The 58th Annual 101 Wild West Rodeo
June 8 - 10, 2017
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RODEO DATES: August 11th,
12th, & 13th
ANNOUNCER: Dr. Lynn Phillips
GRAND MARSHAL: Jack and Betty Cutler
RODEO QUEEN: Tara Smith
SPECIALTY ACT: Keith Isley
RODEO PRINCESS: Jori Cowley
STOCK CONTRACTOR: Andrew's Rodeo Co.
101 Wild West Rodeo Here This Week
By BOB PATTERSON
News City Editor
That one week out of the year when rodeo fans have come to
enjoy, has finally arrived for 2011. Hopefully, fans will have
enough water and cold drinks available, should the weather
remain as it has for the past several weeks.
Dates for the 101 Wild West Rodeo this year will be Aug. 11-13,
with performances at 8 p.m. nightly.
The rodeo will be held at the 101 Ranch Rodeo Arena, located on
West Prospect Avenue at North Ash Street. Beautification efforts
of the arena parking lot have changed entrance roads to the
parking lot areas, to Ash Street and to West Prospect Avenue.
The 2011 Rodeo will mark the 52nd running of the rodeo honoring
what historians have described as the birthplace of rodeo — the
once mighty 101 Ranch.
The fabulous 101 Ranch, with a 50-year history both rich and
tragic, influenced Oklahoma and agriculture like no other
ranching operation in the world.
The 101 Ranch, established by Col. George W. Miller in 1879 on
the banks of the Salt Fork River southwest of what is now Ponca
City, began with thousands of acres of land which Miller both
leased and purchased from his friends — the Ponca, Tonkawa and
Osage tribes. The Colonel, who died in 1903 at the age of 61,
and the ranch, which was already successful came into the
capable hands of his sons, George, Joe and Zack.
It was 1905 when the Millers offered to perform what they called
a “round-up” or “buffalo chase” as an entertainment for a
National Editorial Association convention. Visitors were said to
come to the ranch in 30 regular and special trains, and the
crowd estimated at nearly 60,000 was thrilled to the exhibition
of cowboys recreating real life ranch work from bronc riding and
roping to Tom Mix’s debut as a roper and rider.
After years of success as the “101 Ranch Real Wild West and
Great Far East Show” things at the ranch began to crumble in the
late 1920s, due to the deaths of Joe in 1927 and George in 1929.
But the rodeo returned to the Ponca City scene, when the Ponca
City Cherokee Strip Rodeo Committee came up with the idea of
having a rodeo during the Cherokee Strip Celebration in
September 1960. By 1962 the financial success of the Cherokee
Strip Rodeo proved that people wanted the return of a show
similar to the 101 Ranch Wild West Show. The present bleachers
were constructed in 1962; however additional improvement in
chute heaven, the press box, and the new left & right release
chutes have made the rodeo arena a top notch attraction.
The Ponca City Rodeo Foundation headed by Larry Goodno, in his
eleventh tenth year as president, contracts with a number of
interesting one act exhibitions for the three-night stand. Other
foundation officers include Raymond Ball as vice president;
Darleanna Wamecke as secretary and Shawndra Sheik as treasurer.
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.
Thursday will also be Community Appreciation night come out
early and enjoy a free barbecue dinner with ticket purchase from
6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on the east-side of the rodeo grounds.
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 and contract personnel, visit with some old
friends or maybe make some new ones.
Back again to the rodeo this year and sure to be a crowd pleaser
is the 101 Women’s Drill and Grand Entry Team. Organized by
Janie Campbell, this array of talented and spirited women is
kicking off the grand entry each night. They will be displaying
talented horsemanship in flag bearing and synchronized routines.
Dr. Lynn Phillips will return to announce the rodeo. Dr.
Phillips has become a regular at the 101, providing exciting and
This year’s rodeo is again being produced by Andrew’s Rodeo
Company of Addielou, Texas, promises to be greater than ever
with an excellent lineup of contestants, specialty acts, bull
fighters, and stock. Andrew’s Rodeo Company has become quite
popular with the rodeo associations and cowboys, providing stock
for a three-night plus slack rodeo.
Serving as Barrelman and this year’s specialty act will be Keith
Isley from Goldston, N.C. Keith Isley won the trifecta — all
three PRCA awards for which he was nominated in 2009: Clown of
the Year, Comedy Act of the Year and Coors Man in the Can for
best barrelman. He also was selected to perform at the 2009
Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.
Returning this year as Bullfighters will be Wacey Munsell and
The official crowning of the 101 Rodeo Queen and 101 Rodeo
Princess is held during the Saturday night performance. Reigning
queen, Lauren Hadley of Ponca City, Oklahoma, will hand over her
authentic hand beaded 101 Wild West Rodeo crown. Audiences will
have many opportunities to meet and greet queens at each nightly
performance. Reigning princess, Jada Haken will be handing over
her title and crowning the new 101 Wild West Rodeo Princess.
“Rodeo Week” in Ponca City is celebrated with several exciting
activities in the Ponca City areas including a parade downtown
along Grand Avenue on Saturday morning. The parade which starts
at 10 a.m. is immediately followed by the annual Kids Rodeo held
in front of the Ponca City Library located at the east end of
Grand Avenue. The Kids Rodeo has become an exciting tradition of
the parade offering kids the opportunity to meet queens, visit
rodeo clowns, and get up close to rodeo affiliated livestock.
Horse rides, goat tail tying, and stick horse barrel races are
just a sample of the fun activities slated for the kids.
The Ponca City Rodeo Foundation, its 16 board members, and
numerous supporters, invites everyone to attend this year’s
rodeo. “Family Night” is Thursday with adults just $10 in
advance, $12 at the gate, & kids ages 12 & under FREE. Friday
and Saturday performances are adults just $10 in advance, $12 at
the gate, kids ages 7-12 $5, & kids ages 6 & under FREE, or buy
a weekend pass and enjoy all 3 nights for $20. Advanced tickets
can be found at select local businesses.
Tough Enough To Wear Pink at the 101 Rodeo?
Are you tough enough to wear pink? The 101 Wild West Rodeo will
continue the new 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 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 include Jack and Betty
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 twelfth annual Kid’s rodeo will be held immediately
following the main parade, at the Ponca City Library area.
Familiar Name Returns To Rodeo as Stock Contractor
Andrew’s Rodeo Company
There’s a familiar name for Ponca Citians and others who attend
and have attended the 101 Wild West Rodeo in recent years. That
name is Sammy Andrews.
Again this year the rodeo will be produced by Andrew’s Rodeo
Company of Addielou, Texas — 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
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
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.
First Surprise, Then an Honor!
When we received the news that we had been selected to be Grand
Marshals of the rodeo parade, our first reaction was pretty much
Following closely on the heels of surprise was a feeling of
honor. We began to look back over 50+ years of loving the rodeo
and of being great supporters. Jack’s family were ranchers, they
had their own stock and produced a rodeo every week when he was
growing up in Texas, so when the 101 Ranch Rodeo began he felt
right at home.
I was raised in Osage County, so cowboys were always part of my
life. We loved the rodeo from the beginning and would attend
every performance with our daughters.
As our girls grew up and started their own lives, August became
a very important time of the year. Rodeo became reunion time for
the Cutlers. Katy and family came from Florida. Betty Faye and
came from Houston and Jackie and her family lived here, so we
all looked forward to rodeo. It was a time of great fun for all
Our grown-up grandkids still attend, so on goes the tradition!!
It was when I began to be directly involved with the rodeo board
that I realized the time and effort the volunteers give to
making such an event a reality. My contribution is selling the
box seats which I have done for the past 12 years. I also help
the girls in the rodeo office as needed. In closing I will say
Jack has never missed but one performance in all these years.
Rain or shine! That is a real record
It has been a pleasure for me to work with the men and women
involved in making it all happen.
