EHV-1 update; draft horse show; ranch rodeos; rodeos of all sorts; trail ride in Neb.
May 20, 2015
It's sure been cool and wet this month. Back in April we didn't think it had remembered how to rain, so I think we should just be thankful. It will be hot soon enough! My relatives in eastern Colorado have been getting good moisture and it's greened up there too. I really need to travel down to see them as I've never seen that country in any condition but desperately dry. I think the last wet year they had was during the big flood when Noah and his family took the cruise with all the critters.
The news on the EHV-1 front (equine herpes virus) isn't good. It seems to be slowly spreading, generally due to exposure at shows or events when no one knew their horse was sick yet. Sadly, the stuff is quite deadly and is contagious before symptoms are present. There have now been confirmed cases in Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois, Michigan and Oregon. If you're hauling or shipping horses, you need to be aware of where outbreaks are and also, be careful who you ship horses with. You can talk to your vet about where to be cautious and what requirements there are to ship horses into or through different states.
On a brighter note, there are lots of horse activities coming up right away. On June 14 there will be the Mon-Dak Draft Horse Classic at Glendive, Montana's fairgrounds. There will be all kinds of draft horse and mule classes, plus some breed point classes. The entry deadline is June 1, so call Leanne Hoagland at 406-939-1263 for further entry information. You can also send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Entries for the Will James Roundup will open on June 5. Call Todd Hansen to enter at 406-669-3158. The event itself is July 10-12 at the Big Horn County Fairgrounds at Hardin, Mont. The three day event will feature a working ranch horse competition, three man cow doctoring, ranch bronc riding, a ranch rodeo, Indian relay races, and more. The trade show alone is worth the drive to Hardin. I've wanted to go to this great event and stay for the duration since it started, but something always comes up. One of these days I'll make it. If you want more information about it, call Sam, Shirley or Seth Redding at 406-666-9169 or go to the website at http://www.willjamesroundup.com.
The South Dakota regional high school rodeos are coming right up. On June 5-7 they will be at Huron, Winner, Wall and Buffalo. The following weekend of June 12-14 will be Watertown, Ft. Pierre, Sturgis and Dupree. The state high school rodeo finals will be in Belle Fourche, S.D. on June 23-27.
At the Richland County Fairground in Sidney, Mont. on June 13, you can take in the Neal Hermanson Memorial Ranch Rodeo and Ranch Horse competition. The ranch horse events begin at 8 a.m. with seven divisions. The ranch rodeo starts at noon. The winning ranch rodeo team will qualify for the N.I.L.E. finals at Billings in the fall. To enter, call Nikki at 701-481-2885 or email email@example.com. You can also check the website for details at http://www.nealhermansonmemorial.com. Great family entertainment like that is hard to find and it's only $5/day for adults and kids five and under get in free.
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The Wild West Days Festival and PRCA rodeo at Sturgis, S.D. will be June 19-21. On the 19th there will be steer roping at noon with the rodeo at 7 p.m. On the 20th, slack starts at 8 a.m., parade at 11, rodeo at 7. Sunday will have an open 4D barrels race with exhibitions 8-11 a.m., youth at 11:30 and open to follow. Each night of the rodeo there will be mutton bustin' at 6 p.m. with signup at the crow's nest. It's limited to 20 little folks, so get there early. You can get more info at http://www.sturgiswildwestday.com.
On June 20 there will be the first annual Buckin' On The River bull riding at 5:30 p.m. beside the ampitheatre in Pierre, S.D. Held in conjunction with Pierre's Oahe Day's Celebration, the bull riding will have 30 top contenders vying for the $7500 added money. They'll be testing themselves against the good Bothwell and Weischedel bulls. For more information, call Blake Paxton at 605-222-1093.
The 25th Annual Crazy Horse Stampede Rodeo will be at the monument between Custer and Hill City, S.D. on June 19-21. On the 19th, it will kick off with the GPIRA rodeo, featuring some of the top Indian hands going down the road. The PRCA rodeo will be June 20-21. The website is http://www.crazyhorse.org.
That's a busy weekend, as there's also a trail ride at beautiful Ft. Robinson State Park at Crawford, Neb. on June 20. Registration is 8-9 a.m., ride at 9 for a 5-6 mile ride, then a second ride will be at 1 p.m. There will also be a trail challenge competition that is limited to 20 riders and that will be lined up at the Ft. Robinson mare barns. For stalls or camping info, call Ft. Robinson at 308-665-2900 and for trail ride information call Bruce at 402-469-7636 or Sandy at 402-469-6289. If you've never been to Ft. Robinson, you need to go see this wonderful historic place and see the beautiful country around it.
Well, that's my circle for the week. Send me your event info and I'll be happy to share it here!