Skip to main content

Twisted Rodeo

Claremore is ready for rodeo

Twisted Rodeo - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 13:07

CLAREMORE, Okla. – Cowboys and cowgirls from all over the country are preparing to converge on Claremore this week.

The Will Rogers Stampede PRCA Rodeo – the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association’s 2014 Small Rodeo of the Year – will feature nearly 600 entries for the upcoming event, set for 7:45 p.m. Friday, May 22-Sunday, May 24, at Will Rogers Stampede Arena. Discounted tickets can be found on the rodeo’s website, www.WillRogersStampede.com; fans can also follow the rodeo on Facebook.

David Petty

David Petty

But there’s so much more to the Memorial Day Weekend festivities in Rogers County.

“We’ve worked really hard this year to put together the best experience possible for people who want to come to a professional rodeo and have a good time,” said David Petty, chairman of the volunteer committee that produces the annual rodeo. “We’ve got a lot for the fans to enjoy with Miss Rodeo America Lauren Heaton along with our great acts, Tomas Garcilazo and John Harrison.”

Heaton is the first Miss Rodeo Oklahoma to win the national crown. Gracilazo is a charro who earned the PRCA’s Dress Act of the Year in 2012 and ’13. Harrison, of Soper, Okla., won the 2014 PRCA Comedy Act of the Year and the Coors Man in the Can.

Together, they bring the pomp and circumstance and valuable entertainment to the event, but the action comes in the competition. A big reason why so many contestants make their way to Claremore every May is because of the bucking stock from Pete Carr Pro Rodeo, a Dallas-based livestock firm that has been one of the top five in the PRCA each of the past two seasons.

“Having Pete Carr and his crew at our rodeo is one of the reasons our rodeo has seen recent success,” Petty said. “He has amazing bucking stock and produces an incredible rodeo.”

Trevor Brazile

Trevor Brazile

That’s key to the biggest and best names in the game, including world champions like Rocky Patterson, Guy Allen, Mary Walker, Ryan Jarrett, Will Lowe, Trevor Brazile and Sage Kimzey. Brazile and Kimzey are reigning champions – Brazile in steer roping and the all-around and Kimzey in bull riding.

Kimzey also is the reigning Will Rogers Stampede champion. That win was a key reason he ran through the 2014 season in dominating fashion.

He will be joined in Claremore this week by several other Wrangler National Finals Rodeo or Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping qualifiers who come from the area: Tie down ropers Jerome Schneeberger of Ponca City, Okla., and Mike Johnson of Henryetta, Okla.; steer wrestler Tom Duvall of Hichita, Okla.; team ropers Coleman Proctor of Pryor, Okla., and Jake Long of Coffeyville, Kan.; barrel racer Tana Poppino of Big Cabin, Okla.; bull rider Tate Stratton of Kellyville, Okla.; and steer ropers Brodie Poppino of Big Cabin and Brady Garten of Claremore.

“It’s a very exciting week for us, and we’re ready to put on the kind of show that has people talking,” Petty said. “It takes a lot of work to put on an event like this, but we do this because we love it and we love this community. It’s an amazing experience.”

Categories: Twisted Rodeo

Miss Rodeo America to appear at Drysdales

Twisted Rodeo - Mon, 05/18/2015 - 11:49

CLAREMORE, Okla. – Miss Rodeo America Lauren Heaton will have a meet-and-greet with rodeo fans beginning at 11 a.m. Friday, May 22, at Drysdales Western Wear on 71st Street in Tulsa.

Lauren Heaton

Lauren Heaton

Heaton, the first Miss Rodeo Oklahoma to win the title of Miss Rodeo America, grew up in Alva, Okla., and graduated from Oklahoma State University. This marks the second straight year she is part of the festivities at the Will Rogers Stampede PRCA Rodeo, which will have three action-packed performances set for 7:45 p.m. Friday, May 22-Sunday, May 24, at Will Rogers Stampede Arena.

As Miss Rodeo Oklahoma in 2014, Heaton was a major part of last year’s Will Rogers Stampede. She has included Claremore in her schedule that includes national rodeo appearances as the primary ambassador for the sport.

Claremore’s rodeo was recognized as the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association’s 2014 Small Rodeo of the Year, an honor voted on by the members of the organization. The rodeo also will feature several other award-winning entities: 2012 and 2013 Dress Act of the Year Tomas Garcilazo; 2014 Comedy Act of the Year John Harrison, who also won the 2014 Coors Man in the Can for his work as a funnyman/barrelman; and Pete Carr Pro Rodeo, one of the top five stock contractors in the PRCA and the 2014 Women’s Professional Rodeo Association’s Stock Contractor of the Year.

Discounted tickets will be available at Drysdales during the meet-and-greet and also can be found on the rodeo’s website, www.WillRogersStampede.com; fans can follow the rodeo on Facebook and Twitter.

Categories: Twisted Rodeo

Harrison returns to Claremore rodeo

Twisted Rodeo - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 17:20
John Harrison, the 2014 Coors Man in the Can and PRCA Comedy Act of the Year, returns to Claremore for the award-winning Will Rogers Stampede. (PHOTO COURTESY OF JOHN HARRISON)

John Harrison, the 2014 Coors Man in the Can and PRCA Comedy Act of the Year, returns to Claremore for the award-winning Will Rogers Stampede. (PHOTO COURTESY OF JOHN HARRISON)

CLAREMORE, Okla. – Will Rogers Stampede PRCA Rodeo organizers aren’t settled on the past.

Sure, being named the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association’s 2014 Small Rodeo of the Year is quite an honor; now it’s time to look ahead.

“We didn’t want to rest on our past accomplishments, no matter how proud we are of them,” said David Petty, chairman of the volunteer committee that produces the annual rodeo. “We wanted to step it up a little more because our fans deserve it. We want to give them the best show, the best rodeo they’re going to find anywhere.”

John Harrison

John Harrison

That’s one of the reasons why the committee is bringing back John Harrison, one of the top entertainers in ProRodeo. In 2014, the Soper, Okla., man was honored as the Coors Man in the Can for his exploits as a rodeo barrelman and funnyman. He also won the PRCA’s Comedy Act of the Year.

“I love packing the barrel and being there for the cowboys,” Harrison said, pointing to his role as an in-arena protection for fallen bull riders.

But there’s so much more to Harrison’s tasks at each rodeo performance. He is one of many award-winning pieces to the Claremore rodeo’s puzzle. The rodeo is set for 7:45 p.m. Friday, May 22-Sunday, May 24, at Will Rogers Stampede Arena. Discounted tickets can be found on the rodeo’s website, www.WillRogersStampede.com; fans can also follow the rodeo on Facebook.

He will be joined by charro Tomas Garcilazo, a two-time winner of the PRCA’s Dress Act of the Year, and the championship livestock from Dallas-based Pete Carr Pro Rodeo. The Carr firm has been nominated as PRCA Stock Contractor of the Year each of the past two seasons; in 2014, it was named the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association’s Stock Contractor of the Year.

Harrison, though, adds the comedy to the event, helping add to the family friendly atmosphere that is the sport of rodeo.

“John is a true entertainer, and I love the fact that he’s from Oklahoma,” Petty said. “There aren’t many rodeos in Oklahoma that can boast of two great acts, but we can.

In addition to hysterical acts that showcase Harrison’s talent, the Oklahoma man serves as a valuable piece of the puzzle that helps make for a near-flawless performance each time he speaks.

“John is good, clean family fun,” said John Gwatney, Carr’s production supervisor. “It’s his rodeo background, because he grew up in this sport. For us, he helps us with the timing of our production. When you know what needs to be done and have someone that doesn’t have a big ego, then he’s willing to do work and willing to do that for the production.”

That’s the key reaching fans with a variety of entertaining items. Whether it’s a trick riding display that will leave fans in awe or his parody of rodeo queens, Harrison has a lot of ammunition.

“I do this for the love of the sport,” he said. “Growing up with it, you enjoy it. Now I can actually make a living at it, so that helps.”

Categories: Twisted Rodeo

Jacksonville ready for rodeo

Twisted Rodeo - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 23:44

JACKSONVILLE, Texas – Rodeo fans in this east Texas community of nearly 15,000 know they can expect world-class action every May.

Jacksonville-signThe Tops in Texas Rodeo is a showcase of the sport’s brightest stars, including the animal athletes from Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo. This year’s event is set for 7 p.m. Thursday, May 14-Saturday, May 16, at Lons Morris College Arena, the closest venue of the season to the Carr ranch near Athens.

It’s the perfect place for great athletes to shine. Take Evan Jayne, a bareback rider from France now living in Texas. He won the Jacksonville rodeo a year ago with a ride on Black Coffee, a quick mare that has been selected six times to buck at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. This season Jayne is the third-ranked bareback rider in the world standings.

Rising star Wacey Hathcock earned the saddle bronc riding victory on Trail Dust, a strong bay mare that has bucked three times at the NFR.

The list goes on and on. The leaderboard at the Tops in Texas Rodeo is a combination of up-and-coming superstars mixed with established champions.

It’s what fans have come to expect when the rodeo hits Jacksonville.

Categories: Twisted Rodeo

Heaton is rodeo’s ambassador

Twisted Rodeo - Mon, 05/11/2015 - 14:48

CLAREMORE, Okla. – Growing up on the family farm just east of Alva, Okla., Lauren Heaton was raised around rodeo.

Now she is the sport’s primary ambassador, the first Miss Rodeo Oklahoma ever crowned as Miss Rodeo America. She carries the torch for the Western lifestyle to events all across North America, including the Will Rogers Stampede PRCA Rodeo, set for 7:45 p.m. Friday, May 22-Sunday, May 24, at Will Rogers Stampede Arena.

Lauren Heaton

Lauren Heaton

“This is an industry I grew up in and is what shaped me into who I am,” said Heaton, a 2013 Oklahoma State University graduate. “Now I get to see rodeo on a major scale.

