Tickets On Sale Monday For 101 Ranch Rodeo
Advance ticket safes for the annual 101 Ranch Rodeo begin Monday. The
three-day rodeo is set for Aug. 16, 17 and 18 at 8 p.m. nightly, at the
101 Rodeo Grounds, Ash and Prospect.
The rodeo, sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and
the Women's Professional Rodeo Association, promises to be exciting with
top rodeo stars per-forming in six different events.
Events include bareback bronc riding, saddle bronc riding, steer
wrestling, barrel racing, calf roping and bull riding.
Two well-known rodeo associates will add to the color of the rodeo. Dr.
Charles (Bud) Townsend, announcer, and Walter Alsbaugh of Alamosa,
Colo., stock contractor for a number of years.
The colorful Rodeo Parade in the downtown area at 2 p.m. Saturday is a
prelude to the rodeo finals that evening.
Protecting the bull riders and entertaining the crowd will be Jeff Kobza
and Lyn Barlow. Other entertainment is the wild cow milking contest.
Entrants may sign up at the Ponca City Area Chamber of Commerce office,
112 North Third.
Special entertainment is by The Duain Madsen Rodeo Acts consisting of
Duain Madsen, his wife, Dee, two horses, six sheep and two dogs.
Ticket prices are $4 for advance tickets, $5 at the gate, children 7-12,
$1 and children under six are free. All tickets except box seats are
Wild Cow Milking Entries Being Taken
Entries are now being accepted for the 1984 Amateur Wild Cow Milking
contest held in conjunction with the 101 Rodeo Aug. 16-18.
Applications are available at the offices of the Ponca City Area Chamber
of Commerce, 112 North Third.
The Wild Cow Milking Contest will be a pre-rodeo entertainment prior to
the main performance each evening with a starting time of 7:30 p.m.
Each team will consist of three members: a roper, a mugger and a milker.
The entry fee will be $30 per team. There will be a limit of 10 teams
each night. Contestants may indicate their preference of which night
they perform, however, there is no guarantee they will be up on that
night, depending on the number of teams. A team may enter more than one
night, but must pay entry fees for each performance.
Area businesses are invited to enter teams in the competition. All
entries must select an official name for their team. Ample publicity
will be given to each team and team members including introductions from
the announcer's stand on the night of their performance.
Deadline for entering the contest will be noon Wednesday, Aug. 15. All
entry fees must be paid at time of entry. The entry application, which
includes a liability release, must be signed by all participants.
24th 101 Ranch Rodeo Opens Tonight At 8 p.m.
The 101 Ranch Rodeo will be making its 24th run when the first act kicks
off tonight at the 101 Ranch Rodeo Grounds, northwest of Ponca City on
The rodeo, sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and
the Women's Professional Rodeo Association, will draw many of the
Southwest's top cowboys and cowgirls to the three-day event, which
begins with the first show tonight at 8 p.m.
Other shows are set for Friday and Saturday night at 8.
Ticket prices are $5 at the gate for adults, $1 for children ages 7-12
and free for children under 6.
A wild cow milking contest, sheep and appaloosa horse trick acts,
trained pulling sheep, bull trick acts, a rodeo parade and the crowning
of the queen will highlight the entertainment, which also will include a
rodeo dance following Saturday night's performance.
Competition in the rodeo will be held to six events: saddle bronc
riding, bareback bronc riding, bull riding, steer wrestling, calf roping
and women's barrel racing.
Prior to Friday and Saturday night's show, there will be wild cow
milking contests. Three persons form a team. The contests begin at 7:30
The rodeo parade will start at 2 p m. Saturday from West Junior High on
West Grand. The parade will continue east on Grand to Eighth Street.
Rodeo announcer again will be Charles "Bud" Townsend, history professor
at West Texas State University.
In the entertainment spotlight is Ponca City's Mike Sokoll. Sokoll, a
veteran 101 Ranch Rodeo performer, will bring his trick ropes for a 7:15
Saturday night show. Sokoll was with the original 101 Ranch Wild West
Show from 1909-1915. Sokoll also teaches a class in trick roping and
will bring several of his students to perform as well.
Other entertainment includes the Duain Madsen family, who will perform
trick sheep and appaloosa acts; Leon and Vickie Adams, riders of roman
bulls and bull and appaloosa acts and Hip Shot, music- al performers for
Saturday night's rodeo dance. The dance will be in the northwest corner
of the rodeo arena.
