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.
Hays' work “8-Second Ride” is on the IFR 43 poster and passes. He also donated that piece, which was auctioned Thursday night at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum to raise money for the Miss Rodeo USA Association.
Hays, 27, paints in the contemporary western style. His works also will be on display at the Calgary Stampede, the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo and the National Finals Rodeo this year.
“I have been painting two months just for those shows,” he said.
He also will have a gallery this fall at National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. Hays earned a Masters of Fine Arts from West Texas A&M and Bachelor of Fine Arts from Oklahoma State University, where he was on Cowboys rodeo team. Before that, he was a member of the rodeo team at Panhandle State University.
“I started painting when I was 7,” Hays said. “That's what I have always loved. I'm just into the iconic images of Oklahoma.”
RODEO COACH IN IFR 43
Jenna Lee Hayes, 27, from Weatherford is competing in her first International Finals Rodeo in breakaway roping.
She also is the assistant rodeo coach for the Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford.
Nine junior colleges and universities in Oklahoma field rodeo teams that compete in the Central Plains Region. Southwestern competes in four rodeos in the fall and six in the spring, Hayes said.
“We are doing really good,” Hayes said of Southwestern's season. “The women are winning the Central Plains Region and the men are third.”
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.
A HORSE WITH NO SHOES
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.”
OLDEST, YOUNGEST AND LONGEST RUNNING
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.
COWGIRLS DOUBLE UP
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