“It’s been phenomenal. It’s been what every little girl dreams of.”

Her travel schedule is hectic but manageable. She lives in different states at a time, commuting through airports and highways. So far this year, she’s represented professional rodeo on the grandest scale imaginable at some of the biggest events.

Maybe that’s why her return to Oklahoma soil is such a critical step in Heaton’s 2015 agenda.

“I grew up going to these rodeos, so to go back as Miss Rodeo Oklahoma then back as Miss Rodeo America is so great,” she said. “I can’t explain enough that this title of Miss Rodeo America is so much more than me; this is something I share with everyone from Oklahoma.”

She’ll share that throughout the week leading up to Claremore’s rodeo. She’s been to major stops on the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association trail, like Denver, San Antonio and the Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo near Walt Disney World in Florida, Heaton realizes that events like the Will Rogers Stampede are foundation for the sport.

“The small rodeos are great,” Heaton said. “Out of the 5,000 or so PRCA cowboys, the vast majority of them are the ones who can only travel to the smaller rodeos like Claremore. You can still get a phenomenally ran rodeo. Claremore just won the 2014 Small Outdoor Rodeo of the Year, so you can see all the big names mixed with the ones who just go around this circuit.

“Fans are getting a great rodeo for their money; they’re getting to see as good a rodeo as any large rodeo you can go to.”

She should know. She and her brothers , Lance and Landon, are the fifth generation of her family that’s been farming and ranching in northern Oklahoma. Her ancestors got their property in the land run, and they were raised by Trent and Melissa Heaton with a strong work ethic and a love for the land.

“I had two older brothers, so I’ve always been a tomboy,” Lauren Heaton said. “I got tied up with their pigging strings, so I’m really good at getting out of knots. We’re a close-knit family, and we don’t have much extended family, so we’re even closer.”

That background has played quite well into her role as Miss Rodeo America. As the sport’s ambassador, she has carries the flag for the entire Western lifestyle while sharing the latest news and trends about the industry. She must be knowledgeable and answer any questions that arise.

“It’s hard work but it encompasses all that I love, so it doesn’t feel like work,” she said. “We’re beating down the road because we love it. I like being the face for all the cowboys and cowgirls across the country. I’m doing what they’d love to be doing as well.

“It’s such a humbling honor. Every time I go to a rodeo, I look around and see all that I’m representing. I’m excited to be part of it.”

It shows in a vibrant smile and a caring nature that has been engrained in the young Oklahoma woman since birth. She knows a lot more goes into being a rodeo queen than a pretty face and trademark wave, and she’s always excited to meet the young girls whose eyes light up as she walks in the room.

“When I see those girls, I just try to think back to what it was like for me when I first met Miss Rodeo America,” Heaton said. “That was Michelle Green (now Mackey) in 1994, and she actually lives in my hometown now. I like to have the same light and the same energy they show me. Every time I go somewhere, it’s their first time seeing and meeting Miss Rodeo America. I like to match their energy.”

Now she holds all that energy in a job she loves. She is part of a group of women who have earned the title in the association’s 60 years.

“You only get one chance at this title,” Heaton said. “To win it and to be a part of that elite group of women is phenomenal. It’s an amazing feeling.”

Categories: Twisted Rodeo

Important branding

Twisted Rodeo - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 17:49
Tate Branch, Ted Harbin and Joby Houghtaling pose with Ted Harbin and his Rodeo Media Relations/TwisTed Rodeo Dodge Durango at the Hobbs, N.M., dealership. (LYNETTE HARBIN PHOTO)

Tate Branch, Ted Harbin and Joby Houghtaling pose with Ted Harbin and his Rodeo Media Relations/TwisTed Rodeo Dodge Durango at the Hobbs, N.M., dealership. (LYNETTE HARBIN PHOTO)

When I developed Rodeo Media Relations, I had been covering the sport for the largest newspaper in Oklahoma.

I had purchased a new SUV in 2002, and it quickly became my rodeo wagon. I drove many miles across the red dirt-lined highways to tell cowboy tales to the periodical’s readers. That vehicle became an identifiable piece of me more than a decade ago.

Ted Harbin TwisTED Rodeo

Ted Harbin
TwisTED Rodeo

Enter Tate Branch Auto Group of southeastern New Mexico, which has dealerships in Artesia, Carlsbad and Hobbs. Rodeo Media Relations and TwisTed Rodeo have a new rodeo wagon, and it’s even more identifiable to what we do in promoting the sport of rodeo and its people.

The 2014 Dodge Durango is outfitted with an amazing wrap that proudly displays all the great things Tate Branch Auto Group has to offer. For instance, any rodeo association member should check out the savings possible through any of the Tate Branch dealerships. On top of that is Warranty Forever, a Tate Branch Auto Group exclusive warranty that covers the drive train of any vehicle purchased at one of our dealerships that has less than 75,000 miles.

The Tate Branch Auto Group “Riding for the Brand” team includes some of the greatest cowboys in the game, most of whom have New Mexico ties – two-time world champion saddle bronc rider Taos Muncy; tie-down roping brothers Clint and Clif Cooper; their father, eight-time world champ Roy Cooper; steer roper Marty Jones; and team roping twins Jake and Jim Ross Cooper.

That’s a boatload of talent, and I’m proud to be part of the “Riding for the Brand” team. I’m excited to have them tag along the rodeo trail with me as I continue to tell cowboy tales.

Tate Branch-logo

Categories: Twisted Rodeo

Charro will be part of Stampede action

Twisted Rodeo - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 12:28
Charro Tomas Garcilazo will be one of the featured performers at the Will Rogers Stampede in Claremore, Okla. Garcilazo will bring his traditional Mexican horsemanship and put it on display for the fans in Claremore. (COURTESY TOMAS GARCILAZO)

Charro Tomas Garcilazo will be one of the featured performers at the Will Rogers Stampede in Claremore, Okla. Garcilazo will bring his traditional Mexican horsemanship and put it on display for the fans in Claremore. (COURTESY TOMAS GARCILAZO)

CLAREMORE, Okla. – Tomas Garcilazo is quite proud of who he is, from his upbringing in Mexico City to being a citizen of the United States.

He combines it all in one of the greatest acts in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. In fact, Garcilazo was recognized as the PRCA’s Dress Act of the Year in 2012 and ’13, and he will be part of the action at the Will Rogers Stampede PRCA Rodeo, set for 7:45 p.m. Friday, May 22-Sunday, May 24, at Will Rogers Stampede Arena.

Tomas Garcilazo

Tomas Garcilazo

Garcilazo is a charro and carries on the family heritage of La Charreria, a skill performed through the generations only by the Mexican charro. As did his elders, Garcilazo takes pride in his horsemanship and roping skills, which will be on display during each of the three Stampede performances.

“We want to celebrate rodeo with the best acts in rodeo,” said David Petty, chairman of the volunteer committee that produces the annual rodeo. “We thought this year, coming off being named the Rodeo of the Year award, that we needed to have another award-winning act at our rodeo.

“Tomas fits that very well. His act is phenomenal, and I know the people who come to our rodeo will love what they see.”

Garcilazo is one of two featured entertainers that will be a big part of this year’s Claremore rodeo, joining funnyman John Harrison who, in 2014, won the Coors Man in the Can and the Comedy Act of the Year awards.

“When you bring someone to provide a treat, it’s nice because you contribute something to the community,” Garcilazo said. “It’s going to bring more people together.”

Rodeo is more than a competition. The stampede will feature the very best in the sport, from numerous world champions in every event to the very best animal athletes in the game. But it’s also an action-packed couple of hours of entertainment. To help make a rodeo even more entertaining, specialty acts provide theatrics to the competition. Garcilazo is the best at what he does.

“It’s an honor because specialty acts are so competitive,” he said. “I’m very flattered that what I do as a charro and representing my culture and my tradition with my horses and myself has been recognized with those contractors, committees and contestants that are part of the PRCA.

“I emphasize the tradition a lot. The heritage is very strong. For me, it is big that those are being carried on in modern day and that it is a privilege for me to keep up with this way of life. Cattle, horses and roping were all involved in my childhood.”

Those lessons learned decades ago are still vibrant in his mind. That’s why he continues to entertain and show the world his talents.

“On my mother’s side, they are all churros,” Garcilazo said. “I grew up competing all my life. I picked my skill with a rope and had a vision to develop this with the horses.

“It’s a way of developing my dream. My rope, as a child, was a toy. Now I develop the artistry with a rope in such an extensive way. It takes time, effort, patience and the (willingness to) develop all the desires to succeed in horse and roping skills.”

It is Garcilazo’s passion to share his talent – and his heritage – with the world.

“Being in the entertainment business, you get to see the different traditions and different people from different personalities,” he said. “When you develop something with passion with your heart and express this on stage, it shows. When I see a performer, when they do these with their heart, it shows right away. I have a lot of passion for what I do, and I hope everyone sees that.”

Categories: Twisted Rodeo

Long, Proctor end Guymon drought

Twisted Rodeo - Sun, 05/03/2015 - 18:25
Jake Long, left, and Coleman Proctor rope their final steer Sunday afternoon to claim the team roping title at the Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo. (ROBBY FREEMAN PHOTO)

Jake Long, left, and Coleman Proctor rope their final steer Sunday afternoon to claim the team roping title at the Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo. (ROBBY FREEMAN PHOTO)

GUYMON, Okla. – It’s been nearly a decade since team ropers Coleman Proctor and Jake Long have seen any success in the Oklahoma Panhandle.

They finally found redemption Sunday afternoon during the final performance of the Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo, scoring a 6.8-second run to finish the three-run aggregate with a cumulative time of 20.0 seconds; they edged Colby Lovell and Kory Koontz by a tenth of a second.

“I know Jake was hungry for this one,” Proctor said. “The first time I headed was in college for Jake, and we won the college rodeo here. We’ve wanted to win the ProRodeo here, so today I just wanted to get him turned and give Jake a chance.”

