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Rodeo notebook: Rodeo is an art form for Bristow cowboy

Chance Hays of Bristow is third in the International Professional Rodeo Association standings in tie-down roping, but his art is getting more attention at the International Finals Rodeo.
by Ed Godfrey Published: January 18, 2013

Teams and individuals advance to the National Finals College Rodeo in Casper, Wyo., the second week of June based on points earned during the season. The top two teams advance along with the top three individuals in each event.

The college rodeos have the same events as professional rodeos but also goat tying, she said.


Skiatook barrel racer Sally Williams' horse, Colt, doesn't wear shoes, which is very unusual.

“There is not very many of them as far as barrel racing goes,” Williams said. “He just never had any on.”

Colt, who is 15, was a roping horse that Williams, 55, trained to be a barrel racer. Her husband also rides Colt in team roping events.

“When he started doing really well I just hated to shod him,” she said. “A lot of horses don't handle (running barefoot) really well if they have tender feet. My horse seems to have good feet. He is a pretty strong horse that doesn't have many injuries.”


The 43rd International Finals Rodeo is the 26th IFR that Terry Crow, team roper from Miami, has qualified. The youngest participant in the rodeo is 15-year-old Shayde Kreder of Sperry, who will be heading for his father, Shawn, in team roping. The oldest participant is 50-year-old bull rider Michael Schleicher of North Carolina.


Only two cowgirls have qualified to IFR 43 in two events.

Kasi Prather of Ochelata and Taylor Smith of Benton, Ky., both qualified in breakaway roping and barrel racing. Smith, a rookie, heads into IFR 43 first in barrel racing and second in breakaway roping

by Ed Godfrey
Copy Editor, Outdoors Editor, Rodeo, River Sports Reporter
Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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