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 - 2000


RODEO DATES: August 16th, 17th, 18th, & 19th

ANNOUNCER: Lynn Phillips GRAND MARSHAL: Bud Monroe &  Jimmy Gibbs Monroe
RODEO QUEEN: Sabrina Walton SPECIALTY ACT: One Armed Bandit

All-Amateur Team Roping Event Part Of 101 Rodeo

The second annual Budweiser all-amateur team roping event will be part of the 101 Beverage Co. and 101 Wild West Rodeo Aug. 16-19.


The grand prize will be Budweiser saddles for the first place team. There will be eight teams participating, each night, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, with the top eight teams from the 24 teams coming back for the finals on Saturday night.


The fastest time will be paid nightly, with cash prizes awarded to the top four teams on two head.


Qualifications include that the first 24 teams registering will be the only ones accepted, with the cost being $100 entry fee per team and $10 stock charge. Ropers will be able to enter only one time.


Entries must be phoned on Wednesday, Aug. 9, only at 580-765-2408 between 7 and 9 p.m., and all entry fees and proof of age and residence is due by Monday, Aug. 14th no later than 5 p.m. at the Rodeo Office, Ponca City Chamber of Commerce, 420 East Grand Avenue.


Only those living within a 45 mile radius of Ponca City will be eligible, and ropers must be 21 years of age or older and not carrying a PRCA card or permit. Western attire, including boots, long sleeve shirt and hat (no ball caps) are required.

101 Wild West Rodeo Has Rich History

The 101 Wild West Rodeo will be making it's fourth four-night run in Ponca City, after many years of three-night performances as the 101 Ranch Rodeo.


Dates for the 101 Wild West Rodeo this year will be August 16, 17, 18, 19, with performances on the first two nights being at 7 p.m., followed on the Friday and Saturday performances set for 8 p.m.


And there's a 101 Wild West Rodeo parade in downtown Ponca City starting at 10 a.m.


The 101 Wild West Rodeo will be held at the 101 Ranch Rodeo Arena, located on West Prospect Avenue at North Ash Street. Beautification efforts of the arena parking lot have changed entrance roads to the parking lot areas, to Ash Street and to West Prospect Avenue, and not at the corner of Ash Street and Prospect.


The 2000 Rodeo will mark the 41st running of the rodeo honoring what historians have described as the birthplace of rodeo - the once mighty 101 Ranch.


The fabulous 101 Ranch, with a 50-year history both rich and tragic, influenced Oklahoma and agriculture like no other ranching operation in the world.


The 101 Ranch, established by Col. George W. Miller in 1879 on the banks of the Salt Fork River southwest of what is now Ponca City, began with thousands of acres of land which Miller both leased and purchased from his friends - the Ponca, Tonkawa and Osage tribes.


The Colonel, who died in 1903 at the age of 61, and the ranch, which was already successful came into the capable hands of his sons, George, Joe and Zack.


'Round-Up' Was First Rodeo
It was 1905 when the Millers offered to perform what they called a "round-up" or "buffalo chase" as an entertainment incentive for a National Editorial Association -convention. Visitors were said to come to the ranch in 30 regular and special trains, and the crowd estimated at nearly 60,000 was thrilled to the exhibition of cowboys recreating real life ranch work from bronc riding and roping to Tom Mix's debut as a roper and rider.


After years of success as the "101 Ranch Real Wild West and Great Far East Show" things at the ranch began to crumble in the late 1920s, due to the deaths of Joe in 1927 and George in 1929.


But the rodeo returned to the Ponca City scene, when the Ponca City Cherokee Strip Rodeo Committee came up with the idea of having a rodeo during the Cherokee Strip Celebration in September 1960. By 1962 the financial success of the Cherokee Strip Rodeo proved that people wanted the return of a show similar to the 101 Ranch Wild West Show. The present bleachers and chutes were constructed in 1962, however additional improvement in chute heaven and the press box have made the rodeo arena a top notch attraction.