The chance paid off, and it was a long time coming.

“This rodeo’s been rough on me in the past,” Long said. “That’s about the sixth steer in the last 10 years I’ve caught by two feet, and I happened to put three of them together this year. Coleman did a great job, and I feel very blessed and happy right now.”

He should. The longtime friends finished the 2014 season near the top of the world standings – Proctor was the fourth-ranked header, while Long was the No. 3 heeler. Prior to Pioneer Days Rodeo, they were inside the top 20. The victory and the $5,354 they each earned in the Oklahoma Panhandle should move them close to the top 10.

JoJo LeMond ropes his fifth-round steer to claim his first Guymon title, winning the steer roping championship. (ROBBY FREEMAN PHOTO)

JoJo LeMond ropes his fifth-round steer to claim his first Guymon title, winning the steer roping championship. (ROBBY FREEMAN PHOTO)

“We haven’t had the best start to this year, but we know if we keep plugging away, it’ll be good in the end,” Long said. “It’s a great rodeo to win. It works as a double dip for us, because the Prairie Circuit is our home circuit. Any time we can get some money together to get to our circuit finals and work our way to Florida, it’s a good thing.”

They also will continue to build off their Wrangler National Finals Rodeo run and all the experience they’ve gained over the years of roping together.

“If anything, what we did last year helps with finances,” Proctor said. “For all the times I went home broke and had to work to make ends meet and to get myself back on the road, it’s just reassuring to know that it was all worth it.”

Long and Proctor were joined in the winner’s circle on Sunday by steer roper JoJo LeMond, barrel racer Shali Lord and bull rider Chad German, whose 86-point ride on Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s Footloose put him in a tie with reigning world champion Sage Kimzey and Trevor Kastner.

Other winners were all-around cowboy Trevor Brazile; bareback rider Ty Breuer, who rode Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s Good Time Charlie for 87 points on Saturday night; saddle bronc rider Taos Muncy, who posted the highest marked ride of the rodeo with an 88 on Saturday afternoon on Powder River Rodeo’s Miss Chestnut; steer wrestler Stan Branco; and 2013 tie-down roping world champion Shane Hanchey.

For LeMond, he finally worked through some Pioneer Days Rodeo demons to earn his first Guymon title.

“I’ve come back high call in team roping three or four times and had bad luck,” LeMond said, referring to owning the fastest cumulative time heading into the final round. “This is the first year I won it.”

A three-time NFR qualifier in heading, LeMond also qualified for the Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping in 2013. Now he has big plans for his 2015 season.

“This event is huge for me,” he said. “I’m going to try to make it to the National Finals in team roping one more time; I’m roping with Dakota Kirchenschlager this year. I always wanted to go in steer roping again. They have some signature series events this year that makes it to where a guy can afford it. I’m going to make a run at it for sure.”

Now he will be outfitted with the trophy belt that is awarded to the Guymon champions annually.

“I’ve always messed myself up for the opportunity to win one,” LeMond said. “Shay Good won one a few years ago on my horse, and I tried to con him out of that belt. Thankfully I have my own now.”

It will be on display for all to see for years to come.

Guymon (Okla.) Pioneer Days Rodeo
April 28-May 4
All-around champion:
Trevor Brazile, $2,849 in steer roping, tie down roping and team roping.

Bareback riding: 1. Ty Breuer, 87 points Good Times Charlie from Pete Carr Pro Rodeo, $3,359; 2. (tie) Tim O’Connell and Zachariah Philips, 85, $2,239 each; 4. R.C. Landingham, 84, $1, 231; 5. (tie) Jared Smith and Josi Young, 82, $ 672; 7. (tie) Wes Stevenson and Yance Day, 81, $ 392.

Team roping: First round: 1. Jake Cooper/Tyler McKnight, 5.9 seconds, $1,924; 2. David Key/Martin Lucero, 6.2, $1,673; 3. Chase Thompson/Richard Durham, 6.3, $1,422; 4. (tie) Turtle Powell/Dakota Kirchenschlager, Colby Lovell/Kory Koontz and Coleman Proctor/Jake Long, 6.4, $920 each; 7. Dustin Davis/Will Woodfin, 6.6, $418; 8. Chris Francis/Cade Passig, 6.7, $167.Second round: (tie) Brian Dunning/Jesse Jolly and Joel Bach/Allen Bach, 5.6 seconds, $1,799 each; 3. Bubba Buckaloo/Ryan Motes, 5.9, $1,422; 4. Jesse Stipes/Billie Jack Saebens, 6.2, $1,171; 5. Tyler Milligan/Brady Norman, 6.3, $920; 6. Tom Richards/Cesar de la Cruz, 6.5, $669; 7. (tie) Justin Turner/Chase McAlvain and Colby Lovell/Kory Koontz, 6.6, $293 each. Third round: 1. Brian Dunning/Jesse Jolly, 6.6 seconds, $1,924 each; 2. (tie) AJ Fuchs/Sloan Hendley and Coleman Proctor/Jake Long, 6.7, $1,548; 4. (tie) Clayton Hass/Logan Medling and Luke Brown/ Kollin VonAhn, 6.8, $1,046; 6. Chad Masters/Travis Graves, 6.9, $669; 7. Colby Lovell/Kory Koontz, 7.1, $418; 8. (tie) Calvin Brevik/Wade Masters and Turtle Powell/Dakota Kirkenschager, 7.2, $84. Average: 1. Coleman Proctor/Jake Long, 20.0 seconds on three runs, $$2,886; 2. Colby Lovell/Kory Koontz, 20.1, $ 2,510; 3. Jake Cooper/Tyler McKnight, 21.0, $2,133; 4. Chade Masters/Travis Graves, 21.9, $ 1,757; 5. Calvin Brevik/Wade Masters, 22.6, $1,380; 6. Chace Thompson/Richard Durham, 22.8, $1,004; 7. Anthony Lucia/Wesley Johnson, 24.1, $627; 8. AJ Fuchs/Sloan Hendley, 24.2, $251.

Steer roping: First round: 1. Rocky Patterson, 14.9 seconds, $1,840; 2. Brodie Poppino, 16.0, $1,523; 3. Dari Suit, 17.5, $1,206; 4. Mike Chase, 17.8, $888; 5. (tie) Blake Deckard, Ora Taton and Jason Evans, 18.0, $296 each. Second round: 1. Scott Snedecor, 13.9 seconds, $1,840; 2. Shay Good, 16.0, $1,523; 3. Jason Evans, 17.0, $1,206; 4. Brian Garr, 17.8, $888; 5. (tie) Jay Sellers and Brodie Poppino, 18.4, $444 each. Third round: 1. Ralph Williams, 13.9 seconds, $1,840; 2. Jess Tierney, 15.6, $1,523; 3. Tyrel Taton, 17.4, $1,206; 4. Leo Campbell, 17.5, $888; 5. Marty Jones, 18.2, $571; 6. Slick Ellis, 18.8, $317. Fourth round: 1. Trevor Brazile, 11.7 seconds, $1,840; 2. Brad Starks, 14.4, $1,523; 3. Will Gasperson, 15.7, $1,206; 4. Chris Glover, 16.6, $888; 5. Fred Brown, 16.8, $571; 6. (tie) Trey Wallace and Chance Kelton, 16.9, $159 each. Fifth round: 1.(tie) Brodie Poppino and Chris Glover, 11.3 seconds, $1,681 each; 3. Rocky Patterson, 11.8, $ 1,206; 4. (tie) Chance Kelton and Will Gasperson, 12.2, $730; 6. Trevor Brazile, 12.6, $ 317, no other qualified times. Average: 1. JoJo Lemond, 106.8 seconds on five runs, $5,520; 2. Tuf Cooper, 106.9, $4,568; 3. Vin Fisher Jr., 129.6, $3,617, 4. Brodie Poppino, 64.0 on fou runs, $2,665, 5. Scott Snedecor, 68.8, $1.713; 6. Chance Kelton, 69.6, $952.

Saddle bronc riding: 1. Taos Muncy, 88 points on Powder River Rodeo’s Miss Chestnut, $3,562; 2. Will Smith, 87, $2,731; 3. Isaac Diaz, 85, $2,018; 4. (tie) Dalton Davis and Allen Boore, 83, $1,068; 6. Steven Dent, 82, $594; 7. Bradley Harter, 81, $475; 8. (tie) Audy Reed, Travis Nelson and Brody Cress, 79, and $119.

Steer wrestling: First round: 1. Hunter Lewis, 3.4 seconds, $1,946; 2. Jason Lahr, 4.3, $1,692; 3. (tie) Stan Branco and Brad Loesch, 4.4, $1,311 each; 5. (tie) Brandon Volker, Mitchell Gardner and Kyle Irwin, 4.5, $677 each; 8. Dean Gorsuch, 4.9, $169.Second round: 1. Darrell Petry, 4.0 seconds, $1,946; 2. Jacob Talley, 4.3, $1,692; 3. Rody Parrott, 4.4, $1,438; 4. Ryan Swayze and Ty Erickson, 4.5, $1,058 each; 6. San Branco, 4.6, $677; 7. (tie) Forest Sainsbury, Josh Frost, Jordan Wiseman, Les Shepperson and Tyler Pearson, 4.8, $118 each. Third round: 1. Jason Thomas, 3.6 seconds, $1,946; 2. Wade Sumpter, 3.9, $1,692; 3. Trell Etbauer, 4.2, $1,438; 4. (tie) Michael Bates Jr. and Blake Mindemann, 4.6, $1,058 each; 6. Forest Sainsbury, 4.7, $677; 7. (tie) Kyle Irwin and Sean Mulligan, 4.8, $296 each. Average: 1. Stan Branco, 13.9 seconds on three head, $2,919; 2. Tyler Pearson, 15.4, $2,538; 3. (tie) Jacob Talley and Hunter Lewis, 15.7, $1,967 each; 5. Jon Herl, 16.0, $1,396; 6. Kyle Irwin, 16.1, $1,015; 7. Jason Thomas, 16.2, $635; 8. Glen Clark, 16.5, $254.

