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Stampede has been a Claremore institution for 65 years


CLAREMORE, Okla. - For many folks, turning 65 is like an alarm clock ringing retirement, a time to slow down and take a gentler path in life.

That's not the way it is at the Will Rogers Stampede, which is celebrating its 65th year with a bang during the three performance set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 27-Sunday, May, 29, at the Will Rogers Roundup Club Arena.

"We want our 65th year to be our best year," said David Petty, chairman of the volunteer rodeo committee that produces the annual rodeo. "We have a great core group of people who work very hard every year to make the Will Rogers Stampede a great event, and we've already kicked in overdrive for this year. We want it to be a celebration everyone in Rogers County will remember for many years to come."

The rodeo was established all those years ago to carry on an outstanding tradition of the Western lifestyle that is part of the region. From his days of twirling ropes and spinning tales, Will Rogers was an American icon. The rodeo - just like the Will Rogers Memorial Museum, the Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch and the J.M. Davis Gun Museum - is woven in the fabric of Rogers County.

"It's just pretty amazing for a rodeo to go on continuously for 65 years," said Dawn Petty, a third-generation member of her family to be involved in the Will Rogers Roundup Club, the main organization behind the annual rodeo and other community events. "It's also a 100 percent volunteer organization, so that says a lot about the rodeo, too.

"I think it's another great thing to do in Claremore over the Memorial Day weekend. There's so much here, and with fuel prices the way they are, this would be a great day trip for the entire family. They could go to the Will Rogers Memorial or the gun museum during the day, then come to the rodeo that evening. What a fun day that would be."

The Will Rogers Stampede not only features great entertainment, but also some of the best contestants in ProRodeo. Memorial Day weekend is a great time for many contestants to be on the rodeo trail, and most are making their way through Oklahoma, Kansas and Arkansas to take a shot at the money available.

"We get most of the big players in the game," said Scott Grover, the arena announcer now in his seventh year calling the action in Claremore. "This is a good time. We've got two other rodeos in the Prairie Circuit that weekend, plus it's right before the rodeo in Fort Smith (Ark.). That plays a lot into it, because the cowboys and cowgirls can take advantage of the rodeos' proximity to one another.

"But I think there's a lot more to it. I think it's the history and the hospitality. I talk to cowboys all the time who tell me they love coming to Claremore. That says a lot about the rodeo, but it also says a lot about the hard work the committee puts into having a great rodeo."

The world-class competition is a benefit for all of northeast Oklahoma - folks from all over the region make their way to Claremore every May to see the show. Whether it's the time of year or the great opportunity to make money by making a run at the Will Rogers Stampede, the fans love the idea of seeing the best in the business fight for the coveted title. That's been a consistent measurement in Claremore for more than six decades.

"The rodeo provides the community the opportunity to see world champion cowboys, but also it provides a huge social event," Dawn Petty said. "You come to the Will Rogers Stampede, and you see people you haven't seen in years. You get to sit down and visit with them.

"Plus the contestants make a huge economic impact on our community. We have 500-plus contestants coming into Claremore, spending money at the restaurants, the gas stations and the dry cleaners. They come into our town and they spend their money here."






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Carr Pro Rodeo staff members take production seriously


GUYMON, Okla. - It takes a lot to put on a great rodeo.

The volunteers with the Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo know that very well. They've seen the rodeo evolve from humble beginnings nearly 80 years ago to be what it is today: A showcase of great athletes that compete in America's first extreme sport.

"We take pride in being a great rodeo, and we have established over the years a legacy for being a great rodeo," said Ken Stonecipher, the event's production manager. "One of the great things about having Pete Carr and Carr Pro Rodeo is that he understands that. He wants to make our rodeo the best it can be. Pete understands production, and it shows in every performance of the Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo."

            Carr takes pride in the annual May extravaganza and takes a talented crew of rodeo professionals to the Oklahoma Panhandle to make sure the job is done well. But that's his operation at every event he produces, whether it's in Silverton, Texas, or Eagle, Colo.

            "I think the best part of the rodeo business is the satisfaction of putting on high quality events," said Carr, a former bareback rider who has been part of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association for six years. "We put so much emphasis on the production. Yes, it takes great animals, and it takes great breeding programs. But it also takes preparation and planning."

From memorable openings to making sure every step of the looks as if it's running smoothly, the Carr crew puts in many hours before the start of any rodeo. Carr has hired John and Sandy Gwatney, a husband-wife team that is instrumental in the behind-the-scenes work.

"We try to have the theatrical portion of our show not interfere with the competition side," said John Gwatney, a production supervisor for the Dallas-based livestock firm. "We try to run a good, fast, clean performance without interfering with the competition.

"That's where we're different from other rodeo companies. If we're not ready, the cowboy has to wait. When it comes time for that cowboy to compete, we've done everything we can to make that animal ready for that cowboy, so all he has to do is nod his head."

            Work begins well before the first rodeo of the season, then all those plans are implemented inside the arenas across the country. Gwatney has served as timed event chute boss at some of the biggest events in ProRodeo, from the Clem McSpadden National Finals Rodeo to the Dodge National Circuit Finals Rodeo.

"At the Rafter C rodeos, what starts the production is our version of Americana," said Gwatney, a team roper and steer wrestler who has worked in rodeo production much of his life. "We're looking to get peoples' emotions up, get them on the edge of their seats so when that first animal bucks, the height of the excitement is already up.

