Jan Swan Wood: EHV-1 in Colorado, rodeo wins, Stanley Johnston honored, 5-state deadline
April 4, 2014
I certainly hope that you are reading this with the sun shining, skies clear and birds singing. As I'm writing it, it is snowing steadily with a mean southeast wind blowing. A friend from Idaho says that we have four seasons in the northern plains: early winter, winter, late winter, and next winter. This winter, I would say that he is right.
Here's a heads up for people hauling horses: a horse is EHV-1 has been diagnosed in Larimer County Colorado, which is in the Ft. Collins and Loveland area of northern Colorado. The horse is being treated and the facility is under quarantine and any horses that might have been in contact are being sought for monitoring. Be very careful when traveling and when hauling for or with other people. Lots of us have caught a ride for a horse with someone traveling, which isn't usually a problem, but does demand caution at this time. EHV-1 is equine herpes virus and highly contagious through horse to horse contact and contaminated items like buckets, halters, trailers, and other equipment. It can be fatal and even if it isn't, the recovery is long and sometimes not complete.
On the prorodeo front, at Beaumont, Texas, Belle Fourche, S.D.'s Tyler Thiel won the all around with money in both tie down roping and team roping. Tanner Bothwell, Rapid City, S.D., won the bulls there.
At Nacogdoches, Texas, Todd Suhn, Hermosa, S.D., tied for third in the steer wrestling. It's sure good to see him healed up and hitting the road, along with his cousin Jake Rinehart, Highmore, S.D. Those darned injuries can sure mess up a season, so it makes me smile to see them both rodeoing hard again and winning.
At Fargo, N.D, the bull riding was won by my neighbor Taygen Schuelke, Newell, S.D. Gosh, it doesn't seem that long ago he was riding calves at the Labor Day rodeo!
Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, S.D., is currently leading the world standings in barrels. She's had a great winter run on her Louie gelding, who at 11, is in his prime. Also up in the standings is Shelly Anzick, Livingston, Mont., at third and Trula Churchill, Valentine, Neb., in seventh.
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The 2015 AQHA Hall of Fame Inductees have been announced and the late Stanley Johnston, Miller, S.D., will be one of them. Johnston was a former AQHA director and responsible for bringing some of the really outstanding stallions to the state. He had Laughing Boy, Docs Jack Frost, Poco Speedy, and if memory serves me right, Driftwood Ike, over the years. There's just hardly a winning rodeo horse in the region that doesn't have one of those names in it's pedigree. The 2015 induction will be next March.
If you're planning on running in the 5-State Breeders Futurity barrel race on Sept. 4-7, you need to have your first payment for the futurity in my May 1 and the maturity by June 1. There's an amazing list of stallions nominated to this and would sure be worth looking into for a foal that is eligible for the big money that can be won at the 5-State. For a list of stallions and entry info, go to http://www.5statebreederfuturity.com.
The entry forms for the Routier Ranch Super Horse Challenge August 29-30 can be gotten from their website at http://www.routierranch.com/events/. You can also find it on Facebook with a link there for entries.
I heard that killer horse prices were sure up at the last big sale at Billings. Prices had been stuck at around 32 cents/lb for several years, but prices were up to over 50 cents/lb for the number 1 types, with four buyers in the seats. Competition is higher than in the past as numbers are down, plus demand for horse meat world wide is rising. Wouldn't it be nice if we had processing plants right here in the U.S. so that we could not only have a better way of dealing with our unwanted horses but a way to actually get some return from them? Keep on those reps in Washington. There's quite a bit going on that could be to our advantage, so don't give up yet.
I mentioned it last week, but remind you here that there will be a buying station at Faith, SD on April 9-5 at the sale barn. The buyer will be buying all classes of loose horses and you'll be paid on the spot.
Well, I'm going to call my circle ridden for this week. Send me your events and suchlike, and I'll be happy to share the info here.