, Muskogee, OK

April 11, 2013

Action’s heavy if weather will cooperate

By Rhonda Stewart
Phoenix Rodeo Columnist

— Barton Arena Productions will be at the Checotah Round-Up Club tonight with a #10 roping with a #8 incentive prize drawpot, capped at 6E. You can enter one draw one for $40 or draw both. There is a $5 prize fee required. A trophy breast collar will be awarded to the high money winner. Books open at 7:15 p.m. and close at 8 p.m. For more information contact Bart at (918) 616-9269.

Also tonight, Rangeline Arena will offer team roping practice from 6-7:30 p.m. at $20 per horse/rider. That’s followed by a #12 slide jackpot at 8 p.m., pick one draw two at $50 a roper and enter up to three times.

Then on Saturday night, Rangeline will have team roping practice from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at $20 per horse/rider followed by a #10 roping with #8 incentive, pick one draw two at $50 a roper. Enter up to three times. For more information call Rick at (918) 557-9951.

On Sunday at Rangeline, the youth are back with a Shodeo at 3 p.m. Following the shodeo there will be a 15-and-under team roping, pick one draw one at $30 a roper. Please be ready to rope by 6 p.m. Only twos left before the awards! For more information on the shodeos call Kristy Hubler Wilson or contact her on Facebook.

There was a major fire at the Poteau indoor arena this past weekend. It was said that the restaurant was a total loss and they thought that the fire started in the kitchen area.

The Coweta Round-Up Club has been having a great turnout at their Monday night barrel series. They had 45 in the Open and 6 in the 13-and-under last Monday. Exhibitions are from 6-7:30 p.m. and jackpot at 8 p.m. In case of more rain, check events page.

With the first playday of the Muskogee Round-Up Club series mudded out, they have rescheduled for Saturday. Watch Facebook,, or their website to make sure the rain this week was not too much for the arena. Also – you can call me, I am on the playday committee,  (918) 869-1498.

Rick and Gail Ward  of the Hillbilly Ranch and Arena were planning on starting sorting Friday, but due to the cold and rain this week, they have put it off one week, until next Friday, April 19. If in doubt next week, call Rick at (918) 684-9026 or Gail at (918) 682-2581.

The Checotah Round-Up Club is hosting another Super Horse Competition on Saturday, May 11. Entry books are now open. They will offer a trophy saddle and added money to the winners. The horse must compete in all five events – head, heel, breakaway rope, barrel racing, and pole bending. Do you have a horse that can do all this? If so, call Dennis McAlister at (918) 617-0201 to pre-enter.

This past weekend in the Professional Bull Riders’ event at Billings, Mont., Joao Ricardo Vieira continued to put together what could become one of the best rookie seasons in PBR history.

When Vieira was thrown hard from his second round bull on Saturday night, he separated his right shoulder AC joint. He went on to win his second consecutive Built Ford Tough Series event. He rode Yellow Jacket Jr. for 89.5 and a win in the championship round. This was his second final-round victory. He trails only Shane Proctor, who has won three. Meanwhile, J.B. Mauney sustained a concussion and abdominal abrasions when he was stepped on after being thrown from his bull in the championship round. He is listed as “probable” for next week’s event.

Next week the PBR will be in Louisville, Ky., at the Jack Daniels Bass Pro Chute Out.  Watch it  at 7 p.m.  Saturday on the CBS Sports Network.

This Friday night will be the horse sale at Parrish’s. Used tack sells at 5 p.m. and horses follow – so if you need some tack to get started this year – you will have the option of new (in the store) or used at the sale – maybe even a new horse!

Farmers’ Almanac best days to trim manes and tails to promote growth: April 12, 13, 17, and 18.

Have a safe and happy weekend!

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