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Outside Circle: Horse sales, ranch rodeos, roping, clinics, youth rodeos

Is it just me or is the month of June going by at warp speed? Just last week it was February and now it’s halfway through June. Time seems to be going faster and faster.

The 44th Annual Lopez, Meyer, Lauing Quarter Horse Production sale will be continuing on even though the Meyers retired and dispersed last year. It will be September 7 at Faith Livestock, Faith, S.D. They are taking a few outside consignments with special consideration toward horses that came from any of the programs. No weanlings though. Call 605-280-0398 for information.

They are taking consignments now for saddle horses for the Sugar Bars Legacy Sale, Sheridan, Wyo., on Sunday, Sept. 22. They don’t have to be Sugar Bars bred, though that sure doesn’t hurt a horse at all, but they have to be legit broke horses. For information on how to consign, call LeRoy Wetz at 605-347-8120, or go to www.sugarbarslegacy.com.

June 21 is the date for the Roping By The James River at Heartland 4H Arena, Huron, S.D. There will be open tie down roping, all girls breakaway and tie down roping, junior high boys and girls divisions as well as a WPRA All Girls All Around Event with barrels, breakaway, tie down roping and team roping. Entries open June 17, 6-10 p.m. and you can text them in to April Zilverberg at 605-871-9056. It’s cash only on entries. You can also get any info you need from April.

Glenrock Deer Creek Days and Ranch Rodeo will be June 21-23 at Glenrock, Wyo. The Ranch Rodeo will be on June 22 with the grand entry starting at 5 p.m. It sounds like a great weekend for the whole family. For information, call Jim Schell at 307-259-5065.

Rhame Gala Days will be June 29, Rhame, N.D. You can enter June 24, 5-10 p.m. by calling Tyan at 701-279-6793. Slack will run at 9 a.m., performance at 2 p.m. New this year will be bucking ponies for ages 12 and under, both barebacks and saddle broncs. To enter that, call Dale at 701-974-2432.

The 3rd Annual Moorcroft Rodeo Club Youth Rodeo will be Friday, June 28, 6 p.m. There are four age divisions from 0-18 and all the usual great youth events. Entry forms can be found at www.moorcroftrodeoclub.com. Try to pre-enter so it can start on time. Gates open at 4 p.m., entries from 4-5:30.

KPH Arena at Gillette, Wyo is a busy place this summer. The Ranch Horse series shows will be June 29, August 10 and Sept. 14. There will be open, rookie, green horse, youth and NP classes for $20/class, $25 membership. Clinics will follow each one with the show judge instructing. The June 30 clinic will cover overall performance in ranch riding, ranch reining and ranch trail with Les Zadina. There’s a limited number in this and it is $125. Call Ashley at 307-680-5362.The August 11 clinic will have Justin Henderson and September clinic Marilyn Randall.

The Sioux National Challenge Tour Indian Relay Races will be June 29-30, 2 p.m., at Ft. Pierre, S.D. All divisions will be running. This is a Tour of Champions circuit race. You can get more info on the relays at www.horsenationsrelays.com. If you haven’t been to the Indian relays, you have missed out and need to go!

July 7 is the date of the Little Missouri Saddle Club Kids Rodeo at Marmarth, N.D. Lots of events for kids from 5-15. Entry deadline is June 30. You can check it all out, events, times, and suchlike on the Facebook page. Enter by email to slminerich@gmail.com. Indlude name, age, gender, date of birth and events. It’s $1 per event.

Gather up your family and head for the Cattle country Ranch Rodeo July 1, 4 p.m., at the Goshen County Rendezvous Center, Torrington, Wyo.

A reining jackpot and clinic will be July 13 and 14 with Chuck Nesmith judging and instructing. It will be at KPH Arena, Gillette, Wyo and will have a class for every level of reiner. You must enter by July 1. Call 307-680-5362. Clinic is $125.

Wyoming Downs Horse Racing will kick off the season July 6 with races through August 18, in Evanston, Wyo. The first race will be run at 1:05 p.m. Get details at www.Wydowns.com.

The W Arena, Cody, Wyo., is hosting two Brent Lewis Roping Clinics. The first one is July 10-12 and second one is July 24-26. Tie Down Roping is $600, Breakaway $500. A 50 percent non-refundable deposit is required and due for either clinic by June 26. Call Ben Williams at 307-899-2857 to get signed up.

That’s my circle for another week. There’s a thundershower blowing through as I write this, ensuring that the green grass will keep growing. Have a great week.

Outside Circle by Jan Swan Wood: Great summer series of all sorts, draft horses, bronc riding, kids rodeos

The summerlike temps have sure got the grass growing. It’s a welcome sight after the long winter and cold spring. It’s looking like a good hay year ahead too, so prospects are shiny.

The ConneXion summer series Three Man Team Doctoring and Ranch Roping has set the dates. They are June 15, July 20 and August 17 at Park City, Mont. You can enter from noon to 1 p.m. and rope at 1. For more info call 406-855-0051.

The 13th Annual Custer Ranch Rodeo at Custer, Mont. Will be June 22. The grand entry and calcutta will start at noon. There will be free events for the kids, FFA will have concessions and a brisket dinner, and there will be great teams coming to compete. You can still enter the muley roping with open, ladies and mixed divisions for $100/run, prepaid by June 15. Call 406-851-1741 to enter or for information.

