Marlow cowboy Dees dazzles crowd with 91.5 score to take top prize in bull riding
With a host of world champions and Wrangler National Finals qualifiers in the field, it was almost unimaginable that when the final performance of the 81st Annual Lawton Rangers Rodeo was over, it was an 18-year-old bull rider from Marlow who got the biggest cheer from a standing-room-only crowd at the LO Ranch Arena.
Chauk Dees may be a youngster at the PRCA level but he showed he was ready for the big show by riding Beutler and Son’s Shootin Stars to surge to a 91.5 and take home the top prize much to the delight of a huge group of family and friends from the Sterling and Marlow area.
Dees has grown up around bucking bulls as grandfather Don Dees has been promoting amateur rodeos in Southwest Oklahoma for years and the entire family is involved in the effort.
“It was a good bull and I just was able to use my balance to make some adjustments,” the youngster said. “I started getting on steers and then started hitting high school rodeos for about the past year and a half.”
But this summer he made the jump to the PRCA and his recent success proved last night was not a freak happening.
“I left on July 2 and have been making rodeos since,” he said. “I won Wahoo (Neb.) and Sidney (Iowa) and have done pretty good.”
He was asked what qualities are needed for the rough job.
“You don’t have to be strong but you need great balance,” he said prior to being mobbed in the arena to celebrate with friends and family. “I work a great deal on balance, I ride horses bareback and I work on a drop barrel. Plus I run a lot. It just takes a lot of work.”