, Muskogee, OK

February 14, 2013

Valentine’s week gives lots of rodeo love

By Rhonda Stewart
Phoenix Rodeo Columnist

— Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! So where are you going this weekend?

Rangeline Arena will have their usual Thursday night practice and jackpot tonight, but they will NOT have roping this Saturday. Instead there will be an Oklahoma Junior Rodeo Association event at the arena. Books close at 9:30 a.m. and the rodeo starts at 10 a.m. For more information on the association go online at, find them on Facebook, or call (918) 482-5667.

Senior-pro rodeos have been scheduled for the Checotah Round-Up Club. There will be no membership fee – just six jackpots to get together and compete. Age groups for events have not been finalized, but it will definitely be a 40-and-over rodeo. Events will include breakaway, tie-down calf roping, team roping and 4-D barrel racing. The dates are April 27, May 24, June 22, Sept. 21, Oct. 19, and Nov. 2. If you have any questions call Jimmy James at (405) 409-7474.

This Saturday there will be a $500 added Better Barrel Races approved 4D jackpot at the Lightning B Arena in Beggs. This is the indoor/outdoor arena on top of the hill, formerly the McCoy’s Arena. It now has new ownership and management. This jackpot will have 100 percent payback of the entry fee, which is $25 with a $5 building fee ($30 total). Exhibitions begin at noon and are $4 each or three for $10. The open starts at 2:30 p.m. For more information or to pre-enter, call/text Elizabeth at (918) 361-7149. You can enter until the last horse runs.

Speaking of Valentine’s Day, a  “Sweetheart Team Race”  is planned for the Vian Arena on Saturday. Get your sweetheart, other half, best friend or significant other and compete in the team race — couple against couple! The catch – one member of the couple has to be a non-barrel racer. The entry fee is only $10 and prizes will be awarded. An open 4D jackpot follows the sweetheart race. The Open 4D will have $250 in added money with an entry fee of $25 (with a $5 building fee.) Format will be half-second splits. Exhibitions at 10 a.m., jackpot at 12:30. You may carry your time from the sweetheart race to  the open. For more information contact Brenda Miller at (918) 776-7835 or

Barton Arena Productions had a lot of average and incentive placers last Saturday at the Double D Arena in Poteau. Caleb and Cody Camerer won average followed by Rusty Meeks and Cody Camerer in second. Third went to Tanner Ward and Rusty Meeks, fourth to Norman Flurry and Cody Camerer, fifth to Trevor Howard and Cody Camerer and sixth to Toby Bean and Mike Morphew. The incentive winners were Shane Lee and Fred Jones, the runner-ups Larry James and Bill Duncan. Third were Larry James and Ricky Short. The high money winners were Cody Camerer of Kiowa.

Many of you have mares that will be foaling any time now. There was an interesting article in America’s Horse Daily on Belly Button Problems with foals. The tube that connects the bladder to the umbilicus will normally close in a newborn foal. If it remains open, it will continue dripping urine. This dripping is sometimes thought to be normal in foals for up to 3-5 days of age. If closure fails, it can lead to septicemia (blood infection.)

Surgical therapies by your veterinarian are needed if this happens in your foal. A diagnosis is confirmed by the appearance of the umbilical stump, elevated white blood cell count, and an ultrasonography exam of the umbilical structures. There is usually a good prognosis for treatment, but you do need to consult your veterinarian immediately if you suspect that your new foal has this problem.

Farmers Almanac dates to trim manes and tails to promote growth are Feb. 16-18 and 21-22.

Reach Rhonda Stewart with rodeo news or comments at or (918) 869-1498.