Outside Circle by Jan Swan Wood: Newell Labor Day entry info, Stolhammer Benefit, rodeo fundraiser, Valley Meats throws in the towel | TSLN.com

Outside Circle by Jan Swan Wood: Newell Labor Day entry info, Stolhammer Benefit, rodeo fundraiser, Valley Meats throws in the towel

We finally got some rain and it was sure welcome. I was beginning to think that it had forgotten how to rain like it did in 2011. I had the hay all stacked so there were no worries for us. The cooler temps gave all the stock in the country a break from the flies too.

I usually get a bunch of calls about the Newell Labor Days Rodeo entries, so I thought I would share the date and time here. Entries will be open August 18-19, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The number to call is 605-456-3297. Be patient and persistent and you'll get through. Once an event is full, it's full, end of story.

The annual ranch horse competition will be at the Central States Fair Thursday, Aug. 21 at the Event Center in Rapid City. There will be seven divisions, so something for about any horse/rider to be in. It's doubled judged as well. Entries must be received by Aug. 14. For entry forms go to http://www.centralstatesfair.com and click on Horse Events.

Man, sometimes one family gets more dished out to it than it seems possible to handle. That would be the case with a hard working young family from the Newcastle, Wyo. country. Last winter, the Lucas Stolhammer family lost their home and possessions in a fire. This spring, Lucas ended up in the ICU for a spell after surgery to save his leg, due to something I can't spell. He finally healed up from that, but then it was found that he has myeloid leukemia, which is treatable but not curable at this point. He will have to be on medication for the rest of his life, which will be a tremendous, ongoing expense. Through all of this, this family has had no insurance. I can't even imagine what they're up against with medical bills. Lucas is back to riding colts, training horses and taking care of his responsibilities, but it's not going to be easy. So, there's going to be a Stolhammer Benefit Team Roping Saturday, Aug. 23 at the Weston County Fairgrounds, Newcastle, Wyo. It will be a three-head jackpot where you enter at 10 a.m. and rope at 10:30 a.m. All proceeds will go to help the Stolhammers with medical bills. If you don't rope, I know that donations would be most welcome. Call Emily Hartinger at 307-746-5458 for information.

There will be a fundraiser for the Gillette High School Rodeo team through a 4D Jackpot on Aug. 23. It will be at the Camplex in Gillette, Wyo., with barrels and poles both in open and youth (13 and under) divisions. Exhibitions at 8 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., then barrels at 1 p.m. with poles following. Call Heidi at 307-299-3196 for details.

An interesting event will be held at the Deadwood, S.D., Days of '76 Museum Sept. 5-6. It's called the Wagon Show and Dust Off and will be part of a weekend of education and information about the trails and wagons that brought people and hauled freight in during the gold rush. Wagon expert Doug Hanson will be there to discuss your wagons and buggies and answer questions. You're welcome to bring your wagon or buggy but you need to let them know by Aug. 15 so they know how many to set up for. There will also be food and fun and western entertainment. Call Karin at 605-578-1657 or email her at karins@deadwoodhistory.com. The Days of '76 museum has a phenomenal collection of horse-drawn vehicles as well, so it sure would be an interesting deal.

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The Newcastle Matched Bronc Ride will be Saturday, Sept. 20 at Newcastle, Wyo. There will be saddle broncs and ranch broncs both with the great Tooke bucking horses showing their talent. For more info call Janet Carlisle at 406-775-6386.

Valley Meats of Roswell, N.M., has called it quits. They've withdrawn the application for a wastewater discharge permit for the horse processing plant. The owner, De Los Santos and his attorney, Blair Dunn, are considering a suit against the N.M. Environmental Dept. and the state of N.M. for the endless and expensive delays on the permit, even when Valley Meats wanted to return to processing cattle. The expense the Valley Meats has incurred is astronomical and the jobs that were lost (around 70), due to the plant remaining closed, has damaged the community as well.

Well, that's my circle for this week. Be sure and email me any upcoming events you want me to promote, or find me on Facebook if you'd rather. I also talk on the phone. Have a great week.

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