We look forward to many more years of Great Rodeo.
Thank you so much for such an honor.
Jack and Betty Cutler.
101 Wild West Rodeo Foundation Gets The Best Barrelman, Clown
2010 PRCA Awards - Clown of the Year, Coors Man in the Can,
Comedy Act of the Year. For the second straight year, Keith
Isley swept the Coors Man in the Can award, Comedy Act of the
Year and Clown of the Year at the annual PRCA Awards Banquet,
Dec. 1, 2010 at the South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa in Las
And he’ll be bringing that type of performance to the fans at
the 101 Wild West Rodeo this week as it unfolds Thursday through
Saturday, Aug. 11-13.
Keith was born on Oct. 9, 1957 in Reidsville, N.C. Keith started
his rodeo career in 1972 at the age of 15 competing in the
junior rodeo division in the bareback riding and bull riding.
He also tried his hand at bullfighting. It got to the point
where he enjoyed the bullfighting (protecting the cowboys) more
than the competition. That’s more or less how his career as a
contract performer began.
Keith had no desire to tell jokes or perform clown acts. Being
somewhat shy, he found the large audiences intimidating.
However, after a period of time he found that the baggy pants
and make-up that he wore provided him a comfort shield between
himself and the spectators. Slowly but surely, he began telling
jokes and performing clown acts.
Some of his comedy routines consist of Trick Roping, High
Impact-Low Impact aerobic workout, various animal routines and
Trick Riding. Acts such as these have made it possible for Keith
to make rodeo entertainment a fulltime career.
His travels have taken him throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and
•Coors “Man in the Can” (2010)
•PRCA “Clown of the Year” (2010)
•PRCA “Comedy Act of the Year” (2010)
•Dodge Circuit Finals (2010)
•First Frontier Circuit Finals (2010)
•PRCA “Clown of the Year” (2009)
•PRCA “Clown Act of the Year” (2009)
•Coors “Man in the Can” (2009)
•NFR “Barrel Man” (2009)
•PRCA “Clown of the Year” (2008)
•PRCA “Clown of the Year” (2007)
•PRCA “Clown of the Year” (2006)
•PRCA “Specialty Act of the Year” (2006)
•Coors “Man in the Can” (2006).
Three Different Singers To Perform at the Rodeo
The 101 Wild West Rodeo Foundation has always filled the air
with great music at the time of the presentation of the Nation’s
banner, the American flag. This year is no different, with three
selected to perform at the three nights during the Grand Entry.
They are Amanda Overton, Dawn Jackson and Weslee Simpson.
Amanda Overton, who will appear on Thursday, was raised in
Newkirk, and is currently living in Ponca City. She is the
21-year-old daughter of Cliff and Lori Overton. She started
singing at a young age, standing on a step stool proudly singing
the National Anthem for her family. She has sung in her church
worship group, rodeos, small town events and sports events. She
says “I have always loved singing the National Anthem. I am very
proud of our country and the freedom it gives us. Singing the
National Anthem is a way I can support our country and the
people fighting for it.”
In addition Amanda loves doing art work and designing and making
dresses. Amanda is currently attending Northern Oklahoma College
For the Friday performance, Dawn Jackson will be called upon.
Dawn Jackson was born and raised in Ponca City. She and her
husband have three children ranging in age from 3 to 15.
Even though her musical roots have always been grounded in
country music with a little ‘60s sound mixed in, Jackson’s
public musical “career” has consisted mainly of singing in her
home church and at Christian events.
She has sung in the church choir, shared solos and participated
in a women’s contemporary Christian quartet.
She has also led a children’s choir, led the adult choir and
been her church song leader.
On Saturday night, the microphone will be turned over to Weslee
Simpson for the specialty.
Weslee Simpson is the daughter of Eric and Anita Simpson of
Tonkawa. She is a Sophomore currently attending Northern
Oklahoma College where she is majoring in pre-medicine, in the
hopes of becoming a dentist.
Weslee is the recipient of the Oklahoma State Regents Academic
Scholarship. She serves as Sophomore Representative on the
President’s Leadership Council, and President of NOC’s Civitans
Weslee is a member of Student Senate and has also been on the
President’s Honor Roll for the previous two semesters.
Weslee Simpson currently holds the title of Miss NOC Tonkawa
Board of Directors Put 101 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; Darleanna Warnecke, Secretary and Shawndra Sheik,
Then there’s others with important committee responsibility,
including Scott Burries, Cody Golay, Gary Parli, Contract
Personnel; Hank Hainzinger, Steve Powell, Tyson Morton, Grounds;
Dr. Tim Blanton, Crystal Bickford, Kacey Calhoun, Events; Brad
Beaty, Darrel Dye, George Pease, Promotions.
The board also has some important members from year’s ago,
including Honorary Lifetime Members, Danny Head, John Heinze,
and Kevin Frazier.
Youngsters Have Opportunity At 12th Annual Kid’s Rodeo
All you rootin’ tootin’ cowboys and cowgirls are invited to come
join the fun at the eighth annual kid’s rodeo to be held right
after the parade, approximately at 11 a.m. Saturday, on the lawn
of the Ponca City Library.
Events will be held on the front lawn and will include: Hoppy
Horse Corral sponsored by ConocoPhillips, Stick Horse Flag Race
sponsored by the Library, Musical Hay Bales sponsored by
ConocoPhillips, Money in the Hay sponsored by ConocoPhillips,
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 ConocoPhillips, and a Dunk Tank provided by the Second
Baptist Church and sponsored by ConocoPhillips.
In addition there will be a Book Sale, Sponsored by Friends of
the Library, Includes lots of children’s books and videotapes -
Kid’s Rodeo Special: Buy Two Books & Get One Free!
Drinks and Ice are furnished by: Wal-Green’s and Ponca City
Popular Dr. Lynn Phillips Will Keep 101 Entertained
Long-time rodeo announcer Dr. Lynn Phillips appears for his 21st
straight year here at the 101 Wild West Rodeo and will again
cover the rodeo action from the announcer’s area.
Here’s a switch. During the week, he calls the shots in the
tense, sterile arena of a hospital operating room. But on
weekends, Dr. Lynn Phillips trades his stethoscope and surgical
greens for a silver felt cowboy hat, a silver belt buckle and a
silk bandanna and picks up a microphone as a professional rodeo
announcer. During his career as a rodeo announcer, Lynn can
truthfully say, “I’ve announced everywhere from Wahoo to
Kalamazoo.” A few years ago, he announced a rodeo in the Wings
Hockey Stadium in Kalamazoo, Mich., and then he had the pleasure
of announcing the PRCA rodeo in Wahoo, Neb. Lynn commented,
“Traveling is one of the things I enjoy most about announcing.”
Medicine can’t match his weekend rodeo hobby for excitement, “I
still get butterflies before I start announcing,” Phillips
smiles, “but unlike years ago, now they fly in formation.” As
long as this announcer is behind the microphone, you will
probably never hear the question “Is there a doctor in the
But, with all kidding aside ... his accent is silky smooth, his
shtick is as polished as the boots he wears and the
organizational skills he displays on a nightly basis are the
stuff of a legend.
Wacey Munsell Returns To Show Skills for 101
Wacey Munsell - 2004 & 2006 World Champion Freestyle Bullfighter
2005 & 2006 PBR Dickies National Champion.
It seems almost natural that Wacey Munsell becomes a
bullfighter, as he is a 3rd generation bullfighter following in
the steps of his granddad, father and uncle. Wacey has honed his
bullfighting skills almost from the time he could walk using
practically anything that he could make an imaginary bull out
of; the dogs, a ram, a goat, and swing sets. Those imaginary
bulls have now become the real thing.
Munsell will be utilizing his skills in the 101 Ranch Arena this
week during the 101 Wild West Rodeo from Thursday through
Saturday, Aug. 11-13.
