Outside Circle by Jan Swan Wood: Reward money, cowhorse clinics, new indoor arena, fundraiser and little bronc saddle | TSLN.com

Outside Circle by Jan Swan Wood: Reward money, cowhorse clinics, new indoor arena, fundraiser and little bronc saddle

It's snowing steady as I write this today. It reminds me that it is still winter, though certainly not as wintery as the northeastern part of the country. I sure don't envy the farmers and other folks who are dealing with almost 100 inches of snow and subzero temps there.

There's a $10,000 reward being offered for information leading to the arrest of the arsonist who set the Jan. 3 fire at Majestic Valley Arena near Kalispell, Montana. The offer is in addition to the Crimestoppers reward, so they're wanting information pretty bad. The fire was started in the office and lobby area of the facility, home of the Rocky Mountain Classic PRCA rodeo and other big events. Significant damage was caused by the fire.

Since the South Dakota high school rodeo reined cowhorse event contestants need to attend at least one clinic prior to competing, they need to check out two clinics coming up this spring. The first will be March 21, 11 a.m. at the Sioux Empire Building during the Tri State Horse Expo in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The second will be April 4, 10 a.m., at the Seven Down Arena, Spearfish, South Dakota. If you can find more information than that at either website, you're doing better than me, but perhaps the persistence of youth will pay off. If I hear more about either, such as contact information, I'll pass that along.

There's a brand new indoor arena that just opened at Watford City, North Dakota. The name of it is the Roughrider Stables and Indoor Arena. Jason Gillen is the co-owner and manager and can be reached at 701-609-0733.

Clay Tryan, Billings, Montana, is the 22nd PRCA cowboy to surpass the $2 million mark in rodeo winnings. The team roping header won the needed money at the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo in February. Incidentally, 18 of the 22 have won some part of the total money in the team roping event.

Danbury, Nebraska barrel racer Tahnee Sanders was recently involved in an accident and is paralyzed. At the beginning she was paralyzed from the neck down, but has progressed to having some movement in her arms. Her family would like to continue her rehab at the Craig Institute in Colorado in the hopes of giving her to opportunity to regain her normal life and activities, but that costs money. There's a fund set up at http://www.fundme.com/en/projects/15599. If you're more of the write a check and mail it type, there's also a fund set up for her at AmFirst Bank in McCook, NE. You can call 308-345-1555 to find out more about that. Of course, prayers are definitely appreciated as well.

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Dirt Broke Rodeo will be giving some young, starting bronc rider a brand new 12 inch bronc saddle, but they need to get a letter explaining why you want to ride broncs. After they get all the letters, which need to be to them by May 1, they will do interviews and pick someone to receive it. The only stipulation is that when you outgrow it or decide you don't need it anymore, you have to give it back to them to be passed along to another kid. It think it's a great idea and hope they get lots of letters. You can mail your letter (in your writing, not Mom's) to Dirt Broke Rodeo LLC, 90165 Smith Falls Rd, Valentine, NE 69201.

The Fourth Annual Prospector Challenge Barrel Race will be May 29-31 at the Central States Fairgrounds in Rapid City, South Dakota. There will be both barrels and pole bending, plus many divisions for each. This is an NFR Tour, PEWC, UBRA, BBR, and WPRA certified event, plus NWBRA on Saturday only. For more information, call 612-384-6730 or email vhultman@frontiernet.net. You can peruse the website at http://www.midwestpolebending.com.

Just a reminder, it's getting time to be getting those yearling studs gelded. They'll get bigger and be a lot nicer to deal with if they never realize they are a stud, so get that appointment made. You can brand him and maybe even pull his wolf teeth while you have him off in lala land.

Well, that's my circle for the week. I'm sure looking forward to getting this arm out of the sling in a couple of weeks and getting my physical therapy behind me. Having one "leg" tied up for a month hasn't been that entertaining! I will have to say that I've sure been enjoying the nice breakfasts that my husband has cooked though.