Archive for April, 2014

postheadericon First round of tie-down roping in Guymon

Guymon Pioneer Days Logo-100Guymon (Okla.) Pioneer Days Rodeo
April 28-May 4
First round results

Tie-down roping: First round: 1. Clay Long, 7.6 seconds, $1,744; 2. Trevor Brazile, 7.8, $1,617; 3. (tie) Tyson Durfey and Marty Yates, 8.1, $1,175 each; 5. (tie) Seaver Tate and Morgan Grant, 8.3, $720 each; 7. Chase Williams, 8.4, $379; 8. Quay Howard, 8.6, $152.

postheadericon First round of SW-TR in Guymon

Guymon (Okla.) Pioneer Days Rodeo
April 28-May 4
First round results

Steer wrestling: First round: 1. Dru Melvin, 3.7 seconds, $1,960; 2. Tyler Pearson, 3.8, $1,705; 3. Quinn Campbell, 4.0, $1,449; 4. Jacob Talley, 4.3, $1,193; 5. (tie) Josh Peek and Chance Howard, 4.5, $810 each; 7. (tie) Dean Gorsuch and Ben Shofner, 4.6, $298 each.

Team roping: First round: 1. (tie) Cole Dorenkamp/Jesse Jolly and Trevor Brazile/Travis Graves, 6.5 seconds, $1,956 each; 3. Travis Warren/Justin Price, 6.9, $1,547; 4. Tyler Wade/Kinney Harrell, 7.0, $1,274; 5. Chad Masters/Paul Eaves, 7.1, $1,001; 6. Matt Sherwood/Dugan Kelly, 7.2, $728; 7. Tuf Cooper/Marty Yates, 7.5, $455; 8. Kory Bramwell/Cole Jackson, 7.7, $182.

postheadericon Rounds 3-4 of Guymon steer roping

Guymon Pioneer Days LogoGuymon (Okla.) Pioneer Days Rodeo
April 28-May 4

Steer roping: Third round: 1. Trey Wallace, 10.8 seconds, $1,891; 2. Will McBride, 11.4, $1,565; 3. Chris Glover, 11.7, $1,239; 4. Tom Smith, 12.1, $913; 5. (tie) Jess Tierney and Joe Wells, 12.3, $456. Fourth round: 1. Chet Herren, 10.8 seconds; $1,891; 2. Chance Kelton, 11.1, $1,565; 3. Brodie Poppino, 11.7, $1,239; 4. (tie) Walter Priestly and Rob Denny, 11.9, $750 each; 5. Marty Poppino, 12.0, $326. Aggregate leaders: 1. Chance Kelton, 54.9 seconds on four head; 2. Brady Garten, 65.5; 3. Colt Carter, 67.2; 4. Mark Milner, 69.2; 5. Tony Reina, 71.5; 6. Chris Glover, 74.4.

postheadericon Rangers finish season on strong note

ALVA, Okla. – The Northwestern Oklahoma State University men’s and women’s rodeo teams have been oh-so close to greatness all season long.

They took another step closer this past weekend at the Oklahoma Panhandle State University’s Doc Gardner Memorial Rodeo, the final event of the 2013-14 Central Plains Region season.

The men scored 600 points to finish second in the rodeo and move up one spot to third in the region standings, while the women placed third inside Henry C. Hitch Pioneer Arena in Guymon, Okla., and remain second in the regional standings. By virtue of their top-two finish in the season, the Rangers women qualify to the College National Finals Rodeo.

Stephen Culling

Stephen Culling

“It was a great way for our team to finish off the year,” said Stephen Culling, the reserve region champion steer wrestler from Fort St. John, British Columbia. “I think there were 19 black-and-red Northwestern vests in the short round.

“I think, overall, we stepped up and finished off strong.”

Culling was one of four Rangers to win titles in Guymon, joining tie-down roper Berk Long of Mutual, Okla.; breakaway roper Liza Ingram of Defuniak Springs, Fla.; and all-around cowgirl Micah Samples of Abilene, Kan., in the winner’s circle.