At 24 years old he already has 11 years of experience fighting
bulls at rodeos across the Midwest. In 2004 Wacey was the
youngest ever to be allowed on the Two Bulls Professional
Bullfighters tour and the World Championship Rodeo Bullfighting
tour. Not only did he join the tour he ended up the 2004 World
Champion! In October 2004 he won the finals of the world
championship rodeo bullfights tour and the gold buckle just 8
days after his 18th birthday, and struck gold again in October
2006 claiming his second World Championship!
In late 2004 Wacey was approved for his PRCA bullfighter’s card
and in December of 2004 he won the PRCA’s Benny Binion NFR
Bucking Stock Sale bullfighting championship. His goal is to
someday work the NFR and PBR finals. Twice he has been nominated
to fight the Kansas High School Rodeo Finals (2004-2005), and
was crowned the 2005 and 2006 California Rodeo Salinas freestyle
bullfighting champion in Salinas, California.
In October of 2005 Wacey was shared the crown of Dickies
National Champion bullfighter of the PBR with good friend Sam
Gress, but was the stand alone champion in 2006 by a narrow
margin of three
points. In January 2006 Wacey got the opportunity to work the
National Western PRCA Rodeo in Denver, CO.
Wacey is a quality cowboy protector during the bullriding and
one that bullriders trust to keep them safe, but he is a world
champion freestyle bullfighter so don’t take your eyes off of
him after a bullrider leaves the arena, because this is when his
fun begins and he will leave you on the edge of your seat with
crowd thrilling, heart stopping freestyle bullfighting. Get
caught up in the action with Wacey Munsell, the new young gun in
town and smoking hot!
Wacey Munsell is attending Dodge City Community College in Dodge
City, KS with interests in Artificial Insemination, Embryo
Transfer and Ag business management.
Wacey’s Rodeo Accomplishments Include:
•PBR Dickies National Champion Freestyle Bullfighter
•World Champion Freestyle Bullfighter
•California Rodeo Salinas Champion Freestyle Bullfighter
•National Western Stock Show & Rodeo Bullfighter
•Elk City Rodeo of Champions Bullfighter
•Top O’ Texas Rodeo Bullfighter
•Beef Empire Days PRCA Rodeo Bullfighter.
Jeremy Muntz Returns To 101 Rodeo Protection Team
Jeremy Muntz — here for his third visit to the Ponca City rodeo
scene for this week’s 101 Wild West Rodeo at the 101 Ranch Arena
Thursday through Saturday Aug. 11-13, 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
Jeremy is 28 years old and is from Denton, Neb., and has been a
PRCA Bullfighter for 2 years.
Jeremy is very familiar with the rodeo industry and has a
dedication to the sport and cowboy way of life. He is recognized
for his bullfighting ability and cowboy protection in the rodeo
arena and professionalism and hard work wherever he may go.
Jeremy’s rodeo accomplishments include:
2009 - National Federation of Professional Bullriders Finals
2008 - Midwest Bullfighters Association World Champion
Bullfighter, Midwest Bullfighters Association National Finals
Champion, Midwest Bullfighters Association National Finals
Qualifier, Bullriders of America Finals Bullfighter, World’s
Toughest Bulls & Broncs Finals Bullfighter, World Championship
Rodeo Bullfight Finals Qualifier, World Championship Rodeo
Bullfight Round Winner, Champion Freestyle Bullfighter-Atlantic,
IA, Champion Freestyle Bullfighter-Washington, KS
2007 - World Championship Rodeo Bullfight Finals Qualifier,
World Championship Rodeo Bullfight Finals Round Winner, Reserve
Champion Freestyle Bullfighter- Scotia, NE, Reserve Champion
Freestyle Bullfighter- Tecumseh, NE, Extreme Bullriding Tour
2006 - PBR Dickies National Championship Bullfight Contestant,
World Championship Rodeo Bullfights Round Winner, World
Championship Rodeo Bullfight Finals Qualifier, World
Championship Rodeo Bullfight Finals Short Round Qualifier,
Reserve Champion Freestyle Bullfighter- Scotia, NE, Reserve
Champion Freestyle Bullfighter- Atlantic, IA, Midwest
Bullfighters Association National Finals Qualifier, Extreme
Bullriding Tour Finale Bullfighter
2005 - Reserve Champion Freestyle Bullfighter- Ulysses, KS,
Reserve Champion Freestyle Bullfighter- Red Oak, IA, Champion
Freestyle Bullfighter- Bedford, IA, World Championship Rodeo
Bullfight Finals Qualifier
Royalty Slated To Be At 101 Wild West Rodeo
Jamie Virden Is 2011 Miss Rodeo Oklahoma
On July 24, 2010, Jamie Virden captured the title of Miss Rodeo
Oklahoma 2011 during the National Day of the American Cowboy
celebration. Primarily held at the National Cowboy and Western
Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, the Miss Rodeo Oklahoma
Scholarship Pageant judges contestants on horsemanship, speech,
modeling, interviewing, impromptu questions, photogenics and
As the official ambassador for Oklahoma and professional rodeo,
Jamie has represented Oklahoma by making appearances throughout
the state and across the nation promoting the sport
of rodeo and America’s western heritage.
Virden is the 23-year-old daughter of Larry and Julie Virden and
has one sister, Jessica. She grew up trail riding and, as she
grew older, her interest in horse also grew. She spent years
progressing her horsemanship skills and abilities before
achieving her first rodeo queen title in 2006. One quick year of
being a rodeo representative after years of merely being a fan
and she found what she was truly passionate about.
“Rodeo is a family-oriented sport that is a constant reminder of
a simpler way of life than the fast pace world we are living in
today,” Virden said. “It revolves around hard work, dedication,
determination to be successful and these values can be called
upon to teach the youth of America strong morals and ethics.”
Marlow is where Virden calls home, but future plans include
finishing her education at the University of Oklahoma and
focusing on a degree in communications with an emphasis on
journalism. With her knowledge and passion, she hopes to become
an ESPN commentator for the professional sport of rodeo.
Virden thanks her sponsors and supporters for their
encouragement and generosity. “Without you all, my year would
not be possible and I appreciate each of you immensely! Thank
Miss Rodeo Oklahoma Teen Is Bayleigh Warren
Hanging her hat in Claremore is Miss Rodeo Oklahoma Teen 2011
Bayleigh Warren. She is the 16-yearold daughter of Lane and
Lesleigh Warren, and the older sister to Laramie Warren.
Bayleigh attends Adair High School where she is a sophomore and
a member of Future Farmers of America. She shows pigs, judges
horses and livestock, and grades cattle. She also competes in
High School Rodeo Association in barrel racing.
Bayleigh was Miss Rodeo Oklahoma Princess 2008 and presently is
the Miss Rodeo Oklahoma Teen 2011. In the future, she plans to
become Miss Rodeo Oklahoma and also Miss Rodeo America.
Having strong skills in science and computers, Bayleigh’s long
term goals are to become a crime scene investigator or an
2011 Miss Rodeo Oklahoma Princess Is Cori Ann Ingram
Cori Ann Ingram, of Collinsville, is Miss Rodeo Oklahoma
Princess. She attends Collinsville Middle School and competes in
rodeos in barrel racing pole-bending goat-tying and breakaway
A member of Cowboy Junction Church in Vinita, Ingram and her
family are also members of the Glory Riders, a horse drill team
ministry that performs at rodeos and other equestrian events.
Ingram plans to attend Oklahoma State University and study
business and eventually have her own business specializing in
rodeo gear and rodeo royalty clothing.
She said, “I am extremely excited to be representing the sport
of rode and the greatest state of this blessed nation —
Farewell From Miss 101 Wild West Rodeo 2010
Dear Rodeo Fans, Friends and Family,
It does not seem like it has been a year since I was crowned
Miss 101 Wild West Rodeo Queen for 2010-2011! What started out
as a dare between friends to see if the “prissy English” rider
could keep up with the tough cowgirls, has turned into a passion
for all things rodeo, which will last a lifetime.
