RCA APPROVES 101 RANCH RODEO – January 10, 1963
Ponca City’s 101 Ranch Rodeo is one of 12 recently approved by the
Rodeo Cowboys’ Association for the 1963 season, according to an
Associated Press dispatch from Denver.
Dates for the local event are September 13-15 and the purse is
The biggest purse of the 12 will be $11, 875 in Ogden, Utah, July
The other rodeos approved:
Greeley, Colo., July 2-4, $3,750; Joplin, Mo., June 19-22, $2,500;
Burwell, Nev., August 7-10, $9,000; Las Vegas, Nev., May 16-19,
$9,500; and Nov. 21-24, $5,500; Hobbs, N.M., may 23-25, $2,500;
Eugene, Ore., August 2-4, $7,200;Deadwood, S.D., August 2-4, $6,000;
Mobridge, S.D., July 2-4, $5,000; Gladewater, Tex., June 11-14,
CIVIC DUTIES BIT PAINFUL – September 5, 1963
Greater civic pride hath no man, etc.
Work has been
progressing, between minor injuries, to bring the rodeo grounds up
Here are some of the problems:
Bud Ford is limping. Someone hit him on the shin with a wrecking
bar. You’d limp, too. He’ll retain his title as president of the
Claude Braudrick on the first nail he drove nailed his glove to the
boards. It wasn’t until later that he missed everything but his left
index finger with the hammer.
Glen Hickman’s crew was re-nailing the box seat area, and wasn’t
counting splinters as injuries.
Wayne Erkenbeck, Elec Rains, Bill Maugans and some others were
shingling the top of the old 101 Ranch ticket booth. So far no one
has fallen off.
Bill Alexander and Mike Ohl have been building Ticket Booth No. 2,
for the east side, and claim to have escaped injury completely.
Walt Waltimeyer has been reconditioning the metal areas, wire
brushing and painting. Paint spots don’t count as injury, either.
CHAMPION RIDERS COMPETE TODAY IN RODEO CONTEST - September
Two of the nation’s top Brahma bull riders have paid their entry
fees and been drawn to ride at the 101 Ranch Rodeo performance this
afternoon. The final performance of the 1963 rodeo will begin
promptly at 2:30 p.m.
Jim Shoulders, holder of seven world championships in bull riding
will be up on Wrangle.
Bob Wegner of Ponca City, among the top 10 riders in professional
rodeo for the past several years, has drawn Tons of Fun, on which
Sonny Henderson of Ponca City made on of the two qualifying rides
One of five young queen contestants will be named queen to reign
over all activities of the 101 Ranch Rodeo for 1964. Those seeking
the coveted title and handsome trophy saddle are Sandy Scott, Tobie
Stewart, Cherie Cunningham, Deanna Ramsey and Sally Edwards.
The 101 Ranch Rodeo this year has drawn some of the leading cowboys
of professional rodeo. They came from as far away as Westminster,
British Columbia, Canada, from North and South Dakota, Utah, Texas
and many other states.
Only three qualifying rides were made in bareback bronc and in
saddle bronc. The bad-tempered Brahmas of the Jim Shoulders string
allowed only two men to stay on board for the required eight
Tornado still remains unconquered, throwing Bob Shoulders in Friday
night’s performance. When he comes out of the chutes this afternoon
he will have Don James matching his skill against his twisting,
heaving fury. James made the highest score in the first night’s
ride, 160 points.
Local Rider Scores
Two former all-around world championship cowboys placed second and
third behind Bob Williams of Ponca City in bareback bronc riding
Friday night. Williams was scored 168 for his ride with Buck
Rutherford a close second with 165. Shoulders had 159 points.
Ponca City’s Merle Davis had the fastest time on calf roping with 14
seconds flat, but breaking the barrier too soon cost him a penalty
of 10 seconds for a recorded 24 seconds.
Fanchone DeArmond of Arkansas City, Miss Rodeo Kansas, was the first
barrel racing contestant. She was disqualified for knocking over her
first barrel. Donna Mullins, Tulsa, clocked the fastest time of 19
The tough saddle broncs of Jim Shoulders allowed only three cowboys
to make qualifying rides. John McBeth of Sentinel Butte, N.D.
pocketed $66.49 day money for the best ride Friday night. Sonny
Roberts and Lee Wheaton were second and third in the event.
The fastest steer wrestling time was lost by the eagerness of the
contestants. Ray Kilgore of Sallisaw wound up first with a throw of
9.7 seconds. Breaking too soon cost Linus Thornton of Arkansas City,
a 10-second penalty, making his official time 19.0 seconds.