Culling was the reigning Central Plains champion heading into the season, having won the title a year ago while competing at Western Oklahoma State College. He transferred to Northwestern this season and had hopes of repeating. He leaned on coach Stockton Graves and assistant Cody Woodward, who are standout steer wrestlers – Graves is a seven-time qualifier to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.

“I came to Alva to be able to bulldog with Stockton and Cody and be around all those great bulldoggers,” Culling said. “When you surround yourself with guys like that, you really give yourself an advantage.”

Though the circuit title went elsewhere this season, Culling is one of five Rangers who qualify for the college finals based on finishing among the top three in their respective events. Heeler Chase Boekhaus of Rolla, Kan., and tie-down roper Trey Young of DuPree, S.D., won regional titles, while Samples finished second in breakaway roping, and Karley Kile of Topeka, Kan., finished third in goat tying.

The Northwestern women will have two more cowgirls in the mix at the college finals – men’s teams are made up of six cowboys, while women’s teams utilize four ladies.

The college finals, which take place June 15-21 in Casper, Wyo., is where the national champions are crowned. Statistics from the season are thrown out, and the cowboys and cowgirls who have the best run during the week in Casper will win the coveted titles.

“This year I’m going to take my own team of horses down there and hopefully be a little sharper than I was last year,” said Culling, who finished seventh in the nation last year. “I just flew down and jumped on a horse I’d never ridden before. I ended up seventh, but I didn’t really have a good week there.”

That wasn’t the case in Guymon, where the Canadian cowboy scored a 5.1-second run to finish second in the long round. He then posted a 4.6 to win the championship round and the average title to close out his junior season.

“I wanted to finish off strong,” he said. “I didn’t ever look at the standings to see how close I was to winning it until I got there.

“I wasted a few chances the first few events this spring. Still, I feel like I’ve been bulldogging pretty good.”

He’ll need to keep that up when he returns to competition in a month and a half. That’s where it matters most.

postheadericon Rounds 1-2 of Guymon steer roping

Guymon (Okla.) Pioneer Days Rodeo
April 28-May 4

Steer roping: First round: 1. J. Tom Fisher, 11.7 seconds, $1,891; 2. Brent Lewis, 12.3, $1,565; 3. (tie) Neal Wood and J.B. Whatley, 12.5, $1,076 each; 5. Tyrel Taton, 12.6, $587; 6. Jay Sellers, 13.1, $326. Second round: 1. Shay Good, 10.2 seconds, $1,891; 2. Trevor Brazile, 10.3, $1,565; 3. Tom Smith, 11.0, $1,239; 4. (tie) Vin Fisher Jr. and Corey Ross, 11.1, $749 each; 6. Chet Herren, 11.3, $326. Aggregate leaders: 1. Corey Ross, 24.5 seconds on two runs; 2. Jay Sellers, 24.8; 3. (tie) Randy Wells and Chance Kelton, 27.0; 5. Mike Chase, 27.5; 6. Vin Fisher Jr., 28.4.

postheadericon Team roping will feature the best

GROESBECK, Texas – Over the course of her career, Jackie Hobbs Crawford is one of the most decorated female ropers in rodeo.

The thing is, she’s just as capable as about any man in the world of team roping. That’s why she is expecting to be one of the many talented ropers who will be part of the Wild West Championships, set for May 23-26 at the Limestone County Fairgrounds in Groesbeck.

Jackie Hobbs-Crawford

Jackie Hobbs-Crawford

Now in its second year, the Wild West Championships will be a three-day roping and rodeo extravaganza. It will feature six numbered ropings, which serves as a handicapping system for the sport. The organizers also have included in the schedule an all-girls roping. It all adds up to an attractive competition for Crawford.

“It’s super important,” she said. “There are only so many ropings a year, so we try to make all that we can. If they’re co-sanctioned with the WPRA, it’s even more important.”

The all-girls roping will be co-sanctioned with the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association, and money earned will count toward the 2014 world standings. Hobbs owns several WPRA world championships, and she’d like to add to the stack.

But that won’t be the only roping in which she will compete. If the schedule allows, look for Crawford in the Nos. 13, 12, 11 and 10.

“A lot of times, I enter the higher numbered ropings in the heading, then I heel in the 10-11,” she said.

