The Woodward News


June 2, 2013

High school rodeo finals return to Woodward

Woodward, Okla. — For the third consecutive year, Woodward is hosting the Oklahoma High School Rodeo Finals.

Activities kick off Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. at the Northwest Inn said Oklahoma High School Rodeo President Jeff Christensen. Rodeo queen candidates will begin the contest for the opportunity to represent Oklahoma  at the National High School Rodeo in Rock Springs, Wyoming in July.

Rodeo check in for all contestants will take place at the Crystal Beach Arena Wednesday from noon to 4 p.m.  followed by a mandatory meeting for all rodeo participants, Christensen said.

Also taking place at noon Wednesday is the Lil' Ed Memorial Gold Tournament-four person scramble. The tournament is being held at the Woodward Municipal Golf Course at Crystal Beach Park. It is in memory of and a benefit for the Benton Edgar Drury Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Drury, of Olustee, was a member of the Oklahoma High School Rodeo Association and died in a vehicle accident August 16, 2011, said Brad Beaty, organizer of the Lil' Ed Memorial Gold Tournament. Drury was 18 when he died.

"The Drury family and Ed were great members of the Oklahoma High School Rodeo Association and he was killed the day before school, college, in Weatherford began," Beaty said.  "So we're hosting the golf tournament to help the family continue the scholarship fund."

Beaty said the tournament last year raised more than $5,000 toward the scholarship fund, which the family uses to assist other high school rodeo participants in their college dreams.

Beaty said there is still a need this year for hole sponsors and he hopes to have as many participants in the golf scramble as possible.

Also Wednesday, a Cowboy Prom is slated for 7 p.m. at the Woodward Convention Center. The event is open to all high school students who would like to attend, Christensen said.

"We do this because our high school rodeo participants usually cannot attend their own proms because they are competing to get points through the year, Christensen said. "So we put on a little prom just for them."

The first rodeo performance will take place at the Crystal Beach Arena at 2 p.m.  on Thursday.

The second performance will take place at 3 p.m. at the Crystal Beach Arena on Friday.

Also on Friday, there is a cutting horse competition at the roundup club arena situated north of the Crystal Beach Arena starting at 9 a.m.

According to Christensen, after the first and second performances are complete, the top 15 in each event will go on to compete in Saturday's Short Go Performance, which will begin at 5 p.m.

"The Short Go tickets will sell for $7 each and for that, Dairy Queen of Woodward is providing a free hamburger with a ticket bought and kids under 12-years-old are free and get a free hamburger too," Christensen said. "I really think this performance will be great for people to come out and be a part of."

The event will finish up with Cowboy Church Sunday morning at the Woodward Convention Center at 10 a.m.

Note: Rodeo events for the high school rodeo includes barrel racing, breakaway roping, bareback riding, bull riding, goat tying, pole bending, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, tie-down roping, team roping, and boys and girls cutting. All-around champions will also be determined. The top 4 in each event are eligible to compete in the National High School Rodeo finals.

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