The 58th Annual 101 Wild West Rodeo
June 8 - 10, 2017
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RODEO DATES: June 12th,
13th, & 14th
ANNOUNCER: Justin McKee
RODEO QUEEN: Rachael Smith
SPECIALTY ACT: Cowboy Kenny Bartram
RODEO PRINCESS: Allie Baker
STOCK CONTRACTOR: Andrew's Rodeo Co.
Rodeo Week Arrives
By BOB PATTERSON
News City Editor
Despite it being the second week of June, it is Rodeo Week here in Ponca City.
That’s right! The usual August rodeo has been moved up two months, in an effort
to have more competitors, exciting weather and get away from bouncing into the
first week or so of school.
So, the 101 Wild West Rodeo will begin on Thursday, June 12 and be held that
night, plus Friday, June 13 and Saturday, June 14. It’ll still be held at the
familiar 101 Ranch Arena located just west of North Ash Street and south of West
Prospect Avenue, in Ponca City, at 8 p.m. each night.
The Ponca City Rodeo Foundation Committee, chaired by Larry Goodno, decided on
the change late last Summer, looking forward to having a better time for
everyone, including competitors, fans and committee personnel.
All the usual activities will accompany the date change. There will be princess
and queen activity throughout the week.
The 101 Wild West Rodeo parade is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday along Grand
Avenue, from well west of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad tracks, to
And then there’s also some special activities scheduled on Grand Avenue from
Fifth to Sixth Street, plus the youngsters rodeo on the lawn of the Ponca City
Library. The rodeo will again be produced by the Andrews Rodeo
Ponca City’s Justin Rumford will be the man in the can, as the barrelman and
comedian for the three nights. Bullfighters include Nathan Harp in his second
year here, and Chuck Swisher making his first appearance.
Cowboy Kenny’s Steel Rodeo will provide some oohs and aahs during a specialty
act each night.
And each night after the rodeo, will be concerts by three different bands.
National Anthem Singers for Rodeo
Meet this year’s National Anthem singers for the three nights of
the 101 Wild West Rodeo held at the 101 Ranch Arena, North Ash
Street and West Prospect Avenue.
Cerena Chaney is the 17 year old daughter of Danny and Candy
Chaney of Kaw City. She has two brothers Damon and Dylan. She is
currently a junior at Ponca City High School. Cerena is a four
year member of the Po-Hi Steppers and has been named captain of
the team for the upcoming school year.
She is also a four year member of the Ponca City High School
Chorale. This is Cerena’s second year as a Varsity Ladycat Track
member. She was also a member of the Ponca City High School
Girls bowling team. Cerena served as Junior Class President this
past school year.
She is also involved in Key Club and served as Vice President.
Cerena is involved in DECA, a business marketing group, and
competed at state. She was selected to be a member of the
National Honors Society for the upcoming school year as well.
Cerena is on the Principal’s Honor Roll and maintains a 3.98
GPA. Cerena is also involved in Young-Life, a local
nondenominational youth group for Christian teens at Po-Hi,
where she sings lead vocals in the praise and worship band.
Cerena is honored to be able to sing the National Anthem again
for the 101 Wild West Rodeo, as she previously sang it when she
was just 10 years old. After high school, Cerena plans to attend
the University of Oklahoma,
be a part of their spirit and dance program, and major in dance
and music education.
In her free time, Cerena enjoys dancing, singing, hunting,
fishing, and spending time with her friends and family.
Garrison Blanton is the 14 year old son of Dr. Tim and Echo
Blanton of Ponca City.
He currently takes voice and guitar lessons from Debbie Payne.
Garrison is a freshman at Ponca City High School and in Pre-AP
classes. He has signed with Magna Talent for acting and singing
and competed on American Idol at Disney World in Florida.
In addition to singing he is a top competitor on the Ponca City
cross country and track teams. Garrison plans to attend OSU to
become a neurosurgeon and run on their cross country team.
He enjoys hunting, working his family’s cattle and hanging out
with his friends and family.
Kristin Killion, the 27-yearold from Chickasha, completed her
Associated Degree in Agriculture with an Equine emphasis from
Redlands Community College and completed her bachelors in
Business Administration at the University of Science and Arts of
Oklahoma. Kristin held the title of Miss Rodeo Oklahoma 2008 and
was a top ten finalist in Las Vegas for the Miss Rodeo America
competition in December 2008. She traveled all over the United
States representing her state speaking and singing about her
strongest passions: her music and the western way of life.
Having grown up in a very musical family, Kristin has earned
many awards with her singing as well as numerous championships
on horseback since age six. She and her horse, Harley, were on
Craig Cameron’s Extreme Cowboy Race for the first all girls
competition on RFD-TV and can be seen on Horsecity.com. She also
loves to be a part of western films whether she’s providing
horses, doing stunt riding, or even acting as a singing saloon
girl or an evil contract killer.
When not on a horse, you can find her performing at the National
Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, the Centennial Rodeo Opry in
the Oklahoma City Stockyards and singing in schools, nursing
homes, churches and youth events all across the nation. She is
well known for her rendition of our National Anthem.
Free Concert &
Dance: Thursday, Friday & Saturday Night
On Thursday, Friday &
Saturday there will be a live concert and dance immediately
following each night's Rodeo Performance on the east-side of the
arena. Meet the cowboys & contract personnel, visit with some
old friends or maybe make some new ones.
THURSDAY NIGHT - WHISKEY RIVER BAND
The Whiskey River Band was started many years ago back in 1980.
After years gone by, they are back again with the original lead
singer/ acoustic guitarist (Monty Coble) and also drummer (Chuck
Case). They are joined by a new lead guitarist/ pedal steel
player (Kurt Graber), a new bass player (James Hocutt), and a
new keyboard player (Rick Schiff). This five piece band makes a
huge sound that you wouldn't believe.
MONTY.....is a man with a heart and soul made for country music.
He was one of the originals with Whiskey River from back in the
80's. While playing with Whiskey River, Monty opened for Travis
Tritt, Martina McBride, Asleep at the Wheel, Jerry Reed, The
Original Texas Playboys, and Dean Dillon to name a few. He loves
anything from the old tunes of Merle Haggard to the new music of
JAMES.....is lifelong resident of Wichita , KS. He's been around
music since he can remember. Playing piano, violin, bass guitar,
guitar and other instruments. He enjoys most styles of music
from Jazz to Bluegrass. By profession James is a social worker
but music is his labor of love. He states he plays for fun,
although he loves the glamour and fame too, but also the free
beer once in a while. He loves playing the bass because it's
melodic and rhythmic. James stated, "I’ve always loved rhythms –
I used to drive my family nuts when I was a kid always tapping
rhythms when I’d listen to music. Then it dawned on me that I
could drive people nuts and get a free beer once in a while –
win-win! The important thing to me is to have the audience have
fun – dance, laugh, sing along, whatever moves you – that’s what
it’s all about.”
CHUCK.....our Oklahoma Drummer, began playing the drums
seriously around the age of ten. He is a profound drummer having
played with several bands throughout Kansas and Oklahoma. Chuck
is one of the original members of the Whiskey River Band from
the 80's, which allowed him to open for numerous top country
artists. Chuck loves the traditional country music and believes
that music is what life sounds like. He is excited to be a part
of the Whiskey River Band's return and is looking forward to
reconnecting with old fans and meeting lots of new ones.
RICK.....started playing the piano at the age of 3. He only had
4 piano lessons in his entire life. Rick began playing full time
in church at the age of 8. Since then he has traveled all over
performing in churches, gospel events and numerous other venues.
Rick has toured and opened for many known national acts
including his Cousin Martina McBride, Big and Rich, Sawyer
Brown, Hank Williams JR and many more. He has his own Gospel CD
that was produced 3 years ago and one of his songs went to
number 8 on the Gospel Radio charts. His influences are Mickey
Gilley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Bill Gaither. Playing with the
Whiskey River Band has been an absolute pleasure. Being able to
play the old time music and seeing the smiles on peoples faces
is what makes his day.
