Ropers weather rain, claim Webster honors
Despite a rain interruption that eliminated half of the field, the Shoat Webster Classic steer roping was held Sunday, June 16, at the Bar K Arena southwest of town.
Sponsored by the Osage Steer Roping Club, the event is held annually at the Kyler Ranch to honor pro rodeo hall-of-famer Howard Chouteau (Shoat) Webster. This year’s Classic also served as a memorial, as the legendary roper from Lenapah died May 20 at the age of 88.
Ten winners were announced in three divisions Sunday. The first-place finisher in the highest-level, Division A, was Jeff Scheiber of Newkirk. Justin Bay of Woodward placed second and Robin Bland of Clarksville, Texas, took third.
Matt Garrett of Barnsdall was champion of the B Division, followed by second-place finisher Johnny Walker of Bristow. Third place among the B ropers went to Brad Stark, who only recently moved to Oklahoma, and Brad Prater of Wynona claimed fourth.
Winner in the C Division was Kyle Thomason of Velma. Stuart Freeny of Gunter, Texas, placed second and Chad Blocker of Aubrey, Texas, finished third.
“We lost 17 of our top entries when the rain hit early in the afternoon,” said Bar K spokesperson Melanie Kyler. “Most of them didn’t want to risk using their best horses in that mud.”
Many of the entrants who were lost because to the weather had participated the previous day at the Ben Johnson Memorial Steer Roping, a invitational event held for the 60th consecutive year at the Osage County Fairgrounds.
Rain also played a factor in the Saturday contest as afternoon downpours forced the roping to be moved from outside, at the Ben (Son) Johnson Arena, to the nearby Clarence L. Brantley Indoor Arena.
The next OSRC event that will be held at the Bar K is the Shane Hudson Memorial roping, slated for Friday and Saturday, July 12-13, Kyler said.