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Jan Swan Wood: Dry drive, gimpy husband, John T. update

I took a trip across the state on I-90 and observed the drought conditions. I know it's dry everywhere, but, some of it looked like the Garden of Eden to me. We are so much dryer right here in my area than the I-90 corridor, there's no comparison. There's still water in their dams! Some areas looked like they'd had some late rain, so there was decent hay through the central part of the state. Corn and soybean harvest is way ahead of schedule in the eastern half, though I was told that yields are spotty. I also saw a lot of stuff being put up for hay that wasn't hay. Note to self: be sure and look at any hay personally, before buying. I would hate to pay $200 per ton for dried weeds or slough grass.

My husband, the horseshoer, got kicked last week, so he's laid up at home. He really needs to take up a hobby. He did fold some laundry today, but he's bored out of his mind.

He's had lots of calls and visitors, which is nice. He's not used to being around home all the time, so he's seeing what I do all day. Turns out it's not "watch soap operas and eat bonbons" after all. It's probably going to be a long fall. I'm sure glad my pet saddle horse was shod before this happened!

The Badlands Circuit Finals are coming up on Oct. 4-7 at Minot, ND. For more info about that call 701-852-4283. I'll bet that's an outstanding rodeo to watch with all that talent.

The NWBRA finals will be at the Camplex in Gillette, WY, on Oct. 12-14. They've got really great prizes this year, plus $7,500 added in the Open 5D, $1,500 added in the Senior 3D, and $1,250 added in the Youth 3D. Go to http://www.nwbra.com for details.

The NILE (Northern International Livestock Exposition) at Billings, MT, will be Oct. 17-20. It has a lot going on – some of it is a PRCA rodeo, horse sale, ranch rodeo, and the Northern Range Ranch Roping Finals. Go to http://www.thenile.org for more info.

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The Dakota 50-50 Show and Sale will be Nov. 1-3 at Fargo, ND. New this year at the show is the Maturity on Nov. 1. All the horses in the show were bought at the sale and are grown up and developed to go to the futurity. There's a passel of good weanlings in the sale and the nicest bunch of people you can find. Though mostly Quarter Horses, there are also Paints and Appaloosas offered. For a sale catalog, contact Nikki Medalen, nikki@medalenranch.com, 701-537-5548 or Darrell Gustafson, oakridgeranch@hotmail.com, 701-477-5434.

The PRCA has announced nominees for year end awards and regional folks are on the ballots. Dress Act of the Year has Jerry Wayne Olson, Auburn, NE (formerly Belle Fourche, SD); Bullfighter has Dusty Tuckness, Meeteetse, WY; Stock Contractor Firm has Powder River Rodeo, Riverton, WY. Just being nominated is quite an honor so congrats to all of them.

Kyle Whitaker, Chambers, NE, is out for the rest of the season with a torn pectoral muscle (ouch). He underwent surgery on Sept. 24, and will be out of the action for about six months. The six-time Linderman Award winner was on the cusp of qualifying for the WNFR in the steer wrestling for the first time when he got hurt. Too bad for Kyle, but I'm sure he'll be back in great form by the late winter rodeos.

John Teigan is improving every day. He's off the ventilator and can sit up in a chair for periods of time. He's come a long way and has a ways to go, but, I'm sure glad he's mending. It's looking as though he might be able to go home before winter. My thoughts and prayers continue to be with John and his family.

Here's my nagging mother reminder to get those colts gelded. We've had a good freeze here, so the flies are greatly diminished. Make an appointment to get your favorite vet out to the place, get the mares and babies in, geld the stud colts, brand everyone and have it all done. Then you can turn them back out on grass and let them heal up for a couple weeks before weaning. Doesn't that sound easy? It is. Do it. Really.

Well, that's my circle for the week. I'm going to go put my horse up and give us both a rest. If anyone wants to borrow a companion horseshoer for a few days, give me a call.

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