RCA OKAYS RODEO AUGUST 21 - 23
Buetler Will Be Stock Contractor; LeGrand To Clown
Dates have been set and contracts signed for the 16th annual 101
Thursday, Friday and Saturday, August
21, 22 and 23, are the dates approved by the Rodeo Cowboys
Association during the annual convention in Denver last month.
One restriction was placed on the rodeo this year — permits in bull
riding will not be accepted.
At the recent meeting
of the Rodeo Foundation of the Ponca City Chamber of Commerce, the
board of directors voted not to accept permits for bull riding in
the future. The two events for which permits will be accepted are
saddle bronc and bareback riding.
Jiggs Beutler of El Reno will return as stock contractor for 1975.
He has produced a number of excellent rodeo in the 101 Ranch arena
and always attracts many of the top cowboys of the nation.
Buck LeGrand, a favorite clown of both bull riders and spectators,
and a clown new to the 101 arena, Tom Sheffield will be the
A spectacular trick riding group, the Arena Kachinas, will
provide the entertainment between rodeo events.
A new voice will be at the microphone this year. It is that of
Guy Clark has been re-elected as president of the Rodeo Foundation.
Fred Balduff resigned as vice president and John Heinze was elected.
Bruce Renken will continue as secretary treasurer.
Committees appointed by Clark are Jim Cox and Max Berry, the rodeo
dance; Bill Carter, concessions and Berry, arena grounds.
Mrs. Neita Rogers, who has been in charge of the queen contest for
about ten years, has resigned from the Foundation.
Rodeo Office Opening Monday At Chamber of Commerce;
Tickets Go On Sale
Rain or shine, in the mud or the the dust, there is going to be Rodeo in
Ponca City Thursday, Friday and Saturday Aug. 21, 22, and 23.
Tickets for the 16th annual 101 Ranch Rodeo go on sale in some of the
supermarkets Monday, the day the rodeo office opens in the Chamber of
Commerce offices, 112 North Third.
As for the past several years, Thursday night will be family bargain
night. Admission is only $2 for adults and $1 for boys and girls under
12 years of age.
Box seats will be reserved the first night, with the grandstand seats on
a first-come, first-served basis. Those who come early to assure getting
the seats they desire will be entertained by the 101 Ranch Rodeo band
under the direction of Bill Anderson.
Friday and Saturday nights all seats will be reserved. Grandstands seats
will be $3 if purchased in advance at one of the cooperating
supermarkets and $3.50 at the gate.
Tickets purchased at the supermarkets must be turned in at the rodeo
ticket office for a reserved seat.
Already requests for entry blanks for the queen contest are being
received by Mrs. Lois Scott, chairman. The Ponca City Business and
Professional Women's Club has charge of planning activities for the
young women and furnishing hostesses for each girl.
That some of the top cowboys in the nation will be out in the arena is
First, the cowboys athletes like the great stock provided by Jiggs
Beutler, as they score better.
Second, the 101 Ranch Rodeo is more than halfway through the rodeo
season which ends November 1. Each cowboy will will be trying to up his
money wins by attending as many rodeos as possible and be eligible for
competition in the National Finals Rodeo at Oklahoma City the first part
Rodeo Fever Starting To Mount
Think rodeo— think western—go western, for it is that time of year
The 101 Ranch Rodeo for 1975 opens at 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, with the
colorful grand entry and the dramatic posting of the colors.
Opening night is family night with tickets only $1 for children under 12
and $2 for adults. Grandstand seats will not be reserved, but the rodeo
band, under the direction of Bill Anderson, will entertain those who
come early to assure themselves of their favorite seats.
Early arrivals can watch the stock producer and the cowboys working in
the chutes, getting everything ready for the moment the first bronc
bucks out into the arena.
A cowboy must be athletic to stay atop a high-jumping, hard-hitting
horse, or a spinning, churning bull. But the horses and bulls must also
be strong and healthy for the cowboys to fully display their abilities.
A horse or bull that is too fat or in poor condition can't buck well.
That's why stock contractors are willing to pay premium prices for such
animals, and then see to it that they stay in top condition.
The accidental death and injury rate for rodeo animals is far below that
for farm and ranch animals, according to recent survey conducted by the
Rodeo Information Foundation.
Most of the bucking horses are "spoiled" ranch, pleasure or pack
animals, like Descent, a 15-year-old Palomino who was voted Bucking
Horse of the Year for a fifth season in 1971.
And the bulls, usually cross-breds, enjoy a noble life in rodeo,
reprieved from the meat packing plants.
