BHSU Rodeo Hall of Fame Induction, Rodeo Houston, roping clinic, ridin’ to the hounds |

BHSU Rodeo Hall of Fame Induction, Rodeo Houston, roping clinic, ridin’ to the hounds

I’ve had some folks asking how I’m doing with my shoulder, so I’ll give a little update. It’s healing up well and my therapy is going great. I haven’t managed to injure myself and have a setback, so I’m pretty happy about that.I sure appreciate the encouragement I’ve received through all this and the calls and cards really brightened my days.

The sandhill cranes have been flying over and most of the summer birds are back, so it’s sure looking like spring is upon us. We’ve had an easy winter here where we live, so spring wasn’t quite as momentous as it can be after a wicked winter, but it’s still my favorite time of year.

Congratulations to the very deserving Black Hills State University rodeo alumni who were inducted into the BHSU Rodeo Hall of Fame during the Cowboys and Candlelight Dinner and Auction on March 28. They include former competitors Tony Chytka, Pat Chapman and Cindy (Simmons) Goeringer. Also inducted were a pair of truly wonderful people who have been supporters and contributors to the BHSU rodeo program for years, Gordon and Lil Odell.

At Rodeo Houston recently, Seth Brockman, Wheatland, Wyo won 2nd in the steer wrestling, Bobby Harris, Gillette, Wyo won 3rd in the bull riding and Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, S.D. won 2nd in the barrels. Winning the money that Houston offers to the rodeo elite will about ensure a trip the WNFR in 2015.

There are some really good clinics coming up this spring for all the rodeo events. The 3rd Annual Good Friday roping clinic with Gary Zilverberg, Holabird, S.D., will be April 3. It will start with the basics, including horsemanship, and will run a second day if needed for roping live cattle. It will be both tie down and breakaway oriented. It’s $125 for the day with a potluck lunch. For more information, contact April Hanby by email at

There will be a barrel racing jackpot on April 4 at Bowman, N.D. Office will open at 9:30, exhibitions from 10:15-12, peewees at 12:30, followed by youth and open. There will only be one run per barrel racer. UBRA and NWBRA memberships will be available and optional.

For a little change of pace, the Red Rock Hounds Annual Montana meet and Big Sky Hunt Ball and Joint Meeting will be April 17-19 at Three Forks, Mont. April 1 is the deadline to register. Horses will be available for lease if you don’t want to haul one there. There won’t be any jumping, just riding to the hounds in some big, beautiful country. For more information, call 406-285-3541 or check it out on

If you’re down Nebraska way, the Schoneberg Horse Sale at Clay Center, Neb. will be May 23. They are taking consignments of good horses now and the catalog deadline is April 26. Catalog fee is $55. Call 402-773-4289 for info.

New Salem, N.D. will be the place to be for the West River Rodeo Bible Camp. Senior high, ages 15-18 will be June 21-24 and Junior high, ages 10-14, will be June 26-28.The camp offers practical Bible teaching, hands-on instruction from regionally and nationally known rodeo cowboys and cowgirls, and the chance to compete in rodeo events for all skill levels. You can find out more about it at the website

Easter is coming up right away, with all the trappings that come with it. We’ll be dyeing and hunting Easter eggs at our house this year with the grandboys, and I’m sure there will be baskets with various kinds of goodies inside. We’ll get together with family to celebrate the day and have a big visit and lots of fun. I always look forward to all of the above.

I never want to forget why we celebrate Easter though. Easter is when Christ arose from the grave, after a terrible death on the cross, which we acknowledge on Good Friday. Christ came to earth, lived as a man, and then knowingly and willingly submitted to death on the cross as a sacrifice for our sins. Our sins. Every one of us. Just wrapping my head around that is quite a feat, and even after over half a century, I still don’t know if I can totally understand such love and sacrifice that was given for me. I do know that to know Jesus Christ, accept Him as my Savior, and trust in Him with my life and eternal life, is the best decision I ever made, or will ever make. I am so thankful. Blessed Easter, my friends.