Oklahoma Panhandle State University
Doc Gardner Rodeo Coming to Guymon Submitted by OPSU Rodeo Team on 04/17/2014 Goodwell, Okla. – There is nothing more exciting than watching young athletes going at their dreams and the annual Doc Gardner Memorial Rodeo hosted by the Oklahoma Panhandle State University Rodeo Team is no exception. As the last stop on the Central Plains Region calendar, more than 400 contestants from across Kansas and Oklahoma will be laying it all on the line for their chance to compete at the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyo. this summer.
Numerous collegiate and world champions have walked across the arena floor at the Henry C. Hitch Pioneer Arena. Even more will take their step on the rodeo landmark April 24-26. The rodeo action will being Thursday, April 24 with a performance at 7 p.m. It will continue with slack Friday morning and another performance at 7 p.m. The Friday evening performance will also be "Tough Enough to Wear Pink" in honor of breast cancer awareness. The action will conclude Saturday afternoon with the championship round beginning at 4 p.m. All the saddles, buckles and CNFR qualifications will come down to these final runs and rides.
The Panhandle State cowboys and cowgirls will be among those giving it all they have in front of their hometown crowd for a chance at the coveted national qualification. Orin Larsen and Logan Glendy are currently number two and three in the Central Plains Region in the bareback riding. In true Panhandle fashion, several cowboys are amongst the top competitors in the saddle bronc riding. Joe Haper, Nat Stratton and Preston Kafka are currently second through fourth place respectively. The Frost brothers along with Jeff Bertus have made their mark in the bull riding standings as well.
At the timed event end of the arena, Caleb Bullock has been consistent all year long in the tie down roping. The championship title will come down to what happens in Guymon. In the team roping, the Remington twins, Cody and Cole, are sitting solid in the race. Joe Frost has made leaps of advancement in the steer wrestling to be currently situated in second place overall. With the combined efforts of these cowboys and numerous others, the Panhandle State men have a commanding lead in the team standings.
The ladies in the blue and red vests have been climbing the charts at a rapid pace lately. They have jumped into the third place position and are fighting hard for one of the two national qualifying team spots. In the breakaway roping, Terra Micek and Kashly Schweer are holding strong in the standings. The goat tying is dotted with several OPSU women as Samantha Foos and Laremi Allred are in top ten with Mercedes Trenary and Schweer remaining solid in the event. Randi Buchanan has had success in the barrel racing as well as she is currently amongst the top 15.
To be sure not to miss a second of the action, purchase a "T's for Those in Need" shirt from the Ropeman in Guymon. The $20 purchase will include tickets to each of the three performances. It is the third year for the OPSU Rodeo Team to donate all their ticket sales back to community members and organizations in need. The idea, created by Chaney Latham and Tyrel Larsen, has helped numerous people with medical expenses, relieved traveling expenses for school clubs and assisted with operating costs for the Dunaway Manor. Tickets will also be on sale at the gate for $10 per performance. Kids 12 and under can watch all the rodeo action for free.
The Doc Gardner Memorial Rodeo is made possible by all the generous supporters of the Panhandle area. Presenting sponsors include PTCI, Tri-County Electric and the City of Guymon Convention and Tourism.