June 22 is the date for the 5th Annual Buckin’ On The River at Pierre, S.D. The main event will be Saturday at 5:30 p.m. with 20 byulls and 10 broncs, $7500 added money. On Friday night will be the goat roping, enter at 5:309, rope at 6, 10 teams of two. On Saturday there will also be mutton bustin’ at 10 a.m., for the long go, then the short go will be during the main event. For info you can call 605-220-2278 or check it out at www.buckinontheriver.com.

There’s a big weekend coming up at Broadus, Mont. On June 22 there will be a 4D barrels race and youth 3D. Exhibitions will be at 9 a.m., jackpot at 10:30 and an open and youth 3D pole bending after the barrels. At 1 p.m. there will be a #12 handicap team roping, and when that it done, an open crepe paper race with all parents and grandparents encouraged to enter. On June 23 will be the Little Levi Rodeo which will have the rodeo royalty pageant at 7 a.m., then the youth rodeo starts at 9 a.m. Entry forms and details on that can be found on the Facebook page Broadus Little Levi Rodeo.

If teams of horses are an interest to you, then you need to be at the Dakota Royal Charity Draft Horse Show at the Swiftel Center Indoor Arena, Brookings, S.D., on June 22-23. Doors open at 11 a.m., show starts at 1 p.m. You can look at the teams in the barn from 11-noon. There will be many classes ranging from single horse to six horse hitches, youth divisions and farm team classes. For more information call 605-941-1300.

The Ernest Tooke Memorial Match Bronc Ride will be Sunday, June 23 at Ekalaka, Mont. There will be a 2 p.m. calcutta with the event starting at 3. The Match broncs entry fee is $100 with $5000 added, ranch broncs $75 with $1000 added. Call Janet to enter at 406-775-6386. Take your dancing shoes as there will be a dance that night on Main Street.

SESDHSA show dates are set for June 23 and 30 (double judged) at Alexandria, S.D.; July 13, 28 and August 4 at Hartford, S.D. You can find details about the show on Facebook at SESDHSA.

The 20th Annual Lemmon (S.D.) Playday Series dates are June 23, July 6 and Finals august 4. Entries open at 8 a.m., event begins at 9:30. Age divisions range from 0-15 and older. Call 605-374-3684, 605-374-5105 or 605-430-7980 for info.

June 22 and 23 are the dates of the 15th Annual Jim Byrne Memorial Roping at Hulett, Wyo. Saturday entries open at 10 a.m., rope at noon. Sunday entries open at 8, rope at 10. The 2nd Annual Goat Roping will be Saturday at 6 p.m. Call Calvin Wolf at 307-290-1086 for details.

There will be an Instructional Team Sorting Clinic at the Rocknb Arena at Stevensville, Mont on June 22-23. The instructor is Kevin Dunham with day one for beginners and day two for any level. There will be a jackpot in the afternoon as well. It’s $150/day, limited to 16 people. Contact Candi at 406-396-1675 to get signed up.

The Newell (S.D.) Summer Series playdays will start on June 24, then July 8, 15, 22. Enter at 3-4 p.m., starts at 4:30. They may add breakaway if they can find some calves. Call Shannon at 605-380-6023 for more information.

Really watch your fatter horses for grass founder. My sweet neighbor girl’s good old gelding was showing lots of pain in his front feet when she rode over for a visit the other day. He’s being properly cared for to prevent it from getting worse, but once they’re foundered they cannot be out on green grass again.

That’s my circle for another week. Have a fantastic week and enjoy the lovely weather.

Outside Circle by Jan Swan Wood: Rodeos, bull riding, horse sales, summer series, Indian relays

It’s finally feeling like spring time here on my branch of the creek. After days on end of cloudy skies and rain, the sun is shining brightly and the grass is growing so fast you can nearly see getting taller. People are finally getting some branding done, as well as those poor souls who were waiting to shear for so long. It’s been a wet, wet time with flooding over much of the midwest and and northern plains states. I sure feel for those that are dealing with that mess.

It’s going to be a busy month of June with so many great events happening I don’t know how anyone can decide what to go to! On June 16 will be the Roy Open rodeo at Roy, Mont. Entries open at 8 a.m. On June 6 and you call Lisa at 406-464-2135 to enter. They’ll have all the usual great rodeo events, plus ranch broncs, dally ribbon roping, kids barrels and kids breakaway. There will be calcuttas on the saddle bronc top five and on the team roping and barrels. You can get all the info you need off of Facebook at Roy Open Rodeo.

The SDHSRA Finals will be June 11-15 at the Roundup Grounds, Belle Fourche, S.D. There are cowhorse events, and lots of rodeo action going on during the day and evening. You can check out the new grandstands while you’re there too.

There will be an open horse sale at Gordon Livestock Market June 11, 2 p.m., Gordon, Neb. Call Link at 308-282-9998 or Dick at 308-360-0427. Online it’s www.gordonlivestock.dvauction.com.

The Camp Crook Junior Rodeo will be June 16, 1 p.m., at beautiful Camp Crook, S.D. There’ll be four divisions ranging in age from 0-18. To enter, call or text 605-210-1767 or 605-210 0215 by June 12. There will also be a jackpot team roping at 10 a.m., enter at 9.

