Outside Circle by Jan Swan Wood: Hats off, Lisa Lockhart and Chism, Hulett has Ranch Broncs, Rabies season
I’m sure enjoying our rains and all the green grass and am not tired of mud yet, but Texas, Oklahoma, and other states are understandably weary of the endless rain and flooding. I’ve watched some very amazing videos and seen photos of cowboys in boats and with their good horses and dogs, getting cattle out of the floods and getting them to safer ground in Texas. Talk about pure nerve and guts. I was not only impressed with them but with the old mama cows too. One video had about 500 pairs being trailed through a town, streets lined with people watching, and those ol’ Brahman cross cows had their tired calves right beside them. All the cattle were gaunt and looked worn out and I’m sure many were lost, but my hat is off out of respect for those people who were and are still working to get the livestock found and moved to higher ground.
“Our” Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, South Dakota, has really dominated the Wrangler Champions Challenge rodeos with her third win at Spanish Fork, Utah. The first two wins were at Scottsdale, Ariz. and Logandale, Nev. on Louie, her great WNFR horse. However, wanting to give Louie a break from the road, Lisa loaded up the tough and durable Chism for the trip out west. Chism is 17 years old but doesn’t seem to have any notion about slowing down and his win at the Champions Challenge boosted Lisa into second place in the WNFR standings. Congrats Lisa, we’re sure happy for you!
A verdict has come in on the animal cruelty case of Sherri Brunzell, the woman in Colo. who was charged after the stallion Dual Peppy and a bunch of other horses were found starving in her barn. Dead horses were also in the barn and it was a pretty grim scene. The six member jury charged her with eight counts of animal cruelty. Sentencing is scheduled for August and Brunzell could get 60 days to 18 months jail time. I have heard that Dual Peppy is doing well in an undisclosed location and presumably, the other horses are also doing fine.
The 68th Annual Hulett Rodeo will be June 13-14 at beautiful Hulett, Wyo. The rodeo is NRCA and WRA approved and entries for the regular rodeo are June 8, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. with call backs June 9, 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. Rodeo entry number is 307-467-5929. The rodeo will be at 1:30 each day with slack at 10 a.m. on Sunday. The parade will be 10 a.m. on Saturday. Besides the usual great rodeo events, there’s also rookie broncs and bulls, plus kid’s steer riding. New this year is the ranch bronc riding. To enter those four events, call Karen Dirks by noon on Tuesday, June 9 at 307-467-5929. Entries in those are limited to 12 per day. A kid’s calf scramble for the 10 and under set will be held each day too. There’s also going to be a dance on Saturday night at the Devil’s Tower KOA with Chancey Williams and the Younger Brothers Band. It will run from 8:30 until the band plays out.
The World Famous Woodchoppers Jamboree and Rodeo at Encampment, Wyo will be June 20-21. It’s WRA approved and the rodeo will be at 1:30 both days. Local and WRA entries call 710-488-0600 on June 15, noon to 6 p.m. There’s ranch bronc riding too! The parade will be Saturday at 9 a.m., plus there’s a melodrama, barbecue, and all the great logger events too. If you’ve never been to Encampment, it’s worth the drive to see that gorgeous country.
Be on the lookout for rabies, folks. Spring and early summer have the highest incidence of rabies encounters due to so much outdoor activity. Vaccination of pets is a no-brainer, but you can also vaccinate any livestock, such as horses, 4-H cattle, etc…against this always fatal disease. If an animal acts “off” or different from normal, use extreme caution. Many a rancher has had to go through the shots for sticking their hand in the mouth of an animal that appeared to be choking on something and turned out to have rabies. The disease causes an animal to lose the ability to swallow, so the slobbering and drooling is a clinical sign. Not all rabid animals act aggressive either, as some manifest in the sleepy/dopey way.
Well, that’s my circle for this time around. Have a wonderful week and send me your news items.