Versatility is her trademark. In addition to both sides in team roping, Crawford also competes in tie-down roping and breakaway roping.

“Roping is something that was put in me a long time ago and has become a real passion of mine,” Crawford said. “You’re constantly learning. It’s a constant challenge.”

It takes quality horsemanship to succeed at a high level, she said, but there also is something that sets the elite apart. Crawford has it.

“I really feel like a long time ago, my mom put a work ethic in me to never settle, to never make excuses,” she said. “I feel like that has really pushed me past the point to be successful.

“If I’m not working at this, someone else is. When I meet that person, they’re going to beat me.”

Crawford will put her work ethic, horsemanship and talent on the line during the four days of competition over Memorial Day weekend in Groesbeck. The fans will be the beneficiaries.

“The women’s level of roping has stepped up dramatically, and I think the fans will see that,” Crawford said. “There will be some talented ladies and some good roping. It should be some good watching.”

postheadericon McCoys still near the top of the race

Cowboy brothers Cord, left, and Jet McCoy must change into uniforms and clean a hotel room to meet Swiss standards in order to receive the next clue during the ninth leg of the All-Star Edition of "The Amazing Race," which aired Sunday, April 27, on CBS-TV. (CBS PHOTO)

Cowboy brothers Cord, left, and Jet McCoy must change into uniforms and clean a hotel room to meet Swiss standards in order to receive the next clue during the ninth leg of the All-Star Edition of “The Amazing Race,” which aired Sunday, April 27, on CBS-TV. (CBS PHOTO)

“The Amazing Race” fans got to see a little more of Cord and Jet McCoys’ personalities during Sunday night’s ninth leg of the Season 24 marathon around the world for $1 million.

The brothers and four other teams began the CBS-TV reality series in Orvieto, Italy, and quickly made their way into Switzerland in the hour-long episode. That’s where The Cowboys fell behind. In fact, they got lost and were the only team to miss the first train to Chiasso, Switzerland.

“I found the train station,” Cord McCoy told his brother. “I just don’t know where we’re at.”

The McCoys asked for directions. The other teams reached their next destination of the ninth episode of the All-Star Edition of the race well ahead of the brothers. Once in Chiasso, the teams then took vehicles to the Swiss community of Altdorf, where they were to find Wilhem Tell, the legendary archer.

Cowboy brothers Jet, left, and Cord McCoy must calculate the model year of a Ford Mustang using the corresponding kilometers of two different Swiss cities in order to receive the next clue during the ninth leg of the All-Star Edition of "The Amazing Race." (CBS PHOTO)

Cowboy brothers Jet, left, and Cord McCoy must calculate the model year of a Ford Mustang using the corresponding kilometers of two different Swiss cities in order to receive the next clue during the ninth leg of the All-Star Edition of “The Amazing Race.” (CBS PHOTO)

“Jet and I are kind of used to being the lone rangers,” Cord McCoy said. “It’s not really out of our comfort zone to be on our own and doing our own thing.”

The first four teams – The Afghanamals, Leo Temory and Jamal Zadred; The Country Singers, Jennifer Wayne and Caroline Cutbirth; the father-son tandem of Dave and Connor O’Leary; and The Brenchels, Brandon Villeges and Rachel Reilly – all arrived at a statue of Tell in Altdorf, where a sign told them to wait until sunrise. In the middle of the night, the McCoys had arrived, so the teams began the next step in the race even.

The teams traveled to the Chapel Bridge in Lucerne, Switzerland, where a clue took them to Hotel Schweizerhof; they were to clean rooms that had been trashed by rock stars.

“We’re getting all suited up to go clean a rock-star room,” Jet McCoy said as he and his brother dressed in white shirts and a black bow tie. “We’ve never trashed a room that anybody knows about.”

Not only did the teams have to clean the rooms, they also had to be precise in regards to how the rooms looked. The inspector, a woman identified as Helga, made sure every step was complete.

“I’m really hoping my wife doesn’t see this,” Jet McCoy said as he ran a vacuum. “This is not something that I would generally do. Now she’s going to think I know how.”

It took three times before Helga approved The Cowboys’ cleanliness.

“Helga was cracking the whip today,” Cord McCoy said. “I mean, I would hate to have to work for her.”

