Rafter D Rodeo put on a show at Tuttle’s Schrock Park Friday and Saturday with many locals winning buckles for first-place finishes in 10 different events. “I think it went really well,” Roundup Club President Link Polson said Monday. “Rafter D has been doing our rodeo for a long time. They do a good job and they always have We had a lot of help. The townspeople really got behind it and helped support it. The city helped tremendously, getting the grounds ready and extra things to make it a great rodeo, and to allow us to facilitate our vendors. The Tuttle Fire Department was a huge help, watering down the arena to keep it from getting dusty. They’re there keeping everyone safe until they have to go on runs. You can’t have enough fire department and police guys at a rodeo.”
Corriente Saddle Company out of New Mexico designed the saddle given away at the rodeo. The saddle included a Tuttle Roundup Club branding and was won by Mika Allen.
The Bull-Riding buckle was won by Comanche’s Austin Ambrose who edged out Blanchard’s Robert Dewey 86 points to 84.
The Ranch Bronc buckle was won by Blake Walker, out of El Reno.
The Tie-Down buckle was won by Brock McLemore, the Break Away buckle was taken by Sydney Frye Friday and Shelby Langford Saturday. Jeremy Carney, of Blanchard, won Ribbon Roping for the weekend with a time of 7.88 seconds.
The Double Mugging buckle was won by Josh Pettit and Justin Anderson.
Amber-Pocasset grad Sara Borden won the Barrel Racing buckle with times of 16.301 Friday and 16.190 Saturday. Junior Barrel Racing was won by Tommy Suharda.
Dylan Gordon and Braden Harmon won the Team Roping buckle. Mutton Busting buckles were taken by Matt English Friday and Blayze Fallis Saturday.
Among the vendors at the 34th Annual Tuttle Rodeo were Neoma’s This & That, McGill’s Chuck Wagon, Silver City Coffee, Blue Mountain Kettle Corn, Tiger Ice, Boomarang Carwash and Jeff Spear Kettle Corn & Snow Corn. There were also inflatables and a mechanical bull for children.
“That really makes it neat,” Polson said. “Kids can play, there are different foods to eat with more attractions for more people. Everyone said they had a good time. I hope they all come back next year.”
Polson said the two-day rodeo was easier logistically than the three-day rodeo Tuttle has traditionally hosted, but he would prefer as much rodeo as possible.
“It’s just a lot more fun with three days,” he said. “As far as securing resources, it’s just a lot more manageable with two.”
The Tuttle Rodeo competed with the Tuttle Fair last year, and this year it competed with the Yukon Rodeo. With the Yukon Rodeo the same evenings, Polson said contestants were a little harder to come by, but that the turnout of audience members was still “very good.”
Polson said he has previously scheduled the rodeo around both the Yukon Rodeo and Tuttle Fair, but then competed with the Rush Springs Watermelon Festival. Polson said priority would go to hometown events when building the schedule in the future.
“I felt like it took something from both,” Polson said of last year’s rodeo and fair. “We want everyone to get as much as they can from both.”
Polson said the crowd for the parade was underwhelming with the high temperatures.
“There were just a few out to watch it,” he said. “As hot as it was, people don’t want to get out though. I understand. I just wish more people would come out to watch it.”
The parade included the (Canadian Valley) Rangerettes there, the El Reno Wranglers, the U.S. Sheriff’s Posse, Grady County Sheriff’s Office including Sheriff Jim Weir, and the Tuttle Police Department.
As elected by the Tuttle Roundup Club, royalty for the 2016 Tuttle Fair was Queen Sidney Sellers, Princess Cheyenne Stout, Alternate Queen Carsyn Damron and Alternate Princess Taylor Armstrong.
The Canadian Valley Rangerettes are a tradition going back to 1968. The Canadian Valley Rangerettes have received numerous accolades including a United States Equestrian Drill Competition national championship in 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2015 and 2016. The Rangerettes encourage female riders over the age of 16 to contact them by email at [email protected] or by calling the club’s president Tricia Collins at (405) 409-0580 or the drill master Nila Birchett at (405) 317-2538.
The Tuttle Roundup Club Board of Directors consists of Link Polson, Dusty Armstrong, Mary Smith, Emery Dye, Jo Bazhaw, LaWanda Matzek, Pete Lowery and Mark Bradley.