Entries for the Brandon Delzer/Pedro Dennis Memorial Bull Ridding open June 14. The event will be June 22, 5 p.m., at the Thad bothwell Arena, Rapid City, S.D. There’s $7500 added money, 40 entries with $100 fee, Junior bulls for $50 with 10 entries. There will be mutton busting too, plus an exhibition ride between Meade County Sheriff’s Deputy Brandon Torres and U.S. Marshall Dave Trautman. They’ll top all that off with live music too!

The $100,000 Team Challenge PBR event will be June 14-15 in Bismarck, N.D. At the Bismarck Event Center. Tickets are on sale now at 800-514-3849.

June 14-15 will be the Miles City Ranch Rodeo. Entries opened up May 1 but you can still call 406-951-4735 to try to get in. There will be youth, women’s and open divisions, plus ranch broncs, so good watching for the whole family.

This would be a beautiful ride if you like seeing pretty country from the back of a horse or mule. It’s Ride the Ridge at Ft. Robinson State Park, Crawford, Neb., on June 15. You can pre-register the Friday before from 5-7 p.m. or on Saturday 8-9 a.m. It’s not only beautiful country but very historic and was a hug cavalry horse post in it’s day. For info call Don at 308-432-3841 or Tom at 308-430-5333. You can check out all the details on the Facebook page called Ride The Ridge.

The 9th Annual Christ LeDoux Days will be June 15-16 at Kaycee, Wyo. The rodeo will be at 2 p.m., street dance with great music, including Ned LeDoux, that night. Tickets are available at www.chrisledoux.com.

There will be a Sandhills Summer Series at Haythorn Arena, Arthur, Neb. With dates scheduled as June 20, July 11 and 18, August 1 and 15. There will be youth breakaway, open breakaway, peewee, youth and open barrels. Exhibitions are at 4 p.m., roping at 5, barrels after that. Call Kelley Haythorn at 970-485-1013 for info.

June 19 there will be an Open Horse Sale at Rushville, Neb., 1 p.m. You can get further info at www.sheridanlivestock.com.

Barrel racers! There will be a Trula Churchill barrel clinic at Eden, S.D. on June 21-22. For more information on how to get signed up, call 605-228-8856.

Well, that’s my circle for another week. Enjoy the sunshine and the green grass.

Outside Circle by Jan Swan Wood: Lots of summer series, bullriding in Belle, packhorse races, bronc riding, clinics

The forecast is for another round of cold, wet, rather dreary weather. I sure feel for anyone who just sheared and is range lambing in it. It’s more than just an inconvenience for them. But, the grass is sure enjoying the moisture, even if it’s cool. I saw some plums blooming today. I sure hope they don’t freeze. It seems a little early for them, so maybe more will bloom later.

The Dupree Jackpot, Dupree, S.D., has set the dates for their summer series. Dates are: May 30, June 6 and 27, July 11 and 25, and the finals on August 8.

Bailey Burch and Jade Nixon will be hauling a semi load of bulls to the arena in Belle Fourche to get some practice bulls under the young guys. They’re planning it for May 25, weather permitting. They’ll be good bulls with someone there to give you pointers, so this is a great opportunity to get on a bunch of bull. Call 940-886-6016 for info and to confirm it’s happening, weatherwise.

The S.D. 4H rodeo back numbers have been mailed out. If you haven’t gotten yours, check the website to be sure your name is on the 2019 contestant list. Let the secretary know if it isn’t. You have until June 1 to get entered. You can check it out on Facebook at SD 4H Finals Rodeos Inc.

This is something a little different! The 13th Annual Don Scheer Memorial Packhorse races will be June 1-2 at Dubois, Wyo. It starts at 10 a.m. Entry fees are $100/team for all divisions. Call Scott at 307-455-2262 or Dave at 307-455-3675.

The John Bilbrey Memorial Days of 49 Saddle Bronc Riding will be in Greybull, Wyo on June 7. Call in entries are June 4, 6-8 p.m. at 307-765-4609. For general information or to donate to the memorial, call Chris at 307-272-4567 or Theresa at 970-209-5077.

The Buffalo Night Show and Rodeo at the Johnson County fairgrounds, Buffalo, Wyo., will be nearly every Wednesday night this summer. Dates are June 5, 12, 19, 26; July 17, 24, 31, all at 7 p.m. There are all the usual rodeo events plus kids’ steer riding and barrels. Call Bill zurcher at 308-641-7815 or Vicki Kane at 307-752-0567.

June 8-9 is the 72nd Annual Hulett Rodeo, Hulett, Wyo. It’s WRA and NRCA approved. Call in entries are June 3, 8 a.m. To 9 p.m., with call backs June 4, 12-9 p.m. Entry number is 307-467-5929. The rodeo is at 1:30 both days with slack at 10 a.m. On Sunday. They’ll also have a kids calf scramble for 10 and under, a boot race for 14 and under, steer scramble for 11-14, a parade on Saturday morning and a dance on Saturday night.

There will be an American Qualifier calf roping and breakaway on June 6 at Casper, Wyo. There’s $1000 added in each event, plus an open team roping with $4000 added. Enter on site. For more info, call Mad Dog Roping at 307-797-8373.