The roll of drums and fanfare of victory played by the 101 Ranch
Rodeo band added much to the tenseness of the contests where cowboys
matched their skill against the untamed broncs, bulls, steers and
calves. The band of senior high students was under the direction of
Pete Long, supervisor of music and a former rodeo band leader.
Plenty of laughs were provided by the antics of the clowns. But all
the antics were not just to entertain. They were to protect the
cowboys after they had left the back of the enraged Brahmas.
Billy Keen, who began his rodeo career on the old 101 Ranch, clowned
with veteran Buck LeGrand.
Specialty acts which drew much applause at the opening performance
Friday night and which will be seen today are the Zoppe resin back
riders and the Flying Cimarron's.
CHAMPIONS PREFER SHOULDERS’ STOCK - September 5, 1963
Two famous names will be linked together at the 70th anniversary of
the Run into the Cherokee Strip – 101 Ranch Rodeo and Jim Shoulders.
Each name is synonymous with the finest in spectacular entertainment
and tops in quality round-up stock.
In the Fall of 1882, Winfield people called on their friend, Col.
George W. Miller to furnish entertainment for the fist county fair.
With his usual ingenuity, Miller staged a roping and riding contest.
Twenty-two years later, Col. Joe Miller remembering the highly
successful contests offered to give a genuine Wild West Show if the
newspaper men of the nation would come to Oklahoma.
They came! Thirty trains, loaded even to the roofs, some double
headers, were required to bring them here. They cheered wildly for
contestants, broncs, steers and bulls.
Thus began the spectacular Wild West Round-Up forerunner of the
professional sport of rodeo.
Holding the sport’s spotlight today is Jim Shoulders, holder of more
World Championships in rodeo than any other modern cowboy.
Shoulders will be stock producer for the 101 Ranch Rodeo next
Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
The slender cowboy from Henryetta had won more than $350,000 in
professional competition in the last 14 years. Twenty percent of his
winnings are due to his riding skill; 80 percent because of his good
draws of highly anti-social broncs and Brahma bulls.
Jim knows a good score is dependent upon a good animal under the
contestant. He hand picked his string of broncs and bulls to provide
some of the country’s top bucking animals.
In the arena at the 101 Ranch Rodeo will be Dr. Jekyll, stellar
bucking bull. Most riders fly high on Apple Jack, a top bareback
bronc owned by Shoulders. Cactus Jack, a saddle bronc in the
champion’s string, will furnish action in the arena here, providing
a rough journey for any cowboy fortunate enough to draw him. All
three of these animals were chosen for the 1962 National Finals
Jim Shoulders, champion cowboy and the 101 Ranch Rodeo developed at
the fabulous Miller Brothers Ranch will give the tops in
RODEO OFFICIAL SEE RUSH OF ENTRIES TODAY
By noon today, 25 entries had been received for the 101 Ranch Rodeo.
This is an excellent early list, Mrs. Dan Taylor, rodeo secretary,
said. The rush will begin after 4 o'clock.
Rodeo performances are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m.
Sunday. The queen will be announced Sunday afternoon.
Green, 26, Oklahoma's current candidate for 1963's bull riding
championship, paces a field of top cowboys who have indicated they
expected to contest in the rodeo Friday, Saturday and Sunday,
according to the Rodeo Information Commission, Denver.
Green, from Sulphur, along with fellow contestants will be in
pursuit of a share of the $7,000 prize money awaiting winners in the
rodeo’s five competitive events.
There will be saddle and bare¬ back bronc, riding, calf roping,
steer wrestling and bull riding. For the girls, there will be barrel
racing. Rodeo livestock will be furnished by Jim Shoulders of
Last year a total of 138 contestants
crammed the entry list and a longer list is expected this year.
Prize money, a combination of purse money put up by the rodeo
committee plus contestant entry fees, hit $6,165. Purse money this
year has been hiked from $2,750 to $3,000.
among the top 10 winners on the hump-shouldered outlaws since 1959,
is spurring hard toward the championship this season, having already
won $10,463, only $590 off the title pace, according to the latest
check on national standings. He might easily pocket this money in
If the wiry Green can hit the in front by the end of the official
season, December 1st, he will bring the bull riding crown to Oklahoma
for the 11th time during the past 14 years.