Once Helga passed along the next clue, Jet McCoy responded with a hug. Of course, he seemed to be under considerable stress, as proven in one particular comment he made during one of Helga’s inspections.

“I feel like I’m in the principal’s office,” he said.

The Cowboys were the first team to the next stop at the Swiss Museum of Transport, where they had to identify a display. Jet McCoy recognized that the item was a giant trill bit, which was used to create the world’s longest tunnel.

Their next stop was at the museum’s Ford Mustang exhibit, where they picked out one of the five vintage vehicles and followed the directions of the clue to distinguish the model year of their particular Mustang – the brothers chose a silver 1967 Mustang because Jet’s young daughter is named Ti Silver. Once they figured out the car’s model year, they moved on to Oberrickenbach, Switzerland, where their next task had them fetching milk.

Cord McCoy handled the job for the brothers. He had to pick out a dog and a cart, then transport two empty milk containers to one of two dairy farms, which could only be reached by one of two gondolas. Once he found the farm, he had to exchange the empty containers for full ones, weighing about 30 pounds each. Then he had to return to Oberrickenbach via gondola and transport the milk to the truck via the same dog and cart.

“It was my turn for the Road Block,” Cord McCoy said. “If I’d known I was going to have to run up a hill with two cans of milk in the snow, it probably would’ve been Jet’s turn.

“Uphill in the snow, it gets heavy. You’ve got to grit it out.”

Heading to the milk transport with his canisters, Cord McCoy was in a race with Connor O’Leary to finish the task first.

“That was when I was glad I had a big, stout dog,” he said. “My dog was just trotting away, and I seen Connor over there trying to pull his to make his go faster.”

The teams were directed to drive to the town of Engelberg, where they took a large gondola to Mount Titlis, which was the site of the Leg 9 Pit Stop. Once on the mountain, the teams had to take another trolley to the top – on the final stretch, The Cowboys were joined by the O’Learys and The Afghanamals, and it was a sprint to the finish.

The O’Learys took the path of least resistance and won the leg. The McCoys finished second, followed closely by Temory and Zadren. Villeges and Reilly finished fourth, followed by Wayne and Cutbirth; even though they finished last, were saved by it being a non-elimination leg of the race.

Through nine episodes, The McCoys have finished second or better six times. They’ve won two legs and have finished as the runner-up four times.

There’s an ol’ rodeo saying that finishing second means a cowboy is the first loser. But in a race around the world for $1 million, it’s important to stay in the game. The Cowboys remain horseback for at least another week.

postheadericon Guymon title is Scheer-ly in focus

Over the last eight months, Cort Scheer has been exceptional riding bucking horses.

It has paid tremendous dividends … to the tune of nearly $250,000 in that time span. Last July, the Nebraska-born saddle bronc rider won the one of the most coveted regular-season titles in the sport, the Calgary (Alberta) Stampede, posting a 93.5-point ride on Flying Five Rodeo’s Spring Planting to in the $100,000 final go-round.

Cort Scheer

Cort Scheer

In all, he earned $111,500 in Alberta and parlayed that momentum into his third qualification to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, where he finished second in the all-important average race and pocketed more than $75,000 in Las Vegas last December. Since then, Scheer has finished second at The American and RodeoHouston.

He’s comfortable in his place among the greatest saddle bronc riders in the game. Now he has a couple of big-time trophies he wants to add to his resume: the world champion’s gold buckle and the cherished Guymon (Okla.) Pioneer Days belt that is awarded to annual titlists.

“I’m really excited for Guymon,” said Scheer, who competed on the Oklahoma Panhandle State University rodeo team and still lives in Guymon most of the year. “It’s close to a hometown rodeo for me. We have a bunch of buddies that’ll be here for it, and, of course, all the great bronc riders that live here or went to school here.

“They’ll be right by the chutes, so you better spur them out and ride them right because the Etbauers and all those others will dang sure tell you about it if you don’t.”

This is more than just saving oneself from embarrassment; this is about winning another prestigious title. Pioneer Days Rodeo was named the 2002 Large Outdoor Rodeo of the Year and regularly draws one of the largest fields in the game. This year, 942 cowboys and cowgirls are entered into the competition, which begins Monday and runs through Sunday, May 4.