The Fallon County PRCA Xtreme Bronc Match will be June 6, 7 p.m., at Baker, Mont. There will be 30 bronc riders in the long go with 6 back for the short go, which will have a calcutta. There’s $20,000 added money so it will draw some top bronc riders.

Broadus, Mont., is the place to be for the Rocking JK Summer series barrel race. Schedule is June 4 and 18, July 9 and 23, and the finals August 8. There will be peewee, youth and open barrels, 3D open poles, and will be at the Powder River County Fairgrounds.

Oelrichs Youth Rodeo series dates have been set and are June 5, 19, 26; July 10, rain date July 17. Call Tanna at 605-890-2159 to learn more.

The Buffalo (S.D.) Youth Rodeo Series will also be kicking off June 5, 29, 26; July 10 and 24, with rain makeup date July 31. Pre-entries are due May 29 and entry blanks can be found at www.buffaloyouthrodeo.com. For info call 605-375-3904.

There will be a Breakaway Roping school at Dakota Winds Arena, Bowman, N.D. On June 8 and 9. The instructor is Phil Haugen and it will cover everything from roping to horsemanship. There will be a jackpot with prizes at the end. It’s $500 per student, lunch provided both days. Call 580-772-4296 for more information.

Well, that wraps up my circle for another week. It’s clouding up and the wind has sure picked up, so the front must be arriving. Have a great week and be careful out there. F

Outside Circle by Jan Swan Wood: Sheridan Leather Show, Clinics, Sorting Club, more clinics, bronc riding

The little bout of wintry spring weather has finally passed and it’s just beautiful here. The grass is taking advantage of that week of moisture and coming on strong. Looks like it will be a bountiful year throughout most of the region.

There are so many great events and clinics coming up that I don’t know how a person can pick what to go to! The 2019 Rocky Mountain Leather Trade Show is in Sheridan, Wyo., May 17-19, at the Holiday Inn Convention Center. Whether you’re a leather crafter or not, there’s something of interest there for you if you so much as own a pair of bridle reins. Of course, Sheridan is always worth the trip.

The Wild Horses Building Champions Youth Program Western Lifestyles Rodeo School will be at White Shield, N.D., May 18-19, 9 a.m. To 5 p.m. It’s open to kids who want to learn to ride broncs, no fees, gear provided if needed. This very good program is put on by Tom Reeves and you can learn more by calling him at 918-964-9551.

The next practice sort with Black Hills Sorting and Cutting Club will be May 19 at Tiltrum’s Arena, Hermosa, S.D. They’ll number cattle at 9 a.m., sort at 10. Potluck lunch as usual.

The 5th Annual Bares, Broncs, Bulls and Bibles Camp will be at the Faith Rodeo Grounds, Faith, S.D. on May 21-22. It’s open for kids up through college age. Get your release forms from Kyler Carmichael or go to the Facebook page for the event.

May 23 is the Jr. American Steer Wrestling Qualifier at the Stanley County Fairgrounds, Ft. Pierre, S.D. The open Jr. will have two rounds and a short go for $150 entry, American sidepot. There will also be a Jace Melvin Steer Wrestling clinic 8 a.m. To 4 p.m. for $150. Call 605-222-9116 for info.

The OK Livestock Spring Shootout Steer Wrestling Jackpot will be May 24-25 at Dupree, S.D. There’s $13,000 added! On Friday will be the open round one at 5:30, 5 man match at 7:30 p.m., winner take all $5,000 purse. On Saturday will be the Ote Berry JNFR Qualifier at 10 a.m.; Open rounds two and three at 1 p.m.; three head $500 Cinch Shoot out at 5 p.m.. It’s cash only, enter there. You can get all the details on the OK Livestock facebook page.

May 26 will be the Building Bronc Riders Festival Rodeo school for all ages and levels, at the Big Horn County Fairgrounds, Hardin, Mont. On May 27, there will be a 70 head bronc riding at 1 p.m. Great weekend of bronc riding!

There will be a Memorial Day Breakaway Roping on May 27 at Tripp County Fairgrounds, Winner, S.D. At 1 p.m. will be the open ladies, two rounds and a short go, $100 fee, enter twice; 13 and under will have two rounds, $50 entry, enter twice. Call Digger at 605-350-3288 for more information.

A Tom Hagwood Bridle Horse Basics clinic will be in Casper, Wyo., June 1-2. Tom was the Mustang Million Champion, plus three time Mustang Makeover winner. He’s an incredible horseman and I’ve seen him at work with his horses. They are allowing 15 people and it’s filling fast. Cost is $370 with $100 deposit signup, balance due by May 27. Call Deidra at 307-262-2519 to get signed up.

The 2019 Dane Kissack and Jay Mattson Roping Clinic will be May 28-30 at Mattson Arena, Sturgis, S.D. May 28 will be the breakaway clinic from 9 a.m. To 4 p.m., $250. May 29-30 will be the tie down roping clinic, same time, $400. A 50% deposit will hold your spot and there are only 16 spots open for each school. Send your deposit to 19460 Creekside Loop, Spearfish, SD 57783.

The Kirk Hall Cowhorse Clinic is coming up and you need to be getting your deposits in soon. The clinic is June 21-23 at the ranch, Edgemont, S.D. Cost if $500/person, $200 deposit to hold your spot. You can also audit for $40/day. Space is limited in the clinic. Call 605-431-3607 for more details.

