, Muskogee, OK


February 22, 2012

Area colleges compete at Kansas State

The Connors State and Bacone rodeo teams competed at Kansas State University rodeo in Manhattan, Kan., last weekend.

Tulsa freshman William Whayne placed third overall in the tie-down roping event after winning the long go and placing third in the short go.

EJ Thomas, a sophomore from Keota, placed sixth in the team roping after finishing sixth in both the long and short rounds. Blazi Weippert, a Roland freshman, placed third in the long go of the barrel racing, while sophomore Ellie Anderson, from Rockwell, Iowa, who competed in breakaway roping, and Devyn Shaw, a sophomore from Winona, Mo., who competed in barrel racing, just missed in the short round of their events.

Bacone’s Austin Mason was fourth in steer wrestling.

Next up on the collegiate circuit is the Garden City Community College rodeo on March 2-4, in Garden City, Kan., followed by an event at Fort Scott (Kan.) Community College on March 9-11.

 Rangeline Arena is again offering a packed weekend of activities. On Saturday they will have a Beginner Roping, enter one draw two or draw all three, $40 per roper, enter two times. Books open at noon and roping begins at 1 p.m. This roping will be followed by a #10 capped at #5 and a #8 capped at #4, $15 per roper, pick or draw – ropers must be entered by 1:30, roping begins at 2 p.m. For more information contact Rick at (918) 557-9951.

 On Sunday at 2 p.m., Rangeline will offer another shodeo in their 2012 series. The remaining shodeos are scheduled for Sunday afternoons at 2 p.m. March 11 and 18, April 1 and 15. Events include barrels, flags, and poles, entry fee is $5 per event and age groups are lead line, 5 and under, 6-8, 9-12 and 13-15.

After completion of the shodeo, there will be a jackpot team roping for ages 14 and under. Info:  Kristy Wilson, (918) 448-8868.

 The Barton Arena Productions event calendar for March is on their facebook page. Go check it out if you are a team roper!

 This Saturday bull riding fans can watch the Built Ford Tough Series WinStar World Casino Invitationa at Reliant Stadium in Houston. The action will be televised on NBC Sports Network, formerly Versus, at 8 p.m.  There will also be an encore airing at 10:59 p.m. on Saturday.

 It’s the first time since 2001 that the BFTS has visited Houston and the only time that it has had the honor of being part of Rodeo Houston. As part of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, RodeoHouston is the largest and richest rodeo in the world, scheduled to pay $2 million in 2012. It is also an attendance leader, with more than 1 million fans annually, including more than 1.2 million last year when the PBR sanctioned the bull riding.

 Leading the way into Houston is Alvin, Texas, native Douglas Duncan, and top-ranked J.B. Mauney, who has earned almost $100,000 through the first seven events. The bulls in Houston will include Asteroid, who has won the Pabst Blue Ribbon Bull Award for being the high-marked bull in two of the three events in which he has competed this season. The 2011 World Champion Bull runner-up has three of the top four bull scores in 2012, including the highest of the year, with 47.5 points out of a possible 50 at the PBR 15/15 Bucking Battle in Sacramento, CA., in January.

 Remember – the horse sale is Friday night at the Parrish Horse Company, south of Wagoner on Highway 69. Used tack at 6 p.m. and horses following. See you there!

 Farmers’ Almanac’s Best Days to trim manes and tails to promote growth: Feb. 23, 24, 27 (918) 869-1498.

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

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