KURT.....has been Playing Over 30 Years in bands. He’s backed
numerous country acts and Monty is probably one of his
favorites. He says he’s just happy to play music with some of
the most talented musicians around. Over the years he’s played
steel for acts like Hank Thompson , A number of gigs with
Charlie Daniels Celebrity events and Jimmy Fortune to name a
FRIDAY NIGHT - JASON BOYD
Jason Boyd has been entertaining audiences with his style
red-dirt - classic country fusion since any of us can remember.
He's carved out a niche in central Kansas as one of the hottest
original crossover artists on the scene today. Defying
classification Jason blends classic country with a little bit of
Texas Blues, a little bit of Southern Rock and a little bit of
mojo into a style that's all his own.
Jason's desire to play music started as a young boy as he grew
up learning and playing with his dad, who has been a local
country performer for over 25 years. Jason has love for a lot of
styles of music, but his true passion is, and always has been
country music. According to Jason "... my biggest musical
influence has always been my dad, along with artists like George
Strait, Merle Haggard, Stevie Ray Vaughn, and my more recently
favorite talent Cross Canadian Ragweed and Stoney Larue.
Jason's formative years were spent playing in bands with his
father where he cut his teeth on the classic country genre and
learning his way around the stage. Jason and a group of friends
formed a band called Line Change. Its with Line Change that
Jason began to craft his unique voice and songwriting style that
is still evident in his playing today. They played for years in
the central Kansas and Northern Oklahoma region - yes, prime red
dirt country - and produced a fine self titled CD that features
Jason's down to earth and from the heart songwriting style and
his edgy distinctive vocals. Following Line Change and some much
needed rest Jason is back serving up the music he loves with his
new band - The Jason Boyd Band.
Jason Boyd and the band throw down a mixture of rockin'
red-dirt, contemporary and classic country, southern rock and
original music that keeps the dance floor packed and the good
SATURDAY NIGHT - THOMAS MARTINEZ
Oklahoma native Thomas Martinez describes himself as a "rocker
in a country boy's body" and his rapidly growing network of fans
strongly agrees. They flock to concert halls and many of country
music's largest night clubs across the United States and Canada
whenever they see his name in lights.
Martinez is a self-made artist who has a flare for turning any
tune into a heart pounding, foot stomping, guitar drivin' good
time. Whether on stage with a few hundred or with crowds
numbering in the thousands, Martinez and his band never fail to
deliver a concert not soon forgotten. Sharing the stage with
such names as Luke Bryan, Brantley Gilbert, Jason Aldean, Keith
Urban, Chris Cagle, Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert and Tanya
Tucker has given Thomas the time and experience necessary to
clearly define his sound and perspective as an artist.
The group's first CD "Promises" was released on February 21,
2006 and has become an instant crowd-pleaser with major market
radio "tuning in" throughout the mid-west. The ten song set is
full of some of Nashville's most sought after writers such as
Neil Thrasher and Larry Bastian, and is a testimony to Thomas'
ability to recognize great songs that speak to everyday people
in many different ways. Whether it's the changes that progress
brings to a small town in "Goin', Goin', Gone" or the clever
tale of two young lovers in "Crazy's All They've Got." In the
end this album is a ride through life depicting the ups, downs
and magic in between.
Thomas’ next CD “The Lineman” promises to be equally as great as
the first. This CD is a mix of songs from talented Nashville
writers, as well as, songs written and produced by Thomas
Martinez, himself. The “Lineman” a crowd favorite, depicts the
life of our hard-working electrical lineman. While love songs
such as “Waiting on Jean” or “Mine All Mine” speak to anyone who
has ever been in love. This album is the perfect addition to
Thomas’ already successful “Promises” album and will once again
leave listeners begging for more.
Thomas' unique approach to music carries over into his work as a
business man off the stage. This gift of balancing both has not
gone unnoticed. Sponsorships now include Roper Footwear &
Apparel, Tin Haul Co., Miller/Coors Brewing Co., Boulder Creek
Guitars, and Roberts Auto Center. With an average of 150 shows
per year, Roberts Auto makes sure Thomas arrives at the shows in
style while Roper and Tin Haul keeps Martinez looking sharp and
Miller along with Boulder Creek makes every stage appearance
Familiar Name of
Andrews Returns to 101 Wild West Rodeo
Sammy Andrews was introduced to rodeo at a young age. He is the
son of B.D. Andrews who was a PRCA Stock Contractor in the
forties and fifties. Sammy started producing amateur rodeos in
1980 and received his PRCA Card in 1987. James Andrews, son of
Sammy Andrews, is a third generation of Rodeo and shares the
responsibilities of producing outstanding Rodeos and award
winning Breeding Program at the Andrews Ranch.
Andrews was nominated as Stock Contractor of the Year 2000,
2002, and 2004 by PRCA members. Sammy was selected as Stock
Contractor of the Year 2002. Stock recognized by PRCA such as
1990 Runner-up Bull of the Year and 1991 Bucking Bull of the
Year, Skoal’s Outlaw Willie. Skat Kat was Bucking Bull of the
NFR 1996, 1998, and Runner-up Bull of the Year in 1999. In 2000
Omalene was the Runner-up NFR Bareback Horse, 2001 Roly Poly was
Runner-up Horse of the Year and Bareback Horse of the NFR
finals, and in 2004 he was Bareback Horse of the National
Finals. In the Year 2003, Omaha Tour Finals, Big Time was
selected Bull of the Finals; at the 2003 Dallas Tour Finals,
Wild Weed was selected as Bull of the Finals. And a new young
bull Cat Daddy was selected as Bull of the Finals at the 2004
Winter Finals in Las Vegas. At the 2004 Texas Circuit Finals,
Roly Poly was selected as Bareback Horse of the Year and Erksme
was selected as Bull of the Year. 2005 San Antonio began
recognizing top ranked stock performance during the San Antonio
Rodeo. Andrews bull Cat Daddy walked away with the check and
recognition for the bull of the event and in 2006 Fender Bender
received the honor, Thanks to San Antonio. Cat Daddy was voted
Runner-Up Bull of the Year 2005. Texas Circuit Finals for 2005,
Roly Polly 2nd bare back horse, Broncs Faded Star 3rd, in the
Bulls Cat Daddy received Bull of the year with Rompus and Erksme
tying for 2nd and 3rd. Year 2006 Fender Bender received the
honor of runner up PRCA BULL of the Year, Texas Circuit Finals
Bull of The Year. Rompus was 2nd Bull of the year Texas Circuit
Andrew’s ability to produce quality stock is well noted with
1999 Hall of Fame Bucking Bull, BODACIOUS, with 135 outs and
only 8 qualified rides. Bodacious won Bucking Bull of the Year
1994, 1995, and Bucking Bull of the NFR 1992, 1994, and 1995.
Son of Bodacious, Bo Dipping, began taking the spotlight in the
Rodeo Circuit. He was awarded Rankest Bull Summer Finals in
Dallas 2001 and 2002. Sports Illustrated followed his career
with an article in June 2003. Ft. Worth Star Telegram and Dallas
Morning News visited the Andrews Ranch summer 2003 publishing a
full-page article on Sammy and Bo Dipping. In 2004, Outdoor Life
visited the Andrews Ranch and aired a documentary called
FEARLESS BODACIOUS. Houston Rodeo and Livestock Show honored
Sammy during the year 2004 awarding him with a bucking chute to
use as a memorial for Bo’s grave. ESPN has recently visited the
Andrews Ranch and aired an insert of Sammy and Bodacious through
out the telecast of the 2005 NFR displaying the much-appreciated
The greatest pride came when the fourth generation of the
Andrews Rodeo Co. Summer Andrews at the young age of five,
displayed the Texas Flag during the Saturday night performance
of the 2004 Texas Stampede in Dallas, Texas. Summer and Savana
Waller often display the American Flag, riding their ponies
during the National Anthem. Everyone loves a youngster on a
Andrews Rodeo Co. takes pride in producing bucking bulls from
rodeo legends. These include many of the rankest bucking bulls
in rodeo history, such as: BODACIOUS, Skat Kat, Tumble Weed,
Wild Toad, Super Dave, and Erkel. The sons of these legends that
are now being produced by Andrews Rodeo Co. are Bo’s Excuse,
Fender Bender, Erksme, Wild Weed, Little Weed, Jim Dipping,
Rena’s Pet, Red Onion, and Rocking Synde.