That wraps up my circle for the week. Be sure and send me your events at the email at the head of this column. I’m always glad to share them here. Have a great week and enjoy the sunshine.

Outside Circle by Jan Swan Wood: Ranch Rodeo entries, breakaway clinic, barrels, team roping, cowgirl camp

I see some folks are getting started with the season’s brandings. It’s nice seeing the green grass peeking through in their pictures. It looks like it’s going to be a big grass, hay making year over much of the region, though there are some strangely dry spots in the midst of the mud and floods. Hopefully spring rains will get to those spots too.

The call in entry for the Miles City Ranch Rodeo and Bronc Ride is May 1, 6-8 p.m.. The event itself is June 14-15. To enter call 406-951-4735 or 406-620-7360.

The Camp Crook Roping Club is having a meeting on May 7, 7 p.m., at Tam’s Corner Bar. If you want to call Karen to verify that it might be a good idea. The date’s been changed a few times already.

There are a few spots left in the Hollers-Golliher Breakaway Roping cliniic May 10-13. It will be at Golliher’s arena south of Belle Fourche, S.D. and is an outstanding clinic. Contact Carole Hollers on Facebook to get further information.

Entries are open now for the Custer Ranch Rodeo at Custer, Mont. It will be held June 22 and will have teams of four with at least one woman on each team. There will be Muley Roping with open, youth, women and senior divisions in two person teams too. Ranch rodeo entry is $400, muley roping $100/run. Call 406-851-1741 to enter or for info.

The Gillette High School Rodeo Club will be holding their Great Spring Shake Out Jackpot team roping on Saturday, May 11, after the high school rodeo. It’s open to everyone and is a #11 slide, handicap drawpot. Call Cotter Kinghorn at 307-217-1751 for info. It will be at the Cam-Plex arena, Gillette, Wyo.

The World Famous Miles City Bucking Horse Sale is May 16-19 at Miles City, Mont. There’s a ton of stuff happening that week and weekend, but the highlights are the Aaron Watson concert, bucking bull sale, wild horse races, parimutual horse racing, bronc sale and futurity, and big parade downtown. Get your tickets now at www.buckinghorsesale.com. It may already be too late to get a room in town, but you can try. It’s quite a shindig and if you haven’t been to it, you need to go.

The Legend Buttes Horse Sale at Crawford Livestock Market, Crawford, Neb., will be June 29. They are taking horses, mules, ponies and drafts of all disciplines for ranch, rodeo, trail and more. It’s both a catalog and loose sale. To consign by the May 20 deadline, go to www.crawfordlivestock.com or call Robin at 308-360-3583 or Cody at 308-430-0528.

The Hell’s A Roarin’ Horse Drive will be May 25 in Gardiner, Mont., with the horse viewing from noon to 1 p.m., then the horses are kicked out for the drive at 1 p.m. There’s a 3 p.m. meet and greet, no host bar, food, silent auction, entertainment, including Adrian Buckaroogirl, and a dance that night to Wylie and the Wild West. The whole event benefits disabled veterans by purchasing trackchairs for increased mobility. For more info, go to www.hellsaroarinhorsedrive.com.

The Building Champions Rodeo Company will be holding a PRCA approved permit holders and first year card holders bronc riding on May 26-27 at Hardin, Mont. It will be a 60 head bronc ride with 12 head short go. It’s a bracket system with day money. Top two in each bracket will compete in the final go. FREE ground school the day before with top level coaches. Contact Thomas Reeves on Facebook for info, enter through ProCom.

Bakken Barrel Daze Open 5D will be June 8-9 at Sidney, Mont. There’s $3650 added! Pre-entries are due May 28. Call 406-951-2394 or email lanatibbs@wildblue.net.

The 8th Annual Prospector Challenge Saddle Series barrel race has set the dates. They are May 10-12, May 30-June 1, July 12-14. It has a big payout, great prizes and will be held at the Central States Fairgrounds, Rapid City, S.D. Check it out on it’s Facebook page or at www.mpbaproductions.com.

Cowgirl Heaven Ministries Cowgirl Camp will be May 31-June 2. Open to girls ages 8-18 years, it will be held near Timber Lake, S.D. Call Shanna at 605-848-1165 for more information.

Well, that winds up my circle for another week. I hope it’s greening up and getting beautiful wherever you are. Spring is my favorite season so I’m enjoying every moment. Have a wonderful week.

Outside Circle by Jan Swan Wood: Spring!, steer roping, Omaksee, barrels, clinics, steer wrestling and roping schools, grass founder alert

It’s finally spring. I know it is when it’s sunny, rainy, windy, muddy and dry, all on the same day. The grass is sure trying to grow and the cows are chasing it like crazy. I see lots of calves and lambs out and about with their mothers as I drive around the country and that’s always a good scene.

The 10th Annual National Circuit Finals Steer Roping will be April 27 and 28, noon both days, at the Goshen County Pavillion in Torrington, Wyo. Steer Roping is a fun event to watch and this will be the best of the best from across the country. I’d love to go myself but it’s a little tricky since it’s during calving.

