postheadericon Rodeo has plenty to offer its fans

BRIDGEPORT, Texas – It’s getting easier for rodeo fans to get tickets to the Karl Klement Butterfield Stage Days Rodeo.

“We’ve been wanting to have online ticket sales for a few years, and we were able to make that available this year,” said David Turnbow, chairman of the volunteer committee that organizes the local rodeo, set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 13, and Saturday, May 14, at Sunset Retreat and Weddings Arena, formerly the Bridgeport Riding Club Arena.

ButterfieldStageDaysRodeo-LOGO“We want to continue to make this a great rodeo to go with our Butterfield Stage Days celebration, and we want it to be an event the whole family can enjoy.”

Admission prices prove that point at just $12 per ticket. Friday’s tickets can be purchased online by clicking HERE; Saturday’s tickets are HERE.

“This is a community event, and we want to make sure it’s affordable for everyone,” Turnbow said. “We pride our rodeo on being family-friendly entertainment, and we do all we can to make that happen.”

There are plenty of amenities that come with each ticket. In addition to the world-class rodeo action, there are numerous options for food and drink as well as other fun things that are part of the experience.

Of course, none if it is possible without the competition and the performances that fans have come to expect with the Karl Klement Butterfield Stage Days Rodeo. It’s a true athletic showcase, from entertainer Troy Lerwill to the bucking stock of Pete Carr Pro Rodeo.

“Troy showed us last year why he’s been an award-winning act and funnyman in rodeo,” Turnbow said. “It’s exciting to have him back. It’s going to be great having him work with our new announcer, Andy Stewart.”

Stewart and Lerwill are just two pieces of the award-winning puzzle that is the Bridgeport rodeo. The rodeo was nominated as 2015 Small Rodeo of the Year, and the Carr firm has been nominated four times in a row.

It all adds up to a winning formula for the fans and for the Bridgeport community.

“We have a lot of pride in this rodeo, and I hope it shows every May,” Turnbow said.

postheadericon Doescher solid in Guymon

Cody Doescher of Oklahoma City has made four solid runs at the Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo. He sits fourth in the steer wrestling average with a two-run cumulative time of 9.2 seconds. He and heading partner Clayton Hass of Terrell, Texas, are seventh in team roping with 14.9 seconds on two runs. Competition continues Friday morning with barrel racing, with the first of four performances beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Cody Doescher

Cody Doescher

Steer wrestling: Second round: 1. (tie) Tom Lewis and Gary Gilbert, 3.8 seconds, $1,671 each; 3. Tyler Waguespack, 3.9, $1,321; 4. Wade Steffen, 4.1, $1,088; 5. (tie) Ryan Botham, Taton Sterkel, Josh Clark and J.D. Struxness, 4.3, $505 each. Average leaders: 1. Tyler Waguespack, 7.6 seconds on two runs; 2. Josh Peek, 8.1; 3. J.D. Struxness, 8.9; 4. Cody Doescher, 9.2; 5. Jake Fulton, 9.6; 6. Tooter Silver, 9.8; 7. Clayton Hass, 9.9; 8. Cole Dorenkamp, 10.1.

Team roping: Second round: 1. (tie) Ryan Jarrett/Marty Yates and Cory Clark/Levi Lord, 5.1 seconds, $1,846 each; 3. Cody Heflin/Ben Hogan, 5.8, $1,460; 4. (tie) Garrett Tonozzi/Cullen Teller and BJ.B. James Jr./Brock Hanson, 6.4, $1,073 each; 6. Clayton Hass/Cody Doescher, 6.5, $687; 7. Miles Baker/Jace Crabb, 6.8, $429; 8. (tie) Adam Rose/Walt Woodard, Aaron Macy/Cody Pierson and Tyler Wojciechowski/Jace Davis, 7.1, $57 each. Average leaders: 1. David Key/Travis Woodard, 13.8 seconds on two runs; 2. (tie) Adam Rose/Walt Woodard and J.B. James Jr./Brock Hanson, 14.2; 4. (tie) Aaron Macy/Cody Pearson and Coleman Proctor/Billie Jack Saebens, 14.6; 6. Monty Wood/Brandon Gonzales, 14.7; 7. Clayton Hass/Cody Doescher, 14.9; 8. Miles Baker/Jace Crabb, 15.1.

