101 Ranch Rodeo Adding Team
Roping To Program August 22-24
An event fast growing in popularity, but new to the 101
Ranch Rodeo, has been added to the program for 1974. Dates are
Thursday, Friday and Saturday, August 22, 23 and 24.
It is team roping, the only event in rodeo in which two cowboys'
work together. It is not unusual for 100 to 120 teams to be entered.
At many rodeos the event continues well into the early morning hours
and spectators, who have learned to appreciate the skill of team
roping, remain to see the fast steer roped.
roping dates back to early range days, when catching cattle by the
horns and hind feet became a simple way to doctor injuries or brand.
Rodeo's version is a speeded up contest against time. Highly popular
in California, Arizona and Nevada rodeos, with bankers, doctors, and
dentists among the ardent competitors, team roping is not one of the
sport's standard events.
Leo Camarillo of Donald,
Ore., won $20,693 in 1973 to set a new winning record and take the
championship for the second consecutive year. This was just in the
rodeos where the committee put up prize money. It is believed that
he doubled, that figure by competing in many of the numerous team
roping jackpots that are found around the country.
Team roping at the 101 Ranch Rodeo will be a jackpot event.
The event calls for a man on a horse known as a "header" to chase
the steer and throw his loop around the horns, then turn the animal
back to where the "heeler" can get in position to throw loop around
the steer's heels.
Both men must "dally" or wrap the
ropes around the saddle horns after making their catches. Time is
called when both horses turn to face each other, with the steer the
middle and ropes taut. Entry fee for team roping $20. Frank Braden
is contractor for the event.
The rodeo ticket office"
open at the Chamber of Commerce 112 North Third, at a.m. Monday,
Advance. sale tickets will distributed to
local grocers a supermarkets on or before that date.
Thursday is family night—bargain night—with general admission $2 for
adults and $1 children under 12. Only box seats will be reserved.
Buck LeGrand, Quail Dobbs Named Clowns,
Bullfighters For 101 Rodeo
Rodeo clowns—bullfighters, heroes of the arena—provide as much
entertainment and excitement for fans as do the competing cowboys.
This year will be no exception. Two of the best in the professional
world of rodeo will be in the 101 Ranch Rodeo arena protecting the
cowboys from the fury of the bulls.
The 1974 rodeo will be Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, August
Thursday night's performance will be bargain night or family night.
The adults will pay only $2 and children under 12 will be admitted
Only box seats will be reserved Thursday. Grandstand seats will not
Tickets for Friday and Saturday are $3
purchased in advance, and $3.50 at the gate. Tickets purchased at
grocery stores must be turned in at the rodeo office in the Chamber
of Commerce for a reserved seat.
Children who are carried and sit on the lap of a
parent will not require a ticket. If the child takes a separate
seat, he must have a ticket.
This has been the policy
since RCA rodeo came to Ponca City.
The clowns who
will be making targets of themselves so the cowboy can make his way
to safety when he dismounts intentionally or unintentionally—will be
Buck LeGrand and Quail Dobbs.
Buck needs no
introduction to 101 Ranch Rodeo fans as he has clowned a majority of
the rodeos since the start of professional rodeo here in 1960. He is
a favorite with cowboys and spectators.
Dobbs—clown, barrel man, specialty acts—has been in the business of
professional rodeo as a clown and bullfighter for ten years. He
began his career while in high school, competing as a bareback bronc
rider and a bull rider.
It wasn't long before Quail
decided that clowning was going to be more lucrative financially for
him than actual competition.
Quail is one of the few
rodeo clowns today who works the barrel and fights bulls, too, as
each takes a special skill.
More than one cowboys
owes his life to the quickness and fearlessness of these two men.
Danger And Action In Bull Riding
Rodeo Coming To Town; Wear Western Clothes
It's time to go western!
Rodeo is coming
to Ponca City next week and garb of the Old 'West or of the modern
professional cowboy athlete is tops in fashion.
101 Ranch Rodeo opens with the colorful grand entry at 8 p.m.
Thursday, which is family, or bargain, night and grandstand seats
are only $1 and $2.
Friday and Saturday nights all
seats are reserved.
Each year the 101 Ranch Rodeo
draws some of the outstanding bull riders in the Rodeo Cowboy
Association. They enter, in such great numbers there is usually an
after rodeo so each cowboy will have a chance to be in the money.