ADVANCE TICKET is not good for admission to the 101 Ranch Rodeo,
but must be exchanged at the ticket office in the lobby of the
Jens-Marie Hotel for a reserved seat. An even exchange will be made
for any seat in the two $1.35 sections. Reservations in the four
$1.85 sections cost 50 cents extra and those in the $2.35 sections,
$1 additional. The advance ticket may be turned in on a box seat
which sells for $2.50 and $3.50. Advance tickets are being sold by
local grocers for $1 with the purchase of each $5 worth of
groceries; also by the five rodeo queen contestants – Cherie
Cunningham, Sally Edwards, Deanna Ramsey, sandy Scott and Toby
Shown here is an advance ticket and the arena seating
101 RANCH RODEO ticket sales this year topped any previous
opening day, Mrs. Nora May Onstot, who is in charge of the ticket
office, reported. The office opened Monday morning in the lobby of
the Jens-Marie Hotel. Advance sale of tickets is being made by the
rodeo queen contestants and grocery stores in Ponca City. The $1
tickets may be turned into the ticket office for a $1.35 reserved
seat at no extra cost. All seats are reserved. “The choice seats are
continuing to go extremely fast,” Mrs. Onstot said. Tuesday
afternoon Melvin L. Ford, president of the 101 Ranch Rodeo
Foundation, assisted in exchanging and selling tickets. Shown here
at the left window are Mrs. Wayne Lodwig, Mrs. Donald Stafford of
Blackwell and Charles Hurford purchasing tickets form Mrs. Onstot.
Ford is selling tickets to Mr. and Mrs. W.L. McCulley of Newkirk.
MUCHMORE BARNETT, Co-queen of the first world championship rodeo
in Ponca City, left, and Mrs. Sonny Shultz, right, show their
approval of the saddle to be presented to the 1963 queen of the 101
Ranch Rodeo. Mrs. Ann Corzine, center, holds the trophy buckle which
the queen will win, also. Advance sale of $1.35 rodeo tickets for
only $1 will continue through Wednesday night, it was announced
Saturday. Tickets may be secured from any of the five queen
contestants – Toby Stewart, Deanna Ramsey, Sandy Scott, Sally
Edwards and Cherie Cunningham – or from local grocers with each $5
A SPARKLING FEATURE of the 101 Ranch Rodeo next week will be
the appearance of the internationally known Zoppe family, the
greatest rosinback riding ensemble in the entertainment field today.
Starting its eighth generation in show business the Zoppes feature
four girls and three boys. The two youngest members are Denise, 9,
seen here on top of the pyramid, and Roger, 12. The act originated
in Europe and came to the United States in 1939. Impressed with the
possibilities of rodeo, the Zoppe family made its first appearance
at the Western Washington Fair in 1955. The act won immediate
acceptance and the Zoppes have been featured at such major rodeos as
Cheyenne Frontier Days, Phoenix, Albuquerque, Denver, Little Rock
and Salinas, Calif. Advance sale of $1.35 rodeo tickets for $1 ends
Saturday night. They may be purchased at local grocery stores or
form queen candidates.
FLYING CIMARRON’S COMING
TRICK RIDERS DUE AT RODEO - The spectacular, daring
skillful riding of the Flying Cimarron’s will be seen at the 101
Ranch Rodeo again this year. This trio of young performers will
participate in the giant Cherokee Strip parade, also.
Members of the Troup are Bill McEnaney, his wife, Karen Womack, and
his sister, Joanne McEnaney.
McEnaney is tangible proof that almost any obstacle can be overcome
if a person really wants something enough. Despite spending the
better part of his early life in hospitals and being told by doctors
that he would never be able to achieve athletic distinction of any
kind, Bill has become one of the foremost trick riders in the field
The groundwork for his riding began when Bill was eight years old.
His father hired Lena White to teach trick riding to some youngsters
in a riding club.
Eventually, his sister Joanne and other members of his family worked
up an act which they presented at amateur rodeos for about tow
years. Then, in 1956, Bill and Joanne joined the Rodeo Cowboys’
Association and began working together at professional rodeos.
Bill is not limiting his interests to trick riding and roping. He
now is studying dentistry.
At one time Joanne wanted to be a ballerina. She was named Tri-State
champion baton twirler when she was 16 and was chosen to reign as
rodeo queen at the 1956 St. Joseph, Mo., rodeo.
Karen Womack grew up in rodeo. Some of her earliest memories are of
watching her father Andy clown and fight bulls. She started trick
riding at the age of 10 and in 1958 became a student of Dick
Karen’s time is well occupied with her trick riding and the
horsemanship classes she conducts when not under contract. But she
still designs and makes all her costumes. She majored in textiles
and design when attending Arizona State University. A former Miss
Arizona rodeo, her greatest interest and most important work is
being Mrs. Bill McEnaney.