Saying Goodbye to Pokey’s Junior Ranch Rodeo & 2015 Junior Ranch Rodeo Results
“Pokey” the Clown, aka Doug Smith, has long been a fixture at the World Championship Ranch Rodeo, having hosted his Junior Ranch Rodeo World Championship there for 18 years. Pokey is also a tireless fundraiser for the Working Ranch Cowboys Foundation. And while he will still continue his work for WRCF, Pokey is hanging up his spurs as far as the junior ranch rodeos.
Pokey’s retirement is a bitter-sweet moment for the ranching world. On one hand, it’d be hard to believe that anyone that knows him wants anything but the best for him. On the other, he will be greatly missed. Pokey is a true hero that has done a huge amount of good for the next generation of ranchers.
“It has been a fun 18-year run, but it is time to say so long to a fun event,” Pokey said. “I want to send out a big thank-you to the award sponsors for our World Championship Rodeo.” Those include the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum, Resistol Hats and Twisted X Boots.
“We also need to say thank you to the Working Ranch Cowboys Association for giving a home and place to the Junior Ranch Rodeo.”
And so the 2015 winners are the final title-holders. These world champs and other finalists are:
Super Pee-Wee Division
• Little Fillies of Clayton, New Mexico – Coach Joanna Kimble and team members Tailyn Kimble, Jaida Clay, Raley Valdez and Riata Valdez
• Rhinestone Cowgirls of Clayton, New Mexico – Coach Molly Crisp and team members Aly Crisp, Aspyn Fickling, Joslyn Kimble and Ella Clay
• The Cowboys of Amarillo, Texas – Coach Jason Endrizzi and team members Cooper Holcomb, Quirt Rogers, Jocelyn Johnson and Luke Purcell
• Tough Riders of Clayton, New Mexico – Coach Honey Poling and team members Bo Poling, Levi Poling, Ali Poling and Will Clay
• Diamond E/Stock Ranch – Team members not listed
• Amistad Outlaws of Nara Vista, New Mexico – Coach Chance Pope and team members Catch Pope, Caylee Pope, Stratton Schoonover and Cole Davis
• Hoofless Horses of Clayton, New Mexico – Coaches Honey Poling and Chad Crisp and team members Preslie Poling, Triton Poling, Tanna Poling and Morgan Crisp
• Hold Your Horses – Team members not listed
• The Roughies of Kress, Texas – Coach Calley Runnels and team members Cutter Runnels, Landy Young, Caden McCaslin and Bradie Culwell
• Black Knights of Amarillo, Texas – Coach Diann Bratcher and team members Maycee Fenstermaker, Avery Bailey, Ethan Bailey and Mikey Gonzales
• Diamond E/Vogel Ranch – Team members not listed
• Top Hands of Perryton, Texas – Coach Katy Williams and team members Tate Williams, Kylynn Gibson, Bree Gibson and Bronk Law