The knowledge gained from a lifetime of Rodeo experience,
including founding and operating Andrews Rodeo Co., has given
Andrews the opportunity to represent the Stock Contractors on
the Executive Council of the PRCA for the past eight years.
Andrews Ranch is located in Addielou, Texas where Sammy and his
wife Rena make their home. Sammy and his son James along with
his family, wife Pepper and their children Summer, Kelon, and
Alley continue producing outstanding rodeos with stock from
their award winning breeding program.
SAMMY ANDREWS & JAMES ANDREWS, Bagwell, Texas, PRCA 2002 Stock
Contractor of the year. Sammy Andrews is a third-generation
stock contractor. With knowledge gained from a lifetime of rodeo
experience, Sammy and his son, James, operate the business and
have enjoyed success with their breeding program for bucking
bulls and horses.
In 1999, bucking bull Bodacious was inducted into the ProRodeo
Hall of Fame. Four of their bareback horses, one saddle bronc
and four bucking bulls were selected for the 2011 Wrangler NFR;
Outlaw was named one of the top five bulls of the 2011 Finals.
Cowboy Kenny’s Steel Rodeo Wows Rodeo
Steel Rodeo Tours — Is Oklahoma based and owned by Freestyle
Motocross champion Cowboy Kenny Bartram. Steel Rodeo Tours
provides non-stop, action packed freestyle motocross exhibitions
for events and venues across the country.
Steel Rodeo Tours is a company that has been in the heart and
mind of Bartram for years. He has now brought this dream to
fruition, bringing their goal of quality family entertainment to
venues across the country.
Cowboy Kenny’s Steel Rodeo, are professional athletes with a
company that is unsurpassed in providing quality shows. Their
leadership prides itself with integrity, professionalism, and
dedication to the sport and fulfilling
“Cowboy” Kenny Bartram — Is a freestyle motocross household
name. He started his career at the ripe old age of seven and has
been hitting the dirt ever since. Racing his way through the
ranks of both amateur and professional motocross circuits, Kenny
moved into Freestyle Motocross in 1998. Kenny is a dominant
force in the sport; winning an unprecedented 13 IFMA events in a
row and 26 Main Event wins in a single season. Bartram has also
accumulated 7 World Championships, Dew Tour Champion and 10
medals from X Games and Gravity Games, including 4 Gold and many
more titles and championships along the way.
Bartram has appeared on numerous television programs over the
recent years including:
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on NBC, Chris Cagle music video
for ‘Chicks Dig It’, Bucky Covington music video for ‘Its Good
To Be Us’, 60 Minutes on CBS, Fantastic Four feature film 20th
Century Fox Totally NASCAR, Feature Segment, Speed Channel PBR
World Finals, OLN Ty Murray Celebrity Bull Riding Challenge, CMT,
Craig Morgan All Access Outdoors, Outdoor Channel.
Through it all Kenny stayed true to his Stillwater, Oklahoma
roots, wearing his signature cowboy hat and playing country
music during his runs, making him a true individual in the
VISIT THE STEEL RODEO TOURS WEBSITE -
Thursday will also be
Community Appreciation night come out early and enjoy a free
barbeque dinner with ticket purchase from 6:30pm to 7:30pm in
the tent on the east-side of the rodeo grounds.
Thursday Is Pink
Are you tough enough to
wear pink? The 101 Wild West Rodeo will continue the tradition
with the implementation of a Tough Enough To Wear Pink? night.
Thursday evening’s performance will be designated as “Pink
The color pink is not something you would usually associate with
the tough sport of rodeo; however, breast cancer has touched the
lives of many rodeo and western lifestyle families. Rodeo
committees, western event producers and western manufacturers
have joined together to raise awareness and funds for the fight
against breast cancer.
The TETWP campaign puts this important health issue top-of-mind
at rodeos and western events across America and Canada. The
Ponca City Rodeo Foundation which organizes and puts on the 101
Wild West Rodeo is pleased to join those who have already gotten
behind this campaign and the momentum continues to build.
At Thursday’s performance, the foundation will give $1 for each
person in the audience who is wearing pink and $50 for each
event winner who is wearing pink to the Breast Cancer Assistance
Program Fund out of Tulsa.
101 Wild West Rodeo
Names New Announcer
Known as a bit of a
Renaissance man in rodeo, Justin McKee first joined the PRCA as
both a steer roping contestant and an announcer in 1993, and
developed such an interest in the roughstock events that he and
his wife, Jeannie, now raise bucking bulls. His enthusiasm as a
vivid commentator is matched with a wealth of knowledge and a
deep interest in all aspects of rodeo.
One of McKee’s assets as an announcer is the insight he gets
from competing, into both the emotion of the contestants and the
backstories that audiences love to hear.
“One of the most overlooked parts of our sport today is the
timed-event horses. And steer roping horses are the ones you
want your kids around, because of their intelligence and
disposition and the way most of them get used on the ranch. I
rope steers that need doctoring in the pasture every day – it’s
easier on them to rope them in the pasture and treat them there
than to chase them back to the pens. When I explain steer roping
from a rancher’s perspective, new rodeo fans really get it –
they even embrace it.”
Justin McKee is known for his special way of describing things -
sometimes known as McKeeisms. Here are a few for your enjoyment!
"Spinning like a weathervane in a hurricane"
"He stuck to that bull like sorghum on the side of a biscuit"
"As gritty as sand in your scrambled eggs"
"Yanked the yeehaw right out of him"
"Bucked off faster than the banker could tell me no"
"That bull jumped higher than a grasshopper in a red hot frying
"That bull/bronc shucked him like a cob of corn!"
"That bronc is wilder than Wyoming mountain scenery!"
"That calf was runnin' like a fugitive! He was gettin' some
"That cowboy brought him down like the steer said somethin'
'bout his mama!"
"That calf was runnin' like it had race horse feet!"
"When he gets to goin' he looks like a haybayler with a jet
"You could have driven a Dodge 4500 Ram truck under that horse!"
"That bull's got more moves than a maggot in hot grease!"
Board of Directors Put
Rodeo All Together
The Ponca City Rodeo
Foundation board of directors put in a lot of time on the road
as well as in session for getting the best rodeo in the state,
as well as the Prairie Circuit, for which is a coveted title
"Rodeo of the Year."
That opportunity comes from the outstanding group of board of
directors, including Larry Goodno, Chairman; Raymond Ball, Vice
Chairman; Kacey Calhoun, Secretary; Sarah Troutman, Treasurer.
Then there's others with important committee responsibility,
including Scott Burries, Hank Hainzinger, Garrett Bowers,
Contract Personal; Jim Thomas, Steve Powell, Tyson Morton,
Grounds; Dr. Tim Blanton, Shawndra Sheik, Events; Brad Beaty,
Cory Goodno, George Pease, Promotions
The board also has some important members from year's ago,
including Honorary Lifetime Members, Rick Barnhouse - Danny Head
- John Heinze - Kevin Frazier
Ponca Citian Is Set To
Rock the Arena With Laughter, Thrills
- Justin Rumford - 2013 PRCA Clown of the Year & Coors man in
The only difference between Justin Rumford and a stand-up
comedian, is that he’s doing his job from the middle of a rodeo
arena instead of a stage with a spotlight. Rumford, who lives in
Ponca City, Okla., is a rodeo clown at events from coast to
coast. His job during the rodeo is twofold. He provides the
laughs and banters with the announcer. But during the bull
riding his more dangerous job begins. Rumford is a barrelman:
the cowboy who works the barrel, providing an oasis of safety
for bullfighters and bull riders, in case an angry bull decides
to chase them.
