, Muskogee, OK

December 6, 2012

Seasoned cowfolk, this is for you

By Rhonda Stewart
Phoenix Rodeo Columnist

— For all you cowboys and cowgirls 40 or older, there is a group trying to see if there is enough interest in the Senior-Pro Rodeo Association to try and get it restarted.

The schedule would be limited to only four to six rodeos a year. Events would include barrels (4-D format), breakaway roping, tie down roping, and team roping. Age groups that have been discussed are 40 to 55, 55 and over, maybe a 65 and over breakaway. The team roping would be a draw pot. If you are interested in re-establishing the SPRA, please contact Jim James at (405) 409--7474.

Once again, we have an event-filled weekend. It starts off tonight with team roping practice from 6-7:30 p.m. at Rangeline Arena. The practice will be $20 per horse, followed by a #12 slide, pick one draw two or draw all three at $50 a roper. You can enter up to three times. Be entered by 7:50 in order to rope in the jackpot at 8 p.m. On Saturday night Rangeline will offer a #10 with a #8 incentive, pick one draw one at $40 a roper, enter up to five times. Books open at 7 p.m. and rope at 8 p.m. For more information on Rangeline events contact Rick Hubler at (918) 557-9951.

Barton Arena Productions will be back on Saturday this week at the Poteau arena with a saddle and prize drawpot. They will have a #10 with a #8 Incentive, capped at 6E. You can enter one draw one for $40 or draw both. There will be a $20 saddle fee required. They will give either a saddle certificate or cash pot to the high money winner and trophy halters to high money header and heeler. Books open at 5:30 and close at 6:30. Please note the new earlier start time.

Last Sunday at the Checotah roping, the Barton roping ended with two teams splitting first and second - Travis Cox and Michael Pettigrew and Eric Bolding and Darren Duvall. Travis and Michael also won the Incentive. The Bartons would like to say thanks to everyone for attending. For more information call or text Bart at (918) 616-9269.

The Wrangler National Finals Rodeo will run Dec. 6-15. The ten performances will be televised nightly on the Great American Country channel, which is 165 on Dish Network or 326 on Direct TV. I contacted Dish and they said it would be aired at 9 p.m. nightly. Please check your local stations for scheduling.

The American Cowboys Rodeo Association will hold their 2012 Finals at the Built Ford Tough Arena at the Tulsa ExpoSquare this weekend. Starting time on Friday and Saturday will be at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday they will run at 1:30 p.m. Tickets will be $14 for adults ($12 in advance) or $30 for all sessions. Seniors and military get a $2 discount. For more information go to their website at

Also at Tulsa’s ExpoSquare the Tulsa Farm Show will run Thursday through Saturday in the Quik Trip Center. This is always a good show to go see all kinds of equipment and get lots of freebies too, not to mention all the people you get to visit with!

 We have many barrel racers in Oklahoma City for the BFA World Championships, which began Tuesday and ends Saturday at Jim Norrick Coliseum at the state fairgrounds at Oklahoma City. Today they will have the second go of the Futurity and Derby and at 5 p.m. they will have the demonstrations of the horses consigned to the sale. For a complete schedule and contact information:

Have a safe weekend wherever you run!

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