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Open House at Ag Complex, Halloween contests, benefit for Peggy Stephenson, moon blindness vaccine

by Jan Swan Wood

Another beautiful week of fall weather has passed. We got our calves pre-conditioned while family was home, so got to have the grandboys help on their horses. It's always more fun when you have plenty of help and some of it is so darned cute. We even got a little fishing in while they were here, so it was a great time.

My son and I hauled our pretty, black, 11 year old stud to Sturgis to see the vet and hauled a pretty, black, 11 year old gelding home this week. He'll have a much better life as a gelding and be able to just be a horse at last. He's so nice to ride and be around that his only flaw was that he was a stud, so we remedied that. Many a good stud has made a great gelding and I think he'll be one of them. He shares a corral with a big bull and I suspect he's been telling the bull scary stories. The bull is watching me pretty close anyway.

There will be an open house at the new Southern Campbell County Ag Complex at Wright, Wyo. on October 31. There will be free food plus a horse and rider costume contest to dedicate the Harry's Way road into the complex. It honors Harry Underwood who was a beloved rancher in that area. There will be a tour of the new facility, a pumpkin carving contest for all ages. This all starts at 4 p.m. Call Janie at 605-210-3179 for more info.

Also on October 31 will be a Halloween Spooktacular at the MTS Arena at Rozet, Wyo. Hosted by the Rhinestone Cowgirls drill team, there will be a horse and rider costume contest, games, prizes and lots of fun. It's $5/event or $25 for all day. For info call Jennifer at 307-299-4579, Tonya at 307-660-6711, or Meghan at 307-391-1026.

There will be a benefit to raise money for Peggy Stephenson who is battling cancer, on November 6, in Sheridan, Wyo. The benefit includes an auction and a farrier's contest (shoeing, forging and the like). Peggy and her husband Steve have been heavily involved in farrier certification schools all over Wyoming and Montana and are very wonderful people. The banquet dinner and auction will be at 6:30 p.m. at the Red Velvet Baker at 35 N. Main St in Sheridan. It's $15/person. The auction will follow that. Donations and auction items can be sent to Adam Gable at 238. S. Custer, Sheridan, WY 82801. You can call Adam at 307-751-3938 for more information too. If you want to just donate some money directly, there's a fund set up for Peggy at First Interstate Bank, 4 South Main St., Sheridan, WY 82801.

On November 13 there will be a team sorting practice at the Camplex in Gillette, WY. It's $50 for four runs and starts at 4 p.m. After that will be a non-sanctioned 3D sort at 6 p.m. for $100 added. Call Zane Thar at 307-660-9501 for more information.

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The Northern Hills Little Britches Rodeos #6 and #7 will be Nov. 21-22 at the Event Center, Rapid City, S.D. Entries for that close on Nov. 6.

Following the Little Britches Rodeo on the 21 will be a Steer Wrestling and Ladies Breakaway Jackpot. For the steer wrestling you enter by 5, with Open 3 head/$150 and high school 3 head/$80 and it follows the open. The ladies breakaway will follow and is 3 head/$100, youth 14 and under 3 head/$50 and they run with the open. There's 80% payback on purse. For info call Kody Woodward at 605-200-1658.

The Wyoming Cowboy Hall of Fame, Region 1 induction ceremony will be November 21, 3-6 p.m. at the Boot Hill Steakhouse, Gillette, Wyo. Silent and live auctions will benefit the WCHF. Region 1 is Crook, Weston and Campbell counties.

The South Dakota high school rodeo kids are selling their great calendars again. The 2016 editions are still just $20 and your name goes into a weekly and holiday drawing for cash prizes. The money raised from the calendars goes toward helping the nationals qualifiers with the trip expense to the finals.

Good news on the moon blindness front! Zoetis has developed a vaccine that will help prevent equine leptospirosis, the cause of equine recurrent uveitis, the most common cause of blindness in horses, which is also called moon blindness. The leptospirosis virus enters the body via mucous membranes or wounds, and it is spread by wildlife, rodent and domestic animal urine. Horses also shed the virus in their urine. Humans can get it though it doesn't happen very often. The vaccine is available now.

Congrats to Trey Young, Dupree, S.D. on winning the PRCA Rookie of the Year in the Tie Down Roping!

Well, that's my circle for the week. Send me any and all items you think might fit in this column and I'll be happy to share them here. Have a great week!

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