Mark McGee, who announced the International Finals Rodeo seven times, was killed last May at age 47. McGee was riding a lawnmower at his home near Valliant when a pickup crashed into him. To honor McGee, the IFR announced the creation this year of the Mark McGee Memorial Award. It will be given annually to a rodeo announcer. This year’s recipient is IFR announcer Alan Moorhead of Beach Island, S.C.
IFR record brokenAt Saturday’s second go-round, tie-down roper Ken Bailey of Henryetta set an IFR State Fair Arena record with a run of 7.4 seconds. Bailey broke the record of 7.5 seconds that had been established by his cousin, Walt White of Ochelata, and P.J. Spencer of Collinsville.
Ohio cowboy looks to move upShawn Minor of Camden, Ohio, has a chance to win International Professional Rodeo Association world titles at the IFR in the all-around, saddle bronc and bareback bronc events. Minor already has nine IPRA championships. If he does win all three, it would move him into second place on the list of all-time IPRA world champions. Former Edmond resident Dan Dailey, who now lives in Florida, is the leader with 29 IPRA titles.
Final round todayThe final go-round of the IFR begins at 1:30 today at State Fair Arena. At noon, kids are allowed on the arena floor to meet contestants and participate in simulated rodeo events.
Barrel racer thanks pick up manBarrel racer Christina Dusendang of Whitesboro, Texas, presented a special award Saturday night to pick-up man Dennis Morris of Rafter M Rodeo for his quick response in helping her 19-year-old quarter horse, Cash, when the animal fractured its leg during a rodeo earlier this season. Cash was scheduled to be euthanized but was saved by a Kentucky veterinarian in an experimental surgery. Cash and Dusendang were reunited at the IFR. The award was a crystal etching of Cash.
Award honors announcer