MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

July 11, 2013

Improving your knowledge about rodeo

By Vicki Beene
Phoenix Rodeo Columnist

— Here are 10 facts about rodeo:

• The Professional Bull Riding (PBR) is the biggest and most profitable bull riding event being held today.

• Rodeo emerged from an industry of working with the animals.

• Rodeo contests are divided into two types; one is scored by a judge and the other is timed for speed.

• The roping events originally developed from cowboys who hold cattle for doctoring.

• Most of the animals used in rodeos are domesticated and not actually aggressive. However, they are provoked to behave that way.

• There are rules that regulate the handling of the animals that were first put into effect by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) in 1947.

• All professional rodeos are governed by the PRCA.

• Bull riding has become rodeo’s most popular event.

• The term rodeo means to “go around” in Spanish.

• The word rodeo was rarely used by the American cowboy sport until the 1920s. Prior to that, it was referred to as cowboy contests.

The Regional Pro Bull Riders event held at Fort Gibson last Saturday would like to congratulate Aaron Loewer of Lincoln, Ark., and Clay Gifford of Hulbert who split first place with a score of 79. Second place was Cody Huitt of Porter with a score of 75. The RPBR would like to thank all the sponsors, fans and contestants for coming out and making it a successful event. You can follow the Regional Pro Bull Riders online at www.RPBRnow.com.

Jeffries Productions July 4th barrel race saw Lyndie Swink take the 1D and 4D with a 15.461. Cam Locke won the 2D and Barb Kelly won the 3D. Linda would like to thank those that came out to support the event.

Rangeline Arena’s July 4th youth roping breast collar winners were Terry Warren, Trent Madewell, Brandon Wilson and Johnathan Hamby.

Tonight there will be a team roping at the Rangeline Arena. Practice is from 6-7:30 p.m. Entries are from 7-7:50 p.m. with the roping beginning at 8:15 p.m. Saturday will be a team roping at the Rangeline Arena. Contact Rick at (918) 557-9951 or look them up on Facebook.

The Checotah Round Up Club is having a Summer Heat Series each Tuesday through Aug. 13. Last week’s 1D winner was Nydeary Fullbright with a 16.001. Cheyenne Spencer won the 2D, Stacy Fish won the 3D and Emily Weedle won the 4D.

Open entry fee is $20 with 80 percent payout. Junior entry fee is $10 with 100 percent payout. There will be a $5 one time, per person arena fee unless you are a member. Open arena and free ride will be from 5-5:45 p.m. Exhibitions are from 6-7:45 p.m. Juniors will start at 8 p.m. with the open to follow. Contact Twila Meier at (918) 843-0923 or like the CRUC’s Facebook page.

The Muskogee RUC is back in action tonight with their 4D barrel racing magnetic blanket award series. Exhibitions start 6-6:30 p.m. and the open at 8 p.m. Call Rhonda Stewart at (918) 869-1498 for information or go to the Muskogee Round Up Club web site at www-.muskogeeroundupclub.com

Friday, Three Rivers Cowboy Church will be having the second 5D barrel race of its awards series. The nomination fee is $10 you must attend three of the five barrel races. Pee wees are $8, youth $15 and open $25. Exhibitions start at 6:30 p.m., the pee wees at 8 p.m. with the youth and open to follow. You may contact me at (405) 826-5531 for more information.

The Sooner Barrel Racing Association (SBRA) had a barrel race last Saturday with the following results: pee wees 1D was Payton Zodrow, 2D was Exie Stewart and 3D was Aspen Hobbs. Youth 1D was Morgan Meigs, 2D was Evy Baker and 3D was Sarah McCormick. In open 1D, Leah Graber won it with a 15.816, 2D was Kali Marshall, 3D was Alicia Zodrow and 4D was Sherry Palmer.

The SBRA scheduled for Saturday at the Broken Arrow Round Up Club Arena has been canceled. Its web site at www.soonerbar-rels.com has the race schedule, all the rules, results and this year’s standings.

G Money Rodeo Company is having a rodeo at Sand Springs Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. You can find out more by calling Steve Gussert at (918) 683-1988 or go to www.gmoneyrodeo-.com.

Rick and Gail Ward have a great team sorting each Friday night. Gates open about 6 p.m. and sorting starts at 8 p.m. Go to Hillbilly Ranch & Arena and like its Facebook page or all Rick at (918) 684-7026 or Gail at (918) 682-2581.

The Lightning B Arena is having two barrel races a week. Sundays, Greg Stromme and Kurt Pickering with Equine Speed Productions are holding barrel races at this venue. The first one had 43 entries and Faith Wycliff won the open with a 17.644, Randa Stephens won the 2D, Carole Ray won the 3D and Candy Clayton won the 4D. Exhibitions start at 5 p.m., pee wees start at 7:30 p.m. with youth and the open to follow. Greg at (918) 629-4734 has all the information.

Tuesdays at the Lightning B Arena is a 4D barrel race with $100 added to the Open and $25 added to the pee wees and youth each. Exhibitions start at 6 p.m. and classes at 8 p.m. There will be pee wees, youth and open. The arena is the one on the West side of Beggs, up on the hill. Go to Lightning B Arena on Facebook or call Diane Brereton at (319) 759-2382.

The Parrish Horse sale will be Friday in Wagoner. Used tack will start at 5 p.m. with horses to follow. Fore more information, call (918) 485-1095 or like it up on Facebook.

Reach Vicki Beene with rodeo news or comments at ridinhighsaddlery@yahoo.com or (405) 826-5531.