The Outside Circle: Goodbye Ted, horse races, new stallions in town, NRCA Finals & more nagging
November 10, 2011
We got our calves sold and they never even got snowed on. I can’t believe how far we are into November already. I hope the nice weather holds until I get some more of this fall work caught up. Having half the corrals laying on the ground and needing rebuilt isn’t a good feeling this time of year. It’s always harder to work on them if they’re buried in snow.
My most heartfelt sympathy goes out to the family of Ted Olson, 83, Belle Fourche, SD. He was a rancher/farmer from the Arpan area east of Belle Fourche and a very fine man and great husband, dad, grandpa and great-grandpa. He and Ann are the parents of my cousin Ron’s wife, Linda, so I have known him as part of our large extended family for many years. He’s always been a joy to visit with and never had a bad word to say about anyone. Besides his beloved wife of 60 years, Ted is survived by his daughters, Barbara (Jeff) Ogaard, Rapid City, SD; Linda (Ron) Swan, Belle Fourche, SD; five grandchildren and four great-granddaughters. Ted was a Korean War veteran as well. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of his family. What great memories he left all of you.
On Nov. 5, Queenies Corona Dash won the Kansas Jackpot Futurity by a head at Will Rogers Downs in Oklahoma. The 28-1 longshot ran a speed index 91 for $31,000. By Dashing is Easy and Out of Let Loose Corona by Corona Cartel, the filly is the 14th Stakes Winner for her sire and the first starter/winner out of her dam. Congrats to Butch Webb and family of Isabel, SD, on the win!
The Breeders Cup Classic was won by Drosselmeyer at 14-1 odds, boosting his lifetime earnings to a tidy $3,728,170 with the $2.7 million paycheck from the Breeders Cup. He was jockeyed by Mike Smith and trained by Hall of Famer Bill Mott, who also has the most wins of any trainer in Churchill Downs history. Mott is a native of Mobridge, SD, and graduated from Mobridge High School in 1971. Mott also trained the winner of the G1 Ladies Classic with Royal Delta during the Breeders Cup weekend. Sure neat when someone grows up in our neck of the woods and then goes out into the big world and succeeds at their chosen profession.
I am delighted to report that Chuck, Mary and Jade Crago have a new stallion coming to their place north of Belle Fourche, SD. Fire On Bug is a gorgeous, dark palomino with a blaze and a stocking leg. He’s put together right and is a proven sire of performance horses. He’s sired by Firewater Flit and out of a Shawne Bug x Flit Bar mare, making him double-bred to the great Flit Bar. They’re sure excited about him and for good reason. I can’t wait to lay eyes on him myself.
In an interview I read with Jill Moody, Letcher, SD, it sound like the great mare Dolly (TR Dashing Badger) will be “sitting out” the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (WNFR) this year. Jill is planning on running TM Sak Em Genny (Marie) and Imafrenchmans Pistol (Pistol). Marie is owned by Jill and her husband, Terry Moody, and Pistol is owned by Matt and Bendi Dunn. Jill is certainly mounted on two great horses going into the Finals, despite Dolly’s absence.
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Another great barrel stallion that is new to the area is Brays Moon Bug, a 1996 son of Marthas Six Moons and out of Brays Larking Bug by Shawne Bug and out of a Lanolark (TB) mare. He has lifetime earnings in the performance arena of over $78,000 and is the sire of futurity and derby winners of over $62,000. He will be nominated to all of the top futurities and derbies up here in the northern plains in the near future. He’s owned by TK and Lainee (Shearer) Sampson, Interior, SD. You can look over their program on http://www.SampsonFamilyRanch.com.
Wyoming Downs racetrack at Evanston is set to be auctioned off on Nov. 16. The now-shuttered racetrack and facilities sits on 220 acres and has a 7.5-furlong track with a 550-yard straightaway and 6-furlong chute, grandstand, concessions and stables. It opened in 1985 and had its last meet in 2009. The suggested opening bid is $400,000. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if someone bought it and opened it up again to horse racing?
The NRCA Finals will be at the Pennington County Event Center at Rapid City, SD, on Nov. 25-27. After years in Gillette, moving to Rapid City should open it up to a new crowd. It’s a wonderful rodeo with top contestants and stock from the northern plains. As part of the Finals, there is also the Junior High Showcase Rodeo on Sunday, Nov. 26 at 1 p.m.
The Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame site is a little closer to being a reality. The committee has narrowed it down to six towns for final scrutiny. They are: Big Sky, Big Timber, Livingston, Madison County, Miles City and Wolf Point. Plans are to hopefully announce the winning building site by the end of November.
The Cheyenne Frontier Days has really changed things up with a new stock contractor for the 2012 rodeo. After 36 years with Harry Vold Rodeo, the committee has chosen Stace Smith Pro Rodeos. I’m sure they’re also great contractors, but the Volds have been such a fixture there. It will be interesting to see what all is said about this big change. What a feather in the cap for Stace Smith Pro Rodeos. It’s quite an honor to get the job with the Daddy of ‘Em All!
The APHA has changed the Breeders’ Trust Stallion subscription deadline for the 2012 season. The new date is Jan. 31 of the breeding year instead of Nov. 30 prior to the breeding season. Seems sensible to me. For more information, call Steven Imhof at 817-222-6441 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Remember, don’t advertise your stallion as being in the Breeders’ Trust until you’ve actually enrolled him. The APHA frowns on that.
Here’s the broken record part of my column… It’s a great time to worm your horses with a good, broad-based product that will kill the bot larvae. It’s always a great time to geld those colts that haven’t been done. Oh, and for good measure, I’ll add, if you’re done using your saddle horses for the most part and have just turned them out, be sure and pull those shoes and trim them before the snow flies. Those snowballs in the shoes can sure cripple one.
I’ll quit nagging now and go unsaddle my horse. We covered quite a circle this time around. Send me your items and I’ll sure share them here.