The 2000 rodeo will attempt to bring "Rodeo of the Year" prize from the three state Prairie Circuit, which includes all Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association rodeos in Oklahoma, Colorado and Kansas. It has been won by the Ponca City association several times in the past few years.


There are several events during the rodeo for youngsters, and the Ponca City Rodeo Foundation, headed by Brad Beaty, contracts with a number of interesting one-act exhibitions for the four night stand.


Many local event sponsors are recognized by special "Chute Heaven" box seats just above the arena chutes, where selected friends and neighbors get a chance to really view what's going on right out front and behind the scenes.


Week Full of Rodeo Activities
Many special events happen during "rodeo week." They include an exciting parade, the excitement of 101 Wild West Rodeo Queen contestant activities, special nights for barbecue and dances.


Contestants will be thoroughly tested for their skills in bareback bronc riding, saddle bronc riding, bull riding, team roping, steer wrestling, steer roping and calf roping.

There's also a pre-performance called slack, that will include two complete go rounds of steer roping starting at 4 p.m. on Tuesday at the 101 Rodeo arena. Also included will be other roping activity that day and night.


The 101 Wild West Rodeo will have a special stick horse grand entry for youngsters each night, as they enter the arena at 7:45 p.m. just prior to the regular grand entry.

There's also a free barbecue at United Supermarket from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday located at North Fourteenth Street and East Prospect Avenue, with a Thursday night ticket to the rodeo and donations will be accepted for Domestic Violence of Ponca City.


The Queen's luncheon will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Royal China Buffet, with the Queen's horsemanship event at the rodeo grounds at 5 p.m. that afternoon.

On Friday and Saturday, there will be a rodeo dance at the Rocking Horse following the rodeo.


The livestock contractor for the entire rodeo, including slack performances, is Rafter H Rodeo Company. Special performances will be from the One Armed Bandit, of Shidler, nightly along with bullfighters Kevin Rich and Donald Shepherd, and the man in the barrel, Ted Kimzey.

101 Wild West Rodeo Parade Set Saturday

The 101 Wild West Rodeo parade will be held Saturday in downtown Ponca City, with parade marshals being Bud Monroe and Jimmy Gibbs Monroe.


The parade lineup will begin lining up at Oak Street and West Grand Avenue, with those wishing to be in the parade needing to be in place between 9 and 9:30 a.m.
Among specialty events for the parade will be the One Armed Bandit and Rodeo Clowns and Queens.


Contact the rodeo office 580-765-2980 or Debbie Blended at 580-362-1075 for additional information.

Rafter H Rodeo Livestock Here Again For 101 Wild West Rodeo

The Rafter H Rodeo Livestock Company headquartered in Tahlequah, owned by Dell Hall, J will again be the rodeo producer' of the 101 Wild West Rodeo here this week.


Rafter H has become quite popular with the rodeo associations' and cowboys as well, providing stock for a four-night plus slack rodeo.


Hall has spent the last 36 years in the stock contracting business and the last 23 as a member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA).


A former contestant in both riding and timed events, Dell Hall knows that the draw-end of the business' can either make or break a contestant. When contestants pull up to a rodeo, they need to draw an animal that they or any other contestant can place on to win money. In respect for the rodeo as a whole, Hall tries to keep his stock as even as possible for all the contestants entered.


Most recent awards from the Rafter H Rodeo Livestock Company have been in 1999 when the Prairie Circuit (Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska) named specific stock from the firm Saddle bronc of the Year and Bull of the Year.


The 1998 PRCA Bucking Bull of the Year Skoal's King Kong was from Rafter H, and there have been numerous awards prior to that, including Bucking Bull of the Year in the PRCA in 1984 and 1981. Other awards have gone back as far as 1979.

Megan Schneeberger Reigning 101 Queen

The reigning Miss 101 Wild West Rodeo Queen is Megan Schneeberger from Ponca City. She is the daughter of Donald and Annette Schneeberger of Ponca City. A 1998 graduate of Ponca City High School, Megan attended Murray State College on a full ride rodeo scholarship.