Undoubtedly bull riding is the most popular event for spectators for
nothing compares with it for danger and action.
Bulls, with a cross of Brahma blood are incredibly fast and can be
Because bulls will attack a horse,
pickup men can't be used and the rider who leaves the back of a bull
has only the clown to help him.
Clowns often save a cowboy from
serious injury and—dramatic as it may sound—death.
Bull riding has the most entries of the three riding events, and
there are reasons for this.
The number of animals in
the drawn whom a man can win money if he rides them—is far greater
in this event.
And, for the beginner, there is less
embarrassment in being thrown from a bull, which can make a champion
look like an apprentice.
A bull rider uses a rope
which is looped around the animal's middle. The rider puts his
gloved hand in a loop in the rope and another cowboy pulls the slack
out of the rope. When the rope's tightness feels correct to the
rider, he takes the free end and lays it across his palm, wraps it
once behind his riding hand, lays it across his palm again, and
clenches with all his strength.
When a rider bucks
off away from his riding hand, his weight pulls down on the wrap
behind his knuckles and he's often "hung up" and helpless until the
clown can jerk the end of, the rope free, or the bull finally throws
Shriners To Ride Tri-Sport Cycles In Rodeo Parade
Seven members of the Kay County Shrine Club have purchased tri-sport
cycles and will give their first riding exhibition in the 101 Rodeo
parade at 2 p.m. Saturday.
Members of the Akdar
Trisport Club are Robert Gregg, president; Kenneth Witteman of
Perry, secretary-treasurer; W.E. (Gene) Phillips, Melvin Murphy, Bob
Morford, Lou Endsley and Don Gregg.
organizational meeting and first practice session was held August
11. The club will be appearing at various parades and other
functions in the future. They have been invited to ride in the
Cherokee Strip parade at Perry, September 14.
Phones Busy As Cowboys Call In Entries For Rodeo
It is going to he "hard nosed" rodeo in Ponca City Thursday, Friday
and Saturday nights—just like the National Finals in Oklahoma City.
There will be no big name "star." The cowboys will be the stars.
There will be entertainment in the arena between the rodeo events by
one of the nation's top clowns—Quail Dobbs—but no "Star."
Those who know Quail already are laughing. He is one clown whose act
you can see over and over, night after night, you still giggle, one
cowboy said this morning.
Within half an hour after
the rodeo office opened for entries this morning, 50 cowboys and
cowgirls had called in for a number.
By noon there
were 140 entries—more than there have been altogether in some
In 1973 there were 217 contestants who added
their fees to the purse of $3,750 to make up a total prize package
of more than $9,000.
Among the first to call in today
was Jim Dix of N. Collie, West Australia, who was fifth in national
standings for 1973, winning $20,149 as a bareback bronc rider. He
already has collected $13,650 this year, as of last Sunday.
T. J. Walter, a two-event man who is always high in bareback and
bull riding, is another of the nationally known cowboys who has
A third top contender is Sammie Groves, who
calls Ponca City his home as well as New Deal, Tex. He also was in
the National Finals Rodeo in Oklahoma City last December, finishing
13th in the national standings in saddle bronc. He also competes in
First performance of the 101 Ranch Rodeo will be 8
p.m. Thursday. This is family night with adults admitted for $2 and
children for $1. Only box seats are reserved.
and Saturday night performances will be at 8 p.m. and all seats will
Top Cowboys Here For 101 Rodeo
Prize Cash To $13,180 This Year
At 8 o'clock tonight, the 101 Ranch Rodeo for 1974 will get under
way with the serpentine grand entry.
In the chutes
cowboys will be getting ready to go out in an effort take home a
part of the $13,180 purse.
The 302 cowboys who called
in their entries Wednesday include 33 who this year are among the
top 15 in their specialty events. Seven of them are among ,the top
15 in All Around.
Because of the large entry list
there will be only one head for each except in team roping, where
the men will get two head. Friday and Saturday morning the slack
will be run.
While the crowd is coming in—tonight is
family night, $2 for adults and $1 for children—the 1974 rodeo band
will play. This year it is formed by members of the Municipal Band,
which played eight concerts this summer under the baton of Bill
At the rodeo grounds spectators will have
an opportunity to purchase memorial medallions of the 101 Ranch.