Ten candidates will vie for the title of Rodeo Queen. The Queen will be
crowned Saturday night before bull riding. The contestants are Melanie
Gipson, Pryor; Michele Cramer, Mustang; Teresa Ann Carle, Noble; Tonya
Gifford, Mannford; Jamie Robbins, Chandler; Sandy Lee Hawley, McAlester;
Janel Rite Boeckman, Okeene; Shelly Mercer, Mustang; Judy Rosen, South
Coffeyville: and Tina Ann Byers, Oklahoma City.
The reigning Queen is Shardyn Wallace of Sand Springs.
Judging the queen contest will be Dale Christensen of Welch, cowboy and
nephew of Ben Johnson, well-known entertainer and rancher, and
horsewomen Terry Hughes and Mezzy Junk, both of Pawhuska.
Of all the rodeo performers slated to appear this weekend, the most
popular cowboy probably is Roy Cooper of Durant. Cooper was the 1983
World Champion Ail-Around Cowboy and Calf Roper. Cooper currently leads
both events this year with winnings in excess of $50,000. Other cowboys
include Raymond Hollabaugh, Stanford, Texas, fifth in calf roping; Jerry
Jetton, Stephenville, Texas, No. 6; Lyle Sankey, Branson, Mo., 7th in
All-Around; and Dan Webb, Aubrey, Texas, No. 7 calf roper.
Top cowgirls appearing include Lee Ann Guilkey, the nation's No. 2
barrel racer from Decatur, Texas; Brenda Tyler, San Marcos, Texas, No.
3; Kathy Speer, Siloam Springs, Ark., No. 6; and Sherry Altizer, Del
Rio, Texas, No. 10.
Movie Actor, Gunfighter To Appear At 101 Rodeo
actor and veteran old-West gunfighter Clint Jones will present his old
West gunfighters, "The Dusters Gunfighters of the Old West, Saturday in
Ponca City in conjunction with the 101 Ranch Rodeo.
Jones and his troupe will present several shows throughout the day at a
variety of locations in Ponca City.
The schedule includes: 11 a.m. Kirby Center, 11:45 Pioneer Center
(Safeway and Tyke to Teen), 12:30 p m Downtown area on Grand with show
continuing until just before the 2 p.m. parade, 2:45 p.m. J.C. Penney,3:30p.m.neartheFunCenter 5:30p.m. Golden Corral, 6:30 p.m. J.W.
Cobb Family Restaurant and 7:30 p.m. at Western Sizzlin' Steak House.
Jones, who has been doing gun-fights for 15 years, has appeared in
movies for more than 12 years. He lists appearances in "Where the Red
Fern Grows," "Semi-Tough," "Hard Times," "Charge of the Model Ts,"
"Creature from Blue Lake," "Fighting Mad," and "Oklahoma Bound."
Jones's crew of gunfighters have appeared in a variety of shows.
The gunfight shows Saturday will each last 7-10 minutes and feature fist
fights, shootouts, special effects and "just a lot of old West fun."
Other members of the troupe are Frank Eagle Snyder. Tom Horrel, Josh
Walsh. Bounty Hunter and Key so Kid.
Opening Night Entries Set Pace For 101 Rodeo
Joe Gaskin of Fort Worth, Texas, got an early lead in the bull riding as
the 101 Ranch Rodeo completed its first go-round before around 750
Thursday night at the 101 Ranch Rodeo Grounds.
The rodeo will continue with two more performances Friday and Saturday
night. Performances are at 8 p.m.
Ponca City's nationally famous rodeo, sanctioned by the Professional
Rodeo Association and the Women's Professional Rodeo Association, has
attracted world champions and leading contenders to the area for the
Several Ponca Citians are entered in the rodeo. Among those performing
Thursday were Sharla Garnett, second after one go-round in barrel
racing, Jackie Vogel, i fourth in bull riding and Lee Davis, calf
Gaskin, aboard the bull Speckled Back, scored a 75, two points ahead of
Johnny Chavez, from Bosque, N.M., on McKinley. George Fitzgerald,
Albuquerque, N.M., came in at 72 on Prunie while Dave Canada, Belen,
N.M., scored a 70 on the bull Tommy.
Forty-one cowboys have entered bull riding.
A hush fell over the crowd when bull rider Tim Mathews was thrown from
his bull and had to be carried by stretcher to an ambulance. Ponca
City Emergency Technicians said Mathews suffered a cut above
the left eye by the bull's horn. Mathews was unconscious for about 30
seconds, the EMTs said.
