Jan Swan Wood: Braggin’ rights, bucking stock, barrel horses and WRCA Finals
October 25, 2010
I’ve got to do a little bragging here first off. Our son and his family were home over the weekend and our little grandson put his first ride on a horse. He was a month old to the day, so I hope it wasn’t too late to make a hand out of him. He topped off ol’ Snickers, who hadn’t been ridden in years, and did a fine job of it. She’s the horse that raised his Daddy, so I’m sure she thinks life’s about to go to heck with another kid to raise. I wish she could, but she’s quite elderly and probably won’t be able to by the time the little cowboy is ready.
Those top babysitter type horses are hard to find. I’ve been looking for one for some friends and they just aren’t under every tree. They are worth their weight in gold, as far as I’m concerned, considering the precious cargo we entrust to them.
In regard to Snickers, my friend Vince Crago (gosh I miss him) once said of her that she was the most valuable horse on the ranch, and everyone there was riding a really top horse, working cattle at Bruce and Kim’s that day.
We went to the movie Secretariat last weekend while the kids were here. We all enjoyed it a lot (except baby Carson, he slept through it) and it was fun to see a horse we actually knew in the movie. My husband used to trim his feet and our son rode him when he was being started before Horse Creek Thoroughbreds sold him. Other horses also played Secretariat in the movie, but the scenes from the big races were the ones Cyclone Larry played and the big, pretty booger played him well. Good movie and can recommend it for the whole family.
I talked about the Linderman Award winner last week and said that Kyle Whitaker was in second place for that award. Turns out his Dad, Chip Whitaker, won the Linderman Award back in his day. Must be good genetics!
A sad note to pass along as Chuck Pollard, Sheridan, WY, passed away Oct. 13. He and his wife owned the Ship Wheel Ranch, Moorcroft, WY, and Dr. Kirk, the sire of so many outstanding running and arena horses in the region. They also raised registered Hereford cattle and a family on the ranch. He is survived by his wife Charlotte, son Charles Jr. (Tracie), daughter Sheila (Joe), and step-daughter LouAnn (George), all of Sheridan; sons Ron (Terri), Douglas, WY, and Mark, Port Richey, FL. He’s also survived by nine grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. Services were held on Oct. 18.
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The 2010 PRCA Bucking Stock of the Year have been named. The Saddle Bronc is Harry Vold Rodeo’s Painted Valley. He’s an eight-year-old, 1400-lb. stud by Brookman’s Oil Train and out of the great NFR mare Big Valley. His second job is as a herd sire at Vold’s ranch. At Cheyenne’s Frontier Days, Billy Etbauer won the average with an 89-point ride on him. That must have been a great ride to watch!
Bareback Horse of the Year is Classic Pro Rodeo’s Big Tex. The bay gelding took Tilden Hooper on a record setting 94-point ride this year. Bobby Mote set an arena record in ’08 with 91.5 points at the WNFR.
Bull of the year is Silverado Rodeo’s After Party. He was unridden in 17 tries at PRCA rodeos this season. The Bucking Stock of the Year are voted on by the contestants who draw them at rodeos, so it’s a pretty prestigious award.
At the WPRA World Finals at Lincoln, NE, the Card Holder Average winner was Jill Moody, Letcher, SD, and her great mare, Dolly. They banked a total of $10,500 for their effort. Dolly’s registered name is TR Dashing Badger and was bred and is owned by Harry Thomas. Nice warm-up for the WNFR!
Also at Lincoln at the Lincoln Barrel Bash and Hawkeye Futurity, Mary Crago, Belle Fourche, SD, pulled checks on her good homebred gelding Corona (CM Sugar Bars Bubba) with a second in a round of the 3D open. He’s by Nonstop Bubblin and out of a King Fritz Two mare. Another Nonstop Bubblin/Crago bred horse, CM Stoney Bubbles, aka Scoobey, won the Derby Average for Samantha Flannery. Chuck and Mary have a nice crop of babies related to these two horses, so one might want to give them a call if you are looking for a super prospect. You can look ’em over at http://www.crago.com.
Grim news for horse people in the Midwest: two major horse markets are closing down and will no longer have horse sales. A & A Horse Sales at Story City, IA will have their last sale in November. Belle Plain, IA will close in January. This is really bad news for those little communities. Belle Plain is just a wide spot in the road and the business brought in by the monthly horse sale was a huge contributor to the economy there. Story City is nearly as critical. Neither facility sold anything but horses, unlike the salebarns in our area that also sell cattle and other livestock. With horse prices so low, they just couldn’t make it on the commissions.
I guess that’s just more of the trickle down effect that the closing of the processing plants has had on the horse business. I wonder if the mega-million dollar HSUS and the bleeding hearts that wanted no horse slaughter ever thought about the long-term and related effects their stunt would have on, not only horses, but whole communities. I wonder if they even care? It’s a no-win situation at this point. More horses in that area will suffer and die the hard death of starvation/neglect I’m afraid, without a sale to take them to.
The 15th annual WRCA finals will be in Amarillo, TX on Nov. 11-14. This is the world championship ranch rodeo of the WRCA, and it is a great show. There’s also a Ranch Horse competition there that is top of the line. Every ranch family I know would enjoy the WRCA, plus it has the best gear show you’ll ever see. Check out the Web site at http://www.WRCA.org.
The NRCA rodeo finals will be at Gillette, WY’s Camplex Nov. 26-28. Entries will be on Nov. 4, 12-6 p.m. MDT at 605-855-2277. The top 12 in each event are eligible but if one of the 12 fails to enter, the next in line who has entered will go to the finals. You won’t if you don’t enter though, so, it would be a good idea to get on board.
Another circle is complete and we looked at a lot of country, so I think I’ll unsaddle my horse and turn him out. Have a good week and send me your info!