Tie-down roping: First round: 1. Sterling Smith, 7.2 seconds, $1,989; 2. Jake Pratt, 7.6, $1,730; 3. Michael Otero, 8.0, $1,470; 4. Cory Solomon, 8.1, $1,211; 5. Blair Burk, 8.2, $951; 6. Marty Yates, 8.3, $692; 7. Tyler Prcin, 8.5, $432; 8. Randall Carlisle, 8.6, $173.Second round: 1. Blain Cox, 7.3 seconds, $1,989; 2. (tie) Dillon Holder and Shane Hanchey, 7.4, $1,600 each; 4. Josh Peek, 7.6, $1,211; 5. (tie) Blake Deckard, Jake Pratt and Trevor Brazile, 7.7, $692 each; 8. (tie) Reese Riemer and Ace Slone, 7.9, $86 each. Third round: 1. Michael Otero, 7.3 seconds, $1,989; 2. Cade Swor, 7.4, $1,730; 3. Shane Hanchey, 7.9, $1,470; 4. Cody Quaney, 8.0, $1,211; 5. Reese Reimer, 8.1, $951; 6. (tie) Sterling Smith and Will Howell, 8.3, $562; 8. Caleb Bullock, 8.5, $173. Average: 1.Shane Hanchey, 24.8 seconds on three runs, $2,983; 2. Reese Reimer, 25.7, $2,594; 3. (tie) Cory Solomon, Sterling Smith and Michael Otero, $1,816; 6. Tyler Prcin, 26.3, $1,038; 7. Jake Pratt, 26.5, $649; 8. Blane Cox, 27.5, $259.

Barrel racing: First round: 1. Sabrina Ketcham, 17.00 seconds, $2,115; 2. Mary Walker, 17.01, $1,813; 3. Cassidy Kruse, 17.03, $1,511; 4. Shali Lord, 17.07, $1,310; 5. Andrea Cline, 17.08, $1,007; 6. Calyssa Thomas, 17.18, $806; 7. Callie DuPerier, 17.25, $604; 8. Brittany Pozzi, 17.27, $403; 9. Britany Diaz, 17.28, $302; 10. Kasey Etbauer, 17.29, $201. Second round: 1. Calyssa Thomas, 16.89 seconds, $2,115; 2. Paige Conrado, 16.93, $1,813; 3. Heather Clayton, 16.94, $1,511; 4. Shali Lord, 16.97, $ 1,310; 5. Britta O’Keeffe, 17.1, $1,007; 6. Jacki Ganter, 17.11, $806; 7. Mary Walker, 17.12, $604; 8. Kassidy Cruse, 17.15, $403, 9. (tie) Carley Richardson and Laura Kennedy, 17.19, $252. Average: 1.Shali Lord, 34.04 on two runs, $2,115; 2. Clayssa Thomas, 34.07, $ 1,813; 3. Mary Walker, 34.13, $1,511; 4. Cassidy Kruse, 34.18, $1,310, 5. Paige Conrado, 34.27, $1,007. 6. Britta O’Keeffe, 34.48, $806; 7. Brittany Pozzi, 34.52, $604; 8. Sammi Bessert, 34.53, $403, 9. (tie) Jackie Ganter and Ivy Conrado, 34.70, $251.84.

Bull riding: 1. (tie) Trevor Kastner on Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s Sazerac, Sage Kimzey on Lancaster & Pickett’s Sam Crow, and Chad German, on Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s Footloose, 86 points, $2,983 each; 4. Brett Stall, 84, $ 1,406; 5. (tie) Chris McCombs, 83, $767; 7. Josh Koschel, 82, $511; 8. Scottie Knapp, 80, $384.

Categories: Twisted Rodeo

Thomas scores the round lead

Twisted Rodeo - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 23:16
Jason Thomas wrestles his third-round steer to the ground in 3.6 seconds on Saturday night to take the steer wrestling lead at the Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo. (ROBBY FREEMAN PHOTO)

Jason Thomas wrestles his third-round steer to the ground in 3.6 seconds on Saturday night to take the steer wrestling lead at the Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo. (ROBBY FREEMAN PHOTO)

GUYMON, Okla. – Jason Thomas is ready to return home.

Thomas makes his living on the rodeo trail, a pathway that takes ProRodeo cowboys down a winding path that crisscrosses North America. On Saturday night during the third performance of the Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo, he put on quite a show and can return to Benton, Ark., on a high note.

“I’ve been in California for a month, so I’m ready to go home for a while before we head out for the summer,” said Thomas, who posted a 3.6-second run to take the third-round lead in steer wrestling. “I had a really good steer today; Jason Lahr ran that steer and was 4.3, and Stan (Branco) came back and was 4.5.

Ty Breuer

Ty Breuer

“I was 12th-13th coming back, so I knew I had to run at it for the round and try to place in the average.”

Pioneer Days Rodeo features three go-rounds in team roping, tie-down roping and steer wrestling, with money paid in each round and for the top cumulative times in the three-round aggregate. Thomas sits fourth with a total time of 16.2 seconds; if that holds, he’ll likely collect another good check out of the Oklahoma Panhandle.

“This is the best winter I’ve ever had,” he said, noting that he started competing full time two seasons ago after competing at Panola Community College in Carthage, Texas, and McNeese State University in Lake Charles, La.

Thomas has considerable support for his business, from his primary mount, Frosty, to his traveling partner, 2013 world champion Hunter Cure.

“I’ve had Frosty since the ninth grade,” he said of the 17-year-old gelding. “He was my heeling horse and the first horse I ever hazed on when I was about 13, so I’ve had him a long time.

“It’s been a big help for me to go with Hunter. I feel better about my situations. You can’t pay for that kind of knowledge and help going up and down the road.”

While Thomas has been flourishing through the early part of the season, bareback rider Ty Breuer of Mandan, N.D., is just getting back to business. The 2013 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier suffered a broken back at Denver nearly four months ago and has been on the sideline since then. His ride Saturday was the first since January.

It worked out pretty well, too. Breuer matched moves with Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s Good Time Charlie for 87 points to take the bareback riding lead.

“Anytime you can get along with one of the best horses around, it’s a big confidence booster,” he said. “I knew that horse would just be good. That’s the perfect horse to come back on.”

Guymon (Okla.) Pioneer Days Rodeo
April 27-May 3
Results through the first performance
Bareback riding leaders:
1. Ty Breuer, 87 points on Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s Good Time Charlie; 2. (tie) Zachariah Phillips and Tim O’Connell, 85 each; 4. Wes Stevenson, 81; 5. Mason Clements, 80; 6. (tie) Devan Reilly, Richmond Champion and Joe Gunderson, 78.

Team roping: Third round leaders: 1. Brian Dunning/Jesse Jolly, 6.6 seconds; 2. A.J. Fuchs/Sloan Hendley, 6.7; 3. (tie) Clayton Hass/Logan Medlin and Luke Brown and Kollin VonAhn, 6.8; 5. Colby Lovell/Kory Koontz, 7.1; 6. (tie) Turtle Powell/Dakota Kirchenschlager and Calvin Brevik/Wade Masters, 7.2; 8. Jake Cooper/Tyler McKnight, 7.5;. Aggregate leaders: 1. Colby Lovell/Kory Koontz, 20.1 seconds on three runs; 2. Jake Cooper/Tyler McKnight, 21.0; 3. Calvin Brevik/Wade Masters, 22.6; 4. Anthony Lucia, 24.1; 5. A.J. Fuchs/Sloan Hendley, 24.2; 6. Jess Tierney/Jace Crabb, 24.6; 7. Turtle Powell/ Dakota Kirckenschlager, 26.3; 8. Jason Arndt/Chad Mathes, 26.8.

Steer roping: Fifth round leaders: 1. Brodie Poppino, 11.3 seconds; 2. Rocky Patterson, 11.8; 3. (tie) Chance Kelton and Will Gasperson, 12.2; 5. Thomas Smith, 13.1; 6. Jess Tierney, 13.4; 4. Shay Good, 13.6; 5. Scott Snedecor, 14.3; 6. Wade Shoemaker, 15.0; no other qualified times. Aggregate leaders: 1. Tuf Cooper, 106.9 seconds on five runs; 2. Brodie Poppino, 64.0 seconds on four runs; 3. Scott Snedecor, 68.8; 4. Chance Kelton, 69.6; 5. Jess Tierney, 74.4; 6. Will Gasperson, 87.4.

Saddle bronc riding leaders: 1. Taos Muncy on Powder River Rodeo’s Miss Chestnut, 88 points; 2. Isaac Diaz, 85; 3. (tie) Dalton Davis and Allen Boore, 83; 5. Bradley Harter, 81; 6(tie) Tyler Corrington, Wade Sundell and Jace Angus, 78; 4. (tie) Chet Johnson, Cort Scheer, and Zeke Thurston, 77; 5. Jade Blackwell and Tyrel Larson, 76; 6. Chase Bennett, 75; 7. Chanse Darling, 73; 8. Casey Maddox, 70.

Steer wrestling: Third round leaders: 1. Jason Thomas, 3.6 seconds; 2. Wade Sumpter, 3.9; 3. (tie) Michael Bates Jr. and Blake Mindemann, 4.6 each; 5. Forest Sainsbury, 4.7; 6. Sean Mulligan, 4.8; 7. (tie) Stan Branco and Laine Herl, 4.9. Aggregate leaders: 1. Stan Branco, 13.9 seconds on three runs; 2. Hunter Lewis, 15.7; 3. Laine Herl, 16.0; 4. Jason Thomas, 16.2; 5. Blake Mindemann, 16.6; 6. Brad Johnson, 19.0; 7. Forest Sainsbury, 19.4; 6. Chance E. Howard, 20.1.

