By: Carol Beck-Round | Category: Other | Issue: October 2006
Bulldogger Rick Sims from Dewey, Oklahoma, has a commanding lead in the age 40+ division of the Senior Pro Rodeo Association. The finale will be held at the Claremore Expo in October.
Like most Senior Pro Rodeo Association members, Jim and Dorene Mudd have competed in rodeos most of their lives. It’s just another way that they can keep doing what they love.
Rodeo fans will have a chance to see these 40+ year-old competitors doing just that—enjoying what they love—when they and other rodeo contestants come to the Claremore Expo for the Senior Pro Rodeo Association Finals set for October 27, 28 and 29. Performances will start at 10 a.m. each day.
Claremore has hosted the finals for the last three consecutive years. Finals have also been held in Pawhuska, Shawnee, Ardmore, Cromwell and Oklahoma City.
“We have chosen Claremore because of the facilities and location,” says Dorene Mudd. “The Best Western Motel of Claremore gives the contestants a discount during our finals, which is appreciated.”
To qualify for membership in the association, contestants must be 40 years old or older. To participate in the finals, members must have competed in 10 rodeos throughout the year.
“We have approximately 40 rodeos throughout the year and keep points on all contestants,” says Mudd. “The finals will determine the champions for the year.”
Champions are usually awarded a saddle, she adds.
Cowboys and cowgirls will be competing for that saddle in the following events: barrel racing, steer wrestling, ribbon roping, breakaway roping, tie down roping and team roping.
Explaining the association rules for barrel racing, Mudd says, “This event is a 4-D and points are kept by ages of 40s, 50s and 60s.”
In steer wrestling, however, everyone competes together but points are tallied in the 40s and 50s age divisions. Ribbon roping points are kept in three divisions: 40s, 50s and 60s.
In the breakaway roping event, two age groups, open and 65+, compete for the prize. Tie-down ropers will vie in four categories: 40s, 50s, 60s and 68+ while team ropers are divided into three classes: 40s, 50s and 60s.
“We schedule our rodeos throughout the year in different arenas and would like anyone who meets these requirements to come and join us,” says Mudd. “We all enjoy the sport of rodeo and you can make new friends.”
While the association does not seek sponsors for their final event, they have received donations in the past from individuals and companies.
“This really helps out,” says Mudd. “Last year, the Davis H. Elliott company gave us funds to purchase hooded sweatshirts for the finals contestants.”
Laurie Phillips also gives a donation each year to help purchase year-end awards.
Admission to the Senior Pro Rodeo Association Finals is free. “Everyone is welcome,” says Mudd.
For more information, contact Jim Mudd, president, or Dorene Mudd, secretary, at 918-733-2605.
After 30 years in public school education, Carol Round retired and moved from Grand Lake to Claremore, Oklahoma in 2005, where she writes a weekly faith-based column which runs in 14 Oklahoma newspapers as well as several national and international publications. Three volumes of her columns have been compiled into collections: A Matter of Faith, Faith Matters and by FAITH alone. She has also written Journaling with Jesus: How to Draw Closer to God and a companion workbook, The 40-Day Challenge. This past year she has written three children’s books, a series called Nana’s 3 Jars, to teach children about the value of giving, saving and spending money. All of Carol’s books are available through Amazon. In addition to writing her weekly column, authoring books and speaking to women’s groups, she writes for Value News. She also blogs regularly at www.carolaround.com. When she is not writing or speaking, she loves spending time with her three grandchildren, working in her flowerbeds, shooting photos, volunteering at her church or going on mission trips overseas, and hiking. She is also an avid reader and loves working crosswords and trying to solve Sudoku puzzles.