Jan Swan Wood: Good commercial, rodeo results, rodeo school, smart legislation out of WY | TSLN.com

Jan Swan Wood: Good commercial, rodeo results, rodeo school, smart legislation out of WY

The weather sure has been beautiful. My Dad always says that if you're going to have a drought, January and February are the months to have one. I'm praying for March snow and April rains, myself.

We've had our little grandsons here visiting us with their Mom and it's sure been fun. The two and a half year old loves going out to chore and tags along after Bepaw in the morning. He loves to ride too and a screaming wind didn't faze him a bit on a day that nearly blew me over. Tough little booger. His yearling brother got to ride too but wasn't quite as impressed with the wind, plus he didn't appreciate his brother trying to shove him off when they were up there together. My sweet horse put up with their squabbling and then nuzzled them every chance he got when they were off of him. Yep. Life is good.

I finally filled out that miserable USDA survey on the day it was supposed to be due. They'd just better be glad they got it at all. They asked some pretty personal questions on that thing. I kept having to restrain myself from writing "NOYDB: None of Your Danged Business" in the blanks.

I hope you have all gotten to see the wonderful commercial that Dodge put on during the Super Bowl. It has great stills and video of farmers and ranchers with Paul Harvey's "Thank A Farmer" commentary playing. It brought a tear to my eye. Two Montana families were in the ad. The Gustafson family from Browning and Mary and Frank Roberts from Geraldine were featured and totally personified what we are out here. If you didn't see it, get to a computer near you and fine it on the internet. It will be worth it.

The Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo had some local talent taking home checks from the PRCA rodeo. In the barebacks, Mac Erickson, Sundance, WY, won it with an 86 point ride on C5 Rodeo's good mare Black Hills. Steven Dent, Mullen, NE, placed second. Steer Wrestling had a four way tie for first with JB Lord, Piedmont, SD and Clay Cowan, Highmore, SD, part of it. They tied with a 3.7. Saddle broncs had a tie for first with Jeremy Meeks, Belle Fourche, SD, riding Sutton's Time Rental for an 86 point score. Chad Ferley, Oelrichs, SD, was third. Barrels were won by Britany Fleck, formerly of Mandan, ND, and now of Desdemona, TX, on her great mare Rootie, who has come back from time off for an injury. Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, SD, and Louie placed fifth. The Tie Down Roping had Jason Schaffer of Broadus, MT, placing third. Bulls were won by Beau Hill, W. Glacier, MT, with a 91 point ride on Burch Rodeo's Zombie Zoo. He did that with a sprained wrist on his riding hand that he sustained at Denver.

I didn't get to brag on our regional hands last week, so will catch up here. At the PRCA Championship Rodeo in Lincoln, NE, the All Around was won by Jeff Johnston, Seneca, NE, with money in steer wrestling and team roping, where he won first. Saddle Broncs were won by my neighbor Taygen Schuelke, Newell, SD. Tie down roping was won by Tyler Thiel, Belle Fourche, SD,, with a third by Justin Scofield, St. Lawrence, SD.

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At Denver, the All Around was won by Paul David Tierney, Oral, SD, with money in team roping and tie down roping. The bareback average was won by Ty Breuer, Mandan, ND. The steer wrestling average had Jason Miller, Lance Creek, WY, second, Jake Rinehart, Highmore, SD, third, and Les Shepperson, Midwest, WY, sixth. The team roping average had a tie for fourth for Jess Tierney, Hermosa, SD, and partner Ryan Zurcher, Hawk Springs, WY. Troy Crowser, Whitewood, SD, was sixth in the saddle bronc average.

There will be a Breakaway and Calf Roping Clinic at the Edleman Arena, Huron, SD, on Apr. 13-14. Brian Fulton and Troy Pruitt will be the instructors. Breakaway is $300 and calf roping $400 with $100 deposit for each. It's limited to 12 per event. Call Blaine Carey at 605-350-4132 or 605-352-3382 or Jason Edleman at 605-350-5000 or 605-352-4814. Email Blaine at bpcarey@santel.net. You can send your deposit to Blaine Carey, 20481 Hwy 37, Huron, SD 57350.

The Wyoming House of Representatives has passed a bill that would make it illegal for animal rights groups to make video or audio recordings at agricultural operations under false pretenses. It also makes it illegal for them to gain access to those operations under false pretenses. The bill now goes to the Senate. It sure sounds like a good idea. Those animal rights people take those videos and then edit them and rearrange them to make it appear some terrible tragedy is occurring, then the ag operation has to spend a bunch of money and defend themselves in court over something that didn't even happen. It's great that Wyoming has taken the lead in this important step toward a balanced playing field for our industry.

Well, that's my circle for the week. Send me any upcoming events or fundraisers that you can and I'll talk them up right here.

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