“I’ve always wanted one of those belts,” Scheer said as he walked around a Guymon store looking for accessories to dress up his new traveling rig, a van that he and his traveling partners will use to get from one rodeo to another; the vehicle is specially set up for life on the rodeo trail, including a bed.

“My traveling partner, Chet Johnson, has one of those belts, and he’s always showing it off. I’d dang sure like to get one to match him.”

He gets his chance during one of the four performances set for 7:30 p.m. Friday; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; and 2 p.m. Sunday at Henry C. Hitch Pioneer Arena. Scheer is scheduled to ride Friday night, and he’ll find out later this week the animal that the random draw will match for him.

“Guymon always has great horses,” Scheer said. “You’re going to have a shot at winning on about anything you get on. It’s going to come down to a spurring contest, and that rodeo gets a lot of really good cowboys. It’s going to be a great year for broncs.”

Maybe it’ll be a great year for Scheer, too.

postheadericon Guymon rodeo features 942 entries

GUYMON, Okla. – Each spring, hundreds of cowboys and cowgirls make plans to be in the Oklahoma Panhandle for the annual Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo.

“It’s a great weekend, and for me, it starts my summer run,” said Taos Muncy, a two-time world champion saddle bronc rider from Corona, N.M. “We’ve been indoors a big part of the winter, and about the only big outdoor rodeos we’ve been to are Tucson (Ariz.) and out in California.”

Great bucking animals and amazing hospitality are reasons so many of ProRodeo's biggest stars make their home in the Oklahoma Panhandle each spring for the Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo, which features 942 entries this year. (LYNETTE HARBIN PHOTO)

Great bucking animals and amazing hospitality are reasons so many of ProRodeo’s biggest stars make their home in the Oklahoma Panhandle each spring for the Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo, which features 942 entries this year. (LYNETTE HARBIN PHOTO)

Muncy is one of 942 contestants who have entered this year’s rodeo, with four performances set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 2; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 3; and 2 p.m. Sunday, May 4, at Henry C. Hitch Pioneer Arena. In 2013, there were 611 events in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. Of those, few see contestant numbers like Guymon.

To accommodate the large number of players, the competition takes place over seven days, with “slack” beginning at 8 a.m. Monday-Friday. Steer ropers will compete in four go-rounds on Monday, April 28, and Tuesday, April 29. Tie-down ropers, steer wrestlers and team ropers will take part in two rounds Wednesday, April 30, and Thursday, May 1. Barrel racers will compete Friday, May 2.

“It’s a big rodeo for us, and that’s a good time of year for us to all get there,” said Muncy, who was a member of the Oklahoma Panhandle State University rodeo team when he won the collegiate bronc riding title in 2007. “Guymon is really special to me. I went to school there, and I have a lot of great friends there.

“It’s my secondary home.”

Muncy had a magical 2007 season. That May, he shared the bronc riding title in Guymon with legendary Canadian cowboy Rod Hay. A month later, he claimed the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association title, then backed it all up with the PRCA world championship in December. He added a second gold buckle in 2011.

Taos Muncy

Taos Muncy

His younger sister, Jordan, also competed on the Panhandle State rodeo team and earned the college championships in breakaway roping and the all-around in 2010. Texas County is special to the Muncy clan.

“I’d love to win every rodeo I go to every year, but I really want to win Guymon,” Taos Muncy said. “I finished second there one other time.”

There are a number of reasons why Pioneer Days is an attractive stop for ProRodeo’s brightest stars. It’s the largest rodeo in the country next week, and it offers a true home-away-from-home feel. Contestants are guaranteed great hospitality, and there are many of the top cowboys in the game who will make Guymon their home for all seven days.

“We try to do everything we can to get the contestants here every year,” said Earl Helm, chairman of the volunteer committee that produces the annual rodeo. “To have that many contestants coming to town, spending money in our restaurants, hotels, convenience stores … it’s very important to our community. That’s why we pride ourselves in making this a cowboy’s rodeo.

“We not only want them to be here to compete this year, but we want them to come back next year and the years after that.”