Rumford grew up in a rodeo family and competed in junior high,
high school and college rodeo. He was a full time steer
wrestler, but then blew out his knee. While he recovered, he
worked as an assistant rodeo coach at Southwestern Oklahoma
State University in Weatherford. After his knee healed, he
helped with the Cody (Wyo.) Night Rodeo for three seasons, then
began as a livestock truck driver for North Platte’s stock
contractor, Bennie Beutler of Beutler and Son Rodeo. He never
considered being a full time rodeo clown, but after a few tries
as clown, he changed his mind. “I worked the Pretty Prairie
(Kan.) bull riding, and they gave me $1000. And I thought, why
the heck am I working so hard for $800 a week when I can make
$1000 a weekend? So I jumped ship for that.”
And lucky for rodeo fans, Rumford is still clowning, and winning
honors at it. In 2012 and 2013, he’s been honored as the PRCA’s
Clown of the Year. The award is voted on by his peers and rodeo
committees, and Justin is humbled to get it. “I don’t know if I
deserve it, but I’m fortunate to accept it. It’s unbelievable.”
In September of 2013, he and his wife Ashley became the parents
of triplets, daughters Livi and Lola, and a son, Bandy. The
babies were already at their first rodeo in Austin, Texas in
March, and Justin can’t wait to take them on the road with him.
“I have a 44 foot trailer,” he said, “and I can bring the whole
family with me. I’d rather be miserable on the road (with the
family) than happy by myself.”
Protection When Needed Most
to the Downed Cowboy
Bullfighters - "Nathan Harp" & "Chuck
Nathan Harp – here for his second year at the Ponca City rodeo
scene has a passion for the sport of rodeo. He provides one
major function, and that is cowboy protection. It is his job to
keep the Bullrider out of harm’s way in the rodeo arena and put
his life on the line for a fallen cowboy.
Nathan Harp’s hometown is Tuttle, Oklahoma where he lived until
he was 21 and then he moved to Stillwater, OK where he still
After high school he put all of his effort into his career and
before long found success in the freestyle bulifights. In 2011
he won the Rex Dunn World Championship Freestyle Builfights.
The Stillwater, Oklahoma resident got his PBR bullfighting card
in 2012, but he has been fighting bulls since he was 16. Nathan
wasn’t brought up in a rodeo family, but since he can remember
he has always had a love for rodeo.
Nathan's Rodeo Accomplishments Include:
2011 Texas High School Rodeo Association Finals
2011 Rex Dunn’s World Championship Rodeo Bullfights, World
2011 Texas Cowboys Rodeo Association Bullfighter of the Year
2011 National Finals Rodeo Bucking Stock Sale Champion
2011 World Champion Freestyle Bullfighter
2012 National Western Champion Freestyle Bullfighter
2012 Extreme Bulls Waco, TX
2012 National Western Champion Freestyle Bullfighter
2013 Hookin A Ranch Freestyle Bullfight Champion
Chuck Swisher – here for his first year at the Ponca City rodeo
scene, watch out for bullfighter Chuck Swisher.
The Dover, Oklahoma resident got his PBR bullfighting card in
April of 2010, but he has been fighting bulls since he was 15.
"My dad rode bulls, and I figured I'd follow him" into bull
riding, Swisher says. He competed for a few years, and then one
day it came to him. "One of my buddies was fighting bulls, and I
thought, 'he gets paid every time, and he's out there longer
than 8 seconds.' Why not get paid every time I went to a rodeo?"
When he set his mind to fighting bulls professionally, that is
exactly what he did and hasn't looked back, the Lord has blessed
me with the talent and he deserves all of the glory. And also an
office job scares me" Chuck said.
Chuck says the best part about bull fighting is the adrenaline
rush and helping guys out. "The bull riders are always walking
up to me and saying, 'you're crazy.'" Chuck disagrees with them.
"No, they're the crazy ones. They're tied to the bulls. I'm just
out there having fun."
Chuck's Rodeo Accomplishments Include:
Enid Oklahoma Sumner Winter Series Champion Freestyle
Bullfighter - 2006
Brent Cushenberry Champion Freestyle Bullfighter - 2008
International Finals Rodeo Showcase Champion Protection
Bullfighter - 2008-2009
Challenge of Champions Champion Freestyle Bullfighter - 2009
TCRA Bullfighter of The Year - 2009-2010
NBBA Derby and Classic Finals Bullfighter - 2009-2012
Rodeo Giddings Champion Freestyle Bullfighter - 2010
Hobbs, New Mexico CBR Cinch Tour Bullfighter Save of the Night -
Las Vegas CBR - 2011
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National Finals Rodeo Bucking Stock Sale Champion Bullfighter -
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Bullfight Champion - 2012
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101 Wild West Rodeo
Parade Set Saturday
The 101 Wild West Ranch
Rodeo Parade will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, running from well
west of the railroad tracks through the Ponca City downtown area
along Grand Avenue.
The Grand Marshal for this year's parade is
The Rodeo Parade Committee is looking for participants for this
year's parade. If you are interested in being a participant in
the parade or you would like more information contact Tim
Blanton at 580-765-2482, if no answer please leave a message.
The fifteenth annual Kid's rodeo will be held immediately
following the main parade, at the Ponca City Library area.
Grand Marshal Steve
Peresko, along with his wife Tamee and their four children —
Austin, Parker, Collin and Madison — came to Ponca City in 1998
when Steve purchased the Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Mazda
franchise from the late Rodney Pemberton, with the backing of
Grant Davis and his son Ted of the Davis Moore Automotive Group
in Wichita, where Steve had been employed since 1985.
“I had been working for a
Chevy dealer in Wichita for about a year — my first job in the
car business when Ted Davis called and asked me if I would come
out and visit with him the next day. The day after the interview
I was thinking I should stay where I was until Ted took me to
the storage lot where they kept the new Oldsmobile inventory. It
blew me away. They had about 150- 200 new cars in inventory and
I was used to working out of an inventory of 30 to 40.”
“I told Mr. Davis I would let him know by noon the next day. I
was sorting out the pros and cons and ended up just flipping a
coin. I called Ted and told him I was coming to work for Davis
Moore. I often
wonder where we would be if that coin flip turned out the other
“Tamee has been my greatest asset in my career,” Steve said. “I
was working 60 to 70 hours a week (still do) and she took care
of everything at home. She is phenomenal. She was off work for
about a week after surgery so I stayed home to ‘run’ the
household. After that week, I’ve never asked a woman if she
works but if she works outside the home. Talk about a full-time
After 13 years of working at seven different locations for Davis
Moore, Steve and Tamee were given the opportunity to buy 25
percent the leadership in Ponca. “We cashed out all the equity
in our home, savings account, anything we could and borrowed the
rest for our stake and paid out our partner over the next 10
“Mr. Davis has passed but I thank his son Ted for the
opportunity that they gave me and my family every time I see
“I don’t remember much about the first few months in Ponca. It
was very hectic. Nothing prepares you for everything that needs
to be addressed on a daily basis, but I do remember being
approached by members of the 101 Wild West Rodeo Committee.”
“We sat in my office and they gave me the history of the rodeo
in Kay County and that they were looking for a sponsor. I
couldn’t think of anything that goes better together than rodeo
and Ram Trucks
and we’ve been a sponsor of the rodeo for 17 years now.”
A couple of years later he was asked to join the Rodeo Committee
and served for eight years. “I can’t say enough good things
about the members of the Rodeo Committee and the volunteers the
help put on the rodeo. Watching their drive, dedication and
commitment to the sport, the 101 Rodeo and the preservation of
the heritage of what started as the Millers Brothers Ranch is
“Over the years I’ve seen the Rodeo Committee implement new
ideas to enhance the entertainment value to the spectators —
different date, barbecue dinner before Thursday’s performances
and the After Rodeo concerts — they’ve all been great ideas!”