Tie-down roping: Second round: 1. Ace Slone, 7.7 seconds, $1,946; 2. Cade Swor, 8.0, $1,692; 3. Michael Otero, 8.1, $1,438; 4. (tie) Marty Yates and Josh Peek, 8.5, $1,058 each; 6. Ethan Hill, 8.6, $677; 7. (tie) Blane Cox and E.J. Roberts, 8.7, $296 each. Average leaders: 1. Cade Swor, 15.6 seconds on two runs; 2. Sterling Smith, 17.0; 3. (tie) Josh Peek and Caddo Lewallen, 17.1; 5. Ace Slone, 18.0; 6. Clint Kindred, 18.5; 7. Adam Gray, 18.8; 8. Matt Kenney, 19.2.

postheadericon Peek earns 2 Guymon checks Wedneday

Josh Peek shared the steer wrestling win and also placed in tie-down roping during Wednesday’s first round of timed events at the Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo.

Josh Peek

Josh Peek

Steer wrestling: First round: 1. (tie) Josh Peek and Tyler Waguespack, 3.7 seconds, $1,671 each; 3. (tie) Matt Reeves and Jacob Talley, 4.1, $1,204 each; 5. (tie) Tooter Silver and Logan Gledhill, 4.2, $738 each; 7. (tie) Royce Johnson, Clayton Hass and Cody Doescher, 4.3, $181 each.

Team roping: First round: 1. Tyler Wade/Dakota Kirchenschlager, 5.4 seconds, $1,975; 2. David Key/Travis Woodard, 6.1, $1,717; 3. Coleman Proctor/Billie Jack Saebens, 6.6, $1,460; 4. Clay Ullery/Ryon Tittel, 6.7, $1,202; 5. Monty Wood/Brandon Gonzales, 6.8, $944; 6. Matt Sherwood/Quinn Kesler, 6.9, $687; 7. Blake Hughes/Brady Norman, 7.0, $429; 8. (tie) Lane Livy/Braden Harmon, Paul David Tierney/Cesar de la Cruz and Adam Rose/Walt Woodard, 7.1, $57 each.

Tie-down roping: First round: 1. Cade Swor, 7.6 seconds, $1,946; 2. (tie) Sterling Smith and Adam Gray, 8.0, $1,565 each; 4. Caddo Lewallen, 8.2, $1,184; 5. Clint Cooper, 8.3, $931; 6. Ryan Jarrett, 8.5, $677; 7. (tie) Josh Peek and Rees Reimer, 8.6, $296 each.

postheadericon LeMond repeats as Guymon champ

JoJo LeMond, who has National Finals qualifications in both heading and steer roping, earned the Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo’s steer roping title. He placed in three of the four go-rounds and finished by downing four steers in 54.4 seconds. He pocketed $4,280 in the process.

The Andrews, Texas, cowboy also won the steer roping title last May.

JoJo LeMond

JoJo LeMond

Steer roping: First round: 1. Will Gasperson, 12.6 seconds, $1,697; 2. Scott Snedecor, 13.6, $1,476; 3. Guy Allen, 13.7, $1,254; 4. Dan Fisher, 14.4, $1,033; 5. Vin Fisher Jr., 14.5, $812; 6. Jarrett Blessing, 14.7, $590; 7. Marty Jones, 14.8, $369; 8. JoJo LeMond, 15.0, $148. Second round: 1. K.W. Lauer, 12.4 seconds, $1,697; 2. Don Eddleman, 12.6, $1,476; 3. (tie) Marty Jones and Billy Good, 13.2, $1,144 each; 5. Scott Snedecor, 13.4, $812; 6. (tie) Jess Tierney and John Bland, 13.5, $480 each; 8. JoJo LeMond, 13.9, $148. Third round: 1. Troy Tillard, 10.7 seconds, $1,697; 2. Jason Evans, 11.0, $1,476; 3. Jess Tierney, 11.1, $1,254; 4. Rocky Patterson, 11.2, $1,033; 5. Corey Ross, 11.4, $812; 6. Dan Eddleman, 11.8, $590; 7. J.P. Wickett, 12.1, $396; 8. Brodie Poppino, 12.2, $148. Fourth round: 1. Lawson Plemons, 10.0 seconds, $1,697; 2. Tom Smith, 10.6, $1,476; 3. Brian Garr, 10.7, $1,254; 4. (tie) Ty Herd and Brodie Poppino, 11.0, $922 each; 6. JoJo LeMond, 10.6, $590; 6. Jarrett Blessing, 10.7, $369; 8. Brent Lewis, 11.9, $148. Average: 1. JoJo LeMond, 54.4 seconds on four runs, $3,394; 2. Scott Snedecor, 60.5, $2,952; 3. Jarrett Blessing, 60.6, $2,509; 4. (tie) Vin Fisher Jr. and Rocky Patterson, 62.0, $1,845 each; 6. Jim Locke, 62.4, $1,181; 7. Jason Evans, 63.1, $738; 8. Tony Reina, 71.0, $295.

