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Oklahoma cowboys rope meeting with Oprah

Three rodeo cowboys roped a chance meeting with Oprah Winfrey after the talk-show host’s entourage missed a turn and ended up at a small horse ranch outside this northern Oklahoma town.Cody Leitner and Justus Hyatt were working on their team-roping skills at a practice arena outside Leitner’s home last week when they saw some dark sedans pull into the driveway.Hyatt said he thought it was a fu
/ Source: The Associated Press

Three rodeo cowboys roped a chance meeting with Oprah Winfrey after the talk-show host’s entourage missed a turn and ended up at a small horse ranch outside this northern Oklahoma town.

Cody Leitner and Justus Hyatt were working on their team-roping skills at a practice arena outside Leitner’s home last week when they saw some dark sedans pull into the driveway.

Hyatt said he thought it was a funeral procession until he saw several people getting out of the cars with cameras.

“I said, ‘Cody, you must have won the Publishers Clearing House sweepstakes,”’ Hyatt said.

Leitner, Hyatt and another roper, Alvin Golay, rode their horses up to the group and saw Winfrey get out of the lead car.

“She was asking us if we were ‘real Oklahoma cowboys,”’ Hyatt said. “I said, ‘No, I drive a Ditch Witch for a living, but I do rope and everything.”’

Winfrey was on a cross-country trip taping segments for her syndicated “The Oprah Winfrey Show” to be aired in the fall, said Michelle McIntyre, spokeswoman for Winfrey’s production company.

Her crew was traveling south on Interstate 35, missed a Tulsa exit and decided to take U.S. 64 through Perry instead, Hyatt said.

“It makes you wonder who all comes down that highway through big ol’ Perry, Okla.,” said Hyatt.