Outside Circle by Jan Swan Wood: Fundraisers for Murnion family and Clint Ridley, steer wrestling school, SDHSRA news
February is sure streaking by. Having my arm in this sling and being slowed down by that hasn’t made time pass any slower. I have several more weeks to wear it, then I’ll do some physical therapy to get everything working again. I keep looking at the calendar and hoping all that is done before calving starts mid-April!
Not all news these days is uplifting. A young rancher from the Jordan, Montana, area lost his life in an accident while unloading farm equipment Feb. 12. Owen Murnion sounds like a person that was an absolute treasure in his community and a tragedy like this really does rock a whole area, but no one as much as his own family. Owen and his wife Briana, both 38, have seven daughters, ages 5-15, and his loss will leave a hole in their lives that can never be filled. Calving started the day Owen died, but the community has stepped up to help everywhere they can. There’s been a fund set up on-line to help the Murnion family at http://www.gofundme.com/owenmurnion. If you aren’t on-line, you can also send financial aid via the mail to Owen Murnion Memorial, c/oGarfield County Bank, 444 Main St., P.O. Box 6, Jordan, MT 59337. There’s also going to be a rollover auction on March 3 at Miles City Livestock Commission and they invite everyone to consign livestock, donate items, or just bid at the benefit. For more info on the rollover, call 406-234-1790.
There’s another fundraiser being held to help Clint Ridley, St. Onge, South Dakota, with medical expenses incurred at Mayo Clinic. He had a brain tumor removed amidst complications and has a long journey back. Clint is a young guy and strong, so it’s likely he’ll recover fully with time, but in the meantime, he can’t work as a cattle buyer, market analyst, or do his radio show, The Ridley Report, on KBHB. So there’s going to be a fundraiser for him at the Loud American Roadhouse, Sturgis, South Dakota, on March 21 with events going on all day. There will be an auction at 7 p.m. and a dance with Chancey Williams and the Younger Brothers Band afterward. I’ve seen some of the items already donated and there’s quite an offering already. If you want to donate items, donate money, or help in any way, call Chanda Snook at 307-290-0400. In the mean time, your prayers for Clint’s recovery would be much appreciated.
The 26th Annual Spring Vacation Steer Wrestling School with Paul Cleveland, Todd Suhn, Garrett Nokes, Dru Melvin and Randy Suhn as instructors, will be April 2-4 at Keith County Fairgrounds, Ogalalla, Nebraska. Tuition is $300 for new students, $230 for returning students, $180 for chute dogging only. A $50 deposit, along with release and registration forms, are due by March 15 so they can be sure to have enough cattle. You can call Paul at 308-726-5652, email him at email@example.com.
The SDHSRA Board of Directors meeting passed a rule that in order to compete in the Reined Cow Horse event in 2015, contestants must attend a clinic to learn how to do it. Be watching the website for information on upcoming clinics. I’ll try to post any that come along too.
There will be a general membership meeting of the SDHSRA on April 18 at the Ramkota Motel, Pierre, South Dakota, to discuss the Regional and State Finals rodeo schedules for the 2016-17 season. The NHSRA has mandated that there be a 28 day break between state finals and the nationals, so that puts South Dakota’s finals in a pinch. It may impact the whole high school rodeo schedule, both practice rodeos and regionals, so it would be a good idea to be at the meeting and learn more about it before you’re taken by surprise. This is the general membership’s chance to be a part of the planning and decision making. If you have questions, please contact your regional directors.
Also, due to the addition of reined cow horse as an event at the state high school finals, the South Dakota finals will begin on June 23 with a short go on the 27th. You might need to adjust your motel accommodations accordingly.
Well, that’s my circle for this week. Send me you items and I’ll sure share them here.
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