postheadericon Guymon steer roping 2016 Round 3

Guymon Pioneer Days Logo-100Third round: 1. Troy Tillard, 10.7 seconds, $1,697; 2. Jason Evans, 11.0, $1,476; 3. Jess Tierney, 11.1, $1,254; 4. Rocky Patterson, 11.2, $1,033; 5. Corey Ross, 11.4, $812; 6. Dan Eddleman, 11.8, $590; 7. J.P. Wickett, 12.1, $396; 8. Brodie Poppino, 12.2, $148.

Average leaders: 1. Marty Jones, 40.3 seconds on three runs; 2. JoJo LeMond, 42.8; 3. Rocky Patterson, 44.9; 4. Scott Snedecor, 46.7; 5. John Bland, 46.8; 6. Paul David Tierney, 48.7; 7. (tie) Jarrett Blessing and Vin Fisher Jr., 48.9.

postheadericon Jones ready to ride close to home

BRIDGEPORT, Texas – Steer wrestler K.C. Jones has traveled all across this country to compete at an elite level.

He really likes competing close to his Decatur, Texas, home. He will get that opportunity next week during the Karl Klement Butterfield Stage Days Rodeo, set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 13, and Saturday, May 14, at Sunset Retreat and Weddings Arena, formerly the Bridgeport Riding Club Arena.

K.C. Jones

K.C. Jones

“It’s nice to just run over there and make a run,” said Jones, a nine-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier. “Karl Klement is a very good sponsor for us and a big sponsor for that rodeo, so I go over there and hang out with those guys; they do a great job of taking care of us.

“It’s an awesome little rodeo. That arena is set up perfect. It reminds me of going to my hometown rodeo in Las Animas (Colo.). It’s just a big community affair.”

It’s also well recognized in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, the premier sanctioning body for the sport. A year ago, Bridgeport’s rodeo was nominated as the PRCA’s Small Rodeo of the Year, one of just five events its size to earn the nod.

“I voted for them,” Jones said. “Committees work so hard for us. Without the committees like the one in Bridgeport, we wouldn’t have ProRodeo. They’re the backbone and the heart of what makes it work.

“It’s awesome they were nominated. I was happy to see their name on the ballot. I was glad to be able to vote for them.”

Now he’s excited to be part of the field in the 2016 version. Not only is it close to home, but the Karl Klement Butterfield Stage Days Rodeo also affords Jones the opportunity to collect important earnings and hopefully return to the NFR in Las Vegas this coming December.

“They really take good care of us,” he said. “They have great hospitality for us every day. It’s pretty fun to go there. It’s been muddy the last couple of years, but it’s always fun.”

Jones enjoys the comforts of home. He has spent quite a bit of time there recently, so it works well to make sure to work Bridgeport into his schedule. He finished the 2015 eighth in the world standings and is just outside the top 50 as of the end of April.

“I haven’t been to very many rodeos yet,” he said. “I’ve been staying around here getting a lot of things done around the house. It seems like the past few years, I get hot when the weather gets hot. We’ll take off the first of June and try to make up ground. We’re going to be gone for weeks at a time, so it’s nice to be able to stay home for a bit.