Sheri Spillers was the first barrel racer of the night and she set the
standard with a 17.61. Spillers, from Elk City, then watched as 11 other
riders tried unsuccessfully to lower the mark. The second best effort
came from Ponca City's Garrett, who circled the barrels in 17.78. Close
behind was Martha Wright, Stephenville, Texas, 17.85, and Shanna Bush,
Mason, Texas, 17.91.
A total of 36 women entered the competition.
Only three of the six bareback bronc riders could stay aboard their
mounts long enough to muster a score. The top finisher after one night
was Jim Meigs, Canyon City, Colo., who scored a 72. Vernon Gardner,
Hartford, Kan,, took a 69 and R.C. Petterson, Kim, Colo., had a 66.
Twenty-six have entered the bareback bronc category.
The event with the most entrants (51) is in steer wrestling.
Paul Luchsinger of Kiowa took his steer down in 3.8 seconds
during the slack time round while Matt Wynn of El Reno and Jim
McReynolds of Sapulpa finished in 4.2 seconds. Roy Duvall, Checotah,
brought his steer down in 4.6 seconds.
Scott Fogg of Mound City, Mo., scored a 76 aboard Longbranch to lead
competitors in the saddle bronc competition. C.J. Rogers, Alien, Texas,
riding Little Britches, was just behind with a 75. Bryan
Wright, Arlington, Texas, came in with a 69 on Punch and Derek dark,
Colcord, Okla., totaled 66 on a horse named Ralco.
Twenty are entered in saddle bronc riding.
Doug Clark of Colcord, Okla., took the opening round lead in calf roping,
tying the animal in 8.5 seconds during the slack round following the
regular performance. Two cowboys tied for second place. Barry Braden,
Magnolia, Ark., tied his calf in 10 seconds flat. That mark was equaled
three contestants later by Jim Davis of Pegas, Texas. Both Braden and
Davis grew up in the Osage near Ponca City. Mack Ford of Clinton is
fourth with an 11.1.
Rodeo spectators also saw sever-al animal acts including the Duain
Madsen family and their pulling sheep and Leon and Vickie Adams, riders
of Brahma bulls and appaloosas.
Prior to Friday and Saturday night's shows will be a wild cow milking
contest. Other entertainment includes Mike Sokoll and his rope tricks,
and Hip Shot, performers for Saturday night's rodeo dance.
The Rodeo Queen will be selected before bull riding Saturday.
At 2 Saturday afternoon, the Rodeo Parade will leave from West Junior
High and continued east to eighth street.
Ticket prices are $5 for adults, $1 for children ages 7-12 while kids 6
and under are free.
Competition Rugged In 101 Rodeo Arena
Three new leaders climbed atop the leader board after the second
go-round of the 101 Ranch Rodeo Friday night at the rodeo grounds, Ash &
The final go-round was scheduled for Saturday night.
Joe Gaskin of Fort Worth, Texas, had the lead in bull riding after the
first go-round Thursday. But Gas-kin's score of 75 was eclipsed twice
Friday as J.C. Stockton, Cedar Vale, Kan., came through with a 78 aboard
the bull Twirly. Ponca City's Bill Bollinger moved into second after
riding Gonzales to a score of 76. Gaskin dropped to third while Keith
White of Comanche took fourth with a 73.
Just five of the 12 bull jockeys completed their rides.
Bareback bronc riding also received a new leader as Dave Appelton of
Euless, Texas, scored a 76 aboard Amos to replace Jim Meigs of Canyon
City as the leader. Meigs, who opened Thursday with a ride of 72, fell
into a tie for second with Sandy Kirby, Hubbard, Texas, who rode White
Fury to a 72. Nick Hoosen, North Platte. Neb. and
Larry Scott, Sand Springs, rode to 71s.
One mark that will be tough for cowboys to top in the closing
go-round will be the 3.8 seconds it took Paul Luchsinger of Kiowa to
wrestle his steer to the ground Thursday. The top time of the night
went to Byron Walker of Ennis, Texas, with a 4.4. That puts him in
fourth behind Luchsinger and two cowboys tied for second, Matt Win of El
Reno and Jim McReynolds. Sapulpa, 4.2 seconds.