I am constantly amazed by how generous and helpful the rodeo and
western community has been to me. It has been a very steep
learning curve — even though I grew up on a ranch — and there
have been many people who have stepped up to help teach me how
to be the best rodeo queen I could be for the 101.
From all of the sponsors to my queen coordinators, I want to
express my thanks for helping me and answering all of my
off-the-wall questions. I also want to thank all of my friends
and family for supporting me. Traveling to rodeos at the last
minute, going on shopping trips for glittery silver arena tops,
putting up with many failed attempts to curl my hair, and
frantically searching for stain pens to wipe the horse slobber
off of white jeans — you have always been there for me.
Last but not least, I would like to thank all of my fans and the
fans of rodeo who have supported me through my reign. The louder
you cheer the higher my heart is lifted. All of you are my
inspiration to be bigger and better.
Miss 101 Wild West Rodeo 2010-2011
|Meet Your 101 Wild
West Rodeo Queen Candidates
The long and storied history of the 101 Ranch and the
rodeo that honors its heritage and memory continues to
attract top horsewomen hoping to win the honor of
serving as the queen of the 101 Wild West Rodeo. This
year, there are seven contestants for the title of 101
Wild West Rodeo Queen 2011-2012. They include JadeAnn
Anson Black, Savannah Caroline Brisco, Rebecca Jo
Nester, Ralyn Blakely Newman, Kandis Rupp, Tara Ashley
Smith and Tori Walton.
Our queen’s competition offers a wealth of gifts and
prizes, including a handmade, hand-tooled queen’s saddle
valued well over $1,600. Numerous Ponca City merchants
have donated awards and gifts for the queen,
horsemanship and runner-up winners.
Ponca Tribe member Rosetta LeClair has hand-beaded a
traveling tiara and sash for our queen, keeping the
Native American influence a part of the 101’s heritage.
Activities for the candidates include a queen’s luncheon
and style show, appearances in the parade, media
appearances and interviews, as well as appearances and
autograph sessions during each night’s rodeo
The contestants are judged on horsemanship, public
speaking, appearance and personality. The coronation
will be during Saturday’s performance.
|INTRODUCING.....JADEANN ANSON BLACK
JadeAnn Black, 15, is the daughter of Michelle and Warren Black
and big sister to Kyle. She is a freshman at Ponca City High
School and was a member of the East Middle School basketball
team last year and enjoys playing soccer. Black is a member of
the Western Wranglers 4-H Club and Future Farmers of America.
She is a member of the First United Methodist Church. She is the
granddaughter of Travis and Barbara Anson, of Ralston, and Mary
Black, a longtime resident
of Tonkawa, now living in Yorktown, Texas,
Horses have been her passion since her grandpa first put her on
a horse at the Lake Etling Ranch Rodeo near Boise City,. She was
one-yearold. Black stayed on all day — refusing to get off to
eat. Since that time she has competed in junior barrel races,
horse shows and rodeo pageants.
Black plans to be a veterinarian and to have a place where
children with disabilities and children suffering from abuse and
neglect can learn to ride and share her love of horses. She
currently has two horses, a palomino quarter horse gelding named
Lucky, and Scarlet, a 5-yearold paint mare.
“It would be a great honor to represent her hometown and the 101
Wild West Rodeo as Miss 101 Wild West Rodeo,” said Black.
“Trusting in God, family and friends, and a ‘Yes, I Can!’
attitude, will help me achieve my dreams.”
|INTRODUCING.....SAVANNAH CAROLINE BRISCO
The 19-year-old Northern Oklahoma College sophomore is the
daughter of Barry Brisco, of Enid, and Nicki and Clint Watson,
of Perry. Brisco is the granddaughter of Sheryl and H.L.
Mendeville, of Perry; Karen Vaughan, of Enid; Jan
Brisco, of Tampa, Fla., and the late Jack Brisco.
As a student at NOC, Brisco is a member of the Roustabouts, jazz
band and concert band where she plays her saxophone.
She is pursuing an associate degree in biology/zoology degree
before planning to continue her education at Oklahoma State
University where she plans to earn a veterinary medicine degree
with an emphasis on equine health.
Brisco rides a black-and-white Tabiano Paint named Cash which
she has been training.
|INTRODUCING.....REBECCA JO NESTER
The 16-year-old daughter of Joe Nester and Teri Nester, both of
Ponca City, is a junior at Ponca City High School. She is active
in FFA and enjoys competing in barrel racing and pole bending as
well as training, showing and working with horses. The outgoing
personality also enjoys riding cross-country on motorcycles, jet
skiing, meeting new people, spending time with family, hanging
out with friends and Facebook. Her goals are to win Miss 101
Wild West Rodeo, join the National Guard and pursue degrees in
marine biology and equine production at Texas A & M University.
|INTRODUCING.....RALYN BLAKELY NEWMAN
Ralyn Blakely Newman, 23, is the daughter of Cynthia and Lindell
Newman, of Waukomis.
She is a lifelong resident of Northwest Oklahoma and is the
granddaughter of the late Wanda and Edsel Cole and Oarn and
Rachel Newman. Newman is a member of Northwest Oklahoma State
University rodeo team and
competes in barrel racing and goat tying. Her latest endeavor is
learning to rope. She will graduate this December with a
bachelor’s degree in criminal justice with a minor in history.
She has interned with the Department of Wildlife Conservation in
both Oklahoma and Texas.
Newman enjoys shooting sports and has competed in trap and skeet
shooting and archery since age 9. As a member of the Oklahoma
Highway patrol Cadet Academy, Newman won the award for shotgun
marksmanship and speed at the age of 17 and finished second in
the academy behind her twin sister.
After graduation from NWOSU, Newman intends to pursue a career
as a federal game warden enforcing forensic poaching prevention.
Kandis Rupp, 17, is the daughter of Kory and Marnita Rupp, of
Marshall, and big sister of Byron and Riley. She is the
granddaughter of Wane and Martha Casteel, of Perry, and Larry
and Judy Rupp, of Tonkawa.
Rupp is a junior at Covington-Douglas High School where she is
on the principal’s honor roll. She is the Sentinel of the FFA,
and member of 4-H and Fellowship of Christian Athletes and plays
slow pitch softball. During her free time she enjoys
participating in rodeo queen contests, going to rodeos, training
horses, going to horse shows, trail riding with her mom and
sister, play days, reading, dancing, singing, drawing and
writing short stories.
After graduation, Kandis plans to attend Southwestern University
as a member of the rodeo team, and then finish her education at
Oklahoma State University with a degree in Veterinary Science.
She plans to open an equine breeding and training facility along
with her veterinary practice.
|INTRODUCING.....TARA ASHLEY SMITH
Tara Smith, 20, is the daughter of Billy and Kayla Smith and
granddaughter of Jerry and Teresa Bakewell, all of Ponca City.
Before graduating Ponca City High School in 2009, Smith was
named to the honor roll several times and was an active member
She went on to attend Northern Oklahoma College in Tonkawa and
graduated last May with an associate degree in biology/zoology.
Now a junior at Oklahoma State University, she is pursuing a
degree in animal science with an emphasis on pre-veterinary
science. She plans to be accepted into the veterinary medicine
program and specialize in equine sports medicine and surgery.
When not studying for school and expanding her knowledge in
everything relating to horses, Smith enjoys riding and
traveling. She hopes to travel to many different countries to
study their culture and horse riding techniques.
Smith is a member of the American Quarter Horse Association,
American Paint Horse Association and Jockey Club.
She competes in 3-day eventing and, occasionally, dressage and
show jumping. As a member of the United States Pony Clubs, she
has earned a C-2 rating and qualified for USPC championships.