“I want to sincerely thank the Rodeo Committee for selecting a
kid from downtown Kansas City and taking him under their wings
and showing him what the 101 Wild West Rodeo is and what it
means to our community and to be the 2014 Grand Marshal
Opportunity At Fifteenth Annual Kid’s Rodeo
To Be Held Right After the Parade on P.C. Library’s Lawn
All you rootin’ tootin’ cowboys come join
the fun at the 15th Annual Kid’s Rodeo at the Ponca City Library
June 12, 2014 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (following the Rodeo
On-going events on the Library Lawn:
Hoppy Horse Corral sponsored by Phillips 66
Stick Horse Roundup sponsored by the Library
Musical Hay Bales sponsored by Phillips 66
Money in the Hay sponsored by Phillips 66
Horse Beanbag Toss sponsored by Friends of the Library
Rodeo Queens Autographs sponsored by the 101 Rodeo Foundation
Bucking Horse sponsored by Correll Paint and Body
Face Branding sponsored by Friends of the Library
Cactus Hat Throw sponsored by Phillips 66
Pony Rides provided by the Rodeo Foundation
Live Animals provided by Michelle Walenciak
Drinks and ice provided by: Wal-Green’s and The Rodeo Foundation
Book Sale - sponsored by Friends of the Library includes lots of
Kid’s Rodeo Special: Buy two books and get one free!
State Rodeo Royalty
Slated to Appear During 101 Wild West Rodeo Action
By CAREY HEAD
News Lifestyles Editor
fans are invited to meet the 2014 Miss Rodeo Oklahoma queens as
they join the 101 Wild West Rodeo three-day festivities. After
arriving Thursday, the title-holders will ride in the grand
entry to open each evening’s performance. They also will sign
autographs and greet fans at a location in the northeast corner
of the rodeo grounds. They also will be at the Queen’s Luncheon
at Osage Casino. The public is invited to attend and cheer on
the queen and princess contestants as they model a favorite
western outfit and give a speech. In addition to radio
interviews, the Miss Rodeo Oklahoma queens will ride in the 101
Wild West Rodeo Parade, set to begin at 10 a.m. Saturday.
2014 Miss Rodeo Oklahoma - Lauren Heaton
Lauren Heaton, of Alva, garnered the title of Miss Rodeo
Oklahoma during the National Day of the American Cowboy. As
Oklahoma’s first lady of professional rodeo, she will travel
promoting the sport and the western way of life. As a fifth
generation farmer and rancher, she continues the traditions of
her family who homesteaded land acquired in the Land Run of
1893, and continue to farm and ranch that land today.
“I am so fortunate to have this opportunity, not just to promote
a sport that I love, but also to welcome new fans to this
growing sport. Professional Rodeo is exploding in popularity as
a result of increasing prize money as well as its’ unique style
of family entertainment,” Heaton said.
Heaton holds a degree in advertising and public relations from
Oklahoma State University. She will use her education and
ranching experience to highlight Oklahoma and the sport of
professional rodeo. Her
busy year will conclude in December when she represents the
Sooner State at the Miss Rodeo America Pageant in Las Vegas,
Nev. during the Wrangler national Finals Rodeo.
2014 Miss Rodeo Oklahoma - Teen Elise Wade
Growing up on a horse farm in northwest Oklahoma, Elise Wade
knows how to work hard. The Enid 16-year-old earned the title of
Miss Rodeo Oklahoma Teen at the conclusion of the three-day
pageant held July 2013 in Oklahoma City. She successfully
competed in speech, personality, appearance, horsemanship and
written test categories.
“Being Miss Rodeo Oklahoma Teen 2014 is such an honor, because I
am able to represent a sport that honors God, gives you a
history lesson and celebrates our freedom all in one arena,” she
commented. “As an ambassador for the sport of professional
rodeo, I have the opportunity to not only educate people on
rodeo itself, but also the western way of life and hopefully
turn a rodeo spectator into a true fan.”
Currently, Wade is a student at Oklahoma Bible Academy, She also
is active in the American Quarter Horse Youth Association and
United States Equestrian Federation.
2014 Miss Rodeo Oklahoma Princess - Emily Smith
Emily Miranda Smith, of Altus, is the 2014 Miss Rodeo Oklahoma
Princess. The 12-yearold is a sixth grader at Altus Intermediate
School where she maintains a 4.0 grade point average. Smith is
an enrolled member of the Choctaw Tribe of Oklahoma and is proud
of her Native American heritage.
She has been participating in junior rodeo since the age of 7.
Smith is a three-time youth rodeo goat tying champion as well as
a breakaway roping champion.
She has been around horses and cattle her whole life and
actively works her family’s cow calf operation. An avid sports
participant, she loves playing both basketball and softball. A
talented vocal performer, Smith has performed at many community
and regional events.
When not in school or playing sports she can be found on a
horse. Her favorite sport is rodeo and she loves being a
representative of the sport along with the western heritage from
which it grew.
Royalty To Be Crowned Saturday
By CAREY HEAD
News Lifestyles Editor
whirlwind of appearances, riding competitions and speeches will
culminate next Saturday night with the crowning of the 101 Wild
West Rodeo royalty. Outgoing titleholders Princess Trinity St.
Andrews and Queen Ashlyn Hilburn will crown their successors
after the second event in the June 14 rodeo performance. The
three-day rodeo will open Thursday, June 12 with performances at
8 p.m. nightly.
this year’s crowns will be princess candidates Allie Baker and
Rachel St. Andrews. Queen candidates are Lesley Henderson, Keli
Jeffries, Kassidy McKee and Rachael Smith.
The 101 Wild West Rodeo Princess will receive a handmade and
hand-tooled saddle, head stall and breast collar as well as a
princess’ buckle, crown, sash pin and, during the year of her
leather chaps. The 101 Wild West Rodeo Queen will receive a
saddle, head stall and breast collar and queen’s buckle. During
the year of her reign she will be entrusted with the traveling
crown and sash, both created by Native American elder and bead
artist Rosetta LeClair. The handbeaded queen’s regalia has been
awarded for more than 20 years. The queen also will travel with
custom leather chaps.
Candidate activities include the queen’s luncheon and style
show, riding in the rodeo parade; interviews, appearances and
autograph sessions during each night’s rodeo performance. The
contestants are judged on horsemanship, public speaking,
appearance and personality.
After arriving Thursday and getting their horses settled, the
contestants begin meeting rodeo fans and thanking sponsors until
time to get ready for Thursday night’s grand entry and rodeo
Friday morning begins with the 8 a.m. horsemanship competition
at the 101 Rodeo grounds. The public is invited to watch as the
ladies perform a pattern on horseback as well as answer
questions from the
judges and perform a queen’s run.
The queen’s luncheon will begin at 11 a.m., Friday at Osage
Casino. Guests will be treated to a style show and hear the
contestants give their speeches. Both are judged requirements of
the Miss 101
Wild West Rodeo Queen contest. The public is invited to attend.
Cost is $10 per person which includes lunch and a beverage.
Saturday features the 10 a.m. rodeo parade along Grand Avenue.
After the candidates unsaddle their horses, they will head to
the Kid’s Rodeo in front of the Ponca City Library where they
will visit with their young fans and sign autographs.