Three other first-night leaders held onto their leads and can only watch
as new competitors tried for top marks Saturday. Sheri Spillers,
Elk City, saw her 17.61 of Thursday keep her in the lead by a tenth of a
second. Kathy Spears of Woodward, had the best run Friday with a 17.71,
good for second place. Sharia Garrett of Ponca City, second after
Thursday's events, drops one notch to third with her 17.78. Martha
Wright, Stephenville, Texas, is fourth at 17.85, just ahead of Shanna
Buch, Mason, Texas, 17.91.
The best saddle bronc ride of Friday was by Appelton, who drew a 73
on Sunday Wig. That puts him in third behind the 76 of Scott Fogg, Mound
City, Mo., and the 75 posted by C.J. Rogers, Alien, Texas. Bryan Wright.
Arlington, Texas, is in fourth with a 69.
Doug Clark of Colcord, Okla., continues to lead in calf roping after an
8.5 second effort Thursday. Kenny Thomas of Idabel roped his calf in 10
seconds flat, putting him in a three-way tie with former Ponca City residents
Barry Braden, Magnolia, Ark., and Jim David. Pegas, Raymond Hollabaught
of Stamford, Texas, almost made it a four-way tie but settled for a
Noble Cowgirl Crowned 101 Ranch Rodeo Queen
Teresa Ann Carle of Noble was crowned Rodeo Queen during festivities
of the 101 Ranch Rodeo's final go-round Saturday night at the 101
Ranch Rodeo Grounds.
Go-rounds one and two were Thursday and Friday night,
In rodeo action, Brenda Tyler of San Marcos, Texas, became the
first competitor to break the 17 second barrier with a time of 16.88
in women's barrel racing. Her run overtook Lauren Belcher's 17.57
run of earlier in the evening. Belcher, Crestview, Fla., had taken
the top spot from Sheri Spillers, Elk City, who ran a 17.61 on
Thursday's first run.
New winners also claimed victories in bareback bronc riding and
saddle bronc riding while another cowboy tied for first in bull
In calf roping, however, Doug dark of Colcord, Okla., saw his 8.5
second effort stand up against 44 other entries, none of whom
finished in less than 10 seconds. Tied for second was a trio of
cowboys at 10 flat that included two who grew up in Ponca City.
Barry Braden of Magnolia, Ark., and Jim David of Pecos, Texas. Also
at 10 flat was Kenny Thomas of Idabel.
For being named queen, Carle was honored with flowers and a
barrel racing saddle. Janelle Boeckman of Okeene was named first
runner-up Rodeo Queen. Boeckman also won a silver belt buckle.
Melanie Gipson, Pryor, was second runner-up, Sandy Hawley,
McAlester, took third runner-up and Judy Rosson of South
Coffeyville, Okla., was fourth runner-up. Tina Ann Byers, Oklahoma
City, was named Miss Congeniality.
J.C. Stockton of Cedar Vale, Kansas. and Jacky Gibbs of Ivanhoe
Texas, shared the first-place award in bull riding. Stockton rode to
a 78 Friday night on Twirly. Gibbs, who also was assigned Twirly,
equaled Stockton's mark on Saturday. Joe Wimberly Jr., Westville,
Fla., grab-bed third with a 77 aboard Speckled Back while Ponca
City's Bill Bolinger was fourth with a 76 on Gonzales. Joe Gaskin,
Fort Worth, who lead after the first go-round, finished fifth with a
75, also on Speckled Back.
In saddle bronc riding, Terry Chapman of Haskell, Texas, be-came
the only cowboy to score an 80. Chapman, on Longbranch, was four
points ahead of second place finishers Scott Fogg of Mound City,
Mo., and Skeeter Thurston of Hyannis, Neb. Fogg also rode
Long-branch while Thurston mounted Buttermilk on a re-ride.
Tulsa's Randy Taylor was the winner in bareback bronc riding
after garnering a 78 Saturday aboard Twiddle De. Dave Appelton of
Euless, Texas, riding Amos, was second with a 76. Kim Garner of
Stephenville, Texas, was third at 73 on Cry Baby.
The best steer wrestling of the three-day rodeo was Friday when
Paul Luchsinger of Kiowa rode his steer down in 3.8 seconds. The
best ride of Saturday night was a 4.6 by Ted King of Wann, who got
down in 4.6 seconds, tying him fifth. Matt Wynn, El Reno, and Jim
McReynolds, Sapulpa, tied for second with 4.2s. Byron Walker of
Ennis Texas was fourth at 4.4 followed by King and Bill Duvall,