Apr 18, 2023
Goodwell, Okla. — 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 25-27 during the annual “Doc” Gardner Memorial Rodeo hosted by the Oklahoma Panhandle State University Rodeo Team.
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. The rodeo action will begin on 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 action will conclude Saturday afternoon with the championship round beginning at 2 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. The Doc Gardner Memorial Rodeo is made possible by all the generous supporters of the Panhandle area. Major sponsors include Guymon Convention and Tourism, TCEC, PTCI, and Linda Hill Crop Insurance.
Admission is free. Catch up with your favorite rodeo team member or stop by Anchor D Bank in Goodwell and buy a chance to win one of three cash prizes totaling $4,000.
With the combined efforts of these cowboys and numerous others, the Panhandle State men and women in the blue and red vests have been climbing the charts at a rapid pace lately and the standings promise to come down to the last event. Both teams are currently seated at second place in the region.
A number of Aggies are at the top of the charts in their events including Jade Taton in the Men’s All-Around, Dawson Dahm in the Saddle Bronc Riding, and Beau Peterson in the Goat Tying.
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