Jan Swan Wood: Breakaway roping, a benefit, winners, breeders cup and BLM follies
October 29, 2010
I’m about all caught up on wind. We had enough to last us until June, at least. Makes it hard to get much fall work done outside when it blows things like fence stretchers, steel posts, railroad ties and big steer calves away.
The 11th Annual Girls Only Breakaway Roping will be at the Double S Indoor Arena, Halliday, ND, at 10 a.m. on Nov. 6, 2010. It’s a saddle roping where the winner gets a $2,000 certificate good toward ordering a Tod Slone Saddle. Sweet! There are three levels: Open, High School and Under, and Senior (45 and older). Entries close Nov. 3 at 7 p.m., so call Lyle Gunderson at 701-938-3382 or 701-333-9466.
There’s a benefit on Nov. 13 for Lisa Edgar at the Mueller Center in Hot Springs, SD. Lisa, 23, is fighting a very aggressive cancer and is in a trial treatment in Ann Arbor, MI. That trip every two weeks really adds up, so, the good folks at Hot Springs are having a dinner, 5-7 p.m. at $5/plate; Silent Auction 5-8 p.m.; Poker Tables, adult and youth levels (adults for cash with half going to Lisa) 6:30-whenever; and a dance, 7 p.m.-midnight. For more information on where to send money or donations, contact her Dad, Shawn Edgar, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call her sister Jami Klippenstein at 605-891-3800. There, but for the grace of God…
Nov. 6 will be the date for the Dreamin of Summer Barrel Series #1 run at Bowman, ND. Call Bailee Thompson at 701-369-2375 for information.
Seven Down Winter Series second barrel race will be Nov. 13 at Spearfish, SD. Call Sam at 605-578-3518 for more information.
Speaking of barrels, Cami Bauer, Belle Fourche, SD, did really well at the SD Heartland Barrel Futurity and Derby at Huron, SD last weekend. She was second in round one of the 1D and first in the second round of the 1D. Cami is riding a five-year-old gray mare by Royal Shake Em and out of Dyna Sugar Thorn. The mare is owned by Rich Jensen. Good job Cami!
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I was delighted to see that my brother-in-law Bob Burke won the average in the Senior Men’s Breakaway at the SDRA Finals! He’s from over Sundance, WY, way. He’s a great roper and just an all around nice feller. Great job, Griz!
The AQHA has a new video out called “The First Week.” It features the outstanding horsemen Joe Wolters, Bryan Neubert and Jim Neubert and the first week of starting 20 colts on the Four Sixes Ranches at Guthrie, TX. It covers everything that happens the first week and has more than seven hours of footage. I’ll bet this is a really good video since it features three of the finest horsemen in the world on some really good, ranchy horses. AQHA members can get it for $225, and I think it’s a bargain at that because of the content. I’ll be investing some dinero in it I’m sure.
Deadwood’s Cowboy Christmas Ball will be held Dec. 10 at the Pavilion in Deadwood, SD. The tickets are on sale now and all the proceeds will benefit the Days of ’76 Museum. Call 888-838-2855 for ticket information.
The big Thoroughbred race, the Breeder’s Cup, is coming up the first weekend in November. It’s returning to the dirt track at Churchill Downs after being run the past two years on Santa Anita’s Pro-ride surface. There are 184 horses entered in the various Breeders Cup Races. The tough French mare Goldikova will be trying for her third victory in the TVG Breeder’s Cup Mile, while 2009 Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird will be running in the Gr.1 Dirt Mile. The Breeder’s Cup Classic is the biggest of the races and features 2010 Preakness Stakes winner Lookin At Lucky, amongst other top runners. The field in that race are up against the phenomenal iron mare, Zenyetta, who will be looking to finish out her career with a third victory in the Classic. She has won 19 consecutive races against the toughest company, but this is only her third out on the dirt track (synthetic surfaces being her usual fare). Personally, I think she could run diagonally across a corn field in the mud and win, but then again, I might be a bit prejudiced in her favor. I’d love to see her finish her race career with an unblemished record of 20 wins, so you know I’ll be rooting for her. Her owners are finally going to retire her, according to information available at this time, so this will indeed be her last race. She’s still sound and healthy and really has nothing to prove to anyone, so its time. The icing on the cake would be for her to be named 2010 Horse of the Year, which she really should have won last year. But, that’s a different story…
At the American Royal PRCA rodeo in Kansas City, MO, the first round of the Million Dollar Tour rodeo bareback competition was won by Joe Gunderson, Agar, SD, with an 85-point ride on Silverado’s Memphis King. Steer wrestling has Dane Hanna, Berthold, ND, holding the lead in the average with a smoking 7.1 on two steers. The King, Billy Etbauer, now of Oklahoma but forever from Ree Heights, SD, scored an 88 on Frontier’s Let Er Rip. Tying for second are Jeff Willert, Belvidere, SD, and Cort Scheer, Elsmere, NE, with 86-point rides. The second round is the following weekend, so I’ll report on that next week.
The BLM has a horse roundup underway in southwest Wyoming. The goal is to gather about 2,000 head and to treat 100 mares in two of the largest herds with fertility control vaccines. About 1,580 head will be removed from the herd “management” areas. Target numbers in the two areas are 600-800 head and 250-300 head. Wyoming has about 5,000 feral horses across six “management” areas. (I put management in quotations because if the BLM has let the horse numbers get this out-of-control, I have a hard time calling it management.) I have a really bright idea for “fertility control” too. It involves a sharp blade. It works on both genders, though admittedly, the studs are easier to do. With the numbers so high, I can only imagine what condition that rugged, high desert country is in and the lack of feed for winter for the remaining horses. Yep, starving to death in a snow bank is sure kinder than a captive bolt in a processing plant.
I’ll get down off my high horse now and quit ranting. Tell me what’s going on in your neck of the woods.