Miss Rodeo America To Be Ponca City Visitor During
Annual Show Next Week
of the rodeo queens, lovely and charming Connie Della Lucia of Ogden
Utah, Miss Rodeo America, is coming to Ponca City for the 101 Ranch
She will not just be another spectator. She is coming to boost the rodeo
which opens Thursday, Aug. 21, barely over a week away. Connie will
arrive in Ponca City Wednesday and has offered to speak to groups who
would like to know more more about rodeo and the activities which will
surround the queens.
It is a thrill to receive the title of Miss Rodeo America, Connie said,
and that thrill is continuing.
"I am having experiences and going places that otherwise I would
probably never have," she continued.
She is urging all young horsewomen to enter the 101 Ranch Rodeo queen
con-test as it is both fun and a rewarding experience, regardless of
whether a girl wins anything or not.
"Some advice I would give to girls who are competing for rodeo queen
would be to be prepared to work hard.
"To win a title takes many, many hours of practice, hard work and
thought. You have to be willing to give.
"The winner must remember that the work is just beginning."
She concludes, "Have fun in your contests. Everyone can't win, but if
they have an enjoyable time, none will be a loser."
When she finishes her reign, Connie wants to stay with some part of the
western world, either in fashion designing or doing some kind of public
relations work for rodeo.
If she continues her education, she plans to attend a college or
university with a good rodeo program and major in fashion merchandising
or physical education.
Queen contestants at the 101 Ranch Rodeo will be judged 50 percent on
horsemanship, 25 percent on poise and personality and 25 percent on
Each young woman will have her personal hostess, said Mrs. Lois Scott,
of the Ponca City Business and Professional Women's Club, chairman of
the queen contest.
To be eligible for entry, the young horsewoman must be between 15 and
21, never have been married and have a sponsor. The one selling the most
tickets will receive a trophy buckle, but sales do not count toward the
queenship unless there is a tie.
Entry blanks may be secured from the Ponca City Chamber of Commerce
office, 112 North Third.
Rodeo Expects Over 300 Cowboys
is in—welcome flags flying—and rodeo is only 2 nights away.
If the pattern of past years is followed, there will be more than 300
cowboys trying to pocket some of the more than 13,000 in prize money.
There will be a new announcer for the 16th annual 101 Ranch Rodeo
opening Thursday. He is Hadley Barrett of North Platte, Neb., who has
competed in all of the standard rodeo events and entered the
entertainment field when he was only 18 years old with his own western
Barrett has knowledge of rodeo which, together with his gift of the
successful entertainer, makes him one of rodeo's most popular
Also new to the 101 Ranch arena will be Tommy Sheffield of Rankin, Tex.,
clown and bullfighter. Though only in the profession 7 years, Tommy
already has made a name for himself in his style of working close to the
Sharing the dangers of clowning will be Ponca City's favorite. Buck
Sheffield has just published the only book of its kind in the world:
"Best Supporting Actors—Rodeo Clowns."
Not new to the 101 Ranch Rodeo arena, but returning after an absence of
several years, are the Arena Kachinas, a fantastic trick riding
presentation by 3 beautiful and talented girl's on horses going at
Each evening the 101 Ranch Rodeo band—all volunteer musicians—under the
direction of Bill Anderson, director of music for the Ponca City
schools, will begin playing at 7:15.
Early arrivals will not find it tiresome waiting for the 8 p. m. grand
entry. Thursday is family night, with grandstand seats on a
first-come, first-served basis as none will be reserved, only the box
seats. It is also bargain night with adult tickets only $2 and boys and
girls under 12, $1.
Saturday night there will be two special events during the rodeo and one
The 1975 queen of the 101 Ranch Rodeo will be announced and begin her
The all-around cowboy of the 1975 rodeo will be determined and presented
the annual Guy Shultz Memorial Trophy, given by Mrs. Shultz each year to
the cowboy who wins the most money in two or more events.
As in past years, the activities and festivities for the 101 Ranch Rodeo
will be concluded with the annual rodeo dance. The Wandering Oakies,
which have proved popular at previous dances, will again be providing
The group will feature a new recording star — Bobby Lee Russell of
Tulsa—who also is a successful song writer.
First Performance of 101 Ranch Rodeo Due Tonight
Tonight we rodeo!.......There's excitement in the air as beautiful queen
contestants, cowboys (210 are entered) and glamorous trick riders come
to Ponca City.
The rodeo band begins to play at 7:15 and at 8 o'clock sharp Hadley
Barrett, the announcer, will open the first performance of the 101 Ranch
Rodeo for 1975 at the arena on West Prospect.