This year the White House, in which the greats on many nations were
entertained, is pictured.
Orders will be taken for
the book "The 101 Ranch," which was re-published for the 75th
anniversary of the opening of the Cherokee Strip.
Rain-Soaked Fans See Rodeo Open
The rains came but the crowd stayed.
The unusually enthusiastic rodeo fans at the opening night of the
101 Ranch Rodeo cheered cowboys and cowgirls whether they made a
good ride or time or received a goose egg.
or no rain, there will be rodeo tonight beginning at eight o'clock.
It may be too wet for the band instruments, but contestants will pay
no attention and again try for good scores as they have only one
head of stock to work on for a slice of the largest purse in the
history of the 101 Ranch Rodeo and cheers from the fans.
Several of the ranking top 15 cowboys will be out tonight and again
Saturday night. The Alsbaugh stock is always good which helps the
cowboy to score high. The 2 p.m. parade is open to all who want to
enter. It forms at Union and Grand.
the all around cowboy will be announced and receive the Guy Shultz
The new queen will be presented a
trophy saddle and the traditional bouquet of red roses. The
runners-up will receive a $100 savings bond, a $75 cashier's check,
$50 of Avon cosmetics, and a $25 gift certificate. The queen
contestant selling the most tickets will be presented a trophy
buckle by the Rodeo Foundation.
Two additional gifts
were announced Thursday night. The winner in the girls barrel racing
and the cowboy winning the most money will receive sports jackets.
Saturday night there will be dancing from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. to the
music of the Wandering Okies with Denzil Alcorn, a Nashville
History Professor At West Texas Announcer For This
the microphone at the 101 Ranch Rodeo this year is a doctor.
He is Charles (Bud) Townsend, PhD, associate professor of history at
West Texas State University at Canyon.
includes riding bulls, announcing and writing a book, which is now
Bud grew up in a ranching community
and learned to ride and rope. This was natural to his environment
and eventually he began to enter rodeos.
That was at
His father had died when he was eight years
old and his mother worried about his competing in the arena.
"My older brother told me I couldn't ride. He was older and
considerably bigger than I was, I so I did not ride," Bud said.
But he continued to go to rodeos and on Labor Day in 1946 the
announcer didn't show up. Rodeo officials were wondering what they
were going to do when someone said "Get Bud to do it."
That was the beginning of his 29-year career as an announcer. During
his early years as a rodeo performer, Townsend got a reputation as a
great mimic of rodeo announcers.
"I got up fool-like
and kidlike that day. No one but a kid or a fool would try such a
thing, but I thoroughly enjoyed myself and I've been announcing ever
When he graduated from Nocona High School in 1948 he
had no desire to continue his education. That year he gained
professional status with the RCA as an announcer and for six years
he traveled the rodeo circuit, booking his own jobs.
In 1955 Bud decided that perhaps college was for him and in the next
13 years he acquired three degrees: a bachelor's from Midwestern
University at Wichita Falls, Tex., a master's from Baylor University
and a PhD from the University of Wisconsin.
time he was married and the twins were on their way. He received
some outstanding fellowships to continue his work in history. But it
was necessary to supplement these, which he did through rodeo
announcing in the summer.
His brother was the one who
influenced him to continue his announcing career in the summer time.
Townsend says the world of rodeo changes like everything else. On
the whole, the professional cowboy is better educated than when he
began 29 years ago" many of them holding college degrees.
In his leisure time, Bud wrote a book, "San Antonio Rose, the life
and music of Bob Wills," which the University of, Illinois requested
the right to publish as one in its series on Music in America.
Where he once traveled across the country calling rodeos, Townsend
now confines himself to working shows in the Rocky Mountain area.
"After all, if you spend most of your time driving, you don't have
time to fish," he says.
AROUND TITLE at the 101 Ranch Rodeo was won by Wes Smith of
Lubbock, Tex., right, shown accepting the Guy Shultz Memorial Trophy
from "Sonny" Shultz, nephew of the late Guy Shultz. Smith finished
in two-way ties for second place in bull riding and fourth in saddle
bronc, the two rides earning him a total of $623.91. The trophy was
established by Mrs. Guy Shultz and goes to the cowboy who wins the
most money competing in two or more of the standard rodeo events.