Jan Swan Wood: BHSU hall of fame inductees, fundraiser for Jeff Jones, fun events, Woodard clinic | TSLN.com

Jan Swan Wood: BHSU hall of fame inductees, fundraiser for Jeff Jones, fun events, Woodard clinic

I think spring has finally sprung. It's been a whole week without any snow! The surface has dried up enough that I can actually get to my car without overshoes on too. I'm grateful for the moisture and excited to see the green grass peeking carefully out of the ground.

The Black Hills State University Hall of Fame Induction ceremony was held on March 28, 2014, at Spearfish, S.D. The inductees were the 1981 BHSC Women's rodeo team, Jim Willuweit and Duane Reichert. The 1981 women's team include Patsy Perry Horton, Donna Keffeler, Rocky Troxell Kirkeby, Shari Simmons-Johnson, Dianne Mackaben, Cindy Painter Mankin, Deb Kopren McPherson, Lonna Peterson, LuAnn Pettie, Collette Phillips and Peg Lobmeyer Williams. They placed fourth in the nation and Patsy Perry won the all around and Shari Simmons the goat tying titles for the year. Jim Willuweit was a member of the 1968 men's team and rode bareback and bulls. He currently ranches near Quinn, S.D. Duane Reichert was the bullfighter for the BHSC rodeos and throughout the college region, then went on to be a bullfighter and rodeo clown for the next 40 years. He also shared his time and talent with school children and visited 2,000 schools in 20 states over the years, giving his "Backstage With A Rodeo Clown" presentation. His rodeo acts have entertained audiences all over the country and also at the WNFR, Circuit finals and NHSR finals. Congrats to all the inductees. I tip my hat.

There will be a BBQ Sandwich supper and silent/live auction fundraiser to benefit the Jeff Jones family. Jeff has a very aggressive form of brain cancer and they need help with medical expenses and want to establish a fund to help his two young sons. Jeff is a jockey and has successfully won on both Quarter Horses and Thoroughbreds in his career. The fundraiser will be held at the Casey Tibbs South Dakota Rodeo Center at Ft. Pierre, S.D., on April 26, 5-9 p.m. If you can't attend, you can send a donation to: Jeff Jones Family Benefit, c/o First National Bank, Box 850, Ft. Pierre, SD 57532. For questions about how to donate or other info, call Vickie at 605-222-6667 or Diana at 605-223-3172. All funds will be matched by Modern Woodman of America.

Don't forget the Triple Turn Classic April 26-27 at Bowman, N.D. This is a great barrel race and well run with nice added money. Pre-entries are due April 16. Got to http://www.millerranch.net for entry forms.

The 5th Annual Big Wyoming Horse Expo will be April 25-27 at Douglas, Wyo.. There will be some really good clinics for many disciplines of horsemanship, private treaty horse sales, vendors, speakers, 4-H judging, games and a parade of horse breeds. Sounds like a really fun event to go to. For info call 307-358-3862 or 307-358-3675. You can email to cftaylor@hughes.net or tannarodeman@yahoo.com for more info too.

The Bucking H Bash Women's Ranch Rodeo at Gillette, Wyo., will be May 31-June 1. Some of the events are also open to men. There will also be a stickhorse race and dummy roping for the smaller set. Get your team together and call in your entry on May 9 to 307-751-3719.

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There will be a Walt Woodard team roping school at Hartford, S.D. on July 4-6. There's still room for five headers and four heelers but it's filling fast. Woodard is a 10 time WNFR qualifier and won the world two times. Call Tami McKenney at 605-929-3792 for signup info.

The 2014 PRCA Hall of Fame has named it's 2014 inductees. The August ceremony will honor rodeo great including Wayne Herman of Halliday, N.D. Herman, 50, won the world in barebacks in 1992, and was an 11 time qualifier for the WNFR. Congrats Wayne!

The South Dakota steer wrestlers made quite an impression at the Huntsville, Texas, PRCA rodeo. Todd Suhn, Hermosa, S.D., was second, Jake Rinehart, Highmore, S.D., was fourth and Kody Woodward, Dupree, S.D., tied for 5th. Chet Johnson, Sheridan, Wyo., tied for third in the saddle broncs too.

Well, that's my circle for the week. I sure appreciate any news and notes that get sent my way! Have a blessed Easter and make sure you remember that it's not about bunnies and eggs but about Jesus Christ's death on the cross and His resurrection. He lives!

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