“You can count 70 rodeos, so once we get out on the road, we’ll stay out there. There are some rodeos I’m missing this time of year, but when it comes to Bridgeport, I won’t miss that rodeo.”

postheadericon Guymon steer roping 2016 Round 2

Scott Snedecor

Scott Snedecor

Second round: 1. K.W. Lauer, 12.4 seconds, $1,697; 2. Don Eddleman, 12.6, $1,476; 3. (tie) Marty Jones and Billy Good, 13.2, $1,144 each; 5. Scott Snedecor, 13.4, $812; 6. (tie) Jess Tierney and John Bland, 13.5, $480 each; 8. JoJo LeMond, 13.9, $148. Aggregate leaders: 1. Scott Snedecor, 27.0 seconds on two runs; 2. Marty Jones, 28.0; 3. JoJo LeMond, 28.9; 4. Bryce Davis, 29.8; 5. Jim Locke, 30.3; 6. (tie) Dan Fisher and Chet Herren, 31.5; 8. Roger Branch, 31.6.

postheadericon Guymon steer roping 2016 Round 1

Guymon Pioneer Days Logo-100First round: 1. Will Gasperson, 12.6 seconds, $1,697; 2. Scott Snedecor, 13.6, $1,476; 3. Guy Allen, 13.7, $1,254; 4. Dan Fisher, 14.4, $1,033; 5. Vin Fisher Jr., 14.5, $812; 6. Jarrett Blessing, 14.7, $590; 7. Marty Jones, 14.8, $369; 8. JoJo LeMond, 15.0, $148.

postheadericon Rangers add more titles in Guymon

ALVA, Okla. – The arena in Guymon, Okla., may have been a muddy mess this past weekend, but it was the perfect place for goat-tier Shayna Miller to close out her Central Plains Region career.

Shayna Miller

Shayna Miller

Miller won the first round and finished second in mucky conditions during the short round to share the victory with her sister, Katy, at Oklahoma Panhandle State University’s Doc Gardner Memorial Rodeo at Hitch Arena.

Shayna Miller also clinched her second regional championship and was one of the guiding forces behind the Northwestern Oklahoma State University’s second straight women’s team title.

“It’s a pretty crazy feeling to win the goat-tying title the two years I was in Alva,” said Shayna Miller, a senior from Faith, S.D. “I had big goals coming into the year, and to come out on top again was a pretty cool experience.”

Katy Miller

Katy Miller

So was sharing the goat-tying title in Guymon with her little sister, a sophomore at Northwestern.

“It means a lot, especially since it was the last one of the season,” Katy Miller said. “Shayna really pushed me this last year. To get that win with her meant a lot.”

Shayna Miller was one of three Rangers to claim regional titles, joining steer wrestler Jacob Edler of State Center, Iowa, and tie-down roper Bryson Seachrist of Apache, Okla. They have all earned the right to compete at the College National Finals Rodeo, which will take place June 12-18 in Casper, Wyo.

Bryson Seachrist

Bryson Seachrist

By winning the region, the Northwestern women will field a full team of four cowgirls – Shayna Miller and barrel racer Sara Bynum, the third-place finisher from Beggs, Okla. – are guaranteed to be on the team; the other two spots will be announced later by rodeo coach Stockton Graves.

In addition, steer wrestler J.D. Struxness of Appleton, Minn., earned the right to compete by finishing second behind Edler, while bareback rider Austin Graham of Jay, Okla., finished third overall to return to Casper.

Jacob Edler

Jacob Edler

That means eight Rangers will battle for the national championship in a little more than a month, which bodes well for the rodeo program.

“There are a lot of quality girls on the team that can bump you out of your spot on the team,” Shayna Miller said. “If you’re not on top of your game, then you might not get your spot on the team. When there are more girls that are so competitive, it makes you step up your game.”

Of course, it helps Shayna Miller to have such a competitive sibling on the team.

“I was excited for her,” Shayna Miller said of Katy. “For her to go in there and pull off a good run in the short round and tie me for the average win was a pretty cool deal for us.”

It also made up for a disappointing breakaway-roping run for Katy Miller, who failed to score a time during the championship round.