Now that she is dedicating more time to school and studying her
riding is more casual, but plans to pick back up during breaks
and when she is finally finished with her education!
Tori Walton, 20, is the daughter of Glenn and Lora Walton. She
is a 2008 graduate of Newkirk High School where she was very
active in FFA. She is pursuing a career in veterinary
technology. Past titles include the 2003 Arkansas City Mavericks
Rodeo Princess and 101 Wild West Rodeo first runner-up.
Walton enjoys horseback riding, hunting, fishing, scrapbooking,
cooking and being with friends.
Farewell From Miss 101 Wild West Rodeo
Princess 2010 — Jada Haken
To all of the rodeo fans,
As your 2010-2011 Miss 101 Wild West Rodeo Princess, it has been
my honor and privilege to represent this great rodeo throughout
the past year. I have enjoyed being a positive role model for
others by demonstrating good horsemanship, good sportsmanship,
and a professional attitude. I feel like it was only yesterday
that I was preparing for the competition — working on my speech,
practicing the horsemanship pattern, and selecting what to wear.
I have truly enjoyed the once
in a lifetime experience that you have given me.
As my reign comes to an end, I would like to thank the 101 Wild
West Rodeo Foundation for all of their hard work and dedication
that goes into putting on such a great rodeo! Thank you to
everyone involved in the Princess Pageant for giving their time
and commitment into putting on such a wonderful pageant. Also, I
would like to give a big thank you to all of the Princess
Pageant sponsors for your contributions to make this pageant
such a great success. Last, but not least, a heartfelt thanks to
my family, horses, and close friends. They all have supported me
and helped make my dream come true! I would like to wish the
best of luck to our lovely 2011-2012 101 Wild West Rodeo
princess and queen contestants. May you enjoy the wonderful
friendships that you will make and the precious memories that
will last a lifetime.
Until next time, so long everybody, and I hope to see you down
the rodeo road soon!!!
Always Your 2010-2011 Miss 101 Wild West
Jada Brooke Haken
|Meet the 101 Rodeo Princess Candidates
Jori, is an 11-year-old rodeo cowgirl from Vinita. She is the
daughter of Alan and Chandy Cowley and sister of Autry Cowley.
She hails from a rodeo family with deep roots in the
Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and the 101 Wild West
Rodeo. Jori’s late grandfather, Carl Thomas, was a Turtle member
and her parents are retired PRCA Contract Act members. Her
grandfather roped in the 101 rodeos of the early 1960s; her mom
rans barrels here in the late 1970s.
She is a member of Craig County Youth Rodeo Association and
Central Timed Event Circuit. Cowley competes in barrel racing,
pole bending, flag racing, goat tying, and dummy roping. She is
a sixth grader at Ewing Halsell Middle School in Vinita where
she is a 4.0 GPA student. She is a member of Helping Hands 4-H
Club and Cherokee Nation Youth Choir. She enjoys volunteering
showing show steers, reading, spending time with her family and
her Welsh corgi. Cowley wants to be a surgeon and Miss Rodeo
America one day.
Kassidy McKee,11, is the daughter of Justin and Jeannie McKee of
Lenapah. She is a sixth grader at Oklahoma Union School and
enjoys helping her parents raise horses, beef cattle and bucking
cattle at the McKee Ranch. She spends most of her time outdoors
running barrels, fishing and playing with her dogs and cats. She
also has an ABBI bucking bull named Broadway that she raised.
McKee comes from a long line of rodeo champions including a
five-time world champion steer roper, a barrel racing mother and
a father who is a PRCA rodeo announcer.
When not riding her horse, Riley Rupp, 12, is active in
basketball, field and track and 4-H. Rupp also enjoys pleasure
riding with her mom, sister and cousins, trail riding at Lake
Carl Blackwell, playdays, rodeos, barrel racing and showing her
horse at local and county shows. The avid athlete lists her
hobbies as swimming, reading, drawing, water-skiing,
knee-boarding, riding four-wheelers, outfishing her daddy,
bow-fishing and shooting her .22 rifle.
Rupp is the daughter of Kory and Marnita Rupp, of Marshall. She
is the little sister of Kandis and Byron. Rupp is a sixth grade
student at Covington-Douglas School.
|INTRODUCING.....TRINITY ST. ANDREWS
Trinity St. Andrews, 11, is the daughter of Brian and Lacy St.
Andrews and is a sixth grade student at Newkirk Middle School.
She resides at the family farm in Ponca City with her two
younger sisters, Rachel and Payton.
St. Andrews has been involved with rodeo since she was 4. Her
main event is barrel racing but she also competes in pole
bending, flag racing, goat-tying and breakaway roping. St.
Andrews is a 6-year member of the Newkirk Range Riders Club and
competes in their play days and annual rodeo. She also is an
active member of the Western Wranglers 4-H Club. She enjoys
traveling and trying new things with her horses.
Hailing from Ponca City is Sierra Sidlo, 11, the daughter of
Kristy Buck and Edward Sidlo. She is an academic achiever from
Union Elementary School, has been named to the honor choir and
has received awards for leadership. Sidlo is an active 4-H
member and achieved top 10 honors at the state level in junior
horsemanship. She was the 2006 Miss Rodeo Oklahoma Sweetheart
Slack Tonight For 101 Rodeo
By BOB PATTERSON
News City Editor
Rodeo fans get a special treat tonight, when the Andrews Rodeo
Producers and the 101 Wild West Rodeo combine to present a two
go-round of steer roping which Isn’t normally on the rodeo
Things get under way at 7 p.m. tonight at the 101 Rodeo Arena,
located on North Ash Street at West Prospect Avenue.
The main three-night rodeo is set to begin at 8 p.m. Thursday,
running each night at 8 p.m., through Saturday.
There are a number of well known and area ropers ready to
compete in the two go-rounds tonight. They include Tateroo Hearn
of Pawhuska; Shorty Garten of Pawhuska; Roger Branch of Perkins,
Grady Potter of Arkansas City; Chet Herron of Pawhuska; Larry
Stewart of Stillwater; Cody Garnett of Barnsdall and Dee Kyler
Jr. of Pawhuska.
Listed on the run sheet for the performances tonight are a total
of 47, although three already at 2 p.m. Tuesday, had received
doctor releases from competition. Others may not show up, but at
any rate, it should be a really good show on tonight’s arena
The three-night 101 Wild West Rodeo opening Thursday night, will
include bareback bronc riding, tie-down roping, saddle bronc
riding, steer wrestling, team roping, girls barrel racing and
bull riding, for the professionals in the rodeo. Then, there
will be specialty acts and local team roping also. They’ll be
ushered in by the performance of the 101 Women’s Drill and Grand
Also, if you dare, Thursday night has been designated again, as
TETWP. That’s Tough Enough To Wear Pink in short. The 101 Rodeo
Foundation will give $1 for everyone wearing pink to Cancer
Research. What a great way to help out
in that respect.
And, on Thursday, it will be Community Appreciation night, so
come out early and enjoy a free barbecue dinner with ticket
purchase on the east side of the rodeo grounds from 6:30 to 7:30
Steer Ropers Set
Tempo for Rodeo
By BOB PATTERSON
News City Editor
Steer ropers really set the tempo for the 101 Wild West Rodeo
during Wednesday’s two go-round slack at the 101 Ranch Arena.
That is anticipated again tonight during the opening of the
three-day performances of the 101 Wild West Rodeo set for 8 p.m.
Grand Entry time each night Thursday through Saturday.
Community Appreciation night tonight. That means come out early
and enjoy a free barbecue dinner with ticket purchase on the
east side of the rodeo grounds. That gets a head start on the
other activities that begin at 8 p.m., as it is
named Family Night.
Then again, it’s a special night for those TETWP. What’s that?
