 9.7. Ken Bailey III of Okmulgee, Okla., has a 10.2 and Ricky Canton, Cleveland, Texas, has a 10.3.

 

Vana Beisinger of Lake Worth, Fla., who reportedly won the girls barrel racing at the Wild Bill Hickok Rodeo in Abilene, Kan., Wednesday night, and is No. 3 on the money list, had a 16.86. She was the only one to be under the 17-second barrier.

 

Next were Beth Braudick, Terrell, Texas, with a 17.10 followed by a pair of 17.29s, including 12-year-old Felicia Otis, Blanchard, Okla., and Shandi Metzinger of Dexter, Kan.

Fans got a big thrill early in the bareback riding, when Mark A. Garrett of Story, Wyo., put an 80 on the boards with his ride Thursday — Justin Williams of Pratt had a 77 and Phil Smith of Emerson, Ark., is at 76. Posting a 75 was Marvin Garrett of Belle Fourche, S.D.

 

Top bull rider to date is Matt Fenhaus, of Rapid City, S.D., with a 72. Other scores that figure in the money at the present time are Scott McCune, Houston, with a 71 and Nika J. Calico, Stilwell, Okla., with a 69.

 

Saddle broncs were led by Bud Longbrake of Dupree, S.D. with a 76. He's in ninth place of the world standings money list. Next are a trio of 70s, including Matt Reed, El Dorado, Kan.; Jarrett McGraw, Garden City, Kan.; and Todd Fike, Pavillion, N.Y.

 

A best time of 11.9 by Glenn Smith of Redfield, Kan., and his partner James E. Litts, Fort Scott, in the regular performance of team ropers was riddled considerably by a number of team ropers in the "slack" event. Best in the team rop-ing event is a familiar pair to all rodeo-goers, Steve Northcutt of Odessa, Texas, and Charles Pogue, Ringling, Okla. They are the No. 1 team in the nation, and showed off with a 5.5.

 

Next in the team ropers come Shannon Frascht of Protection, Kan., and partner J.M. Skaggs of Apache, Okla., at 5.9. There are a pair of 6.2s, including Jon Hamilton of Vian and J.P. Wickett, Sallisaw; and the team of two more Oklahomamans, Kelly Perkins and Jimmy L. Wade, both of Ringling. A 6.8, posted by the team of Clay Del Hurst of Buncombe, 111., and Shawn A. Harris of Vilonia, Ark., follows.

 

Ten more steer ropers competed during the second go-round Thursday. Wednesday had a group of 10 second go-round ropers, and Friday and Saturday will produce 10 more apiece.

 

Thursday, the best time of 11.0 was put on the books by Tutt Garnett of Elgin, Texas, but with his 27.5 posted on Wednesday, he has to settle for an average of 38.5.

Best average now appears to be Shawn Johnson, of Pampa, Texas, with an 11.2 on Thursday to go with a 12.5 on Wednesday, or a 23.7 aver- age, taking out the leader, James Alien of Vinita, who had a 27.1 on his one-day effort Wednesday in the two go-rounds.

In steer wrestling, the largest number of entries (73) found 43 additional contestants performing after the crowd dwindled down. There were a pair of 4.7s in the "slack", including Rex Meier of Checotah and Tracy Browne of Durant. Todd Greer of Many, La., has a 4.8, along with Brad Lahman of Caney, Okla. Clyde Himes of Beulah, Colo., has a 5.0 and next are Albert Hiemer, Tryon, Okla., and Jimmy Henson, Mounds, Okla., each with5.1. Sever- al are between that and 5.6, which was the best performance before the rodeo crowd, turned in by Marty Musil of Crescent, Okla.

 

Fans tonight will really get to see some more big-name top money- winners. Ty Murray of Stephenville, Texas, will be in all three riding events. Murray is a $55,030 leader in the all-around, and is listed fourth in saddle bronc and sixth in bull riding.

 

In the saddle bronc riding, the en- try list tonight includes three of the top five in the world standings, Robert Etbauer, Goodwell, third; Murray at fourth, and fifth-place Dan Etbauer, also of Goodwell.

