Outside Circle: Turnout time, young cowboys loses life in Nebraska, Lisa Wins Calgary, Oglala Lakota Nation Rodeos, Day of the Cowboy program
July 15, 2015
I gathered the cows and did some sorting this morning and turned the bulls out. I think the bulls think we have forgotten every year and just when they've about given up hope, they finally get to go out with the cows. I admire anyone that dedicated and excited about their job. There was practically cartwheels and singing going on!
Sad news from the Nebraska country with the death of PRCA timed event hand Brady Wakefield, O'Neill, Neb. The 20 year old cowboy was driving west on I-80 in a pickup when the rear passenger tire blew and the pickup rolled through the median. Brady was wearing a seatbelt but was pronounced dead at the scene. His passenger, Jeff Hoier of Herman, Neb. was ejected from the rollover and was taken to the hospital for treatment. Wakefield competed in team roping, tie down roping and steer wrestling and bought his card just last year. It's always terrible to lose someone so young. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.
Tim O'Connel, Zwingle, Iowa WNFR bareback rider fractured a bone in his riding hand and is expected to miss at least 4-6 weeks of rodeo action. He's currently third in the standings so hopefully won't lose too much ground before getting back to riding.
Lisa Lockhart won the Calgary Stampede barrels and the sweet $100,000 check for the final four! She and Louie clocked an outstanding 17.907 in the mud plus placed in the other rounds. I think it was a pretty worthwhile trip up north for her! I'm sure she sped south to get to the national high school finals at Rock Springs, Wyo. to support her daughter who is competing there. Congrats Lisa and Louie!
Also at Calgary, Wade Sundell, Boxholm, Iowa, won the final four in saddle broncs and Cort Scheer, Elsmere, Neb. Placed 4th. Chet Johnson, saddle bronc rider from Sheridan, Wyo. won the coveted Guy Weadick award at Calgary.
The 93rd Annual Days of 76 Rodeo is coming up this week at Deadwood, S.D. It will kick off with steer roping on July 21, 10 a.m., July 22 will be timed event slack at 8 a.m., rodeo at 7 p.m., July 23 timed event slack at 8 a.m. with barrel slack after, then rodeo at 7 p.m., July 24 will have the parade at 1:30 with the rodeo at 7 p.m., and on July 25, there will be the parade at 10 a.m., and rodeo performances at 1:30 and 7 p.m. It's always a good show in a beautiful setting. I don't think there's a bad seat in the whole works either. If you want more info go to http://www.daysof76.com or for tickets, call 888-8383-2855.
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On July 25 the Western Writer's Group will present their 5th Annual Day of the Cowboy program at the Hackens Barn Theatre from 3-5 p.m. You can get there by going 5 miles north and 1 ¾ miles west of New Underwood at 16016 Pioneer Rd. The event is free though they will accept donations. For more information, call Slim McNaught at 605-754-6103.
The Oglala Lakota Nation Youth Rodeo, Pine Ridge, S.D., will be July 30, at noon. There are events for every kid from PeeWee to 18 years old. Going over the event list, it makes me smile just thinking of what fun it will be! For more information call Donnel Ecoffey at 605-454-1380.
Also at Pine Ridge and running July 31- August 2 will be the Oglala Lakota Nation Rodeo. This GPIRA sanctioned rodeo will feature the top cowboys and cowgirls from the region and many INFR competitors. Friday and Saturday will have 10 a.m. slack, perf at 7 p.m., Sunday's short go will be at 2 p.m.
Don't forget the Buster McLaury colt starting and horsemanship clinic on July 30, 31-August 2 at Brad and Beca Andrews place north of Red Owl, S.D. Even if you can't put a horse in it, you can sure learn a lot just watching/auditing. Call Brad or Beca for more info at 605-985-5493.
Just so you can be making plans, there will be another of those good reined cowhorse clinics at Kirk and Shelly Hall's place near Edgemont, S.D. on Sept. 5-6. For details call Kirk at 605-928-0890 or Shelly at 701-431-3607.
Well, that's my circle for this week. Be sure and send me any upcoming events or items of interest you'd like me to share here. Have a great week!