, Muskogee, OK

June 13, 2013

A fond farewell from Rhonda

By Rhonda Stewart
Phoenix Rodeo Columnist

— After a lot of thought, I have decided to retire from writing my weekly rodeo column. I have enjoyed the many people that I have met over the years.

It is always amazing to me when people that I do not know personally come up and tell me that they enjoy reading my column. I want to thank each and every one of you for the support you have given me.

Now to let you know what all is going on this weekend.

This evening, the Muskogee Round-Up Club will try to have the first jackpot of their eight jackpot series. Exhibitions will begin at 6-6:30 p.m. and the Open 4D at 8 p.m.

This is the series that will be awarding magnetic sheets as series end awards. For more information give me a call or go to their website at

On Saturday, G5 Outreach Ministries, with Jada McWilliams, will be at the Muskogee Round-Up Club for the 1st Annual Muskogee Roundup Day. Events will run from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

There will be several vendors set up, pony rides, live music, drawings, face painting, and a special performance by the Glory Riders of Oklahoma. For more information, contact Jada at (918) 681-4050.

Rangeline Arena will have their usual Thursday night practice from 6-7:30 p.m. at $20, followed by a No. 12 slide jackpot, pick one draw two at $50 a roper. You can enter up to three times.

Then on Saturday, Rangeline will have practice from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at $20 per horse, followed by a No. 10 roping with a No. 8 incentive, pick one draw two a $50 a roper with a maximum of three entries. Roping begins at 8 p.m.

Jeffries Productions will be beginning a Thursday night series at the new covered arena, Diamond C Arena, two miles East of highway 69 on Texanna Road.

They will award a Bob Berg trophy buckle to the fastest time. Exhibitions at 6 p.m. and jackpot at 8 p.m. For more information contact Corkie or Linda Jeffries on Facebook.

On Friday, Three Rivers Cowboy Church will be holding the first monthly barrel race of its 2013 series. This series will have a jackpot once a month, to be held on Fridays on June 14, July 12, August 9 with the September date and one rainout to be announced later.

Exhibitions start at 6:30 p.m. at $3 each. Classes begin at 8 p.m. with the pee wees, youth, then the Open. The Open will be on the 5D format with half-second splits, payback is 80 percent and equal payout. For more information on the series, please contact Vicki Beene at (405) 826-5531.

I can’t encourage you enough to go out and visit Rick and Gail Ward at the Hillbilly Ranch and Arena on Fridays for their arena sorting. They now have a concession stand on the grounds, so you don’t even have to cook supper before going.

Gates open about 6 p.m. and sorting starts at 8 p.m. Go to Hillbilly Ranch & Arena and like their Facebook page. That way you can keep up with all that is going on. Fore more information, call Rick at (918) 684-7026 or Gail at the house at (918) 682-2581.

On Saturday, TRCC is planning an evening with mutton bustin first, then arena sorting. For more information on this event please contact Pastor Tom Gragg at (918) 577-5190.

We ran at the Lightning B Arena in Beggs on Tuesday for the first Tuesday night barrel jackpot. It was a very well run jackpot and enjoyable evening. We will be returning to their Tuesday night series.

The Lightning B Arena is the one on the West side of Beggs, up on the hill. The crew had worked very hard on the ground and it was a very warm and welcoming atmosphere.

Don’t forget that the horse sale will be Friday at Parrish Horse Company, south of Wagoner on Highway 69. Used tack sales start at 5 p.m. with the horses to follow.

 Again I want to thank each and everyone of you for your support over the years. May God watch over the trails that you travel.