 

Three others scheduled to appear in bareback riding are members of the top 16 in the world at the present time for 1991, including Ken Lensgrave, Meade, S.D., third; Bruce Ford, Kersey, Colo., seventh; and Merle Temple, Porcupine, S.D., 12th. Also in bull riding will be Scott Mendes, Fort Worth, who is 13th as of Aug. 20.

 

Two high-ranking girls in the barrel racing include Angie Meadors, Wetumka, and Kim West, Oklahoma City, 10th and 12th respectively.

 

Mike Macy, Post, Texas, who is ninth on the team roping and a partner are scheduled to appear. In calf roping, three top-16 names include Brent Lewis, Pinon, N.M., third; Joe Beaver, Huntsville, Texas, sixth and James Zant, Harper, Texas, 16th. Doug McMillen, Sidney, Neb., 10th in steer wrestling will attempt to get additional push for the standings.

 

Gift-of-gab Dr. Lynn Phillips of Enid, Okla., kept the crowd happy, along with bullfighters Scott Williams and Kevin Rich. The antics of Tommy Lucia, with his horse Glory and trained monkey Whiplash are a sight also. And a real refreshing effort has been the Wildcat Cowboy band under the direction of Steve Workman.

Bull Riders Thrill Crowd At Rodeo

 

A Trio of bull riders thrilled the crowd Friday night by taking over that event during the second running of the 101 Ranch Rodeo at the rodeo arena. The 1991 version of the rodeo, produced by the Rumford Rodeo Stock Contractors, ended its three-night stand at 8 p.m. Saturday.

 

A 72 posted by Matt Fenhaus, Rapid City, S.D., on Thursday was bettered by Steve Washington, Tulsa, 74; K.J. Pletcher, Springer, Okla., and Shon Mclntyre, Coulterville, 111., both with 73s.

 

Three more 72s made it a four- way logjam for fourth, including Fenhaus. Others were Scott Mendes, Fort Worth; Tony Booth, Saginaw, Texas; and Dick Miller, Comanche, Okla.

 

In the girls barrel racing, Vana Biessinger of Lake Worth, Fla., held a slim lead at 16.86 over the first girl to ride the clover-leaf pattern Friday. Collette Baier, Hardtner, Kan., made it in 16:95. They were the only two, with Biessinger riding on Thursday and Baier on Friday, to get under the 17-second barrier.

Kim West of Oklahoma City pulled into third with a 17.07, just head of Beth Braudrick, Terrell, Texas. And Angle Meadors, Watumka, Okla., had rode it in 17.17 to push a pair of 17.29s down a notch. They were Felicia Otis, Blanchard, Okla., and Shandi Metzinger, Dexter, Kan.

Team roping leaders stayed on top, by a scant tenth of a second. But defending world champion Alien Bach, Merced, Calif., and his partner Robert Scogin, Frierson, La., posted a 5.6 to pull into second behind the current 1991 leaders, Steve Northcutt, Odessa, Texas and Charles Pogue, Ringling, Okla., who have a 5.5.

 

Currently in the money, or near the top, after Friday's running were Shannon Frascht, Protection, Kan., and J.M. Skaggs, Apache, Okla., with a 5.9, followed by two teams at 6.2, Jon Hamilton of Vian and J. P. Wickett of Sallisaw; and Kelly Perkins and Jimmy Wade, both of Ringling.

 

The Friday night performance calf-ropers were unable to crack the top four from Thursday. Still at No. 1 before the Saturday running, two guys from Thursday, each at 9.1, were Fred Whitfield, Cypress, Texas and Marty Lindner, Gid- dings, Texas. The next group were Doug dark of Wayne, Okla., with a 9.5 and Rabe Rabon, of Paradise, Texas, at 9.7. Best on Friday was a 10.0 by Joe Beaver of Huntsville,, Texas, that may get fifth.

Friday's best steer roping was Kelly Casebolt, Pawhuska, Okla., at 10.2. Only four ties were made, and Casebolt's 10.2 plus 21.1 on Wednesday gives him average 31.3, fourth in the running behind leader Shawn Johnson, Pampa, Texas (12.5 plus 11.2 for 23.7); James Alien, Vinita (12.4 plus 14.7 for 27.1; and Bucky Lee Braden of Burbank (15.2 plus 14.5 for 29.7).