Of course, a big part of that is the opportunity to compete on quality livestock. Members of the committee work hard to have the right timed-event cattle in place to give every cowboy and even shot at his share of the large purse.

In addition, Pete Carr Pro Rodeo not only will bring its top animal athletes to town, but Carr will bring in other premier stock contractors to ensure that the top bucking horses and bulls in rodeo will be part of the action. That’s a major drawing card for the top roughstock cowboys, like Muncy.

“When you get to Guymon, you know you’re going to have great bucking horses there,” he said.
“They have the best horses, and they take a lot of entries, so that makes a difference in the number of entries you’re going to get.”

postheadericon Rangers on verge of college finals

ALVA, Okla. – For a few members of the Northwestern Oklahoma State University rodeo team, qualifications to the College National Finals Rodeo are set.

For others, there is some work to be done this coming weekend at the final event of the 2013-14 Central Plains Region season in Guymon, Okla. Take junior Ryan Domer of Topeka, Kan., who sits third in the all-around standings, 285 points behind the No. 2 spot and a secured trip to Casper, Wyo., in June.

Ryan Domer

Ryan Domer

“I’m going to really have to crack down and come out all guns blazing to have a good weekend to get the points to make it to the college finals in the all-around,” said Domer, who competes in tie-down roping, team roping and steer wrestling. “I have three chances to get the points I need. I just need to draw the right steers and get my mind right.”

Domer sits seventh in steer wrestling and eighth in tie-down roping. He needs to have his best finish to date at Oklahoma Panhandle State University’s Doc Gardner Memorial Rodeo in order to return to the college finals.

The Northwestern men have two cowboys – tie-down roper Trey Young of Dupree, S.D., and heeler Chase Boekhaus of Rolla, Kan. – who lead their respective events and are locks to compete in Casper during the week-long championship that begins June 15. Steer wrestler Stephen Culling of Fort St. John, British Columbia, sits third with a 90-point lead over the fourth-place bulldogger. Header Dalton Richards of Hawkinsville, Ga., is fourth, just 40 points shy of the qualifying mark.

The team of header Parker Warner (Jay, Okla.) and heeler Dustin Searcy (Mooreland, Okla.) sit eighth with 240 apiece but still stand an outside chance to qualify.

In college rodeo, only the top two teams in each region can qualify all six men; there are four who represent the women’s teams. Only the regional all-around champion and runner-up advance in both men’s and women’s races, then only the top three in each event earn the right to compete for the coveted National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association titles.

For the Rangers women, breakaway roper Micah Samples of Abilene, Kan., and goat-tier Karley Kile of Topeka, are in place to advance. Both are in second place in their respective events; Kile is locked in to the college finals, while Samples has a few cowgirls on her tail for a top-three finish, including teammate Kelsey Pontius of Watsontown, Pa. Pontius sits fourth with 278.3 points, fewer than 13 points behind the No. 3 roper.

The Northwestern men are coming off a second-place finish this past weekend at the Fort Hays (Kan.) State University Rodeo, posting 390 points. They were paced with nine cowboys qualifying for the championship round, with four of the top five bulldoggers in the mix: Jess Woodward of Dupree, S.D., finished second, followed by Tee Hale (third) of White Owl, S.D.; Chase Lako (fourth) of Hunter, N.D.; and Domer (fifth).

“Steer wrestling is the only thing that’s been going right for me,” Domer said. “Steer wrestling has kept me where I need to be regarding the all-around.”

Young continued his strong season with a second-place finish in Hays, roping and tying two calves in a cumulative time of 24.0 seconds, just two-tenths of a second behind the winner. Boekhaus, roping with Ethan Fox of Southeastern Oklahoma State University, placed second in team roping, while Richards and Tad Sheets of Brewster, Kan., finished among the leaders. Lauren Barnes of Buckeye, Ariz., was the lone member of the women’s team in the short round, finishing sixth in goat tying.

“Our girls team has been right there where they need to be all year,” Domer said. “They’ve been getting their side done. The guys’ team has been a little off. We’ve been hit and miss at every rodeo.”

Of course, the Rangers men hit pretty well in western Kansas last weekend.

“We needed a little more of that this year, and we would’ve been just right,” Domer said.

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