Despite heavy overnight rainfall that continued through the muddy start of its finals performance, the 67th-annual Cavalcade Rodeo concluded on schedule Sunday afternoon.
"It will be entertaining," one ticket-taker assured a carload of spectators as they entered the Osage County Fairgrounds Arena parking area during the late morning drizzle.
Within an hour, the rain had been replaced by sunshine as the weeklong event roped and rode its way to a finish following 10 sessions that involved around 1,000 all-amateur entries from at least a half dozen states — all representing area roundup clubs.
Competition was held in a dozen different events, some of which included multiple age and gender divisions. In addition, live music contests were held nightly as the fairgounds became a camp site for hundreds of the participants.
The conditions affected most of the performances, especially in the timed events. More than 700 entries were received in the 12 types of rodeo competition. The first Cavalcade was held in 1947.
There were three repeat winners — T.J. Cummings of the Rowdy Rascals in bareback bronc riding, Bridgette Morrison of Cowpokes RUC in junior girls flags and Tamara Smith of Osage Outlaws in senior women’s calf roping. Smith moved from fifth to first place in the finals with a day’s-fastest time, plus no-time efforts by the three leaders.
Kailey Hamilton of Bar T RUC earned women’s titles in both calf roping and barrel races. Past winner Tyler Goodman defeated defending Pony Express Race champion Lexi Borsen of Crazy Horse RUC and was a member of the Cowpokes RUC three-member team that claimed the Wild Horse Race title.
Named as Best All Around Club for the event was 4-Bar Roundup Club. Runner up was the Owasso Roundup Club, which had won top honors at the last two Cavalcades. (Shortly after the result was announced Sunday, Owasso claimed a resounding triumph over 4-Bar in the finals of the Chuck Wagon Race competition.) Cisco Kids placed third in the all-around club scoring.
Owasso RUC was represented in the Cavalcade Queen Contest by Bartlesville High School junior-to-be Taylor White, who had finished second in Queen’s Horsemanship to newly-named 2013-14 queen, Kelcee Dickman. Dickman, a 24-year-old former member of the Oklahoma State University rodeo team, was entered by the Skiatook RUC.
With membership centered in the Yale area, the 4-Bar club brought a 52-member contingent to this year’s Cavalcade — claiming Saturday’s parade competition and backing one of the five finalists from 11 queen contestants.
It is the 13th time since 1987 for 4-Bar to win the best club award. Owasso RUC, which first earned the honors in 1965, has claimed the second most all-around club titles with 12. Hilltop Arena from Muskogee traveled farthest of any participating club.
Following are the unofficial Cavalcade winners in each event and division.
Queen — Kelcee Dickman, Skiatook RUC.
Chuck Wagon Race — Michael Spears and the Owasso RUC.
Pony Express Race — Tyler Goodman, Cowpokes RUC.
Bareback bronc riding — T.J. Cummings, Rowdy Rascals.
Bull Riding — Dillon Belair, Ward AC Kids.
Wild Cow Milking — Doug Branch and Mark Eason, Christ Cross Cowboy Fellowship.
Wild Horse Race — Larry Vice, Tyler Goodman and Andrew Wells, Cowpokes RUC.
Calf Roping — Senior women: Tamara Smith, Osage Outlaws; intermediate girls: Kailey Hamilton, Bar T RUC; senior men: Thomas Smith, M&M Riders; junior boys: Jaxon Clegg, Independence Trail Riders (Witt Edwards of Greyhorse RUC took second) ; intermediate boys: Rider Gann, Winchester Riding Club (Tyler Reece of Rocking V RUC was third).
Team Roping — Senior: Carl Moxley and Kevin Chouteau, Frazier’s Kids (Nick Carter and Justin Howell of Pawhuska RUC finished third); junior-intermediate: Austin Holloway and Rielly Holloway, Greyhorse RUC.
Barrel Races — Senior women: Cindy Johnson, Sand Springs RUC (Teresa Watson of Paint Horse was second, losing by .33 of a second); girls junior: Allie Baker, Pawhuska RUC (Jacie Edwards of Greyhorse RUC placed second); girls intermediate: Kailey Hamilton, Bar T RUC (defending champ Cassidy Higgins of Four Y RUC led entering the finals and finished third); senior men: Justin Winget, Harrel Automotive Kids.
Flag Races — Junior girls: Bridgette Morrison, Cowpokes RUC; junior boys: Codee John Tarlton, Added Money RUC.
Pole Bending — Senior: Sue Williams, Skiatook Young Riders (Teresa Watson of Paint Horse Arena placed second); junior: Biscuit Ross, H-S RUC; intermediate: Winter Williams, Rowdy Rascals (Kaci Bute of Pawhuska RUC was second).