 

Others close in the steer roping after Friday included Dan Fisher, Andrews, Texas (12.1. plus 19.6 for 31.7 — it would have been 21.7 if his Thursday catch hadn't been too quick from the runway costing a ten-second penalty).

 

There were two others who had chances Saturday night, Rocky Garnett of Hutchins had an 11.2 during Wednesday night slack and Neil Worrell of Fredonia had a 12.3 the same night.

 

Steer wrestlers had one move into the top four on Friday, but there were two heart-breaking efforts. Both Keith Easter of Burkburnett, Texas, and Ricky Huddleston of Talihina, Okla., had 3.7s only to see their times balloon because of breaking the barrier too soon — putting them well out of the money. Rick Bradley of Burkburnett had a 4.9, to go to fifth, behind twin leaders Rex Meier, Checotah and Troy Browne, Wilburton, each at 4.7 and Todd Greer, Many, La., and Brad Lahman, Caney, Okla., at 4.8. Clyde Himes, of Beulah, Colo., was at 5.0. Two others had 5.1, including Jimmy Henson, Mounds, Okla., and Albert Hiemer, Tryon, Okla., while Stan Mauldin of Wetumka saw a 4.5 Friday go to 14.5 on the barrier penalty.

 

Dave Appleton, Arlinton, Texas spurred his saddle bronc well enough, got the ride and finished with a judged 78 to take the lead of saddle bronc contestants. That put him above Thursday's Bud Longbrake of Dupree, S.D., who had a 76. Cory Hughes of Pratt had a 72 Friday, to be third while there were three 70s hanging on for fourth. They included Matt Reed, El Dorado, Kan.; Jarrett McGraw of Gar- den City and Todd Fike of Pavillion, Wyo.

 

Bareback riders were shooting at an 80 turned in by Mark Garrett, Story, Wyo., on Thursday. Rick Hudson, another Cowboy from Wyoming, via Laramie, got close at 77 to move into a tie for second with Justin Williams of Pratt. Phil Smith, Emerson, Ark., had fourth after Friday with a 76 and Marvin Garrett, Belle Foursche, S.D., had a 75.

Big Crowd Sees Three Riders Move Into First In 101 Events

 

The final night of the 101 Ranch Rodeo Saturday night at the rodeo grounds saw three riders push their way into first place in the eight events held. It was a night where the rodeo was dedicated to the memory of Mike Sokoll, longtime Wild West Show figure of Ponca City, who had died earlier Saturday morning at the age of 97.

Despite the sadness of Sokoll's death, the rodeo drew the largest crowd in several years. Rodeo arena official Rick Barnthouse said it was the first time he'd seen the arena "filled like that in my five years on the committee."

Crowned Queen of the 101 Ranch Rodeo during the final night of the three performances was Heidi Ahrens of Collinsville.

Two girls barrel racers moved in front to take the top two spots with quick times in the clover-leaf pattern. Deb Mohon of Gladewater, Texas, had a 16.83, for $789.19, while Lanita Powers, just ten-hundredths of a second behind at 16.93, took second.

The two had knocked out earlier leaders of Colette Baier, Hardtner, Kan., who had 16.95 on Friday, and Vana Beissinger, Lake Worth, Fla., who had an official 16.96 recorded on Thursday.

Other money-winners in the girls barrel racing were Tana Halverson, Willison, N.D., fifth, 17.90; Kim West, Oklahoma City, sixth, 17.07; Both Braudrick, Terrell, Texas, seventh, 17.10; Angie Meadors, Wetumka, eighth, 17.17; and Felicia Otis of Blanchard and Shandi Metzinger, Dexter, Kan., sharing ninth.

On Saturday night, Brian Rice of Choctaw jumped to the front with a 77 score in the bull riding event. That got him $1,043.62; and runner-up Steve Washington, Tulsa, who had 74 on Friday, had to settle for second money. Third went to Shon Mclntyre, Coulterville, Ill.; K.J. Pletcher of Springer and Tony Booth of Saginaw, Texas, each had 73 for third.