Tie-down roping: Third round leaders: 1. Michael Otero, 7.3 seconds; 2. Cade Swor, 7.4; 3. Shane Hanchey, 7.9; 4. Cody Quaney, 8.0; 5. (tie) Sterling Smith and Will Howell, 8.3; 7. Trey Young, 8.8; 8. Cory Solomon, 9.1. Aggregate leaders: 1. Shane Hanchey, 24.8 seconds on three runs; 2. (tie) Cory Solomon, Sterling Smith and Michael Otero, 26.0 each; 5.Jake Pratt, 26.5; 6.Blane Cox, 27.5; 7. Will Howell, 27.6; 8.Cade Swor, 27.7.

Barrel racing: Second round leaders: 1. Paige Conrado, 16.93 seconds; 2. Heather Clayton, 16.94; 3. Britta O’Keeffe, 17.10; 4. Mary Walker, 17.12; 5. (tie) Laura Kennedy and Carley Richardson, 17.19; 7. Sammi Bessert, 17.23; 8. Ivy Conrado, 17.24; 9. Brittany Pozzi, 17.25; 10. Fallon Taylor, 17.29. Aggregate leaders: 1. Mary Walker, 34.13 seconds on two runs; 2. Paige Conrado, 34.27; 3. Britta O’Keeffe, 34.48; 4. Brittany Pozzi, 34.52; 5. Sammi Bessert, 34.53; 6. Ivy Conrado, 34.70; 7. Emily Holton, 34.73; 8. Jaime Hinton, 34.74; 9. Chelsey Kleinvackter,34.75; 10. Sidney Forrest, 34.79.

Bull riding leaders: 1. Trevor Kastner, 86 points on Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s Sazerac; 2. Sage Kimzey, 86; 3. Brett Stall, 84; 4. (tie) Chris McCombs and Bryce Barrios, 83 each; 6. Josh Koschel, 82; 7. Scottie Knapp, 80; 8. Tanner Bothwell, 79.

Categories: Twisted Rodeo

Reunion pays off for Muncy

Twisted Rodeo - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 18:17
Taos Muncy rides Powder River Rodeo's Miss Chestnut for 88 points to take the lead at the Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo. (ROBBY FREEMAN PHOTO)

Taos Muncy rides Powder River Rodeo’s Miss Chestnut for 88 points to take the lead at the Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo. (ROBBY FREEMAN PHOTO)

BY TRISHA PRICE
Rodeo Media Relations

GUYMON, Okla. – No stranger to winning or the Guymon community, two-time world champion saddle bronc rider Taos Muncy of Corona, N.M., has made a name for himself in the rodeo industry.

“This is where it all started for me,” Muncy said referring to Guymon, home of this week’s Pioneer Days Rodeo.

Muncy rodeoed for Oklahoma Panhandle State University, just 10 miles down the road in Goodwell.

Tuf Cooper competes in steer roping on Saturday afternoon. He leads the five-round aggregate. (ROBBY FREEMAN PHOTO)

Tuf Cooper competes in steer roping on Saturday afternoon. He leads the five-round aggregate. (ROBBY FREEMAN PHOTO)

“As soon as I came here for the bronc school my freshman year of high school, I knew where I wanted to go to college and where I wanted to hang out,” he said.

As an Aggie, he won the college and world championships in bronc riding as just a sophomore in 2007, becoming just the third cowboy in the history of the sport to win the two titles in the same event in the same calendar year; he joined bull rider Matt Austin and all-around cowboy Ty Murray.

An 88-point ride aboard Powder River Rodeo’s Miss Chestnut put Muncy in a position to take home his second championship title in Guymon – he won Pioneer Days in that magical 2007 season. He has encountered that horse before while winning the title in Caldwell, Idaho.

“I had a pretty good idea of what he was and I was really excited it was nice weather to get on him,” Muncy said.

The sunny, 80-degree weather made it the perfect saddle bronc riding conditions at the Saturday afternoon performance for Muncy.

He was joined in the winner’s circle Saturday by two other world champions who also took the lead in each of their events. Three-time and defending tie-down roping champion Tuf Cooper of Decatur, Texas, took the lead in the steer roping with an aggregate time of 106.9 seconds on five runs, and reigning bull riding world champion Sage Kimzey of Strong City, Okla., took the lead in the bull riding with a 86-point ride.

Cooper, a seven-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier, is excited about taking the lead in the steer roping, an event he began competing in just a year ago.

“To win one of my first big steer roping’s would be a big breakthrough for me and give me a lot of confidence,” Cooper said. “I’ve placed in some rounds won enough to stay in the all-around but nothing big.

“This is one of the bigger steer ropings; it’s a five-header, so you have to keep roping because a lot of guys can go out. My dad has won it plenty of times, my uncle has won it and my brother-in-law so it would be cool to win.”

His father is eight-time world champion Roy Cooper, who won rodeo’s Triple Crown in 1983 by claiming the all-around, tie-down roping and steer roping gold buckles.

Now Tuf Cooper is carrying on a family tradition.

Guymon (Okla.) Pioneer Days Rodeo
April 27-May 3
Results through the first performance

Bareback riding leaders: 1. (tie) Zachariah Phillips, on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Cool Change, and Tim O’Connell, on Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s Fancy Free, 85 points each; 3. Wes Stevenson, 81; 4. Mason Clements, 80; 5. (tie) Devan Reilly and Richmond Champion, 78 each; 7. Will Martin, 77; 8. Kody Lamb, 74.

Team roping: Third round leaders: 1. (tie) Clayton Hass/Logan Medlin and Luke Brown and Kollin VonAhn, 6.8 seconds; 3. Colby Lovell/Kory Koontz, 7.1; 4. (tie) Turtle Powell/Dakota Kirchenschlager and Calvin Brevik/Wade Masters, 7.2; 6. Jake Cooper/Tyler McKnight, 7.5;. Aggregate leaders: 1. Colby Lovell/Kory Koontz, 20.1 seconds on three runs; 2. Jake Cooper/Tyler McKnight, 21.0; 3. Calvin Brevik/Wade Masters, 22.6; 4. Jess Tierney/Jace Crabb, 24.6; 5. Turtle Powell/ Dakota Kirckenschlager, 26.3; 6. Brandon Webb/Kaleb Driggers, 29.8; 7. Clayton Hass/Logan Medlin, 30.0; 8. Zayne Dishion/Tommy Zuniga, 30.7.

Steer roping: Fifth round leaders: 1. Rocky Patterson, 11.8 seconds 2. Chance Kelton, 12.2; 3. Jess Tierney, 13.4; 4. Shay Good, 13.6; 5. Scott Snedecor, 14.3; 6. Wade Shoemaker, 15.0; no other qualified times. Aggregate leaders: 1. Tuf Cooper, 106.9 seconds on five runs; 2. Scott Snedecor, 68.8 seconds on four runs; 3. Chance Kelton, 69.6; 4. Jess Tierney, 74.4; 5. JoJo LeMond, 93.2; 5. Vin Fisher Jr., 110.2.

Saddle bronc riding leaders: 1. Taos Muncy on Powder River Rodeo’s Miss Chesnut, 88 points; 2. Isaac Diaz, 85; 3. (tie) Tyler Corrington and Wade Sundell, 78; 4. (tie) Chet Johnson, Cort Scheer, and Zeke Thurston, 77; 5. Jade Blackwell and Tyrel Larson, 76; 6. Chase Bennett, 75; 7. Chanse Darling, 73; 8. Casey Maddox, 70.

Steer wrestling: Third round leaders: 1. Wade Sumpter, 3.9 seconds; 2. Michael Bates Jr., 4.6; 3. Forest Sainsbury, 4.7; 4. Sean Mulligan, 4.8; 5. (tie) Stan Branco and Jon Herl, 4.9; 7. Ace Campbell, 5.1; 8. Dean Stermer, 5.8.Aggregate leaders: 1. Forest Sainsbury, 19.4 seconds on three runs; 2. Darrell Petry, 20.5; 3. Sean Mulligan, 24.0; 4. Wade Sumpter, 25.4; 5. Dean Sterner, 26.2; 6. Dean Boldon, 28.2; 7. Juan Alcazar Jr., 31.4; 8. Hunter Lewis, 8.4 seconds on two runs.

Tie-down roping: Third round leaders: 1. Cade Swor, 7.4 seconds. 2. Shane Hanchey, 7.9; 3. Sterling Smith, 8.3; 4. Trey Young, 8.8; 5. Cory Solomon, 9.1; 6. Jess Woodward and Dane Kissack, 9.7; 8. Robert Mathis 9.8. Aggregate leaders: 1. Shane Hanchey, 24.8 seconds on three runs; 2. Cory Solomon, 26.0; 3. Sterling Smith, 26.0; 4.Jake Pratt, 26.5; 5.Blane Cox, 27.5; 6.Cade Swor, 27.7; 7. Dane Kissack 28.9; 8.Trey Young, 29.8.

Barrel racing: Second round leaders: 1. Heather Clayton, 16.94 seconds; 2. Mary Walker, 17.12; 3. (tie) Laura Kennedy and Carley Richardson, 17.19; 5. Ivy Conrado, 17.24; 6. Brittany Pozzi, 17.25; 7. Fallon Taylor, 17.29; 8. Rebecca Hughes, 17.30; 9. Lanita Peirce, 17.31; 10.Chelsey Kleinvachter, 17.32. Aggregate leaders: 1. Mary Walker, 34.13 seconds on two runs; 2. Brittany Pozzi, 34.52; 3. Ivy Conrado, 34.70; 4. Jaime Hinton, 34.74; 5. Chelsey Kleinvackter,34.75; 6. Fallon Taylor, 34.81; 7. Natalie Bland, 34.87; 8. Karisa Brookshire, 34.93; 9. Jenna Waggoner, 34.94; 10. Rebecca Hughes, 34.96.