Megan was awarded the State FFA Degree and has competed in junior, open, high school and professional rodeos, as well as in Quarter Horse Shows for a total of 17 years. She also enjoys helping her brother, Jerome, drive from rodeo to rodeo as he competes for a PRCA world title in the calf roping event; and spending time with her family and friends.


"I feel that my lifetime competition in rodeo along with experiences in the horse industry has been beneficial in promoting the authentic sport of America. I wanted to public exemplify how a positive character and moral values can continually reward each individual while enhancing the quality of life in our fantastic sport," Megan said.


Born and raised in Ponca City, Megan has long been fascinated with the notorious "101" trademark of the community. "Ponca City, Kay County and the sport of rodeo have cooperatively inspired me, as well as numerous others, to follow their dream of the western lifestyle. To use my strengths and talents to represent one of the most distinguished professional rodeos in the world, I have proudly assumed the responsibilities of 101 Wild West Rodeo Queen in order that I might be able to give something in return for that which I have already received."

One Armed Bandit Story Goes Back 27 Years

The story of the One Armed Bandit goes back 27 years to a day that John Steven Payne could say that while at work, an accident changed his life.


That's when Payne, also known as the One Armed Bandit, was working on electric lines and took an electric shock. It was so bad that while he lived to tell about the June 3, 1973 2 p.m. shock that he lost a hand.


Born in the small town of Shidler in 1953, where the gang still resides from time to time, Payne is known to hang out around some of the biggest and best rodeos and horse shows in the world.


The One Armed Bandit and Company was started by Payne as the One Armed Bandit Gang with the help from his wife, Judy Payne is so notorious, that the snakes head for the hills when he hits the creeks. The act has been on the most wanted list since 1988 and became the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association specialty act of the year in 1989, repeating in 1990 and through 1996.


David Lynn Payne, also known as Lynn, the Gang Leader, Second in Command, and The Boss when the Bandit is out of the country.


The younger Payne learned the Bandit's ways quickly. He has been seen riding a multitude of horse flesh, pops a bull whip in each hand while steering a horse with his legs The younger Payne was born Jan. 8, 1976 in Ponca City and won IPRA contract show case in 1998. He has been seen in all of the lower 48 states and Canada and has been on the run since the early 90s.


The younger Payne's shifty eyes watches your every move and is poised to strike a crowd in the heart. His name is also among those who are most wanted.


Then there's Amanda Jane Payne, also known as The Pretty One. But, don't let your guard down around her. She can be just as captivating as the men in her gang. Born on May 2, 1978 on an Indian Reservation in Pawnee, Okla., she quickly picked up on the cowboy lifestyle and broke out in 1997 when she was only 18. She is the only woman to have ever attempted to follow in the Bandit's footsteps and might just be the only one to put the Bandit in his places.

All-Amateur Team Roping Popular Event

The second annual Budweiser all-amateur team roping event will be part of the 101 Beverage Co. and 101 Wild West Rodeo Aug. 16-19. The grand prize will be Budweiser saddles for the first place team.


There will be eight teams participating each night, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, with the top eight teams from the 24 teams coming back for the finals on Saturday night.


The fastest time will be paid nightly, with cash prizes awarded to the top four teams on two head.


Qualifications include that the first 24 teams registering will be the only ones accepted, with the cost being $100 entry fee per team and $10 stock charge. Ropers will be able. to enter only one time. 4 Entries must be phoned on Wednesday, Aug. 9, only 4 at 580-765-2408 between 7 and 9 p.m., and all entry fees, proof of age and residence is due by Monday, Aug. 14, no later than 5 p.m. at the Rodeo Office, Ponca City , Chamber of Commerce, 420 East Grand Avenue.


Only those living within a 45-mile radius of Ponca City will be eligible, and ropers must be 21 years of age or older and not carrying a PRCA card or permit. Western attire, including boots, long sleeve shirt and hat (no ball caps) are required.

Rodeo Unfurls Tonight

It's the middle of August and that means rodeo time in Ponca City!