After a brief rest the candidates will return to the 101 Rodeo
Arena for the grand entry and coronation. Princess pageant
director is Shawndra Sheik. Queen pageant director is Tim
Miss 101 Wild West Rodeo 2014 - Queen Contestants
Henderson - My name is Lesley Henderson. I am the daughter of
Butch and Lil Henderson and I am 17 years old. I am from Vinita
and I will be a senior at Afton High School. I am active in FFA,
National Honor Society, and STUCO. My hobbies include riding my
horses, cheerleading, softball, basketball, and track. I have
grown up around horses and rodeos. I have won numerous buckles
and saddles from CCYRA, NFYRA, and OJRA. I recently won Miss
Rodeo Miami Queen 2014. After graduating high school, I plan to
attend Oklahoma State University to Animal Husbandry and
Keli Jeffries - My name is Keli Diane
Jeffries. I am 17 years old. I have an older sister Kacie, and
an older brother, Daniel, My mother is Shannon Jeffries, but I
was raised by my grandparents, Keith and Anita Jeffries.I have
ridden horses all my life and I have broken one horse and am in
the process of breaking another one. I attend Ponca City High
School. My favorite subject is FFA with Mr. Fraizer as the
teacher. I ran cross country as a Freshman. I am a Member of the
Ponca Tribe of American Indians and am proud of my heritage.
Kassidy McKee - Kassidy McKee is the 14
year old daughter of Justin and Jeannie Mckee from Lenapah OK.
She is involved in cheer, track and volleyball. Next year she
will be a freshman at Oklahoma Union she plans to participate in
leadership, cattle grading, horse judging and FFA speech
contest. Kassidy also participates in various church youth
groups and enjoys running barrels.
Rachael Smith - Rachael is the 20 yr. old
daughter of Jimmy and Stacie Smith of Ponca City, OK. She has
two sisters, Madison and Cashlynn, and a brother, Wyatt. Having
recently completed her Freshman year at Redlands Community
College in El Reno, OK where she was fortunate to receive both
Equestrian Team and Judging Team scholarships, Rachael says that
she loves college life. For her, each day is a learning
Rachael attended her first 101 Wild West Rodeo at the age of 3
months and hasn’t missed one since. Growing up in a rodeo
family, Rachael considers herself blessed to have been given the
life she has. She was Miss Oklahoma Rodeo Princess 2005 and some
of you may remember her as Miss 101 Wild West Rodeo 2008. That
year Dr. Tim Blanton asked Rachael if she was ready to enter the
pageant. She said yes and no - yes she wanted to enter but no
because if she won, at age 14 she would be in the Teen division
at the Miss Rodeo Oklahoma Pageant. Rachael said that as
exciting as that would be, her dream was to represent the 101
Wild West Rodeo while competing for the title of Miss Rodeo
Oklahoma. Rachael was thrilled when Dr. Tim said she could
compete as a teen and again as an adult.
Rachael hopes to earn the title of Miss Rodeo Oklahoma and
represent our state at the Miss Rodeo America Pageant. Having
been raised with deep roots in agriculture, Rachael’s other goal
is to earn degrees in both Mass Communications and Ag-Business.
After college she hopes to work for RFDTV. Rachael believes that
if you are going to dream you may as well dream big.
Miss 101 Wild West Rodeo 2014 - Princess Contestants
Allie Baker - It is with excitement and
pride that I enter this competition for the 101 Wild West Rodeo
Princess competition. The 101 Ranch and Rodeo is something
special in its history. My mother grew up in the Panhandle of
Oklahoma in a ranching/rodeo family. Because of that heritage, I
have always been around horses. I moved to Osage County when I
was 7. I became involved in several Roundup Clubs and their
playdays soon after. Through the playdays, a local rodeo
producer asked me to sing the National Anthem at his rodeo when
I was 9. It was well received. I have become the official singer
for the Loose Rowel Rodeo Company.
Soon after I began riding Bugs, my quarter horse, and doing well
at barrels. We enjoy local jackpot races. Our best time was
winning the Cavalcade buckle last summer. I developed an
interest in Rodeo Pageantry as I watched the Queens at different
rodeos. I won the crown for Princess at Pawhuska in May of 2013.
Outside of horses and rodeo, I enjoy competitive singing and
being involved in 4-H. I have exotic rabbits and Nigerian dwarf
goats. My mother helps me develop basic sewing and design skills
to enter in 4-H. I am also very interested in makeup and hair
styling trends which is fun to bring into pageantry. At
Barnsdall schools, I have greatly enjoyed being on Student
Council and honored to make the AB Honor Roll the last 8
Thank you for this opportunity.
Rachel St. Andrews - Rachel Lee St. Andrews is the 11 year old
daughter of Brian and Lacy St. Andrews of Ponca City, Oklahoma.
Rachel just recently completed the 5th grade at Newkirk Middle
School and enjoys cheerleading and softball. The only thing she
loves more than those sports is barrel racing on her first love
in life, her sorrel AQHA gelding, Eddie. Rachel and Eddie are
quite the team and have competed at the NW District and State
4-H Horse. She also barrel races with the Oklahoma Cowgirls
Association. When Rachel isn’t burning up the rodeo trail, she
enjoys spending time with her family, especially her two
sisters. Rachel would like to extend he well wishes to all the
competitors during the 55th Annual 101 Wild West Rodeo!
Annual 101 Rodeo Begins
By BOB PATTERSON
News City Editor
It should be safe to say, there will be no
need to water down the arena floor of the 101 Ranch Arena in
preparation for tonight’s opening of the 101 Wild West Rodeo.
More than an inch of rain fell in Ponca City in the early
morning hours today, and that should be sufficient to keep the
dust from getting in spectator’s and participant’s eyes.
But watch out for those close calls near the fences, as there is
a tendency to see a few mud balls come flying into the
Oh well, on with the show. And what a show that the Ponca City
Rodeo Foundation has lined up for three nights of rodeo.
But first, remember, tonight is TETWP and Family night. TETWP?
That’s Tough Enough To Wear Pink. Those who are will add to the
Rodeo Foundation’s donation of $1 for each person entering the
gates wearing pink, to the Breast Cancer Assistance Program Fund
out of Tulsa.
There’s enough participants to send the Andrews Rodeo Company
into providing a special after the rodeo performance tonight,
into more competition, as there will be girls barrel racing and
steer wrestling on tap for around a hundred extra names on the
sign-up sheets. Then too, on Saturday morning at 10 a.m., at the
same time of the 101 Wild West Rodeo parade, will be some steer
roping for some 60 participants as they go through their efforts
twice. Other than the parade, which is scheduled to be held
along Grand Avenue, finishing up at Sixth Street, with a Kid’s
Rodeo planned along with other special events at the Ponca City
Library and along Grand Avenue, between Fifth Street and Sixth
Street, the rodeo activity will be held at the 101 Ranch Arena
located off North Ash Street to the west, and just south of West
Each night, the Grand Entry is scheduled to begin at 7:50 p.m.,
with the 101 Wild West Drill Team, a fixture of the latest
years, with women on horseback providing quite a show to get
Then, at 8 p.m. will be an introduction, plus an Armed Forces
tribute, the National Anthem and invocation. During all of the
rodeo events and in between, will be the enjoyment of listening
to newly hired announcer, Justin McKee.
Following those activities each night will be bareback riding,
and then a ranch-hand event, bronc riding, sponsored by Osage
Justin Rumford, who is the barrelman for the rodeo foundation,
will also give two different specialty acts, the first of which
follows the ranchhand bronc riding and the second later, just
between the tiedown (calf) roping and PRCA team roping. Rumford
will be joined during rough stock riding events by bullfighters
Nathan Harp and Chuck Swisher.
Kids get the opportunity also to get into the arena chasing some
spirited calves around in an announced, calf scramble, sponsored
by Eastman National Bank. It will be right after the saddle
bronc riding, as indicated on the program listing.
Then, after the team roping event will be another ranchhand
event, called double mugging, sponsored also by Osage Casino
ahead of the girl’s barrel racing.
Bull riding takes to the arena, sponsored by KPNCFM, and then
the regular performance winds up with a well-known specialty
act, Cowboy Kenny’s Steel Rodeo, sponsored by Kaw Nation.
Each night after the regular rodeo performance, free live music
and dance will be held on the east side of the arena. Thursday’s
special band will be Whiskey River Band.