The Billings Saddle Club will be having an Omoksee on April 28, 1 p.m. Under 8 age group is free, members pay $10 per horse per day, non-members $15 per horse, per day. Other dates are May 12, 24; June 7, 21, 22; July 1, 22; August 2, 12, 25 and Sept. 15. You can learn more on the Billings Saddle Club Facebook page or call 406-252-8272.

If you’d like to make a new best friend with the secretary of Belle Jackpot Association, plus save $5 on your dues, download the membership and entry forms on-line off their Facebook link and be ready to go when the series begins.

The 72nd Annual Hulett Rodeo will be June 8 and 9, at beautiful Hulett, Wyo. The reason I’m telling you this now is that you can get entered from now until the Wed. before the rodeo. You can enter steer riding, mutton bustin’, rookie broncs, rookie bulls and ranch broncs at this time. There are also more kid’s events being added this year so find out more by calling Karen at 307-467-5929.

May 3-5 is the date for the Poison Spider Spring Race at Wright, Wyo. There’s $1000 added in the 4D, plus money added in all the other divisions. Check it all out at Poison Spider Barrel Racing on Facebook.

The Jake and Clay Roping School will be May 3-5 at Riata Ranch Arena, Cheyenne, Wyo. The 7 times World Champion Team Ropers will be taking 15 headers/ 15 heelers. The Ground School is $300 w/$200 deposit, and is on May 3. It will involve dummies, heel-0-matic and horsemanship. The roping school is $600 w/$200 deposit. Call Carol at 307-316-3180.

Todd Suhn and Jake Rinehart, WNFR steer wrestlers, will be holding a school at Fulton Ranch near Valentine, Neb. It’s May 9-10 and is $300/student with a $100 deposit. Call Matt at 605-968-4636 to get signed up.

Don’t forget the Southwest Select Broke Horse Sale Sunday, May 12, at Bowman Auction Market, Bowman, N.D. The preview is at 9 a.m., sale at 1 p.m. See the consignments on the Facebook page. Call 701-523-5922 for a catalog.

There’s a 4D Open Double Header Barrel Race at Philip, S.D. on Friday, May 17, after the practice rodeo. Exhibitions will be at 3 p.m., open barrels at 3:30. It’s put on by the Philip High School Rodeo Club. Call 605-685-5063 to get details.

The Lodgepole Valley Saddle Club will be hosting a horsemanship clinic with Andrea Pennock on May 25, 9 a.m. To 5 p.m. at Sidney, Neb. It’s open to all ages and levels of riders. Cost is $200/horse and rider team, $40 to audit and a discount for 4-H and club members. You must pre-register. Call Shelly Sutherland at 970-520-4675.

3LD Roping Productions Wednesday Jackpot series at Stadheim’s Arena east of Belle Fourche, S.D. will kick off in May. Dates are May 22, 29; June 5, 19, 26; July 10, 17, 31; August 7, 14, 21, 28; September 4, 11, 18, 25. You’ll enter at 6 p.m., rope at 7. Call Lynn Stadheim at 605-430-1543 or Levi O’Keeffe at 701-721-9248.

There will be a Western Work Clinic with Cody Harrison June 9, at Sundog Stables and Arenas, Spearfish, S.D. It’s $175/rider, lunch included; auditor $15/$20, lunch included. Call Joan Waters at 605-641-7636 for info.

Now that the green grass is popping up, be watching your horses for grass founder, especially any that have foundered before or are overweight. Ponies, draft horses, Arabs and BLM horses are most prone to founder, but it can happen to any horse of any breed. I keep a tube of Bute on hand just in case, as I have a nice speed bred gelding that foundered mildly a few years ago and I have to be careful of him with this cool season grass.

Well, that’s my circle for another week. Enjoy the sunshine, bird song and melting snowbanks.

The Outside Circle by Jan Swan Wood: EHV-1 in Wyoming, no racing in Aberdeen, 40 years old, barrels, roping, cutting clinic

As I write this, many of you are in the clutches of a howling spring blizzard. I know you are weary to the bones and discouraged, but the green grass is coming, I promise. It should be a beautiful grass and hay year once the winter that never ends finally ends. You are all in my prayers.

EHV-1 has reared it’s ugly head again. It’s the disease that is tested for with a Coggins test. As Coggins tests only need to be done annually, it can become a problem when horses are exposed at the end of that time. So, if you are hauling horses, get that Coggins updated. Anyway, the horse in our area that was positive for the neurologic form was at college rodeos in Gillette, Wyo on March 15-16 and Torrington, Wyo., on March 21-24. It’s a horse from Johnson County, Wyoming (Buffalo and Kaycee are in Johnson Co.) and was tested when it showed hind quarter weakness. It and it’s 19 herd mates are under quarantine. You need to call your veterinarian and see what you can do to protect your horses if you have to travel, and also, you can monitor your horse’s temperature to catch it early in the event of illness.

I’m sad to report that 60 years of horse racing is over in Aberdeen, S.D. too. The non-profit organization that has managed the meet for 23 years has stated that they are unable to meet the recent changes of a bond requirement put in place by the S.D. Gaming Commission. Ft. Pierre had earlier announced that there would be no horse racing there, either.

The oldest Lippizzaner stallion in the world, Neopolitano Nima I, turned 40 years old last week. He looks pretty regal yet!