Bull riding leaders: 1. Trevor kastner, 86 points on Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s Sazerac; 2. Brett Stall, 84; 3. Chris McCombs, 83; 4. Chris McCombs, 82; no other qualified rides.

Categories: Twisted Rodeo

Claremore rodeo focuses on fans

Twisted Rodeo - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 14:39

CLAREMORE, Okla. – Rodeo is much more than a sport.

It’s a true showcase, the perfect piece of family entertainment. That is the mindset taken by the by the volunteers who organize the Will Rogers Stampede PRCA Rodeo and the staff at Pete Carr Pro Rodeo, which produces the annual rodeo, set for 7:45 p.m. Friday, May 22-Sunday, May 24, at Will Rogers Stampede Arena.

“We try to have the theatrical portion of our show not interfere with the competition side,” said John Gwatney, a production supervisor for Carr rodeo. “We try to run a good, fast, clean performance without interfering with the competition.

“That’s where we’re different from other rodeo companies. If we’re not ready, the cowboy has to wait. When it comes time for that cowboy to compete, we’ve done everything we can to make that animal ready for that cowboy, so all he has to do is nod his head.”

That’s very attractive for everyone involved. Fans love it, which makes the experience perfect for local organizers.

“We have a lot of true rodeo fans in this part of Oklahoma,” said David Petty, chairman of the Will Rogers Stampede, which is the 2014 Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Small Rodeo of the Year. “The last few years, we’ve had an outstanding rodeo, and it shows in a lot of things that we’re doing in Claremore.

“It helps a lot that Pete Carr is our stock contractor, because he’s one of the very best in rodeo. Our fans know he has great bucking horses and bulls, and that, in turn, helps us draw the top contestants to our rodeo.”

The overall package is set up for everyone involved. The Carr team works hard with local orgaanizers to make it a fair competition for the cowboys and cowgirls, then puts in a concerted effort to put together a production that will have fans talking long after the final bull is bucked.

“We micromanage our program ahead of time,” Carr said. “We can’t be perfect, but we can dang sure get as close as we can. We’re always striving to be better, identifying the weaknesses and taking constructive criticism. It’s an everyday challenge, but I think trying to be better is just trying to take it to the next level.

“I’m proud of what we do, but I know we can always find ways to improve things. I like that the people I work with have that same mindset, too.”

The proof is in what happens at each rodeo performance.

“We have a weekend full of rodeo that is wild and fun and full of the top cowboys and cowgirls,” Petty said. “That’s what our fans want to see, and that’s what they can expect to see again this year.”

It’s a start-to-finish project for the entire Carr staff.

“What starts the production is our version of Americana,” Gwatney said. “We’re looking to get peoples’ emotions up, get them on the edge of their seats so when that first animal bucks, the height of the excitement is already up.”

Categories: Twisted Rodeo

Guymon has been good for Koontz

Twisted Rodeo - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 23:19
Colby Lovell, right, and Kory Koontz took the third-round lead at the Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo with a 7.1-second run. They also lead the three-run aggregate. (ROBBY FREEMAN PHOTO)

Colby Lovell, right, and Kory Koontz took the third-round lead at the Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo with a 7.1-second run. They also lead the three-run aggregate. (ROBBY FREEMAN PHOTO)

GUYMON, Okla. – The magic number for Kory Koontz is 20.

He’s one of the greatest ropers in ProRodeo and might just be the best heeler to have never won a world championship. Over the course of his storied career, the Sudan, Texas, cowboy has qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo 19 times. He’d like 2015 to mark his 20th trip to the sport’s grand finale.

Kory Koontz

Kory Koontz

“For a long time, the number in my mind that I had was that I wanted to make 20 of them,” he said, referring to the 10-round finale that takes place in Las Vegas each December. “I’ve missed it the last three years.”

On Friday night, he made another significant move in his plan to return by taking the third-round and average lead at the Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo with header Colby Lovell. The tandem posted a 7.1-second run during the first performance; their cumulative time of 20.1 seconds through three go-rounds gives them a significant advantage with three performances remaining in Oklahoma’s richest rodeo.

“I think I’ve won it twice,” said Koontz, who just resumed his partnership with Lovell in the last couple of months. “I’ve been here at least 20 times.”

Now he’d like to win his third Pioneer Days Rodeo trophy belt with Lovell; the two roped together in 2010, the first of four straight NFR qualifications for Lovell. Since then, Koontz has teamed with Erich Rogers, Brock Hanson and Chad Masters, while Lovell has partnered with York Gill, Russell Cardoza and Martin Lucero.

Colby Lovell

Colby Lovell

They quickly found success in 2015 as partners, so they decided to stick it out.

“Our plan is to stay in Texas and here in Oklahoma and get some money,” Koontz said. “When it’s time to go to Reno (Nev.) and get going for the summer, we’ll give it a run and try to get back to the NFR.

“Now we’ve got our game face on, and we’re going to give it everything we’ve got to go back there.”

As long as they continue to find success like they have in the Oklahoma Panhandle this week, their chances are good.

“We’re just doing our job,” Koontz said. “We drew just medium-type steers, and we did what we do. My partner did a good job, and I came around there and heeled all three of them. It was almost like we made the same runs three times in a row.”

That seems to be a winning combination.

Guymon (Okla.) Pioneer Days Rodeo
April 27-May 3
Results through the first performance
Bareback riding leaders:
1. (tie) Zachariah Phillips, on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Cool Change, and Tim O’Connell, on Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s Fancy Free, 85 points each; 3. Mason Clements, 80; 4. (tie) Devan Reilly and Richmond Champion, 78 each; 6. Will Martin, 77; 7. Kody Lamb, 74; 8. Anthony Tomas, 73.

Team roping: Third round leaders: 1. Colby Lovell/Kory Koontz, 7.1 seconds; 2. Jake Cooper/Tyler McKnight, 7.5; 3. Bobby Boyd/Johnny Folmer, 11.6; 4. Logan Olson/Jordan Olson, 11.7; 5. Caleb Smidt/Mickey Gomez, 13.0; 6. Brandon Webb/Kaleb Driggers, 13.3; 7. Brett Christensen/Chase Boekhaus, 16.5; no other qualified runs. Aggregate leaders: 1. Colby Lovell/Kory Koontz, 20.1 seconds on three runs; 2. Jake Cooper/Tyler McKnight, 21.0; 3. Brandon Webb/Kaleb Driggers, 29.8; 4. Logan Olson/Jordan Olson, 37.7; 5. Bobby Boyd/Johnny Folmer, 41.2; 6. Caleb Smidt/Mickey Gomez, 43.0; Brett Christensen/Chase Boekhaus, 53.0; 8. Coleman Proctor/Jake Long, 13.3 seconds on two runs.

Steer roping: Fifth round leaders: 1. Chance Kelton, 12.2 seconds; 2. Shay Good, 13.6; 3. Scott Snedecor, 14.3; 4. J. Tom Fisher, 19.8; no other qualified times. Aggregate leaders: 1. Scott Snedecor, 68.8 seconds on four runs; 2. Chance Kelton, 69.6; 3. Tuf Cooper, 90.3; 4. JoJo LeMond, 93.2; 5. Vin Fisher Jr., 110.24; 6. Brodie Poppino, 52.7 seconds on three runs.

Saddle bronc riding leaders: 1. (tie) Tyler Corrington, on Lancaster & Pickett Rodeo’s Wild Flower, and Wade Sundell, on Lancaster & Pickett Rodeo’s Badlands, 78 points each; 3. (tie) Chet Johnson and Cort Scheer, 77; 5. Jade Blackwell, 76; 6. Chanse Darling, 73; 7. Casey Maddox, 70; 8. Nick Shenold, 59.

Steer wrestling: Third round leaders: 1. Wade Sumpter, 3.9 seconds; 2. Forest Sainsbury, 4.7; 3. Sean Mulligan, 4.8; 4. Dean Stermer, 5.8; 5. Billy Boldon, 5.9; 6. Darrel Petry, 6.0; 7. Juan Alcazar Jr., 17.9; no other qualified times. Aggregate leaders: 1. Forest Sainsbury, 19.4 seconds on three runs; 2. Darrell Petry, 20.5; 3. Sean Mulligan, 24.0; 4. Wade Sumpter, 25.4; 5. Dean Sterner, 26.2; 6. Dean Boldon, 28.2; 7. Juan Alcazar Jr., 31.4; 8. Hunter Lewis, 8.4 seconds on two runs.

Tie-down roping: Third round leaders: 1. Shane Hanchey, 7.9 seconds; 2. Cory Solomon, 9.1; 3. Robert Mathis, 9.8; 4. Tyson Durfey, 10.2; 5. (tie) Jake Pratt and Cheyenne Stanley, 11.2 each; no other qualified times. Aggregate leaders: 1. Shane Hanchey, 24.8 seconds on three runs; 2. Cory Solomon, 26.0; 3. Jake Pratt, 26.5; 4. Robert Mathis, 32.5; 5. Cheyenne Stanley, 34.8; 6. Tyson Durfey, 34.9; 7. Tyler Prcin, 16.6 seconds on two runs; 8. (tie) Blane Cox and Reese Reimer, 17.6.

Barrel racing: Second round leaders: 1. Heather Clayton, 16.94 seconds; 2. Mary Walker, 17.12; 3. (tie) Laura Kennedy and Carley Richardson, 17.19; 5. Brittany Pozzi, 17.25; 6. Fallon Taylor, 17.29; 7. Rebecca Hughes, 17.30; 8. Lanita Peirce, 17.31; 9. Jaime Hinton, 17.33; 10. Sherrylynn Johnson, 17.34. Aggregate leaders: 1. Mary Walker, 34.13 seconds on two runs; 2. Brittany Pozzi, 34.52; 3. Jaime Hinton, 34.74; 4. Fallon Taylor, 34.81; 5. Natalie Bland, 34.87; 6. Rebecca Hughes, 34.96; 7. Andrea Busby, 35.11. 8. Kaylee Gallino, 35.19.

