Outside Circle: Triple Crown Winner, Kissacks honored, N.D. Cowboy Hall of Fame, Montana, North Dakota and Wyoming ranch rodeos, Wagon train | TSLN.com

Outside Circle: Triple Crown Winner, Kissacks honored, N.D. Cowboy Hall of Fame, Montana, North Dakota and Wyoming ranch rodeos, Wagon train

Unless you were on a deserted island or in a comatose state this past week, you know that we have finally had a Triple Crown winner! American Pharoah won the Belmont handily, with a wire to wire, ears up hand gallop race. The grand bay horse ran the second fastest Belmont mile and a half in the history of the race (after Secretariat), to be crowned the 12th Triple Crown winner. It had been a long and frustrating 37 years since Affirmed won the race in 1978. American Pharoah will run a few more races this season and then retire to stallion duties in Kentucky. He's a beautiful horse with a great attitude and disposition so will do the world of Thoroughbred breeding and racing lots of good I am sure.

Congrats to Phil and Terri Kissack, Spearfish, S.D. for being named Persons of the Year by the S.D. High School Rodeo Association. This is well deserved and you won't meet two nicer people anywhere.

The Sandhills Ranch Expo at the Rock County fairgrounds, Bassett, Nebraska will be June 17-18. On Wednesday, June 17 there will be lots of exhibits on display plus a Roughstock Challenge with the region's top bareback, saddle bronc, and bull riders. The Challenge will be at 7 p.m. On Thursday, June 18, there will be exhibits again plus a working dog demonstration at 1 p.m. Bassett is a lovely little ranching town and worth the drive for a fun event. For more information, you can go to http://www.sandhillsranchexpo.com.

There will be six honorees at the 20th Anniversary celebration of the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame in Medora, North Dakota on June. 20. Inductees include Doug Hansen, Joan Hecker-Lennick, Christen Burnstad, James Mrnak, Ben Johnson, and Virginia Eck. The ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. at the Tjaden Terrace.

There will be an open horse sale on June 23, 2 p.m., at Gordon Livestock Market, Gordon, Nebraska. I hear those choice loose horses are bringing pretty decent money, so if you have something to weigh up or a good prospect to sell, this would be a good time to put wheels under it. Also a good place to pick up a young horse to do your summer/fall riding on. You can call the sale barn at 308-282-1171 or Link at 308-282-9998.

The Jordan Ranch Rodeo, Jordan, Montana, will be holding a WSRRA sanctioned ranch bronc ride after the ranch rodeo on June 27. Anyone can enter! Call Lavetta at 406-557-2313 for information about how to enter or other details.

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The Sheyenne River Saddle Club, Harvey, North Dakota will be holding a ranch rodeo on Friday, June 26, 6 p.m. Entry fee is just $160/team and pays four places, plus there's $250 added with full payback on entries. To enter, call Jodi Wiersch at 701-693-6611 or Bob Flach at 701-399-9806.

The Bobbi Johnson Memorial Barrel Race will be July 11 at Besler's Cadillac Ranch near Belle Fourche, S.D. Call Billi Bacon for entry info at 605-210-2561.

The 3rd Annual Powder River Let 'er Buck ranch rodeo will be July 17-18 at beautiful Kaycee, Wyoming. There's also an art show, parade, calcutta, free chuckwagon feed, dance, cowboy poetry and music, plus lots of good old visiting. All activities on Friday are free. On Saturday, the Cowkid Rodeo kicks off at 9 a.m., followed by the ranch rodeo at 8 p.m. Entries for the ranch rodeo teams closes on July 4. To get more info on entries, rules, and such, call Brad or Tammie Neville at 307-738-2450 or look at the website at http://www.kayceeranchrodeo.com.

The Deadwood Wagon Train and Trail Ride will kick off on August 27 at Ardmore, S.D. This year's route is the northern half of the Deadwood to Sidney trail. It will include traveling across the plains, plus through the heart of the Black Hills. There are limited spots available to participate in the nine day trip to Deadwood, South Dakota It's just $150 per person and kids 12 and under are free. For registration forms, go to http://www.daysof76.com, or call Nadine Radtke at 605-415-1262, Jon Mattson at 605-920-1447, or Karin Turbiville at 651-282-8395.

That's my circle for this week. Be sure and send me any information on upcoming events and fundraisers. I also like to tell folks about good things someone has done and results from events, so send them along too. Have a great week.

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