“All I had to do was catch, and I would’ve done well enough to move into second in the region and go to the college finals,” she said. “When I pitched my slack, the rope came off his head. That was a downer, so I just focused really hard on my run in goats.”

It paid off in a big way. The women’s team finished third in the Oklahoma Panhandle and held on to the points lead overall. Shayna Miller used her solid performance in Guymon to move up from second place to earn the year-end championship. Edler, who had clinched the championship prior to the final rodeo, finished second anyway to close out a dominating season.

Struxness, who won the Guymon title, moved up one spot. Graham also won the bareback riding title to remain solid in the standings.

For the women, barrel racer Cassy Woodward of Dupree, S.D., utilized a solid final run to finish third overall, while breakaway roper Taylor Munsell of Arnett, Okla., won the short round to move into second place overall.

“Our women’s team was pretty stacked this year, and I think that meant a lot to Stockton,” Katy Miller said. “When the women’s team won the region last year, he really wanted us to get the second win this year. A lot of girls contributed to this team title.”

Now it’s time for the eight Rangers to prepare themselves mentally and physically for the demanding college finale.

“My first trip out there, it was just cool to be there,” said Shayna Miller, who earned her first CNFR qualification as a freshman at Pratt (Kan.) Community College before transferring for her final two years in Alva. “I didn’t have the goals that I have now. I have goals set for the college finals.

“All the girls that are on the team do their own things to get ready. We’re a team, but we all want to win individually. I think that practicing to win individually and Stockton having a team that’s wired that way just gives us a boost.”

It showed through the 10-event Central Plains Region season.

postheadericon Gizmo returns to Claremore rodeo

CLAREMORE, Okla. – Over the last two and a half decades, Dale “Gizmo” McCracken has received a number of honors in his career as a professional rodeo clown.

None of them matter more than the smiles he sees on faces in the crowd when people love what he’s doing inside the arena. That’s the mark of a true entertainer.

And because fans in northeast Oklahoma love McCracken’s work, he will return to the Will Rogers Stampede PRCA Rodeo, set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 27-Sunday, May 29, at Will Rogers Stampede Arena.

Gizmo McCracken

Gizmo McCracken

“Gizmo has been a good friend to the Will Rogers Stampede for many years, and we’ve had people come up to us over and over again wanting to know when Gizmo is coming back to Claremore,” said David Petty, chairman of the volunteer committee that produces the annual rodeo. “We’re glad to have him back.”

Moves like that have helped earn the Will Rogers Stampede the title of Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association’s Small Rodeo of the Year for each of the past two seasons. Tickets for this year’s 70th anniversary rodeo are on sale through the event’s website, www.WillRogersStampede.com, and include family packs and adult passes offered at a significant discount online.

McCracken is no stranger to recognition. He has four nominations for PRCA Comedy Act of the Year, including finishing among the top five each of the past two years.

“It’s been awhile since we’ve been there, but we’ve got a lot of friends and fans in Claremore,” McCracken said. “It’s always good to go to a rodeo where you see a bunch of fans.

“The big thing we do is the ‘walk and talk,’ and we work it from the hello to the end. I’ll bring out a lot of characters throughout the rodeo, because I think if you come for more than one night, you should see the different characters.”

That’s the clown’s trademark. During any performance, he will introduce a full cast of characters to the crowd, helping the production and timing of the rodeo while keeping the fans entertained.

“What’s really great about Gizmo is that he has so many characters,” Petty said. “It’s like he’s a quick-change artist, and it happens so fast you don’t realize it.”

That’s McCracken’s life as a rodeo clown. He spends many weeks on the road, working events in several states, but he loves what he does. He enjoys the crowds and the excitement that comes with rodeo, and loves to see the smiles and hear the laughter.

“I really enjoy seeing people have a good time,” McCracken said. “Maybe there’s a guy that’s had it pretty rough, is struggling some. If we can just get him to the rodeo and use our last American heritage sport to help him forget his troubles, then he’s had a good night, and we, as a rodeo, have had a good night, too. Laughter is pretty good medicine, and the way things are right now, everybody needs a shot.”