Rodeo fans also will be given the opportunity to enjoy
presentations by both queen and princess candidates. There are
four queen contestants, including Rachael Ann Smith, 20, of
Ponca City; Lesley Henderson, 17, from Vinita; Kassidy McKee,
14, of Lenapah; and Keli Jeffries, 17, Ponca City. Two princess
candidates include Allie Baker of Osage County and Rachel Lee
St. Andrews of Ponca City.
Opening Night Held
at 101 Rodeo
By BOB PATTERSON
News City Editor
Innovation and improved
conditions played a big part in opening night of the 101 Wild
West Rodeo Thursday night at the 101 Ranch Arena.
Upon arriving it was duly noted that special care had been taken
to get rodeo fans into the gates at the arena. No lines and
extra efforts from the Ponca City Rodeo Foundation saw to that,
with dry entrance ways and dry spots where normally there would
have been tough areas to negotiate. Not by any means.
But one of the more noticed innovation was a better sound
What really was noticed by fans and enjoyed was that Justin
McKee became a part of the arena grounds, announcing from the
very beginning to the end, on horseback in the arena where he
was able to keep fans posted as to what was going on to the next
And improved bleachers and gates to the special areas were
But getting to the results, fans were treated right off the
opening of the gate at the southeast corner of the arena, and
the entrance of the 101 Wild West Drill Team. It brought in the
Grand Entry with style and then all the other participants and
workers and fans who made quite a show for those in attendance.
Not to be outdone, bareback bronc rider Jared Keylon of
Uniontown, Kan., rode Fiddle Faddle of the Andrews Rodeo Company
to a 76 score and that’s what others tonight and Saturday will
have to top in that event. And then, Brody Cooper of Fort Scott,
Kan., had a 75 on Gypsy Rose. One other rider got a 57, and
Shelton Murphy of Itasca, Texas, may have to wonder how he will
need to improve his style. But he did stay on and joined Keylon
and Cooper as the only ones to ride for the eight-second count.
Appearing as the clown, and eventually the barrelman in the bull
riding event, Justin Rumford of Ponca City pleased the crowd
with a lot of banter throughout the night.
Steer wrestling saw Clay Mindemann of Salina post a 4.4 for tops
in that event and then Bray Armes of Ponder, Texas, had 4.6 and
Trell Etbauer of Goodwell made it in 4.7. They were joined by
Blake Mindemann of Apache with a 5.3.
None of the saddle bronc riders were able to post a score as the
rough stock of the Andrews Rodeo Company proved to be too tough
But that led to time for the calf scramble and youngsters of the
Ponca City area didn’t get all muddy as expected from Thursday
morning’s early rainfall of more than an inch. In fact, there
more youngsters out on the arena floor than anyone could count,
and before you could realize it, the ribbons on the calves
provided were all gone and they cleared the area quickly for the
That was tie down (calf) roping, which saw Trell Etbauer of
Goodwell post a 17.0. Best according to the scoreboard.
The team roping of Zac Small of Afton and Nick Simmons of
Colcord got the effort done in 5.1 seconds and that’s fast.
Girl’s barrel racing also was good when Shelly Weaver broke the
18-second barrier with a 17.67 and Shy-Anne Jarrett of Comanche
got close, but a few hundredths of a second longer at 17.76.
Neither of the two PRCA bull riders were able to get a score as
the Andrews Rodeo Company stock proved once again to be tough,
and worthy of several having gone on to National Finals Rodeo
throughout the years.
And that brought fans to enjoy time watching the Cowboy Kenny’s
Steel Rodeo. What a show!
Rodeo activity continues tonight and Saturday, as well as 10
a.m. Saturday morning for a special steer roping event.
The 101 Wild West Rodeo parade is scheduled also at 10 a.m.
Saturday, along Grand Avenue, followed by the annual Kid’s Rodeo
on the lawn of the Ponca City Library.
Coronation of the 101 Wild West Rodeo Queen and 101 Wild West
Rodeo Princess are also scheduled for the Saturday night
Second Night Wraps
Up at 101 Rodeo
By BOB PATTERSON
News City Editor
From start to finish, contestants were at their
best in providing new scores and times in all but the bull
riding event at the 101 Wild West Rodeo Friday night.
The Andrews Rodeo Company, with many National Finals Rodeo bulls
available, continued to toss rodeo contestants, both
professional and amateur, by the second jump out of the chutes
at the 101 Ranch
Five professionals tried their luck with no success, same as the
ones on Thursday. And all amateurs that were allowed to attempt
the rides failed also.
But in the other two rough stock riding events, Friday saw new
leaders. The bareback bronc riding efforts of Blaine Coffman out
of Pretty Prairie, Kan., got an 87 on Cool Water to move into
first place in that event while a 76 by Kyle Brennecke of Grain
Valley, Mo., earned him a tie for second place with Thursday’s
best from Jared Keylon of Uniontown, Kan. Brody Cooper of Fort
Scott, Kan., presently holds fourth spot.
In the saddle bronc riding on Thursday, none were able to
complete an eight-second effort but Friday was different. There
were two, and both posted high scores. Wade Sundell of Coleman,
Okla., had an 88 on Lock and Load. Almost right behind that with
an 83 was the effort of Ty Atchison of Colony, Okla., on
Fans were given a real treat in the girls barrel racing Friday
with four of the participants posting times that put them in the
top five, including present first place of 17.26 by Tana Poppino
of Big Cabin. It came after Shelby Cox of Wyandotte had a 17.62,
which is in second place for the time being, ahead of any
efforts coming up in Saturday’s performance.
Shelly Weaver of Drumright has a 17.67 for third followed by two
Friday performers, June Holeman of Arcadia, Neb., with 17.69 and
Kara Large of Bromide, who opened the activities with a 17.74,
good enough for fifth. Shy-Anne Jarrett of Comanche has 17.76
posted Thursday and sits sixth while in slack later Thursday,
Jeanne Anderson of White City, Kan., had a 17.78 and is seventh.
It’s really tight in the steer wrestling now, with two tied at
4.2 for the top spot. They are Friday’s participant Stewart
Gulager of Garland, Kan., and Chance Howard of Cedarville, Ark.,
who had 4.2 in Thursday’s slack.
Tied for third are two at 4.5, both recorded in slack on
Thursday. They are Denver Berry of Checotah and Stockton Graves,
now of Alva. Two Thursday contestants Clay Mindemann of Apache
and Bray Armes of Ponder, Texas, with 4.6s are tied with another
from slack Thursday, Travis Camac, of Augusta, Kan., for fifth
While the only time posted on the scoreboard during Thursday’s
tie down (calf) roping was a 17.0 by Trell Etbauer of Goodwell,
it was not close to being in the lead.
Other scores were unavailable as a result of slack being run
quickly after the Thursday performance into the wee hours of
Friday. However, upon visiting with the secretary prior to
Friday’s rodeo, it was discovered that several had good times.
Apologies to the participants. Best on Thursday was Perry Dietz
of Alva with 10.0 and then came Branden Barber of Anadarko with
However, Luke Blanton of Lamond had a 9.5 which set him on top
and Jeff Miller of Blue Mound, Kan., had 10.7 which is between
Dietz and Barber for third place presently. Shane Slack of
Idabel has a 10.9.
Thursday’s team ropers were really on as three teams popped out
and did the trick with the header and heeler efforts.
Tied for the top spot at 5.1 were Zac Small of Afton and partner
Nick Simmons of Colcord but seconds later, Mike Bacon of Boswell
and Joseph Harrison of Overbrook tied it. And they just bested a
had been noted by Adam Rose of Willard, Mo., and partner Mike
Sechers of Nardin.
Best on Friday in team roping was a 5.4 by Luke Blanton, Lamond
and Tanner Braden while a 5.6 by Ethan McDowell of Mooreland and
Chase Johnson of Alva set them in fourth and fifth spot
Tavis Walters of Elmore City and Tyler Worley of Miami are sixth
with their Thursday time of 5.8.