As riders in the colorful grand entry weave their way through the arena,
bareback broncs will be run into the chutes, ready for cowboys to get
down on them and give that slight, tense nod which says to Jiggs
Beutler, stock producer and arena director, "I'm ready—open the gates!"
Offering good stock, the rodeo has drawn many of the the top cowboys in
They include Tom Ferguson of Miami, reigning all around cowboy who last
year won more than $90,000 in calf roping and steer wrestling.
Others among the top 15 all around cowboys as of Monday who called in
their entries are Don Gay, Larry Mahan, Sandy Kirby, Bobby Berger, Barry
Burk and Monty Henson.
Some of the top 1-event contenders entered include Sammie Groves of
Ponca City, second in saddle bronc; Marvin Shoulders, Randy Magers and
Butch Kirby, bull riders; Junior Garrison and Ernie Taylor, calf ropers,
and Tommy Puryear and Roy Duvall, steer wrestlers.
Specialty act for this year is the exciting Arena Kachinas as they
perform breath-taking feats on fast-running horses.
All in all, the 101 Ranch Rodeo for 1975 promises to be 1 of the most
outstanding since RCA rodeo came to Ponca City.
Cowboys Thrill Large Crowd, 2 Nights Left
One of the largest first-night crowds to attend the 101 Ranch rodeo
enthusiastically showed its appreciation of the action in the arena
Thursday, whether it was one of the standard rodeo events, the clowns or
the daring Arena Kachinas.
The rodeo will begin at 8 o'clock tonight with more of the top
professional cowboy athletes putting their highly- developed skill
against the rugged stock of Eira Beutler and Son.
On Saturday night Miss Kathy Kaufman of Derby will turn over her crown
to one of the 10 young women in competition for the queen's title.
Also on Saturday evening the all around cowboy of the 101 Ranch Rodeo
will be awarded the Guy Shultz Memorial Trophy, given each year by Mrs.
Schultz to the contestant winning the most money in 2 or more events.
Only 2 cowboys stayed aboard the bulls until the buzzer sounded
Thursday night, Tommy Hardeman scoring 70 and Roddy Coquat a 69.
The event was marred by Dennis Shireman being kicked in the head before
the clowns could distract the bull after it had thrown him. He was taken
by Fire Department ambulance to St. Joseph Medical Center, where he was
treated, held a short time for observation and released.
Jimmy Dix, who comes from Australia, posted the best score in bareback
bronc, with a 74. The young cowboy began his career as a jockey in
Perth, Western Australia. In 1974 he was fifth in the national
Jack Ward, who was fourth in national standings in 1974,
placed second with a 71.
One of the hottest races in professional rodeo at this time as the sport
begins to wind down to the cut-off date, November 1, is in calf roping.
Best time Thursday night was turned in by Willard Moody, who roped his
calf in 10.9 seconds, beating out such performers as Tom Ferguson, reign
all around, Gary Johnson. Junior Garrison and Ernie Taylor, who in 1973
set a record for money won in roping—more than $40,000.
Saddle bronc was close with the best score,64, posted by John Gass,
first go out in the event. Roger Bartell; Ted Gleason tied for second
with 62 and Wayne Hall was fourth with a 61.
Stan Christian threw his steer in seconds flat. In 4 runs the steers
outwitted the cowboys, who received no time.
Cowgirls Friday and Saturday nights will have to beat the time set
by Janice Saunders Thursday evening. The girls were expert riders, with
no barrels turned over.
Many more of the top cowboys of nation will be competing tonight c
Saturday, and each event will be me more exciting and interesting by
Hadley Barrett, announcer, who has competed in each of the rodeo events
and has the flair of the entertainer, having had his own western band
when he was only 18 years old.
The rodeo band composed of senior high school students and members the
music staff of the Ponca City schools, under the direction of Bill
Anderson, will begin playing at 7:15 each evening. They are worth coming
early to hear.
For the first time in the history of the 101 Ranch Rodeo the colors were
presented by the color guard from the Naval Junior ROTC of the high
school The NJROTC is the only one in Oklahoma and has been named the
outstanding unit in the Eighth Naval District.
There was excellent rodeo Thursday evening and tonight and Saturday,
promise to be just as good—or better possible.
BEST BEARD in contest last weekend was
judged to be on the face of Julius Marks, left, of 1800 East
Woodlands. He is pictured with Miss Connie Delia Lucia, Miss
Rodeo America, who judged the contest, and Kenneth W. Evans
of Marland, whose handle-bar mustache won honors in that
division. The contest, sponsored by the Jaycees with Carl
Giddens as chairman, was in conjunction with the 101 Ranch