That’s Tough Enough To Wear Pink, and the 101 Rodeo Foundation
is set to send $1 for every person wearing pink tonight to
cancer research. So help out, if you’re tough enough to wear
Now, back to the tempo of the rodeo and you’ll find some really
good times from steer ropers on Wednesday.
Rocky Patterson of Pratt, Kan., proved to be the best on two
head, when he opened the first go-round with a perfect 10.
That’s 10.0 on one head and he backed it up with a 12.1 in the
second go-round and earned top dollar for two worth $879.30 on
the combined time of 22.1. He also got the top dollar of $879.30
for his first go-round, with the 10.0 but finished out of the
money on the second go, despite having a good enough time to
fetch top money.
In the first go-round, following Patterson were Cody Lee of
Gatesville, Texas, with 10.3 for $727.70 and then Shay Good,
Midland, Texas with 10.6 for $576.10. Fourth went to Mike Chase
of McAlester for $424.49 on 11.4, then Grady Potter of Arkansas
City, Kan., had 11.7 for fifth and $272.89 followed by 11.8 of
Buster Record Jr., Buffalo for $151.80.
Trey Wallace of George West, Texas, led the money-winners in the
second go-round with a 10.5 for $879.30 and that just nipped the
10.6 posted by Barnsdall’s Cody Garnett who got $727.70.
Third went to Ralph Williams of Skiatook for $576.10 on 11.0 and
then Doug Clark of Wayne took fourth on 11.3 for $424.49. Fifth
and sixth showed two get $212.24 apiece on 11.5, including Jess
Tierney of Hermosa, S.D. and Buffalo’s
Following Patterson in the top money on two head was Will
Gasperson of Decatur, Texas, who finished the first go-round
prior to the break and reassignment of steers, with a 12.0. He
was first out during the second go-round and topped that time
with an 11.6 that set the early pace for two head with his 23.6.
That stood, until Patterson nipped him with the 22.1. However,
Gasperson, who did finish in the money in either go-round showed
that a cowboy could still get near top billing with good
efforts. It earned him second for 4727.70.
Third on two went to Cody Lee of Gatesville, Texas, with 10.3
and 13.5 for 23.8, just two-tenths of a second slower, but
$576.10 for his pocket. Fourth was Mike Chase of McAlester, who
had 11.4 in the first go and 13.8 on his second effort for 25.2
and $424.49. Buster Record Jr. of Buffalo had 11.8 and 14.0 for
25.8 and fifth place on two at $272.89 while sixth was split by
the 28.1 times of Brad Prather of Skiatook and Cody Scheck of
Kiowa, Kan. Prather had 12.8 and 15.3 while Scheck had 13.0 and
15.1 and they each got $75.80.
Get ready for some real fun filled times in the next three days,
because the 101 Rodeo Foundation, headed by Larry Goodno has
really put together a top-notch rodeo with top-notch stock
provided by the Andrews Rodeo Company of Addielou, Texas.
Then too, there’s the 101 Wild West Rodeo parade coming up at 10
a.m. Saturday in downtown Ponca City along Grand Avenue, from
somewhere west of the railroad tracks to Sixth Street. And at 11
a.m., or as soon as the parade is over, it will be time for the
Kid’s Rodeo and activities at the lawns of the Ponca City
Anyone looking for more than just the rodeo events of bareback
riding, tie-down roping, saddle bronc riding, team roping, steer
wrestling, girl’s barrel racing and bull riding, can stay later
tonight and Friday for slack. It will include some girl’s barrel
racing, along with tie-down and team ropers plus steer
wrestlers. Then on Friday night it will be local team roping
slack after the regular rodeo performance.
Presentation of the 101 Wild West Rodeo queen and princess
contestants will be held during the Grand Entry, which will
include the 101 Women’s Drill and Grand Entry Team. Then on
Saturday, coronation of the two, queen and princess,
will be held.
101 Wild West Rodeo Begins
By BOB PATTERSON
News City Editor
On what may have been one of the most perfect evenings to sit
back and watch cowboys and cowgirls, Thursday’s performance of
the 2011 101 Wild West Rodeo provided some really good times and
scores on an arena floor
that was also honed to perfection.
Thanks to the 101 Rodeo Foundation and its staff of chairman
Larry Goodno, Thursday was a really good show for Community
Appreciation night. The Andrews Stock Company also produced
quite a spirited bunch of animals that put the performers to a
real test on many occasions.
Following the Grand Entry, it was all business for the
participants. Some were quite successful, while others found
that some of the stock from the Andrews Stock Company just
wouldn’t cooperate for either quick times in the timed events,
or the ability to stay on the backs of the rough (riding) stock.
From the first event to the last, bareback riding to bull
However, Yance Day of Fort Scott, Kan., made it for an
eight-second count on Shady Lady to lead the bareback riding.
Two others were able to stay put for that amount of time,
including Taylor Price of Huntsville, Texas, on Big Momma for 73
and Monty Goodwin of Weatherford, Okla., on Spitfire for 69.
Last regular event of the rodeo, the bull riding, was a
different story, as nine made the effort to ride eight seconds.
All but one found the going too tough and were on the ground
within that time, but Hagen Garrett Knighten, of Huntsville,
Texas wowed the crowd during the performance that ended just
shortly after 10 p.m., with a 78 on Vicious Bender.
In between, besides competition, fans got a thrill from Keith
Isley, barrelman for the rodeo, and a couple of specialty acts.
And the youngsters, there must have been two or three hundred of
them, made it a quick event in the calf scramble and there
weren’t too many sad faces afterwards.
Aiding Isley during the riding events were bullfighters Wacey
Munsell and Jeremy Muntz, who kept those broncs and bulls from
getting even close to downed riders.
Famous name of steer wrestlers, Duvall, found things just right
in the event. The trio that comes from what many feel the steer
wrestling capital of Oklahoma, maybe rodeo, put on quite a show.
Tom Duvall, who now resides in Hitchita, had a 6.4 but that was
the final steer wrestled to the ground. And, it placed him
fifth. However, Spud Duvall of Checotah had a 3.5 and Riley
Duvall put his steer down at 3.6 for present standings of first
and second. The two have survived slack after the main rodeo
Thursday, when Brandon Volker of Hardtner, Kan., had a 4.5. It
sent Tom Duvall’s spot one further down in sixth. Fourth is
Tanner McElhaney of Henryetta at 5.3 and Shane Frey of Duncan
fifth at 5.7.
The other rough riding stock had some participants show success,
and it was a Welch rider, Hardy Braden, who posted the best
score so far, with a 77 on Tango. It bested the 76 of Jacobs
Crawley from College Station, Texas, on Tater Tot and a pair of
73s, by Tol Cawley of Crockett, Texas, on Gypsy Woman and Cody
Angland from New South Wales, Australia, on Lucille.
Tie down ropers may have thought their times of 10.2 and 10.3
were good enough this year. Not so. During the regular
performance, Landyn Duncan of Foster, had the 10.2 and Rich
Newton of Fulshear, Texas, had the 10.3.
Then came slack following the main rodeo performance Thursday.
First up to out do those two scores was a 9.6 by Colby Dorsey of
Binger. Then it was Ponca City’s Jerome Schneeberger, who has
been to the National Finals Rodeo, with an 8.6. That came at
11:15 p.m., and would you believe, just three minutes later,
Hunter Herrin of Apache got his calf tied in 8.5. Wow! Then,
later in slack, Kaleb G. Wilber of Cherokee had a 9.4 which
presently is third place, ahead of Dorsey and the two from the
During a local ranch bronc riding event sponsored by First
Council Casino, John Miller of Newkirk was scored at 72 and
Blaine Stacy of Kaw City had a 70.
It was a similar story in the team roping event for fans who
stayed, and there were a few, after the main performance.