Bull riding leaders: 1. Trevor kastner, 86 points on Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s Sazerac; 2. Brett Stall, 84; 3. Chris McCombs, 83; 4. Chris McCombs, 82; no other qualified rides.

Categories: Twisted Rodeo

Ketcham leads Guymon barrel racing

Twisted Rodeo - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 13:22
Sabrina Ketcham

Sabrina Ketcham

First round: 1. Sabrina Ketcham, 17.00 seconds, $2,115; 2. Mary Walker, 17.01, $1,813; 3. Cassidy Kruse, 17.03, $1,511; 4. Shali Lord, 17.07, $1,310; 5. Andrea Cline, 17.08, $1,007; 6. Calyssa Thomas, 17.18, $806; 7. Callie DuPerier, 17.25, $604; 8. Brittany Pozzi, 17.27, $403; 9. Britany Diaz, 17.28, $302; 10. Kasey Etbauer, 17.29, $201.

Categories: Twisted Rodeo

Second round complete in Guymon

Twisted Rodeo - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 17:32

Guymon Pioneer Days Logo-100Steer wrestling: Second round: 1. Darrell Petry, 4.0 seconds, $1,946; 2. Jacob Talley, 4.3, $1,692; 3. Rowdy Parrott, 4.4, $1,438; 4. Ryan Swayze and Ty Erickson, 4.5, $1,058 each; 6. San Branco, 4.6, $677; 7. (tie) Forest Sainsbury, Josh Frost, Jordan Wiseman, Les Shepperson and Tyler Pearson, 4.8, $118 each. Average leaders: 1. Hunter Lewis, 8.4 seconds on two runs; 2. Stan Branco, 9.0; 3. (tie) Jason Lahr, Dean Gorsuch and Tyler Pearson, 10.2; 6. (tie) Glen Clark and Tommy Cook, 10.4; 8. Jacob Talley, 10.6.

Team roping: Second round: 1. (tie) Brian Dunning/Jesse Jolly and Joel Bach/Allen Bach, 5.6 seconds, $1,799 each; 3. Bubba Buckaloo/Ryan Motes, 5.9, $1,422; 4. Jesse Stipes/Billie Jack Saebens, 6.2, $1,171; 5. Tyler Milligan/Brady Norman, 6.3, $920; 6. Tom Richards/Cesar de la Cruz, 6.5, $669; 7. (tie) Justin Turner/Chase McAlvain and Colby Lovell/Kory Koontz, 6.6, $293 each. Average leaders: 1. Colby Lovell/Kory Koontz, 13.0 on two runs; 2. Coleman Proctor/Jake Long, 13.3; 3. Jake Cooper/Tyler McKnight, 13.5; 4. Dustin Davis/Will Woodfin, 13.8; 5. Jess Tierney/Jace Crabb, 14.4; 6. (tie) Tom Richards/Cesar de la Cruz and Chris Francis/Cade Passig, 14.6; 8. Chace Thompson/Richard Durham, 14.7.

Tie-down roping: Second round: 1. Blain Cox, 7.3 seconds, $1,989; 2. (tie) Dillon Holder and Shane Hanchey, 7.4, $1,600 each; 4. Josh Peek, 7.6, $1,211; 5. (tie) Blake Deckard, Jake Pratt and Trevor Brazile, 7.7, $692 each; 8. (tie) Reese Riemer and Ace Slone, 7.9, $86 each. Average leaders: 1. Jake Pratt, 15.3 seconds on two runs; 2. Tyler Prcin, 16.6; 3. (tie) Cory Solomon and Shane Hanchey, 16.9; 5. (tie) Reese Reimer and Blaine Cox, 17.6; 8. Tyler Milligan, 17.8.

Categories: Twisted Rodeo

First round complete in Guymon

Twisted Rodeo - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 17:24

Steer wrestling: First round: 1. Hunter Lewis, 3.4 seconds, $1,946; 2. Jason Lahr, 4.3, $1,692; 3. (tie) Stan Branco and Brad Loesch, 4.4, $1,311 each; 5. (tie) Brandon Volker, Mitchell Gardner and Kyle Irwin, 4.5, $677 each; 8. Dean Gorsuch, 4.9, $169.

Team roping: First round: 1. Jake Cooper/Tyler McKnight, 5.9 seconds, $1,924; 2. David Key/Martin Lucero, 6.2, $1,673; 3. Chase Thompson/Richard Durham, 6.3, $1,422; 4. (tie) Turtle Powell/Dakota Kirchenschlager, Colby Lovell/Kory Koontz and Coleman Proctor/Jake Long, 6.4, $920 each; 7. Dustin Davis/Will Woodfin, 6.6, $418; 8. Chris Francis/Cade Passig, 6.7, $167.

Tie-down roping: First round: 1. Sterling Smith, 7.2 seconds, $1,989; 2. Jake Pratt, 7.6, $1,730; 3. Michael Otero, 8.0, $1,470; 4. Cory Solomon, 8.1, $1,211; 5. Blair Burk, 8.2, $951; 6. Marty Yates, 8.3, $692; 7. Tyler Prcin, 8.5, $432; 8. Randall Carlisle, 8.6, $173.

Categories: Twisted Rodeo

Tuf Cooper leads Guymon steer roping

Twisted Rodeo - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 15:30
Tuf Cooper

Tuf Cooper

Steer roping results
Third round: 1. Ralph Williams, 13.9 seconds, $1,840; 2. Jess Tierney, 15.6, $1,523; 3. Tyrel Taton, 17.4, $1,206; 4. Leo Campbell, 17.5, $888; 5. Marty Jones, 18.2, $571; 6. Slick Ellis, 18.8, $317.

Fourth round: 1. Trevor Brazile, 11.7 seconds, $1,840; 2. Brad Starks, 14.4, $1,523; 3. Will Gasperson, 15.7, $1,206; 4. Chris Glover, 16.6, $888; 5. Fred Brown, 16.8, $571; 6. (tie) Trey Wallace and Chance Kelton, 16.9, $159 each.

Average leaders: 1. Tuf Cooper, 90.3 seconds on four head; 2. JoJo LeMond, 93.2; 3. Vin Fisher Jr., 110.2; 4. Brodie Poppino, 52.7 on three head; 5. Scott Snedecor, 54.5; 6. Chance Kelton, 57.4.

Categories: Twisted Rodeo

Poppino leads Guymon after Day 1

Twisted Rodeo - Mon, 04/27/2015 - 18:34
Brodie Poppino

Brodie Poppino

Steer roping results
First round: 1. Rocky Patterson, 14.9 seconds, $1,840; 2. Brodie Poppino, 16.0, $1,523; 3. Dari Suit, 17.5, $1,206; 4. Mike Chase, 17.8, $888; 5. (tie) Blake Deckard, Ora Taton and Jason Evans, 18.0, $296 each.

Second round: 1. Scott Snedecor, 13.9 seconds, $1,840; 2. Shay Good, 16.0, $1,523; 3. Jason Evans, 17.0, $1,206; 4. Brian Garr, 17.8, $888; 5. (tie) Jay Sellers and Brodie Poppino, 18.4, $444 each.

Aggregate leaders: 1. Brodie Poppino, 34.4; 2. Jason Evans, 35.0; 3. Blake Deckard, 36.7; 4. Chance Kelton, 40.5; 5. Rocky Patterson, 42.6; 6. Cody Lee, 43.2.

Categories: Twisted Rodeo

Barnes closes career with win

Twisted Rodeo - Mon, 04/27/2015 - 17:02

ALVA, Okla. – Lauren Barnes had secured another qualification to the College National Finals Rodeo in goat tying.

She wanted something more, though. She wanted to win an event championship in her senior season at Northwestern Oklahoma State University. She did so at her last regular-season rodeo of a strong career, winning the goat-tying championship this past weekend at Oklahoma Panhandle State University’s Doc Gardner Memorial Rodeo in Guymon, Okla.

Northwestern-Logo-200“It felt really great to end on a high note and get that title at my last rodeo,” said Barnes of Buckeye, Ariz. “At first, my goal was to make the college finals. Once I realized I had a chance to win the (regional) all-around, that was my goal. I fell just a little bit short.”

A three-event cowgirl, Barnes returns to the college championship, set for June 14-20 in Casper, Wyo. She’s part of the Central Plains Region-winning Northwestern women’s team, which won half the rodeos in the 2014-15 season.

“I don’t know what it is about our girls team, but we are so close,” she said. “I feel like we’ve got a really strong women’s team. It feels great to have other girls there that are working just as hard as you and excited to do well.”

Barnes finished second in the region to teammate Shayna Miller of Faith, S.D. The two Rangers were runaways in the goat-tying points race. In Guymon, Barnes posted an 8.7-second run to finish second in the opening round, then followed that with a final round-winning 8.2. Her two-run cumulative time of 16.9 seconds was almost a full second faster than the field.

“I got my education because of goat tying and rodeo,” said Barnes, an elementary education major. “It helps me prepare for the rest of my life, and it’s something I’ve really enjoyed doing. I’ve got one more chance at (college rodeo), then go live the rest of my life in the real world.”

Barnes was one of two Northwestern goat-tiers to place in the Oklahoma Panhandle; she ws joined by Tearnee Nelson of Faith, S.D., who placed fifth. Breakaway roper Samantha McGuire of Backus, Minn., placed fifth with a two-run cumulative time of 6.9 seconds, while barrel racers Cassy Woodward of Faith, S.D., and Elli Price of Leady, Okla., qualified for the short round.

Freshman steer wrestler Grayson Allred of Kanarraville, Utah, needed something big to occur in Guymon if he were to qualify for the college finals. It did.

