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 - 2014


RODEO DATES: June 12th, 13th, & 14th

ANNOUNCER: Justin McKee GRAND MARSHAL: Steve Peresko
RODEO QUEEN: Rachael Smith SPECIALTY ACT: Cowboy Kenny Bartram

Rodeo Week Arrives
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 Sixth Street.

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.

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 Easton Corbin.

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 few.

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 times rolling.

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 special.

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 Finals.

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 bucking chute.

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 pony.

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 Crowds

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
top-notch entertainment.

“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 freestyle industry.

VISIT THE STEEL RODEO TOURS WEBSITE - http://www.steelrodeotour.com

Community Appreciation Night

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 Night

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 Night”.

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!

Classic McKeeisms:
"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 pan."
"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 gone!"
"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 engine!"
"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

Barrelman - Justin Rumford - 2013 PRCA Clown of the Year & Coors man in the can

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.”

Bullfighters Give Protection When Needed Most
to the Downed Cowboy


Bullfighters - "Nathan Harp" & "Chuck Swisher"

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 resides.

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 Champion
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?" Swisher said.

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 - 2010-2011
Las Vegas CBR - 2011
Reserve World Champion Freestyle Bullfighter Ada Bullfights - 2011
National Finals Rodeo Bucking Stock Sale Champion Bullfighter - 2011
North Texas State Fair Miller Lite Bull Blow Out Protection Bullfight Champion - 2012
North Texas State Fair Miller Lite Bull Blow Out Protection Bullfight MVP - 2012
First Annual Fight For Life Lori Webster Freestyle Bullfight Champion - 2012

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
Steve Peresko.

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

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 way.”

“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 job!”

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 years.”

“Mr. Davis has passed but I thank his son Ted for the opportunity that they gave me and my family every time I see him.”

“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 incredible.”

“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

Youngsters Have 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 Parade)

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 children’s books
Kid’s Rodeo Special: Buy two books and get one free!

State Rodeo Royalty Slated to Appear During 101 Wild West Rodeo Action
News Lifestyles Editor

Rodeo 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.

Rodeo Royalty To Be Crowned Saturday
News Lifestyles Editor

A 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.

Vying for 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 reign, custom
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 performance.

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 Blanton.

Miss 101 Wild West Rodeo 2014 - Queen Contestants


Lesley 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 Pre-Vet.









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 adventure.

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 semesters.

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 Three-Night Run
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 bleachers.

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 Prospect.

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 things started.

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 Casino.

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
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 system.

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 second.

And improved bleachers and gates to the special areas were noticed immediately.

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 to handle.

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 next event.

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 performance.

Second Night Wraps Up at 101 Rodeo
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 Rackateer.

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 place.

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 10.8.

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 5.2 that
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 respectively.
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 Parade

Annual Kid’s Rodeo

Annual 101 Rodeo Ends Three-Night Run
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 each.


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, Texas.

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 $1,515.85. Wow!

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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