We've sure had some hot weather for this early in the year. Two days in a row of mid to upper 90's at our place, accompanied by a blowtorch wind, sure turned the color on the grass. I moved the cows to a fresh pasture yesterday, but it didn't look as fresh as it usually does. Generally it's knee deep, but this year, it's about dewclaw deep. I know we're in better shape than a lot of folks, too, so shouldn't complain. I'm sure glad we have leftover hay from last year. It's looking better all the time.
Chuck and Mary Crago, Belle Fourche, SD, had a thunderstorm go through their place June 2 and lightning took its toll once again. Their great buckskin stud CM Dynamite Frost was out with about 20 head of mares and foals when he was killed. A successful performance horse, he was shown in working cowhorse events, and won in heading and heeling in American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) shows. He went on to be a very good sire as well, with offspring winning in barrels, calf roping, team roping and about any other performance event. He was sired by Doc O Dynamite and out of Sierra Frost by Sun Frost. The 1998 stallion was born on the Crago Ranch and had spent his whole life there. It just wasn't long enough. They do still have frozen semen available for sale and a nice crop of weanlings coming up this fall by him. My heart goes out to Chuck, Mary and Jade in their loss.
At the Casey Tibbs Match of Champions in Ft. Pierre, SD, the finals round had a three-way tie for first with Jesse Bail, Camp Crook, SD, on Sutton's Chuckalator, Taos Muncy, Corona, NM, on Vold's Painted Valley, and Sterling Crawley, College Station, TX, on Burch's Lunatic Fringe. They had 87-point rides on those three phenomenal saddle broncs. The winner of the bucking horse futurity was Pierre's own Korkow Rodeo. There were 30 cowboys from eight states and one Australian province competing on the top horses in the country.
The North Central Nebraska Sandhills Ranch Expo will be June 13 and 14 at Bassett, NE. There will be lots of beef and horse exhibits, plus demonstrations of livestock handling and equipment. On Wednesday, June 13, there will be a Roughstock Challenge at 7 p.m. with barebacks, saddle broncs and bulls. On Thursday, June 14, 1 p.m., there will be a saddle horse pull. For entry info on the saddle horse pull, call 402-376-6071. For info otherwise, call 402-684-2320 or www.sandhillsranchexpo.com.
That saddle horse pull sounds like great fun to watch. I haven't seen one of those in years. I remember one at the Faith Stock Show back in the olden days when I was young that had some really outstanding horses. When it came right down to it, though, a little spotted horse pulled his heart out and won the thing. He didn't look like the one that could do it, but looks weren't what it was judged on. I think he was ridden by Johnny Holloway as I recall. He was quite a little horse.
The Philip Matched Bronc Ride and Festival Days are coming up on June 15-17. The bronc ride is on the 15th, but I don't have any other info. I'm sure if you show up in the morning and stay all day, you won't miss it. I did hear that there are the very top saddle bronc riders going down the road in it, matched against the top saddle broncs. Should be quite a show.
The PRBR Rodeo Series at Broadus, MT, is underway. The dates are June 12, 19, 26, July 10, 17, 24, and August 7 with a makeup night on the 14th. There's a division for every age. The little duffers 0-5 years can be in stickhorse barrels, goat ribbon snatching and dummy roping; Jrs 6-10 do barrels, poles, boys and girls goat tying, and dummy roping; the Srs 11-14 and Open do barrels, poles, goat tying and breakaway, open to boys and girls. The Open barrels are a 5D. Barrel exhibitions start at 6 pm with the rodeo starting at 6:30 p.m. Call Kathy Schaeffer at 307-680-6210 or Nancy Trent at 406-436-2758 for more info. I think it would be worth the drive to Broadus just to watch the stickhorse barrels.
The Interior Frontier Rodeo is coming up July 4,5, and 6. This great rodeo, held in the beautiful badlands of South Dakota, is one of the oldest in the state. They keep working to make it better every year, with new bleachers last year and a new crow's nest this year. Put on by the Interior Roping Club, Wilson Rodeo Company and the town of Interior, this is a fun, family oriented rodeo. On July 4, there will be rodeo slack at 10 a.m., a parade at 1 p.m., and fireworks that night after the rodeo at 4:30 p.m. On July 5 is the rodeo at 4:30 p.m. The rodeo is sanctioned with SDRA, MSRA, NRCA, and WPRA. On July 6 there will be a Ranch Rodeo with the Calcutta at 3 p.m. and the ranch rodeo at 4 p.m. These are four person teams and there's a $300 entry fee per team. For entries call 605-433-5390.
It's time for all rodeo youth 17 and under to be getting their entries in for the Sheridan Elks Youth Rodeo. Entries are due August 13 for this amazing rodeo. You can print off an entry form from the Web site at www.sheridanelks.org, by mail at Elks Youth Rodeo, PO Box 624, Sheridan, WY 82801, or call for info at 307-674-7297. The list of prizes and scholarships at this rodeo will make your spur rowels jingle!
Renowned sculptor, Tony Chytka, is using his talent to create a bronze of the great saddle bronc rider and South Dakota native, Billy Etbauer. The artist is creating a quarter life size bronze that will eventually stand outside the Casey Tibbs Rodeo Center, Ft. Pierre, SD. A 15 inch bronze replica will be on display at the ProRodeo Hall of Fame for Billy's induction July 14. The smaller bronze will also be on display at the WNFR, along with some of Tony's other fine work.
Bull riders really take a beating in their event. Tyler Willis, Wheatland, WY has injured both of his knees and his rodeo status is questionable at this point. He's currently 7th in the WNFR standings.
Nevada Newman, Melstone, MT, is one of the young bull riders who is making a name for himself in a hurry. He won the Xtreme Bulls Division 2 Tour title at Elizabeth, CO, on June 1 with 167 points on two bulls.
Well, my horse is sweated out pretty bad and it must be time to find some shade, so I'm going to wind up my circle for this week. Please send me anything you'd like for me to put in here and I'll be happy to help.