It's also hot, but that makes little difference as the first of a four-night 101 Wild West Rodeo unfolds tonight at 8 o'clock.


The action takes place at the 101 Rodeo Arena intersection of North Ash Street at West Prospect Avenue.


Under the direction of the 101 Ranch Rodeo Foundation with stock supplied by Dell Hall's Rafter H Livestock Company, fans will be able to see one of the best rodeos in the Prairie Circuit (Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska). There will be specialty acts, rodeo clowns and bullfighters throughout the night.


Youngsters will want to arrive a bit earlier for the nightly performance of the stick horse grand entry, set for 7:45 p.m.


For the really true, blue rodeo fan, Tuesday's slack performance by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association gave the impression that this year's rodeo could be filled with prime performances both from the cowboys and  stock.


For instance, the average score of steer roper Guy Allen, one of the all time best in steer roping as his credentials prove, put on a show within a show.


And he had to do it!


Allen won the first go-round of the steer ropers, which started slightly after 4 p.m. Tuesday in the slack performance, by finishing the tie of his roped steer in 9.0 seconds. That's fast, and it most definitely set the stage for the second go-round of the more than 50 signed up to compete.


But Trevor Brazile of Decater, TX, also had money thoughts in mind, for he had a 9.4 - good enough for second in the first go-round.


Of the two, Brazile was the first up in the head-to-head duel. He put on a similar show with a 9.2, and that made the average to beat a quick 18.6.


But Allen was a few ropers behind, and posted an 8.9 to go with the 9.0. That eventually won the average at 17.9, worth $1,204.90. He got that amount also for the first go and $997.15 for second in the second-go.


Allen's 8.9 didn't get first in that second go-round, as Marty Jones of Hobbs, N.M. also wanted to show off. He did just that with an 8.5, worth $1,204.90. Jones put the 8.5 with a first go-round of 10.4 to get third in the average, 18.9.

Brazile took in $997.15 for his first go second place, $789.41 for his third in the second-go and $997.15 for second in average.


There were local thrills, too.


Ponca City's J. Paul Williams notched a 22.8 in the average with a pair of double-digit efforts of 12.2 in the first go, then improved to 10.6 in the second. That was good enough for sixth-place money of $212.74.


Sandwiched in-between were a pair of Oklahoma ropers, Kim Ziegelgruber of Edmond (9.8 and 11.7 for 21.5 that took fourth, $595.67) and Shorty Garten of Pawhuska (13.2 and a really good 9.5 for 22.7. finishing fifth, $382.93).

Steer wrestling, calf roping and team roping performers were in the arena for their first runs during slack after 8 p.m. Tuesday and finished with the full moon high overhead. There were two sections in each run, and the first one finished shortly after 10 p.m.


Leading the first go in calf roping was Justin Lankford, Blanchard, with an 8.5. That barely edged Robbie Pierce, Locust Grove, 8.7, and Dirk Decker, Clayton, 8.9. Then came a pair of 9.0 times from Shaun Franklin, Wetumka, and Kolby Ungeheuer, Columbus, Kan., and the 9.1 times posted by Houston Hutto, Del Rio, TX, and David Lawson, Newcastle.


A real familiar name is at the top of the steer wrestling in Ote Berry, who had a 3.7 followed by Jared Nuffer, Medicine Lodge, Kan., with a 3.9. Berry is a four time world champion in steer wrestling from Checotah — home to a number of top steer wrestlers are located.


Also getting quick times in the steer wrestling were Shaun Johnson, Checotah, 4.0; Shaun Lindley, McAlester, 4.1; and a pair at 4.4 including Jeff Babek, Granite and Shane Sparks, Allen.


Team ropers had a tough time with the swift stock of Rafter H in the first run, but Charles Pogue, Ringling and Britt Bockius, Claremore did it in just 5.1 seconds to claim the first go. Nick Sartain, Yukon and D.J. O'Connor, Coyle had a 5.5 followed by the 5.6 of Paul and Cory Petska, Lexington and then Rhet Johnson, Duke and Garrison Nippert, Mangum were fourth at 5.9.