Allred won the first round with a 6.0-second run, then got through a tough steer in the final round in 10.2 to hold on to the second-place spot in the average. The 150 points he earned, though, pushed him to third place in the region standings, earning him a trip to Casper – he beat teammate Laine Herl of Goodland, Kan., by just five points.

In the short round, “I drew a steer that ran a little bit, so I had to stand him back up and throw him down again,” Allred said. “I knew I had to go after them and do something big, or I wasn’t going to make it.”

Three other bulldoggers made the final round: Herl, who finished third; Stephen Culling of Fort St. John, British Columbia, who placed fourth; and Mike McGinn of Haines, Ore. They were joined by tie-down roper Harper Maverick of Stephenville, Texas, who finished fifth in the opening round. At the college finals, Allred will be joined by team roping-header Dalton Richards of Hawkinsville, Ga., who finished second in the region.

The Rangers men have a strong team competing in one of the most competitive regions in the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association. That’s especially true in steer wrestling, where seven Northwestern cowboys finished among the top 15.

“Every day you go to practice, people are going to push you and make you better,” Allred said.

Categories: Twisted Rodeo

Muncy is New Mexico proud

Twisted Rodeo - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 12:44
Two-time world champion Taos Muncy rides Pete Carr's Gold Coast during the 2013 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. The New Mexico cowboy is a vital part of the Tate Branch Auto Group "Riding for the Brand" team and carries his strong New Mexico ties with him around the rodeo circuit. (PRCA PRORODEO PHOTO BY MIKE COPEMAN)

Two-time world champion Taos Muncy rides Pete Carr’s Gold Coast during the 2013 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. The New Mexico cowboy is a vital part of the Tate Branch Auto Group “Riding for the Brand” team and carries his strong New Mexico ties with him around the rodeo circuit. (PRCA PRORODEO PHOTO BY MIKE COPEMAN)

For Taos Muncy, the comforts of his New Mexico home are hard to pass up.

Born, raised and still residing near Corona southeast of Albuquerque, Muncy is a ProRodeo cowboy who makes his living on the rodeo trail.

He’s a two-time world champion saddle bronc rider who has qualified seven times for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo over the last eight years – the only year he missed the finale in Las Vegas was because of an injury in 2008. Traveling the country in search of rodeo gold is his dream job, but being on the family ranch for an extended time is, too.

“Time goes too fast, so you’ve got to enjoy your family as much as possible,” said Muncy, who lives on the ranch with his wife, Marissa, and their daughter, Marley, 3, not far from his parents, Blaine and Johnnie. “My family’s pretty tight. That’s the one good thing about rodeoing; I might be gone for 10 days tops, but when I’m home, I’m with them.

“In rodeo, we’re all one big family. It’s a great lifestyle.”

Taos Muncy

Taos Muncy

Muncy also is part of another team, “Riding for the Brand” of Tate Branch Auto Group, which has dealerships in Carlsbad, Artesia and Hobbs. It’s a great New Mexico bond, which also includes other ProRodeo greats: eight-time world champion tie-down roper Roy “Super Looper” Cooper and two of his sons, Clif and Clint; team ropers Jake and Jim Ross Cooper; and steer roper Marty Jones – all have ties to New Mexico.

“Tate is a big New Mexico rodeo fan, and that’s really neat,” Muncy said. “It’s an awesome team to be part of.”

He is “Riding for the Brand” proudly. As the No. 4 bronc rider in the world standings, he’s off to a hot start to the 2015 season. His goal, as always, is to win his third world championship. In order to do that, though, he needs to finish the regular season among the top 15 to secure his eighth NFR qualification.

In Las Vegas, though, cowboys and cowgirls will battle for an unprecedented purse, with more than $26,000 paying out to go-round winners all 10 nights.

“The season’s going pretty danged good,” said Muncy, who has earned more than $30,000 so far this season. “I haven’t set the world on fire, but it seems like I’ve been real consistent. I’ve been placing and winning checks. As long as I’m making money, I’m happy.”

Money is vital. In addition to paying bills and covering rodeo expenses, money also equals championship points. The contestants in each event who earn the most money at season’s end are crowned world champions.

“I’m tickled,” he said. “My goal every year is to win the world (title), but if I stay in the top five all year, I’m really happy. I’d like a fighting chance when I get to the finals.”

That’s the benefit of having great sponsorship agreements. In his association with Tate Branch Auto Group, Muncy has more than a relationship with a New Mexico business. He has a true partnership and, like anyone who uses the southeastern New Mexico auto group, can take advantage of all the incentives available.

“Taos is a great champion and a great representative for New Mexico, and we’re excited to have him among our ‘Riding for the Brand’ team,” said Joby Houghtaling, the director of operations of the Tate Branch Auto Group. “He can utilize Warranty Forever, a Tate Branch Auto Group exclusive warranty that covers the drive train of any vehicle purchased at one of our dealerships that has less than 75,000 miles.

“We are happy to be involved in rodeo, and we offer discounts to members of all the rodeo associations, whether they’re in the PRCA, the WPRA, college or whatever. We’re committed to rodeo and the cowboys and cowgirls in the sport.”

That works great for any rodeo contestant, like Muncy. He’s spending time at home taking care of duties on the ranch that must be done. He returns to action Friday, May 1, at his ol’ college stomping grounds in Guymon, Okla. He attended Oklahoma Panhandle State University in Goodwell, just 10 miles from the Guymon rodeo arena.

In fact, he claimed the 2007 National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association saddle bronc riding championship while part of the Panhandle State rodeo team. Later that year, he won his first PRCA world championship, becoming just the third cowboy in the history of the game to win a college title and the gold buckle in the same discipline in the same season, joining bull rider Matt Austin and all-around cowboy Ty Murray.

“Guymon is pretty much a hometown rodeo for me, because Corona doesn’t have a ProRodeo and the closest ProRodeo to my hometown is two hours away,” Muncy said. “I still get nervous when I ride there, because I know they’re all watching me … all those great cowboys I looked up to and wanted to be like.”

The Oklahoma Panhandle has a grand history in the game, with 12 world championships earned by cowboys who have ties to the region once known as “No Man’s Land.”

“All those guys helped me quite a bit,” he said. “I could ride broncs, but I wasn’t good enough to do it at this level until I got there and worked with those guys.”

When he’s done with the Guymon rodeo, he’ll return to Corona and handle the tasks around the ranch before committing to the big summer run. Now 27 years old, he understands the importance of taking care of business every time he prepares to ride.

“I don’t do a lot of extra stuff to stay in shape, but I try to stay active,” Muncy said. “I stay plenty active when I’m around the place, because I’m usually running around here pretty good. If there’s stuff on my riding that I need to work on, I’ll dang sure get on my spur board or get on practice horses to keep tuned up.

“When we get to the summer run, especially over the Fourth of July, it helps me a lot when you’re getting on broncs every day. That’s when you feel the best. When you’re riding broncs, you’re using muscles you don’t ever use any other time.”

It all adds up to him living a lifetime of dreams.

“I’ve wanted to be a cowboy as long as I can remember, since I was probably 2 or 3,” he said. “I figured out you could ride animals and get paid. I always thought it would be cool to get on broncs or bulls or calves or sheep. I played football and basketball and other stuff, but all I’ve ever wanted to do was be a cowboy.”

He’s pretty good at it.

Tate Branch-logo

Categories: Twisted Rodeo

Rodeo strives to be one of the best

Twisted Rodeo - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 10:54

BRIDGEPORT, Texas – This community is tucked in north Texas is less than an hour’s drive from the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.

It’s home to about 6,100 people and one of the fastest growing events in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. Hundreds of the greatest cowboys and cowgirls make their way to this small Wise County city each May for the Karl Klement Butterfield Stage Days Rodeo set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 8, and Saturday, May 9, at Sunset Retreat Arena, formerly the Bridgeport Riding Club Arena.

ButterfieldStageDaysRodeo-LOGO“Our rodeo is special because we get more than 450 cowboys and cowgirls from all over the world who attend our rodeo,” said Susan Miller, an eight-year member of the volunteer committee that produces the annual rodeo. “We get world champions and National Finals Rodeo qualifiers that are part of our show, and they come back every single year.”

That’s a tremendous benefit to the Bridgeport community. Contestants, their families and fans will flock to town for the two-day rodeo, eating at local restaurants, staying in hotels and utilizing fuel stops. In addition, it allows for an easy commute for a few elite cowboys and cowgirls.

“It’s good for our local rodeo contestants, too,” said David Turnbow, chairman of the rodeo committee, referring to numerous NFR qualifiers that live in Wise County, including three-time and reigning world champion tie-down roper Tuf Cooper; his father, eight-time titlist Roy Cooper; and Trevor Brazile, the 21-time gold buckle winner.

“Trevor is just 20 minutes from his house. Besides that, we’re getting a lot of the other big-name contestants. It’s fun for the community to see that, too.”

It’s just one ingredient that makes the perfect stew for the local rodeo. There are many, including a work force of volunteers that strive to make each performance the best it can be.

“We work all year long,” Miller said. “I believe the rodeo gets better every year. We are super proud of the rodeo, but we always know there is room for improvement. Each year after the rodeo ends, we have a meeting to discuss what we could do to make it better.

“That is our goal.”

It’s showing. The Karl Klement Butterfield Stage Days Rodeo is a hot commodity, both for contestants and fans. From an amazing competition to a true family friendly entertainment package, there has been plenty of talk about the Bridgeport rodeo.

“I believe it will be the most talked-about, successful PRCA rodeo for our size of community,” Miller said. “I believe that one weekend per year will continue to be scheduled in many date books across the nation.”

Categories: Twisted Rodeo
The Guymon High School Athletic Awards banquet is set for 6 p.m. at the Texas County Activity...
Guymon boys golf placed 3rd, behind Shawnee & Tahlequah at 5A state tourney at the Shawnee...
The Texhoma girls and Hooker boys won their respective state track championships Tuesday in Midwest...

 

Sports

Premium Drupal Themes by Adaptivethemes