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Jan Swan Wood: Old West Days and Nebraska Cowboy/Music Gathering, Badlands, Broncs & Bulls, WRCA finals

Old West Days and Nebraska Cowboy/Music Gathering, Badlands, Broncs & Bulls, WRCA finals

by Jan Swan Wood

The weather sure has been beautiful, hasn't it? We've had some very welcome rain here on Dry Creek so the ground is soft and the grass is greening up again. It makes for some nice fall grazing that will sure put the pounds on the calves.

I went to Billings and watched all four days of the Indian Relay Races championship. Believe me, it was very exciting to watch and the whole experience was positive. The pageantry, patriotism and unity felt among the spectators absolutely thrilled me. It rained off and on for the races and was a little chilly, but everyone had sense enough to dress appropriately and I never heard anyone complain about a thing.

Congrats go out to the Crow Nation team of Awasapsii Express on their win, with jockey Chris Carlson making the ride. Their horses were superb, the exchanges smooth, and they were worthy of the win in every respect.

If you get a chance to go to an Indian Relay race, by all means, go! You will be thrilled non-stop as the action is fast paced with little lag between races. Pretty horses, talented riders, and spectacular racing combine to be a top notch event.

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The 25th Annual Old West Days and Nebraska Cowboy Poetry/Music Gathering at Valentine, Neb., will be Oct. 6-9. There will be a BBQ, Old Time melodrama, cowboy poetry and music, western art, trade and quilt shows, workshops, trail ride, and more. The folks in Valentine sure roll out the red carpet to a nice community. You can learn more about the schedule at http://www.oldwestdays.net or call 800-658-4024.

Badlands Broncs and Bulls Rough Stock Series Finals will be Oct. 15 at the James Kjerstad Event Center in Rapid City, S.D. There will be a calcutta at 6:30 p.m., then it starts at 7. With the top 10 qualifiers in each event, which are barebacks, saddle broncs, and bulls, gunning for a $15,000 payout, the competition will be keen. The lineup of contestants is like a who's who of each event too. For info, call Nate Morrison at 605-515-4313.

The Winter Barrel Series at Broken Bow, Neb. has set the dates and they are Oct. 15, Nov. 12, Jan. 21, Feb. 18, and Mar. 18, which are all Saturdays. The arena opens at 9, exhibitions 10:30 to 12, open arena 12 – 12:45, and run one will start at 1 p.m. Call Katy Bowers at 402-803-0616.

If you want to take a little trip and go to a great ranch related event, the WRCA World Championship Ranch Rodeo finals will be Nov. 10-13 at the Amarillo Civic Center, Amarillo, Tex. There's also a ranch horse competition held that weekend that is extraordinary, as well as one of the greatest trade/gear shows you'll ever see. For schedule info, go to http://www.wrca.org and for tickets call 806-378-3096.

Well, that's my somewhat short circle for the week. Be sure and send me all of your upcoming events, fundraisers and news items and I'll be happy to share them here. Have a wonderful week.

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