Cooler Weather A Blessing

There weren't many complaints about a change in wind direction and slight drop in temperatures heard from the crowd at the second performance of the 101 Wild West Rodeo Thursday night.


After the past few days of 100-plus temperatures and southerly wind, the abrupt change to the north at gusts to 23 miles per hour were rather welcome.
But that didn't change the attitude nor the competitive efforts of cowboys and cowgirls on Thursday. Nearly every event saw better scores and times than Wednesday's opening night.


Two more nights. of the rodeo are left tonight and Saturday.

One of the highlights on Saturday will be the coronation of the 101 Wild West Rodeo Queen. There are seven contestants: Cassandra Baur, Courtney Burns, Jennifer Downen, Lauren Goad, Hallie Godbehere, Megan O'Neill and Sabrina Walton.

Another highlight on Saturday will be the 101 Wild West Rodeo parade in downtown Ponca City. It starts at 10 a.m. from the Oak Street and West Grand Avenue intersection, heading east along Grand Avenue.


Despite the rodeo calling for cowboys in most of the competition, it was the girls barrel racing that drew the biggest rearrangement in the top times posted Thursday.

Could the better times have been attributed to the gusty wind from the north? Probably not, since the cowgirls had to ride into it to get to the final barrel prior to heading south.


Tamara Reinhardt of Lakin, Kan., rode to a 17.76 clocking which put her in the overall lead. It topped that of Wednesday's effort of 17.84 by Kim Squires of Carnegie.

Add to that a 17.87 by Jeanne Anderson of White City, Kan., a 17.90 by Betsy Hastie, Cleveland, Mo., and 17.98 by Susan Fox of Pratt, Kan., and that put four of the top six times on the board in the girls barrel racing. Sandwiched between those last two was a Wednesday ride of 17.94 by Collette Baier of Hardtner, Kan.


There were changes at the top in the cowboys rough stock rides with Jeffery W. Collins of Redfield, Kan., getting a final marking of 80 on Gold Dollar to tie Wednesday's 80 turned in by William R. Pittman II of Florence, Miss., in the bareback riding.


And, from El Dorado, Kan., Matt Reed had a 78 on Red Head that put him on top of the saddle bronc riding.


Reed was slightly better than the 77 of Cory F. Hughes of Preston, Kan., on Wednesday.


There were two others that got into the top three, both at 74, for a third place tie. They were Todd A. Hipsag, of Firth, Neb., on Pale Rider and Brent Burns of Edwardsville, Kan., on Skoal's Miss Dolly (despite her not wanting to cooperate in the chute ahead of the ride).


There were three completed rides on the bulls in the two sections Thursday, one more than Wednesday, but they had to settle for second and third and then on down the list.


Best on Thursday was a 75 by Mark A. Ward of North Platte, Neb., on Mile High and a 73 by Ryan Langston, Locust Grove, on Major Pain. Tops so far is the 80 by Jeff Boudreau, Purcell, who just happened .to get it on Jesse James as the first ride of the event Wednesday.


New alignment came in the team roping event also, as Donnie McNeece of McLouth, Kan., and Travis Alford, Peculiar, Mo., had a 5.3 and Ronnie Waldrep, Mustang teamed with Micah of Meeker for a 6.2. Leading for the average is the team of Paul Petska and Cory Petska of Lexington with a 5.6 and 6.3 for 11.9.


Local, non-professional team ropers put on a good show, as Red Nichols and Ted McKee of Ponca City had a 9.0. Steve Griffith of Ponca City and Richard Littrell of Arkansas City, Kan., had a 10.9. Reggy Sargent and Randy Sargent of Newkirk had a 13.0 plus five for 18.0. Those times and two from Wednesday are likely to be in the final eight on Saturday, unless all eight of tonight's teams do well enough to knock someone out. Prizes for the winners include saddles.