Sixth was a four-way tie, with 72 scores, including Matt Fenhaus, Rapid City, S.D.; Lloyd Koerth, Whitsett, Texas; Dick Miller, Comanche; and Mark Cain, Atoka.

The top bareback bronc rider also rode on Saturday, when Steve Abernathy of Tulsa picked up a total of $852.34 for first place on a score of 82. That knocked out an 80 by Mark Garrett, Story, Wyo. Next was Nick Hudson of Laramie, Wyo., with a 76, followed by a pair of 75s, from Marvin Garrett, Belle Fourche, S.D., and Justin Williams, Pratt. A 72 by Thad Emerson of Pratt garnered sixth money.

The calf roping was decided by a pair of 9.1s turned in during slack . Thursday night. Dividing first place money of $1,285.25 apiece were Fred Whitfield of Cypress, Texas and Marty Lindner, Giddings, Texas. Third went to Doug dark, Wayne, Okla., on a 9.5 followed by Rabe Rabon, Paradise, Texas, at 9.7. They also rode slack Thursday.

Friday, Joe Beaver, Huntsville, Texas, pushed his way into the money for fifth place with a 10.0 and Ken Bailey of Okmulgee held on from Thursday slack for sixth with a 10.2.

The steer roping event may have been the most interesting, with ropers getting two chances apiece during go-rounds held from Wednesday through Saturday. First with the best average, however, was Guy Alien of Vinita, who had 10.2 and 11.4, for 21.6 average and $1,176.93. Second in average went to Shawn Johnson, Pampa, (12.5 and 11.2 for 23.7); while third was taken by Neil Worrell, Fredonia, Kan., at 23.9 on 12.3 and 11.6, and fourth went to James Alien, Vinita, 12.4 and 14.7 for an average of 27.1.

First go-round went to Tee Woolman, Llano, Texas, 10.7, for $1,176.93. Shaun Burchett of Pryor was second at 10.8 followed by Rocky Garnett, 22.1 and Steve Flinn, St. George, 11.3. They all participated on Wednesday. Second go-round , Kelly Casebolt, Pawhuska:1mSrGuy Alien, Vinita, who each had a 10.2 and each picked up $1,029.81. Third was split by Gary Armitage, Portales, N.M., and Tutt Garnett, Elgin, Texas.

 

Team ropers Steve Northcott, Odessa, Texas and Charles Pogue, Ringling, Okla., maintained first place from Thursday night with their 5.5 to take $879.06 each. Next went to Robert Scogin, Frierson, La. and Alien Bach, Merced, Calif., at 5.6. Third was the team of Shannon Frascht, Protection, Kan., and J.M. Skaggs, Apache, Okla., at 5.9.

Fourth in team roping went to a Valley Springs, Calif., pair, Daniel Green and Chris Green. Fifth was split by two teams, both with 6.2s. They were Jon Hamilton, Vian and J.P. Wickett, Sallisaw; and Kelly Perkins and Jimmy Wade of Ringling.

The saddle bronc championship was decided on Friday when Dave Appleton, of Arlington, Texas, had a 78 score. That pushed Bud Long- brake, Dupree, S.D., who had 77, to second place. Appleton's win was good enough for $886.10.

Third in saddle bronc riding went to Don Reno, Jay, with a 73 on Saturday and three with 72s, all on Saturday, tied for fourth, including Cory Hughes, Pratt; Paul Peterson, Guymon and Skeeter Thurston, Hyannis, Neb.

The steer wrestling event was also decided on Thursday when a pair of 4.7s were recorded. They included Tracy Browne, Durant and Rex Meier, Checotah, each getting $1,323.80. Third was also divided, with Brad Lahman, Caney, Okla., and Todd Greer, Many, La., each getting a 4.8 on Thursday.

Friday, Rick Bradley, Burkburnett, Texas, had a 4.9 for fifth place and sixth went to Clyde Hines, Beulah, Okla., who had a 5.0.

The rodeo was the production of Rumford Rodeo Stock Contractors, including the family of Floyd Rumford and sons, Bronc and Tommy. It was the first 101 Ranch Rodeo in years produced by someone other than Walt Alsbaugh.

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