Defending PRCA World Bareback Riding Champion Will Lowe will be among the nationally recognized cowboys competing in the 120th annual World's Oldest Continuous Rodeo. Lowe, of Canyon, Texas, wrapped up the 2003 season with a PRCA record $188,247.
Lowe also has to his credit a world record-tying 94-point ride on Sky Reach Dip at the Pace Picante Pro Rodeo Challenge in Omaha, Neb.
Other PRCA top-10 cowboys that Rodeo Boss Bill Armstrong expects to enter the Payson rodeo include: Tom McFarland (bareback, saddle bronc), Jeff Collins (bareback), Mark Gomes (bareback), Jake Barnes (team roping, header), Cody Hancock (bull riding) and Jason McClain (bull riding).
Longtime stock contractor Roy Honeycutt will bring to the August Doin's his usual top-quality roughstock. The family business has sent stock to every National Finals Rodeo since 1974.
The Honeycutts have built a reputation of putting on state-of-the-art performances that are always family-oriented and good, clean fun.
The highlight of the weekend performances, and the one to generate the most excitement, is usually the bull riding. Other events will include the team roping, tie-down roping, bareback riding, saddle-bronc riding, bull riding, steer wrestling and women's barrel racing.
Rodeo performances begin at 7 p.m. Friday, and continue at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, The rodeo wraps up with a single performance at 1 p.m. Sunday.
Admission is $14 for adults, $12 for seniors and $7 for children 5 to 12-years-of-age. Children under 5 are admitted free of charge. All rodeos will be held at the Payson Event Center.
Rodeo kicks off with women's events
The pace for the World's Oldest Continuous Rodeo was set by the women who competed in the Cactus Series Finale Thursday night.
"It was the best crowd that we've had out there and the weather was great" said Nancy Hunter, co-producer of the WPRA Cactus Series women's rodeos.
Thursday's rodeo was one of the final events to qualify women for the Women's National Finals Rodeo in Fort Worth Texas in October.
"This is a very important rodeo," Hunter said. "Several of the women who competed last night are former world champions and some are also leading the standings in 2004. Ninety percent of the women who competed last night are qualified for the WNFR, so these are some of the top competitors in the world in women's rodeo."
Place Contestant Time
1 Sherri Estrada 17.83
2 Wylene Penrod 17.92
3 Brittany Bennett 17.99
1 Terri James 2.8
2 Mary Ann Miller 3
3 Tammy Tenney 3.2
1 Williamson/Robbins 8.9
2 Halford/Tyree 12.1
3 Howell/Howell 13.2
1 Glory Douglas 17.1
2 Stacy Halford 17.5
3 Leigh Ann Billingsley 19.4