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Outside Circle by Jan Swan Wood: Clinics for roping and working cow horse, ranch rodeo

A bit of moisture was sure welcome, wasn't it? I hear that they got some rain and snow on the west coast too. There's still a lot of country that is dry, but every little bit helps and encourages.

I was saddened to read of the loss of one of the great bronc riders from our region. Howard Hunter, Kyle, South Dakota, rode saddle broncs for over 40 years and died recently at 64. He also competed in barebacks and bulls during his career. He was a South Dakota Rodeo Hall of Fame and Indian National Finals Rodeo Hall of Fame inductee. His classic bronc riding style was beautiful to watch. My sympathies to his family and friends.

Don't forget to get your name in the hat by April 14 for the 30th Annual Korkow Rodeo School! It will be April 24-26 at the ranch near Pierre, South Dakota. It's all roughstock, plus bull fighting, with top instructors. Call Jim at 605-224-5607.

If you're in the Douglas, Wyoming area, don't forget the big Wyoming Horse Expo that is going on April 25-26 at the fairgrounds. If you want details on the many events, call 307-358-3862.

There will be a ranch rodeo at Meckling, South Dakota at the Webb Ranch's indoor arena on May 2, 6 p.m. There will be arena sorting, brushing popping penning, calf branding and serpentine race. Four person teams can enter for $200. Call Reed Stolpe at 402-992-2472 for details.

The Circle T Arena at Hermosa, South Dakota will be hosting a team roping school with 13 time WNFR qualifier Britt Bockius as instructor. It will be on May 9-10 and tuition is $350 for the whole weekend. He will cover everything from roping the dummy on the ground to roping live cattle. There are only openings for six headers and six heelers, so don't drag your feet about getting registered. You can call Jeremy at 307-258-0054 for all the pertinent info.

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The 2015 Hermosa Roping Club's Open 4D Barrel series will be at Hermosa, South Dakota's Custer County Fairgrounds arena. Dates are May 24, June 7 and 28, July 26 and August 23. Exhibitions will start at 9 a.m. and will end at 10:30 a.m. sharp. Open 4D starts at 11 a.m. Entries will close for the 4D at 10:30, so be on time. Entry fees are only $35. For more info, call Jamie Steen at 605-431-9708.

There will be a Doug Young calf roping and breakaway clinic on May 21-22 at Bison, South Dakota. You can call Lonnie at 605-490-6226 for more information.

On May 28-30, there will be a Dane Kissack and Jay Mattson calf roping, breakaway and team roping clinic at Mattson's Arena, Sturgis, South Dakota. All levels are welcome to come and learn from the top hands in our region. There's possibly going to be a jackpot roping on May 31 as well, so call Terri for more information at 605-645-7235.

On June 20, there will be the Buckin' On The River bull riding at Pierre, South Dakota. Blake Paxton is putting it on and will have Bothwell and Weischedel bulls. There will be 30 top bull riders entered with 10 back for a short go for a tidy $7500 added purse. For more info, call Blake at 605-222-1093.

A reined cowhorse clinic will be June 25 at the Event Center in Rapid City, South Dakota, with noted trainers Justin Lawrence, Matt Koch, and Luke Jones as instructors. There will be three stations and herd work, dry work and fence work will all be covered. It's $250 for the day with a $50 deposit due June 20. You can go and watch for $35. Mail your deposit to Mike Sigman, 13791 N. Haines Ave, Rapid City, SD 57701. You can find out more from Mike at 605-381-6528 or email him at cuttnhorses@gmail.com.

If you have a stud colt standing around, this would be a good time to make him a nice gelding. If he's a coming yearling, he definitely can breed a mare, so get him gelded and quit worrying about it. I see ads all the time for a two or three year old stud for sale that they say would make a nice gelding. They all would be nicer as geldings, plus some nincompoop wouldn't breed their dink mare to him because little colts are so cute. It's a vicious cycle folks. When in doubt, geld him.

Well, that's my circle for this week. Send me your news items so I can share them here.