Charles Pogue of Ringling and Jeff Hillman of Jones did the
trick in 6.5 and first up, during the regular performance, Rick
Anderson of White City, Kan., and Luke Holland of Hinton had a
6.9. But, in slack, which started at 11;30 p.m., the team of
Clay Saffell of Locust Grove and Jake Pianalto of Rose, had a
5.1. That’s first place right now. Second from slack was the
team of Tyler Johnson of Bucyrus, Kan., and Mitch Murray of
Alma, Kan., with a 5.4. Also at 6.9 were Caleb Woodard and Troy
Gaston, both of Hutchinson, Kan.
Local team ropers Jay Case and Tanner Case of Ponca City showed
their competitive spirit with a 7.7 and that’s fast for local
team roping, sponsored by Osage Casino. Next at the present time
with a 9.0, are Travis Garrison of Cleveland and Travis Buford
of Ponca City. There will be more local team ropers in the main
performance tonight, and then there will be a bunch getting a
chance during slack following the main
Tipping the barrels in early efforts cost several girl riders in
the barrel racing event, but Sallye Williams of Skiatook took
the clover-leaf pattern in 18.48, only to be outdone by the
final rider of the regular performance, Cheryl Magoteaux of
Byers with an 18.40. That didn’t stand up to some in slack,
particularly that of Jeanne Anderson of White City, Kan., who
had a 17.65. Five others were below the 18.40 including Kindell
McKamie of Talala in 18.08, Michelle Hoffman of Medford with
18.14, Blair Askew of Viola, Kan., with 18.19, plus Molly
Childers of Mead with 18.21 followed by Felicia Miller of
Grandfield with 18.37.
It will be rodeo time again tonight at the 101 Ranch Arena, with
Grand Entry starting things off at 7:50 p.m.
Dr. Lynn Phillips of Enid was true to what he has proven many
times for the 101 Rodeo Foundation, keeping things going from
the announcer’s booth.
And pre-music, then more throughout the performance and staying
with it through slack, were the S & D Music and Sound
Productions, of Stan and Debbie Loughridge.
Then too, there’s another performance besides tonight, in the
three-day event, it being on Saturday.
But that’s not all on Saturday. There will be the 101 Wild West
Rodeo Parade in downtown Ponca City along Grand Avenue at 10
a.m., followed immediately by the Kids Rodeo on the lawns of the
Ponca City Library. And you may want to go early to the rodeo,
for there will be crowning of princess and queen.
Stormy Night for 101 Rodeo Fans
By BOB PATTERSON
News City Editor
It was an all-together different situation Friday night from
Thursday for rodeo fans and participants as well.
Opening night Thursday for the 2011 101 Wild West Rodeo was
nice, if not perfect.
That all changed for the second night on Friday, as threatening
weather moved in, and in fact, sent almost all of the crowd
scurrying for cover elsewhere from the 101 Rodeo Arena.
Following the Grand Entry, and first couple of events, sprinkles
began appearing signaling what may come. Some of the crowd took
the early hint.
By the end of the saddle bronc riding event, Andrews Rodeo
Company personnel were continuing their efforts to produce the
rodeo, and in fact did. There were several anxious moments
during that event including one horse not cooperating in getting
back to the holding pens. Shortly after it was finally
corralled, the next event, tie down roping began.
The crowd, except for a few hardy soles, had escaped however.
Saturday night plans were to have coronation of both, princess
and queen, of the 2011 101 Wild West Rodeo. It followed a day
beginning with the 10 a.m. parade in downtown Ponca City along
Grand Avenue and the Kids Rodeo on the lawns of the Ponca City
During Friday’s early events, the lone bareback rider to get a
score was Zach Dishman of Beaumont, Texas, on Matt with an 80.
David Lester Jr. of Fort Scott, Kan., was given the opportunity
for a re-ride, when both the horse Moonlight and Lester ended up
in the one large mud-puddle at the southwest corner of the
arena, spraying a number of spectators in the box seats at the
fence line with mud.
Both rider and bronc were most completely covered with mud.
For the 80 by Disman, that put him on top of the leader board,
just ahead of Thursday’s Yance Day of Fort Scott, who had a 79.
In the steer wrestling, the 7.5 best score Friday night by Terry
Meadows of Georgetown, Texas, was not close to the lead of 3.5
posted by Spud Duvall of Checotah in Thursday’s performance.
Whether it gets him into the money depends on tonight’s efforts
by others in the event.
After about an inch of rain, and still raining, tie down roping
became a real challenge for the ropers. The 11.2 by Bryson Dean
Sechrist of Apache just wasn’t close to the present leader of
Hunter Herrin, also of Apache, who had 8.5 during Thursday’s
Local Ranch Bronc Riding and Local Team Roping went by the
wayside as a result of the weather.
Girl’s Barrel Racing also had no participants waiting around.
There was some team roping to complete, and Philip McCoy of
Beggs and Brandon Wright of Henryetta really did it up right in
the tough going. They had an 8.0 for the best of the night, but
that too wasn’t close to the 5.1 of Clay Saffell of
Locust Grove and Jake Pianalto of Rose during slack on Thursday
which has them in the lead.
Jennie Murray, rodeo secretary for the Andrews Rodeo Company in
the 101 Wild West Rodeo, noted that none of the bull riders were
able to stay on the bulls Friday. Not surprising with slick
backs and whatever.
The secretary also noted for The News, the times and scores from
tie down roping through the rest of the program. She also noted
a correction in the saddle bronc riding scores. During that
event, the scoreboard went out, and attempts to ride found two
get 79s, and they share first place at the present time.
They include Justin Browning of Sulphur, La., on Apple Jack and
Will Payne of Beaver on Sugar Bear. Also Ryan Bestol of Hyannis,
Neb., put a 76 on the record books. The two 79s were better than
the 76 scored by Jacobs Crawley of College Station, Texas, on
Nice Day for Parade, Kids Rodeo
Hadley Earns MRO First Runner-Up Nod
By CAREY HEAD
News Lifestyles Editor
OKLAHOMA CITY — Lauren Hadley, the 22-year-old daughter of Paul
and Terri Hadley and granddaughter of the late L.L. Merrifield,
recently competed in the Miss Rodeo Oklahoma 2012 Scholarship
Pageant. Hadley represented the 101 Wild West Rodeo as its
During the MRO competition, Hadley was judged on horsemanship,
rodeo and equine knowledge, speech, appearance, photogenics, and
personality. In addition to a written test, the contestants
answered impromptu questions about rodeo and current events.
They participated in a horsemanship luncheon at Toby Keith’s I
Love This Bar and Grill, media interviews and an informal
fashion show during “Paint the Town Pink” event to benefit
cancer research and treatment.
Hadley placed first in horsemanship after completing a set
pattern and flag run on one horse and a freestyle pattern and
queen run on another horse. Horses ridden in the competition
were provided for the queen contestants so that judging was
solely based upon the contestant’s performance, not the horse’s
performance. She also placed first in appearance wearing a
custom leather dress designed by Rodeo Queen Paradise and in the
photogenic category with a picture provided by Cope Photography.
She placed second in the written test and third in both speech
and personality. Overall, Hadley was named Miss Rodeo Oklahoma
2012 First Runner-Up.
“Being only my second rodeo queen pageant and my first time
running at the state level, it was definitely an eye-opening
experience,” Hadley said. “I had a great time and met many
wonderful people and made several new friends. I really am
pleased that I won horsemanship, photogenic, and appearance,
which were the areas I wanted to hit hard in. Personally, I
liked my speech, written more in rhyme, and had hoped it would
place higher, but apparently it didn’t move the judges as much
as some of the other girls’ speeches.
Many of the other girls had run in the state pageant before and
almost all of them had held several queen titles before, so they
knew what to expect. I paid attention and tried to emulate them
as much as I could and I believe it paid off. I really wouldn’t
mind running again with some more practice and experience.”
