70th Cavalcade produced thrills for 22 event winners

Mike ErwinJournal-Capital

The 70th Pawhuska Cavalcade produced lots of thrills and spills, with nearly 1,500 amateur entries in the rodeo’s riding and roping competitions.

This year’s contestants represented a record number of roundup clubs — 118. Despite the additional opponents (115 clubs took part in the 69th Cavalcade), the 4-Bar Roundup Club claimed Best All Around Club honors for the fourth year in a row, while increasing their all-time most club-title mark to 16.

Three Cavalcade entries — Addie Weil, Shelby Weaver and George Henry — were double-event winners.

Weil of the Edna Roundup Club captured multiple titles for the second time in three years. During Sunday’s finals, she won her fourth different junior event title in the girl’s barrel racing. Weil added a fifth Cavalcade crown with a second title in flags. (She had previously won that event in 2014, when she also took away a pole-bending title.) Last year, Weil won a Junior Girls Calf Roping championship.

Weaver of the Future Stars Riding Club rode to twin titles in Senior Women’s Barrels and Poles.

Henry, club champion 4-Bar, was a repeat winner of Pony Express Race.

Breana Marts (OK Wild Bunch 2) and Payton Crook (3 J’s Riding Club) repeated as pole-bending champions.

Larry Morphew of 4-Bar claimed a third straight title in the Chuck Wagon Race. (His four-man team also included Henry as an outrider.)

Yale-based 4-Bar RUC became the fifth club in Cavalcade history to win four straight Best All-Around Club. No club in Cavalcade history has ever won five consecutive Best Club titles.

The 2016-17 Cavalcade Queen Contest was won by Charity Pulliam, a 16-year-old Frontier High School student. A resident of Marland, Pulliam was sponsored by Sisco Kids Roundup Club of Ponca City.

In all, 19 candidates — ranging in age from 14 to 27 — vied for the Queen’s title.

The 4-Bar club helped secure the All-Around title by being the co-winner of Saturday’s Cavalcade Parade competition. They shared top parade honor with 3 J’s Riding Club, while Sisco Kids and Boots & Spurs tied for the parade’s runnerup spot.

Morrison-based 3 J’s received the club award for traveling the farthest as its members (including an 86-year-old) brought 15 riders and two chuck wagons 72 miles. The long-haul effort helped 3 J’s take second-place in the overall club standings, while Owasso RUC placed third.

Cavalcade’s Best Camp Award was presented to the Cowpokes Club.