The BHSU Yellow Jacket Stamped Rodeo has been postponed due to weather and will be held April 19-20 at Seven Down Arena, Spearfish, S.D. The Friday performance is at 7 p.m. and Saturday’s at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.

The 70th Annual Cowley Spring Rodeo, Cowley, Wyo., will be May 4. Entries are open April 29-30, 8 a.m. To 6 p.m., and you call 307-548-7529. There’s added money in all events and a calcutta on Friday the 3rd at 8 p.m. at The Bull Pub, Cowley. This is a Big Horn Circuit rodeo.

The New Underwood High School Rodeo club fundraiser barrel race will be April 28 at the Central States Fairgrounds, Rapid City, S.D. They know it’s the same day as Golliher’s, so let them know and they’ll work with you so you can get to both of them. This is both youth and open and cash only. Call Jaycie West at 605-454-0406 for info.

Thornton Arena, Sidney, Mont., will be holding the Over The Hump barrel jackpot on May 1. It’s open 4D and youth 3D format. You can pre-enter that day by calling/texting 406-697-0614. For general information, call 406-798-3301.

The Grassy Butte Youth Rodeo will be on Memorial Day, May 27, 9 a.m. At Grassy Butte, N.D. Entries must be post marked by May 13. Get an entry form and other information from the Grassy Butte Youth Rodeo Facebook page.

A Team Penning and Ranch Sorting Mother’s Day qualifier will be May 14-15, 9 a.m., at Lewis and Clark County Fairgrounds, Helena, Mont. It’s AQHA approved. Show manager is Melissa Street and you can call her at 740-627-1070.

Velva Saddle Club is hosting a John Hovde Cutting Clinic May 17-19 at Velva, N.D. It’s $175 for club members, $200 for non-members. There’s free primitive camping and pens available. A $100 non-refundable deposit must be in by May 1. They are taking 12 students and you can watch for free. Mail your deposit to Velva Saddle Club, P.O. Box 93, Velva, ND 58790. Call 701-500-5937.

Once the weather clears up and the green grass pops, you probably ought to get those yearling studs and fillies seperated before those stud colt’s fancy turns to fillies. Those yearling studs can also cover a mature mare, mostly due to persistence, not size, and there have been many colts born from just that scenario. Getting the little fellers gelded toward the end of the month would also have them healed up before flies come out.

Well, that’s my circle for this week. I hope the snow melts quickly, flooding is minimal, and that the 163 days of January are finally over.

Outside Circle by Jan Swan Wood: No racing in Ft. Pierre, barrels, barrels, clinics, roping, barrels and prayers needed

I sure feel for everyone in the flood zones. It just doesn’t let up. There’s so much snow in the whole Missouri River drainage that the water is going to stay up. I’ve had every dam on the place running over for over a week and they are on small creeks or pasture land. Being on a big creek or river system is downright frightening. I continue to pray for all of those going through the misery of cleanup, being out of their homes, not knowing where livestock is and not knowing what is going to happen next.

The Ride A Horse Feed A Cowboy event that happens every summer in Hulett, Wyo, will be doing things a little different this year, but different is good! All of the events happening during the main event will be at the rodeo grounds instead of downtown. The roughstock rodeo, auction, BBQ, and dance will be right there together. The silent auction will run all day that way, so people can keep bidding and still see the other activities. You will also be able to buy tickets on line when the event is closer. I’ll let you know.

I was saddened to learn that for the first time in 70 years the horse races at Ft. Pierre, S.D. will not be held. Funding was not made available to support it, so it can’t go on. Next year maybe it can resume if the state budget will allow. At this point there’s no word on whether the meet will be held at Aberdeen, S.D. I’ll let you know if I hear.

There will be a barrel race on Monday, April 8, at the Central States Fairgrounds, Rapid City, S.D. Exhibitions open at 5:45 p.m., pay at the gate as you run. Youth starts at 7 with the open 4D after that. You can text to pre-enter before Monday, otherwise you can enter there. Text or call Lindsey O’Keeffe at 307-401-2555.

The Cowley Riding Club will be having a Rodeo Royalty contest April 27 at the Cowley Rodeo Grounds, Cowley, Wyo. Application deadline is April 19. Age groups are queens 15-21, princesses 8-14. Contact Melissa Timpany at 307-272-7312 for application or for questions.

The Rapid City Quarter Horse Club will be offering a Steve Wolfe Horsemanship by Design clinic. It will include reining, ranch riding, and general problem solving for all levels of classes. Private lessons will be available April 25-26 for $50/hour. The clinic is April 27-28 and is $125/day or $200 for both days. Lunch is included. It’s $25/day to audit. It will be at Penrose Reining Horses, Rapid City, S.D. Call Randy Guggisberg to reserve your spot at 605-673-4784. To learn more about Steve Wolfe, go to www.stevewolfeaz.com.

Cowboy States Reining Association Cody Fun Day will be April 27 in conjunciton with the 2018 year end awards banquet. It will be at the Flying T Arena, Cody, Wyo. Show time is 9 a.m. With ranch riding being the first class. For stall reservations, call Nanette Till at 307-899-9090. For general information and entry forms, you can go to www.cowboystatesreiners.com.

There will be a catalog horse sale at Gordon Livestock, Gordon, Neb., on April 28. Call 308-282-9998 for more information.

