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August 15, 2013

COLUMN: ESPN’s ‘bad body’ is full of bull

For the first time in its five-year history, ESPN The Magazine’s Body Issue has featured an animal athlete. Yes I said athlete.

The famous bucking bull Bushwacker has been dubbed in the magazine as the “baddest body in sports!” He is the 2011 PBR World Champion Bull and is currently ranked first in the PBR bull standings. He has had 45 outs and zero contestants have ridden him the eight seconds it takes to be considered a qualified ride.

Don’t miss your opportunity to see Bushwacker and several other great bucking bulls at this weekend’s Professional Bull Riders event at the BOK Center in Tulsa this Friday and Saturday starting at 8 p.m. each evening. Tickets range from $15 to $100. For current contestant and bull standings as well as tickets go to pbr.com/en/bfts/schedule.aspx.

 The Muskogee Round Up Club finished their 4D barrel racing magnetic blanket award series. The magnetic blankets were awarded as follows: Vicki Beene, high point; JoAnn Whitfield, 1D champion; April Allen, 2D champion; Alicia Zodrow, 3D champion; Tammy Brown, 4D champion. Congratulations to all of the winners!

 The Sooner Barrel Racing Association will be having a barrel race in Inola Saturday with exhibitions starting at 6 p.m. and the jackpot at 8 p.m. PeeWees (8-and-under) entry fee is $10, Youth (15-and-under) entry fee is $15 and the Open 4D is $26. Contact Kathy Sontag at (918) 237-9364 for pre-entry requests today. To look up the current standings or for information about SBRA go to soonerbarrels.com

 This was the last week of the Summer Heat series at the Checotah Round Up Club arena. The Junior series award winners were Lakota Burton in 1D, Destiny Stevens in 2D and Lakota Burton in 3D. Open series award winners were  Nydeary Fullbright in 1D,  Cheyenne Spencer in 2D, Kathy Heck in 3D and Burton again in 4D.

The Tulsa RV Ranch in Beggs will be having a 4D $400 added barrel race tonight. Pee Wee entry fee is $10, Youth entry fee is $20 and the Open is $25 with a $5 processing fee per person. Exhibitions start at 6 p.m. and the jackpot starts at 8 p.m. Contact Debbie Lain at (918) 946-8846 or visit them on Facebook.

 The Loose Rowel Rodeo Company will be having a rodeo in Locust Grove Friday and Saturday. Muttin’ Busting will be at 7:15 p.m. with the performance starting at 8 p.m. Contact George Bowman or Lindsay Penderson at (918) 637-3819 or (918) 640-4480.

 The Western Heritage Days are being held this weekend in Bristow. Two rodeo performances will be held Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. It’s co-sanctioned by American Cowboys Rodeo Association, Cowboys Regional Rodeo Association and Cowboys Rodeo Association, locals accepted. Big Horn Rodeo Company will be the stock contractor. For more information call (405) 712-0801 or visit the ACRA website at acrarodeo.com.

 Collinsville will be having their annual fall rodeo this weekend with two rodeo performances Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. Warren Rodeo Company is the stock contractor. This rodeo is ACRA and CRRA sanctioned with local accepted. Contact (918) 247-6826.

 Hillbilly Ranch & Arena will be having their weekly team sorting tomorrow night. Gates open at 6 p.m. and sorting starts at 8 p.m. Go to Hillbilly Ranch & Arena and like their Facebook page or call Rick at (918) 684-7026 or Gail at (918) 682-2581. It’s some of the most fun you can have on horseback!

 Greg Stromme and Kurt Pickering with Equine Speed Productions had their last barrel race last Sunday at the Lightning B Arena in Beggs. They had 55 entries and Joyce Roston won the 1D with a 17.266, Miranda Ray 2D, Randa Stephens 3D and Tiffany Morgan 4D.

 Rangeline Arena in Warner is having a practice team roping tonight from 6p-7:45p.m. for $20 per horse. Saturday night they will have a buckle team roping, books will be open from 6:45-7:45 p.m.    For the latest events at this arena look up Rangeline Arena on Facebook and like their page or call  Rick at (918) 557-9951.

 The Summer Shootout barrel race is this weekend at the OKC Fairgrounds Coliseum. Contestants will compete once on Friday and once on Saturday with the top 15 in each D returning for a Shootout round on Sunday. This is one of the most sought after barrel races in Oklahoma with $11,000  added money, saddles and more. For some exciting barrel racing or to support your friends or family that may be competing, make the short drive or watch online for a small fee at pixelworxtexas.net. If you would like to compete, you can still enter until 7 p.m. Friday. Contact Ross Wright at (405) 820-0274 or go to  shootoutbarrels.com.

Vicki Beene’s column runs Thursdays. Reach her with rodeo news or events at  ridinhighsaddlery@yahoo.com or (405) 826-5531.

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