By Vicki Beene
Phoenix Rodeo Columnist
Muskogee native Teresa Chepkauskas is living a dream. Her bull “33 Sweet Thang” was one of only a hundred bulls chosen to go to the Professional Bull Riding (PBR) Finals this year in Las Vegas.
Her massive one ton black and white bull known as “Sweet” was purchased as a calf five years ago from stock contractor Chad Woolsey. The calf was bred from a line of David Bailey’s bucking royalty (Lucky Strike, Gunslinger). ”Even as a calf, he had some attitude and that’s what I was looking for,” Chepkauskus said.
Jacky Todd let Sweet practice buck at the Hilltop Arena early in his career and Chepkauskus credits local stock contractor Jay Pierce, David Bailey, Jr. and Kent Cox of Stephenville, Texas, for the professional advice and helping her with her dream of taking a young calf and raising it up to the professional bucking stock level.
After bucking several local cowboys off at regional events Teresa knew she needed to haul him to big venues. Sweet’s first big debut January, 2012 was in Fort Worth, Texas, and the rest is history. It’s successfully bucked off some of the greats like Shane Proctor. The bull finished the season with 12 pro-circuit buck outs and 33 career outs and is ranked 91st of all the bulls presently on the PBR circuit.
“He is just now entering his prime and hopefully will buck for another three years or more,” said Chepkauskas, who has an emotional investment in the bull and wants to see how far he can go. “He’s a bull with a lot of heart — he simply doesn’t want to be conquered. Once he gets a rider down, he’ll almost always take a victory lap around the arena.”
Chepkauskas is planning for the next season and looking ahead with enthusiasm and optimism.
“I love a bull with the wow factor, a bull that gets the crowd excited and on their feet. I can’t wait to see some of his babies on the ground.”
Who knows, maybe we’ll see some of them taking their victory lap some day!
The American Cowboy Rodeo Association’s 37th American Finals Rodeo is at the Built Ford Tough Fairgrounds Rodeo Arena in Tulsa, 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Advance tickets are $12 at exposquare.com or (918) 376-6000. Cost is $14 at the door.
The Tulsa Farm Show starts tonight and goes through Sunday at the River Spirit Expo Center. Clinician Craig Cameron is having daily horsemanship clinics, 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday. It’s free. Contact: (507) 437-7969 or go to tulsafarmshow.com.
Rangeline Arena in Warner had to reschedule their annual “Rope for the Cowboys.” The #13 $1,000 added money roping will start at noon on Saturday with the #11 $1,000 added money roping at 2:30 p.m. On Sunday the #10 roping will start at 10 a.m. Saddles will be awarded to the high-point header and heeler on Sunday. Rangeline will not have a team roping practice or jackpot tonight. Call Rick (918) 557-9951 for more or visit Rangeline Arena on Facebook.
The Muskogee Round-up Club rescheduled their monthly meeting to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday to elect the 2014 officers/directors and obtain or renew memberships. Contact Kenneth Burnes at (918) 441-0067, go to muskogeeroundupclub.com or visit them on Facebook for more information.
A winter calf roping is scheduled for the Circle L Arena in Ochelata at 2 p.m. Saturday. Breakaway calf roping for women, 14-and-under boys and 65-and-older men. Open calf roping, calves by D & P Cattle. Contact Danny Houser at (918) 693-6211.
The weekly Friday barrel race at Hamilton Sports Arena in Vian arena has been cancelled for December 13. It will resume next week with exhibitions starting at 6:30 p.m. and open starting at 8:30 p.m. Entry fees are $25 for the open and $15 for 15-and-under. Contact Angela Philpot at (918) 208-9293 or (479) 957-1715 for more.
Lightning B Arena in Beggs is having team roping practice on Wednesday evenings from 7-9 p.m. Contact Ron Bever at (641) 295-4395 or (319) 759-2382.
Copper Spur Productions continues a 4D jackpot Tuesdays with $300 added money at the Checotah Round Up Club Arena. Exhibitions $4 each or three for $10. Entry fee is $30. Exhibitions start at 6 p.m. and the race at 8 p.m. For more information call (918) 849-0508.
Hilltop Arena cancelled last Monday’s barrel race due to the weather but will be having their weekly race next week. Exhibitions at 6 p.m. and racing at 8 p.m. Cost is $15 for 4D Youth and $30 for open 4D. Hilltop has playdays every Sunday with barrel exhibitions at 1:30p .m. and classes start at 2:30 p.m. Contact Dione Teehee at (918) 869-5554 or 869-5556.
CPH Arena in Owasso is starting a new Ranch Sorting saddle series at 9 a.m. Saturdays. You must ride four of the nine shows to qualify for the finals. They also have a ranch sorting practice from 7-9:30 p.m. Wednesdays, $20 for 5 rides. Contact Dean Cummings at (918) 899-4274 or go to cpharena.com.
Tulsa RV Ranch is having a $250 added 4D barrel race Sunday. PeeWees entry fee is $10, Youth entry fee is $15 plus a $5 building fee and the youth may roll-over their time to the open with a paid open entry fee. Open entry is $25 plus a $5 building fee. Exhibitions at 1 p.m., $4 each or three for $10. Pre-entries open 9 a.m. Friday and close at noon Saturday. Text or call in entries to Debbie Lane at (918) 946-8841.
T-P Horse Sales will be having a tack and horse sale Friday at Parrish Horse Company in Wagoner. Tack sells at 5 p.m. and horses at 7 p.m. For info, (918) 530-8891.
Vicki Beene’s column runs Thursdays. Reach Vicki with news or comments at email@example.com or (405) 826-5531.