That’s the way it was with the rodeo participants from Friday
and corrected efforts of Thursday in a couple of events. They
all stand a good chance at staying put, but will have to wait
for the Saturday efforts. Yes, best to not count their winnings
until the final night is done! Where have you heard that before.
Also on Saturday, fans will have been treated to coronations of
the 101 Wild West Rodeo Queen and Princess.
Annual 101 Wild West
Annual Kid’s Rodeo
Annual 101 Rodeo
Ends Three-Night Run
By BOB PATTERSON
News City Editor
With the largest crowd of
the three-night 101 Wild West Rodeo looking on during Saturday’s
performance at the 101 Ranch Arena, fans were treated to top
times and scores including the only bull ridden during the three
nights and for an amazing score of 90. And, it was the final
opportunity of the night, with seven other efforts made, but no
scores given as the bulls remained the better part of the event.
What would have been a payoff of $1,201.20 for first place
turned out to be a total of $3,640 when there were no other
takers or placers in the three nights of rodeo, leaving
$2,438.80 unclaimed, for Tate Stratton of Kellyville to pick up
by riding Mellow Yellow of the Andrews Rodeo Company.
Payoff and special effort to provide information was handled by
the secretary of the rodeo, Irene Singer, who was in charge of
press box activities throughout the rodeo.
Two other events had winning efforts on Saturday. That included
team ropers of Andrew Ward and Reagan Ward of Edmond, who
pocketed $1,260.78 each for their 5.0 effort as the header and
heeler. That was one-tenth of a second better than what had been
placed in front of them in earlier efforts by Mike Bacon of
Boswell and Joseph Harrison of Overbrook, who got $1,043.40
And, in another timed event, Riley Duvall of Checotah (commonly
called the steer wrestling capital of Oklahoma, at least)
completed the task in only 3.8 seconds.
That got him first place money, by four-tenths of a second,
amounting to $1,751.45. Second and third money was split between
a pair of 4.2 accomplishments earlier in the rodeo, by Stewart
Gulager, Garland and Chance E Howard of Cedarville, Ark.,
amounting to $1,298.49 each.
None of the girls barrel racing contestants Saturday could get
into the top 10 of payoff. The payoff included Thursday and
Friday performances along with some during the Thursday slack.
Best time as reported earlier came Friday night by Tana Poppino,
Big Cabin at 17.26 for $1,441.02. Second went to Shelby Cox of
Wyandotte at 17.62 for $1,235.16 and third was claimed by
Lynette Landis of Wellsville for $1,029.30 on the time of 17.67.
Just two-hundredths of a second slower at 17.69 was fourth by
June Holeman, Arcadia, Neb., for $892.06 and fifth was claimed
by Kara Large of Bromide, at 17.74 for $686.20.
Shy-Anne Jarrett of Comanche got sixth on a 17.76 effort for
$546.96. Jeanne Anderson of White City, Kan., was seventh at
17.78 for $411.72 and eighth went to Blazi Weippert of Porum,
with a time of 17.81, for $274.48. Ninth was Cheryl Cody of
Byers at 17.85 for $205.86 and tenth was Molly Childers of Mead
at 17.87 for $137.24.
Following the top three in the steer wrestling payoff were two
at fourth and fifth, taking $694.54 each.
They were Denver Berry of Checotah (that town again), and
Stockton Graves (a former Ponca city footballer, who has made
his name known in the college rodeo circuit at Northwestern
Oklahoma State University in Alva, as both a student-athlete and
later as coach). They had times of 4.5 and were followed by two
others at 4.6 for sixth and seventh money of $150.98 each. The
two were Clay Mindemann of Salina and Bray Armes of Ponder,
While two earlier scores couldn’t be beaten in the saddle bronc
riding, there were three on Saturday that did get into the
money, placing in the top five. The two earlier scores were an
88 by Wade Sundell of Coleman on Lock and Load for first and
$1,203.60 followed by an 83 posted by Ty Atchison of Colony on
Rackateer for $920.40.
Third in saddle bronc riding went to Saturday’s Andrew Harris of
Stillwater with a 78 on Rooster for $672.80 and then Blane
Warren Stacy of Blanchard rode Hitchin Post for a 77 for $460.20
followed by a 62 for fifth by Justin Miller of Henryetta on Copy
Cat for $283.20.
The Saturday crowd also got to see three of the four top
bareback riders in the rodeo, but none could top an earlier
effort by Blaine Kaufman of Pretty Prairie, Kan., who had an 87
on Cool Water. That got him $1,054.68. Saturday, Caine Riddle of
Vernon, Texas, had an 83 on Blue Duck for second, and $799 and
two from Burns, Colo., each got 82 scores. They were Joel
Schlegel on Rusty and Jerad Schlegel on Spider Webb and each got
$479.40 for the third and fourth money. A pair of 76s got Jared
Keylon of Uniontown,Kan., on Fiddle Faddle and Kyle Brennecke of
Grain Valley, Mo., on Lip Tricks, earned $191.76 each.
Third in team roping was the effort of Adam Rose, Willard, Mo.,
and Billie Saebens of Nowata, with a 5.2 time for $826.03 each
and then a 5.4 by Tanner Braden of Dewey and Luke Blanton,
Lamont, earned $608.65 each. Fifth at 5.6 for $291.28 each were
Tyler Garten of Kingman, Kan., and Mike Garten, Harper, Kan.,
while sixth place went to Tavis Walters, Elmore City and Tyler
Worley, Miami, who had a 5.8 and pocketed $271.36 each.
Three tie down ropers were successful on Saturday to get into
the top six spots where the money was. Luke Blanton of Lamont
had a 9.5 earlier for first, worth $1,363 but Bryce Loyd of
Haysville, Kan., was right behind with a 9.6 for second on
Saturday, worth $1,128. Perry Dietz of Alva had a 10.0 and then
was tied by Cody Quaney of Cheney, Kan., on Saturday, with the
two finishing third-fourth for $775.50 each. Brent Dorsey of
Binger with a 10.2 moved into fifth spot worth $423. Jeff Miller
of Blue Mound, Kan., took sixth with an earlier time of 10.7 and
it got him $235.
While Grand Avenue was lined with parade watchers for the 101
Wild West Rodeo parade Saturday, and youngsters awaited their
turn at doing things at the Kid’s Rodeo afterward at the Ponca
City Library area, there was a steer roping event going on at
the rodeo grounds. It was dominated by Trevor Brazile of
Decatur, Texas, who simply was not to be outdone. In the first
go-round, he had a 10.4 and it earned him $1,010.57. There were
two go-rounds and Brazile also took the second in 9.7 time for
the same amount of money and the two added together provided him
with the aggregate best on two, of 20.1 for an additional
First go-round second place went to Roger Branch of Perkins in
11.3 for $836.33 and third and fourth were split by Bryan
Reiter, Springfield, Mo., and K.W. Lauer of Buffalo, in a time
of 11.4 for $574.98 each. Rod Hartness of Pawhuska was fifth
with 11.8 for $313.62 and Cody Garnett of Pawhuska was sixth in
12.0 for $174.24.
Second go-round following Brazile were Jason Evans of
Huntsville, Texas with 10.0 for $836.33 and third went to Chet
Herren of Pawhuska with a 10.6 for $662.10 followed by Mike
Chase of McAlester with a 10.8 for $487.86. Fifth went to Rod
Hartness of Pawhuska at 10.9 for $313.62 and then Chuck Thomson
of Oklahoma City was sixth in 11.5 for $174.24.
The tops in aggregate after Brazile were Rod Hartness of
Pawhuska with 22.7 on two, for $1,254.50 while third went to
Mike Chase of McAlester with 24.6 on two, for $993.14. Fourth
was Roger Branch of Perkins at 24.8 on two for $731.79 and Cody
Garnett of Pawhuska took fifth with 25.5 on two for $470.44.
Winding up the money at sixth in aggregate was Chet Herren of
Pawhuska, 27.3 on two for $261.35.
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