Steer wrestlers for the most part, had a rough time staying put in the box long enough as a total of six (five in a row) headed out too quickly and were. caught breaking the barrier, getting 10 seconds added to their times.


None of those that did stay back were able to match the pair of 4.3 efforts on Wednesday by Andre M. Delcambre of Hackberry, La., and Cody Odell of Como, Texas. Odell and Jeff Babek of Granite have the best average at 9.6. Best for Thursday was a 4.6 by two wrestlers, Herbert P. Theriot of PopJarville, Miss., and Chancey Larson of Manhattan, Kan.


In Thursday's calf roping, Walt White of Okmulgee had a 9.0 not near the 7.7 of Ponca City's Jerome Schneeberger on Wednesday. But the 9.0 and a 10.2 in the first go put White in the lead at 19.2, just ahead of Shawn Franklin of Wetumka at 19.6.

Large Crowd Enjoys Final Night Of 101 Wild West Rodeo

In what was termed by at least I two 101 Rodeo Foundation officials, Saturday's performance of the 101 Wild 'West Rodeo was "the biggest crowd that I've seen here since becoming involved in the foundation."


That may be true, since it nearly filled the rodeo grounds bleachers from one end to the other.


And they didn't have a bad show to see either, as the stock of Rafter H Livestock Company of Dell Hall and the professional cowboys and cowgirls put on quite a performance.


Kept informed from the first moment to the very last by Dr, Lynn Phillips of Enid, and his newest partner in the announcer's booth, Curt Robinson of Pendleton, Ore., who was a delight during the timed events with his statistics and calls, rodeo fans had little left to be desired.


The best actually would be hard to select, but the team roping pair of Red Nichols and Ted McKee of Ponca City were quite the favorite to Ponca City — and they were the non-professionals. All they did was to nearly duplicate an earlier performance of 9.0 in the local team roping event, with a 9.1 on Saturday and that put them into the top spot of seven teams competing to win the saddles provided by 1O1 Beverage. Nice going guys!


And the professional team ropers of Charles R. Pogue, Ringling, and Britt Bockius, Claremore, let the crowd see just how good they can perform. With a 4.9 on Saturday, the pair, header Pogue and heeler Bockius put with a 5.1 for a 10-flat performance in the average. That was good enough for second in the second-go and winning the average.


Another team had a 5.2 in Saturday's performance, as Kansans Kirby Smith of Brookville and Luke Myles of Wichita finished third in the second go-round.

The crowd had quite a thrill in the bull riding also, as it watched Skoal's King Kong of Rafter H, a National Finals Rodeo performer as well, buck Carlos Aguayo of Arlington, Texas off prior to the eight-second count. No harm done  despite a disappointed Aguayo.


Also in the bull riding later the crowd saw Brent J. Vincent of Sulpher, La., ride Dr. Doolittle to an 81 score that got first place.


And to go with those performances, Case Drake of Sayre had a 76 on Hollywood Squares and Chad Drury had 75 on Copenhagen Pet to place third and fourth respectively.


In the girls barrel racing, Gail Hillman of Waller, Texas, whipped around the three barrels and home to the clocking of 17.56 and that was good enough for second place. Also on Saturday, Cindy Heina of Lincoln, Kan., had a 17.81 and that took fifth in the final ranking.


Calf roping enthusiasts got a treat from Houston Hutto, Del Rio, Texas, who had an 11.1 to go with an earlier 9.1 for a 20.2 and that took fourth in the average. Another roper, G. Craig Marsolf of Amorita had 11.6 that went with a 10.6 for 22.2 and fifth in the average.


There were two top steer wrestling performances Saturday that took first and second in the second go-round, as Marvel Rogers of Del City had a 3.9 for first and Justin Rumford of Plevna, Kan., had 4.0 for second.


Saddle bronc riders also pulled into the top three spots, when Bart I. Nichols of Guymon had an 80 for second and Rance Bray, Dumas, Texas, had 7\7 for a tie for third.

One bareback rider just got into the final standings, that being Lee Jay Lammon of Jay, when he scored 76 on Stormin' Norman.

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