The Blasted Breakaway and Calf Roping will be held after The Blast Barrel Race on May 4 at All Seasons Arena, Bowman, N.D. There will be two rounds and a short go in both events plus added money. Open Breakaway for ladies and senior men 60+ has a $225 entry fee, enter as many times as you want. The calf roping is $250, enter as many times as you want. Contact Heidi or Joe Schmidt at 701-928-0260 or 701-269-2039.

Entries are open for the Spring Blast 4D Barrel Race at the All Season Arena on May 4. Exhibitions are 5-9 p.m. on May 3, open 4D at noon on the 4th. Call 605-490-7661 for info or to pre enter.

The Outback Barrel Racing Association is having a Double Header barrel race May 19 and the J & A Arena, Glendive, Mont. There’s $1600 added. Exhibitions are 8:30 – 10 a.m., open riding 10-10:30 a.m., and the first race at 11 a.m. Call Kathy Wooten at 406-788-6068 for info.

Well, that’s my muddy, snowy, watery circle for another week. All this moisture should ensure green grass before too long. I’m sure ready for it, as are everyone in this country. Be safe and continue to pray for those fighting the battle in the floods and blizzards. It’s a great life if you don’t weaken, but I know they are tired.

Outside Circle by Jan Swan Wood: Warmer weather, emotionally weary, updates, BLM horses, clinics, benefits, be praying

It’s 50 degrees here as I write this, with bright sunshine and water running everywhere from the melting of the abundant snow. I’m sure glad for the warming temps and promise of spring. It’s been a long winter for most and we are weary.

My family is particularly weary as we have taken another devastating loss. In February we lost my beloved brother-in-law and we were still reeling from that when word came that our brother David has passed away in Los Angeles where he had lived for many years. Most folks didn’t know him as well or at all, as he wasn’t into rodeo or ranching like some of the rest of us, plus had left the area fairly early in his working life. But, he truly loved this region and even bought a place just over the line in Wyoming which he had enjoyed immensely. He was such a good man and a lot of fun to be around. Those of you who did know him will remember his wonderful grin and his adventurous personality. He lived every day to the fullest and wasn’t afraid to try new and different things. He would spontaneously decide to do something and usually took one of us along to do it with him, totally without advance planning but always with a wonderful outcome. It’s good that he lived that way as he died way too young at 67, going on 40. I’m sure going to miss him.

I got an update on Dakotah Winsor who was injured in a vehicle accident a back in February. She is home in Kaycee, doing PT and healing. She travels to Denver to Dr. appointments and is recovering well.

The federal government, in an effort to download a bunch of their unadoptable feral horses in their BLM pens, are going to be offering $1000 reward for adopting one of them. It will be a $500 payment during the first 60 days, then another $500 when the animals become titled a year after the adoption date. With hungry people all over the world, we keep feeding livestock that could be feeding humans. Regulations and the anti-everything people are the cause of the continuing problem.

The monthly horse sale at Worland, Wyo will be March 29, 5 p.m. There are lots of nice riding horses already lined up for it. Contact Scott Heny via Facebook for details.

The W Arena, Cody, Wyo., will be hosting a Rope 2 Win Ladies Open Breakaway on March 30. You enter at noon, rope at 1 p.m. It’s a $250 added with two full rounds and top 10 to the short go. It’s $150 cash entry fee. Call Ben Williams at 307-899-2857 or Kate Williams at 307-899-5031 to learn more.

There will be a medical benefit for Frank Myers Saturday, April 6, at the Pat Duffy Center, Ft. Pierre, S.D. Doors will open at 4:30 with a silent auction, free will donation supper at 5:30 with a live auction to follow. There are some fabulous items already lined up for the auction, including some stallion breedings from Myers Performance Horses of St. Onge. If you want to donate items, call Tara Hicks at 605-280-7702 or Shirley Dennis at 605-683-9872. There is an account set up at First National Bank, 307 Hustan Ave, Ft. Pierre, SD 57532. Frank is battling bladder cancer and this will help to defray the medical expenses.

Northern Hills Little Britches Rodeos #7 and #8 will be April 19 and 20, 1 p.m. and 9 a.m. respectively. Entries are due April 5. It will be at the Event Center, Rapid City, SD.

There’s going to be a Lisa Lockhart Barrel Racing clinic at the Event Center, Rapid City, S.D., on April 8 and 9. $600 includes lunch and one stall, and there’s a $300 non-refundable deposit required. Taking 12 riders. There will also be a barrel race the night of the 8th, details to be announced. Call Lindsey O’Keeffe at 307-401-2555 to get on the list and for further info.

The Big Horn Rodeo Circuit Queen competition will be April 20, 2 p.m., at the Basin Rodeo Grounds, Basin, Wyo. Girls must be at least 14 years of age and applications need to be in by April 12. Call Melissan Timpany at 307-272-7312 for details.

SDHSRA people, regional rodeo entry deadline is April 15! Entries can be emailed and payments mailed. Get on that right away and don’t panic before breakfast on the 15th because you’ve put it off!

Well, that’s my circle for another week. Please be praying for all the farmers, ranchers, townspeople and businesses that were devastated by the blizzards and floods in South Dakota, Nebraska and Iowa. It’s a terrible mess and isn’t going to let up soon. There are many very legitimate groups taking donations to help them out. This paper will have a list in it.