EHV-1 and VS, cowboy concert at Lead, Badlands Stache roughstock, Reining in Gillette |

EHV-1 and VS, cowboy concert at Lead, Badlands Stache roughstock, Reining in Gillette

That was quite a storm that came through over Mother’s Day. We didn’t get nearly as much snow or wind as those south and east of us, but it was sure wet and windy enough. Thankfully it didn’t get terribly cold, but mid-30s with a 25 mph wind is cold enough. It most certainly settled the dust in the corrals.

We calved right along through the deal and are about done. By the time you read this, we probably will be. Those calves looked pretty happy to stretch out on the green grass after being in the mud and slop of the corrals for several days.

More health alerts on the horse front. Cases of EHV-1 have been found in Iowa and in Oregon. The Iowa case is isolated to a show training barn but is the deadly neurologic type. Vesicular stomatitis has now been confirmed in New Mexico, Arizona and Utah. If you are traveling with horses to or through any of those states, you need to be checking with the state veterinarians to see what you need for paperwork to get into their state. Your regular vet can probably get you the numbers to call.

The South Dakota high school rodeo kids that were entered at the Faith practice rodeo on Mother’s Day will be competing on Friday, May 22. If you need further info, call Julie Foster at 605-484-5204.

There a wonderful concert coming up on Saturday, May 23, at the Historic Homestake Opera House in Lead, S.D. The 7 p.m. concert will feature cowboy musician Paul Larson, Rochford, S.D., fiddler Kenny Putnam, Rapid City, S.D., and the lovely, award winning performer, Trinity Sealy of Alliance, Neb., formerly of Wyoming. I’ve heard all three in concert and any one of them would be worth driving to Lead for. The bonus is getting to see the progress of this wonderful venue’s restoration. The all acoustic performance will cost just $15 for adults, $5 for kids 17 and under. Tickets are being sold in advance and will be for sale at the door if available by then. It might be a good idea to get your tickets reserved ahead of time. You can purchase them in advance by calling 800-344-5122 or go on-line to

The upcoming Badlands Stache Bronc and Bull Bash at Interior, S.D. will be Sunday, May 31. All contestants will be sporting their ‘70s era moustaches (required), plus vintage clothes from the ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s. The raiding of the back of closets has begun in earnest I’m sure. There will be 50 roughstock hands competing, plus a church service that morning at 10 a.m. with Timothy Stuen, and music by Dave Morrison and Brett Burress. The bucking horses will start after that. They will also be featuring a bull scramble which they promise is an event you will not want to miss.

The Cowboy States Reining Horse Association Energy City Classic and Derby will be June 5-7, 8 a.m. daily, at the east pavilion at the Camplex, Gillette, Wyo. The event has free admission too! For more info, call 406-425-1213 or 307-587-9626.

Casper, Wyoming, will host the College National Finals Rodeo for the 17th year. The 67th annual event will be June 14-20. Held at Casper’s Events Center, there will be over 400 contestants from over 100 colleges and universities competing. Tickets are on sale now through the Casper Events Center office at 307-577-3030. For a schedule of events, you can go to

The 15th Annual RQHBA horse sale is seeking good quality ride in horses for their August 30 sale that will be at Besler’s Cadillac Ranch indoor arena near Belle Fourche, S.D. This good reputation sale brings in a big crowd and might be just the right spot for the nice horse you’ve been riding to find a good working home. You can call Brad Wood at 307-257-0020 or Gary Mailloux at 605-347-3294 for information. I think you can also find it at

That’s my circle for another week. This old gumbo is sure pulling on my horse’s feet, but I’m not going to complain as I know there are those in the region still waiting for some moisture. Rain makes mud, mud makes grass, grass makes beef and beef makes money. I’ll take the rain.

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