"Whether it is one of the many costume changes or the uniformity of the yellow horses, the pageantry of it all, we're trying to stir something in those people. What makes Pete's rodeos successful is the timing of it all."

Another important piece of the puzzle is having the crew that works well together, something Carr has in bundles. He realizes the need to have a good staff around him.

"We micromanage our program ahead of time," Carr said. "We can't be perfect, but we can dang sure get as close as we can. We're always striving to be better, identifying the weaknesses and taking constructive criticism. It's an everyday challenge, but I think trying to be better is just trying to take it to the next level.

"I'm proud of what we do, but I know we can always find ways to improve things. I like that the people I work with have that same mindset, too."

That mindset comes from years on the job and an understanding of what fans want to see. It also comes with great commitment and passion, the driving factor in the world of rodeo.

"We love rodeo, and we love raising bucking horses. It's something that gets in your blood. It got in mine in high school, and I haven't been able to kick it yet," he said with a laugh. "You do it because you love it."



Can Dirty Jacket make it four in a row at Guymon rodeo?


GUYMON, Okla. - Dirty Jacket is just 7 years old, but already he's built a lasting legacy in the Oklahoma Panhandle.

Each of the last three seasons, the bay gelding out of Dirty by Night Jacket has guided cowboys to the Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo bareback riding championship. Last year he was bucked twice, and he matched moves with three-time world champion Will Lowe for 87 points to win the event; two days later, he and Joe Gunderson danced across the Henry C. Hitch Pioneer Arena dirt for 86 points, good enough for second place.

"He's just a real good horse, the kind you want in a bucking horse," said Gunderson of Agar, S.D., who used his finish in Guymon a season ago to qualify for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo for the first time in his career. "When you have a horse like that, you just let him do the work and try not to mess him up. He's too good a horse.

"You'd be the only reason you don't win money on him."

There's a good chance cowboys will win on Dirty Jacket during this year's Pioneer Days Rodeo, set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 6; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 7; and 2 p.m. Sunday, May 8.

Lowe has qualified for the NFR nine times and has dozens of well deserved honors that match his tremendous athletic ability. His win in Guymon last May was the first of his career, and he was plenty tickled to strap on that champion's belt. He credited that fine piece of leather to the Carr horse.

"That horse likes that arena a lot," said Lowe of Canyon, Texas. "He just likes to buck. He's such a good horse. He's in the TV pen at the NFR, so you know he's the one guys want to get on."

The "TV pen" features the horses selected to perform in the fifth and 10th go-rounds, the horses that can help cowboys reach 90-point rides on any given night.

"That horse just bucks," D.V. Fennell, a two-time NFR qualifier from Porum, Okla, said of Dirty Jacket. "He leaps in the air and shows off. He's not just a dead easy hopper, but he's a mix between a hopper and a bucker. He's the one that you want."

Not only has Fennell won money on the gelding, he's seen some of the best in the business do the same. One of his traveling partners, Jared Smith, won Guymon in 2009; Jerad Schlegal won in 2008 - each time Dirty Jacket has helped cowboys to the winner's circle, it's been with 87-point rides.

"It's just a good setup for that horse," said Carr, who has been part of the No Man's Land tradition for six years. "Probably the most deciding factor is we get some of the best cowboys in the country in Guymon. When you've got great cowboys, they make your horses look really good. Dirty Jacket's drawn pretty well there."

But Dirty Jacket isn't the only top-caliber Carr horse that will perform inside Hitch Arena. Two of his half-brothers, Deuces Night and Outa Sight, will be in the draw - both 6-year-old mares are coming off their first trips to the NFR. All three horses are by Night Jacket, one of the top bucking horse stallions in ProRodeo, and all bucked in Oklahoma City a month ago during the Dodge National Circuit Finals Rodeo. In fact, Kaycee Feild rode Deuces Night for 90 points to split the final go-round.

"That Deuces Night is one outstanding bucking horse, the kind that will be the bareback horse of the finals, I think," Fennell said. "Chris Harris won Pecos (Texas) on that horse, and she's definitely a bucker."

Bareback riders make a living with their hands wedged into a rigging, that's strapped tightly around nasty bucking horses. They realize how important great animals are to their livelihood and for chasing their gold buckle dreams. That's why they go to Carr Pro Rodeo events and why they'll be in Guymon next week.

            "I like Pete," said Clint Cannon, a two-time NFR qualifier from Waller, Texas. "He's always honest, and he always brings good horses to rodeos. He runs a good show.

            "The great thing about Pete is that he's not afraid to bring his good horses. We know when we go to one of Pete's rodeos that you don't have to get on a piece of junk. You know you're going to have a chance to draw a good horse."

            The pen is stacked with great Carr horses, from veteran buckers like Real Deal, the 2005 Bareback Riding Horse of the Year, and Grass Dancer, which helped Ryan Gray to a record-tying 94-point ride in 2009, to younger athletes like Open Range and Hometown Girl.

            "They won first and second on those two horses at a futurity a few weeks ago," Carr said. "I've got high hopes for Island Girl and a couple of really good ones in Cool Change and Buck Wild. They've been pretty special so far."

            Of course, he can say that about a lot of the Carr Pro Rodeo bareback horses.





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