Hadley’s reign as the 101 Wild West Rodeo Queen officially ended
After being accepted to Tulsa University Law School, Hadley has
decided to defer those plans while she develops a business plan
for opening a pre-conditioning yard for cattle. She also is
considering competing in this year’s Miss Rodeo U.S.A. and next
year’s Miss Rodeo Oklahoma pageants.
Annual 101 Wild West Rodeo Ends
By BOB PATTERSON
News City Editor
It was not a dark and stormy night. Matter of fact, the Moon was
just making an appearance (full) in the east horizon when
announcer Dr. Lynn Phillips said, “Welcome, rodeo fans to the
101 Wild West Rodeo.”
That was the setting for Saturday’s final night of the 2011
edition of the 101 Wild West Rodeo. And there must have been
something telling folks that this was going to be a really good
one, as the east and west bleachers were filling up, and the
northeast and northwest angle bleachers were getting a lot of
Chute heaven was at it’s best, as were the boxes along the fence
lines, despite the precarious possibility of getting splattered
with some mud and water.
And contestants of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association
didn’t let the crowd down, nor did the Andrews Rodeo Company
with the stock utilized on the final night of the 2011 rodeo.
It all made for an exciting time. And it was the final event,
bull riding, that proved to be the most beneficial to a
performer, and pleasing to the crowd. While all but one got
bucked by the Andrews Rodeo Company bulls, Reid Butler of
Comfort, Texas, made a comfortable landing on both feet, with
arms up stretched, after riding Top Gear. It earned him an 87 and
only one of two riders for the three-night performance to get
the job done in eight seconds. As a result, he finished with a
total of $2,079 while second went to Thursday’s Hagen Garrett
Knighten of Huntsville, Texas, with a 78 on Vicious Bender for a
total of $1,771, according to Jennie Murray, rodeo secretary for
the Andrews Stock Company
in the 101 Wild West Rodeo.
The scoring events for the rodeo, including bull riding, were
the only events to produce changes at the top of the leader
In the very first event of the night, bareback riding, Chris
Harris of Itasca, Texas, fashioned an 83 on Hornet for first,
and that got him $1,159.95. Also on Saturday, Evan Jayne of
Marseille, France, took a 70 on Vodka, and that got him fifth
place in the event, for $246.05.
Also, in saddle bronc riding, Keith Allen Brauer Jr., of
Freeburg, Ill., scored a 79 on Rusty. That put him into a
three-way tie for first with Justin Browning of Sulphur, La.,
and Will Payne of Beaver, who had 79s on Friday as the wind and
rain began to cause havoc with the rest of that night’s
performance. The three got $986.73 apiece.
Unfortunately for contestants in the girl’s barrel racing the
last two nights, the going was tough and none could break the
20-second running that was accomplished during near perfect
conditions on Thursday’s regular performance and slack that
night. Top was the 17.65 during slack on Thursday by Jeanne
Anderson of White City, Kan., for $1,106.23.
There were some really good times in the steer wrestling on
Saturday, three of which finished in the money. But none could
top the two in front from Checotah, Spud Duvall with 3.5 and
Riley Duvall with 3.6 on Thursday. John Kloeckler
of Checotah had a 4.0 to finish third for $916.04 and Zac
Parrington of Hoyt Kan., had 4.2 for fourth and $674.97 on
Saturday. Joining them was the 4.7 by Chancey Larson of
Manhattan, Kan., for sixth place and $241.06.
In tie-down roping slack on Thursday proved to have the top two
at the end of the performances, including Hunter Herrin of
Apache at 8.5 for $1,625.45 and Ponca City’s Jerome Schneeberger
at 8.6 for $1,345.20.
Saturday saw two more in tie-down roping get in the money, with
Cole Bailey of Okmulgee finishing in third place on a 9.2 for
$1,064.95 and Rhett Riding from Rocky, with 9.5 for $504.45,
finishing fifth. Team ropers from Dewey, Colt Braden and Tanner
Braden, got the effort accomplished in 5.5 but it landed them in
third place for the event. That was worth $1,015.31 each.
Full money results include:
1 — Chris Harris, Itasca, Texas, on Hornet, an 83, for
2 — Zach Dishman, Beaumont, Texas, on Matt, an 80 for $878.75;
3 — Yance’ Day, Fort Scott, Kan., on Shady Lady, a 79 for
4 — Taylor Price, Huntsville, Texas, on Big Momma with a 73 for
5 — Evan Jayne, Marseille, France, on Vodka with a 70 for
6 — Monty Goodwin, Weatherford, on Spitfire, with a 69 for
1 — Spud Duvall, Checotah, 3.5 for $1,398.16;
2 — Riley Duvall, Checotah, 3.6 for $1,157.10;
3 — John Kloeckler, Checotah, 4.0 for $916.04;
4 — Zac Parrington, Hoyt, Kan., 4.2 for $674.97;
5 — Brandon D. Volker, Hardtner, Kan., 4.5 for $433.91;
6 — Chancey Larson, Manhattan, Kan., 4.7, $241.06.
Saddle Bronc Riding:
1 — Justin Browning, Sulphur, La., 79 on Apple Jack, $986.73;
1— Will Payne, Beaver, 79 on Sugar Bear, $986.73;
1 — Keith Allen Brauer Jr., Freeburg, Ill., 79 on Rusty,
4 — Hardy Braden, Welch, 77 on Tango, $370.02;
4 — Shane Hand, Fort Scott, Kan., 77 on Buck Wheat, $370.02;
6 — Jacobs Crawley, College Station, Texas, 76 on Tater Tot,
6 — Ryan Bestol, Hyannis, Neb., 76 on Heart Breaker, $97.37.
Tie Down Roping:
1 — Hunter Herrin, Apache, 8.5 for $1,625.45;
2 — Jerome Schneeberger, Ponca City, 8.6 for $1,345.20;
3 — Cole Bailey, Okmulgee, 9.2 for $1,064.95;
4 — Kaleb G. Wilber, Cherokee, 9.4 for $784.70;
5 — Rhett Ridling, Rocky, 9.5, for $504.45;
6 — Colby Dorsey, Binger, 9.6, for $280.25.
1 — Clay Saffell, Locust Grove and Jake Pianalto, Rose, 5.1 for
2 — Tyler Johnson, Bucyrus, Kan., and Mitch Murray, Alma, Kan.,
5.4, for $1,282.50 each;
3 — Colt Braden and Tanner Braden, both of Dewey, 5.5, for
4 — Charles Pogue, Ringling and Jett Hilliman, Jones, 6.0,
5 — Cole Morgan and jess Morgan, both of Ada, 6.5, for $480.94
6 — Rick Anderson, White City, Kan., and Luke Holland, Hinton,
6.9, for $133.59 each;
6 — Caleb Woodard and Troy Gaston, both of Hutchinson, Kan.,
6.9, for $133.59 each.
1 — Jeanne Anderson, White City, 17.65, for $1,106.23;
2 — Kindell McKamie, Talala, 18.08, for $948.19;
3 — Michelle Hoffman, Medford, 18.14, for $790.16;
4 — Molly Childers, Mead, 18.21, for $684.81;
5 — Felicia Miller, Grandfield, 18.37, for $526.77;
6 — Cheryl Magoteaux, Byers, 18.40, for $421.42;
7 — Sallye Williams, Skiatook, 18.48, for $216.06;
8 — Deantha Miller, Rose Hill, Kan., 18.54, for $210.71;
9 — Savanna Christensen, Medicine Lodge, Kan., 18.67, for
10 — Jana Turner, Perkins, 18.74, for $105.35.
1 — Reid Barker, Comfort, Texas, 87 on Top Gear, for $2,079;
2 — Hagen Garrett Knighten, Huntsville, Texas, 78 on Vicious
Bender, for $1,771.
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