Outside Circle: Wind and fire, thank you, AQHA Hall of Fame, clinics, barrel series, sales
April 6, 2016
I don't know about all of you, but I could go a few days without wind. We had some nice moisture, but I'm afraid it's all blown away now. I hear it's terribly dry in some areas. In talking to friends in the Miles City country, it's darned serious there. The fire danger is high in our area and for good reason. There's some old grass on the ground and it's tinder dry with screaming wind, thus a perfect recipe for a catastrophic fire.
Those poor folks in Kansas/Oklahoma are still fighting fires. My heart aches for them and their losses. If it would only rain there instead of where it's already flooding!
I want to thank everyone for their kind words, thoughtfulness, and sweet messages concerning the loss of my dad. As I read each card, note and email, it heals a part of my heart.
The AQHA has announced the 2017 Hall of Fame inductees, which include five horses and five people. One of the horses is the great mare Casey's Ladylove, a 1961 model that was owned most of her life by James and Frances Loiseau, Flandreau, S.D. They built a barrel and performance horse dynasty on the get and grandget of that mare and it's so good to see her get the recognition due her.
The Walt Woodard Team Roping Clinic at the Bar T Arena, Hartford, S.D. will be April 15-17. There may be one opening left in it, but if not, you can at least go watch and learn. The cost is $500 for the clinic. Walt is a two time WNFR Champion and 10 times WNFR qualifier and is a great teacher.
The Bar T Arena is also hosting a Shane Hanchey Calf Roping/Breakaway clinic May 14-15. The cost for that clinic is $450 and there are a couple of spots open as of this writing. Shane is the 2013 WNFR champion and a six time WNFR qualifier. For more info on either clinic, call Tami at 605-731-9904.
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There will be a Brad Andrews cow horse clinic at the Lazy YX Arena, Piedmont, S.D. on May 14. There will be flag work in the morning and live cattle in the afternoon. Brad is a fine horseman and trainer and can help you make your horse better no matter what discipline you ride. The cost is $75 for flag work, $100 for cattle, with youth 18 and under getting a $25 discount. You can also audit for $25. There are limited spots and payment need to received by May 7. Call Deb Black at 605-390-3410 or Heather Bauman at 605-209-7696 for information.
The Lynch Arena, Valley Springs, S.D. will be having its Barrel Series starting soon. It will include all age levels plus have pole bending. Dates are: May 20; June 3, 17: July 1, 15, 29; August 12, 26; and September 2. For more information, call Jared at 605-212-8917 or Jenn at 605-660-5310.
The 13th Annual Mattson Horse Sale will be June 4 at Sturgis, S.D. They are taking consignments now for quality performance horses. Call Jay Mattson at 605-920-1532 or Jill Swanhorst at 605-484-5788. You can also get a consignment sheet at http://www.mattsonhorsesale.com.
The 2016 AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge Ranch Horse shows include two in the northern plains region. The first one will be June 11 at Rapid City, S.D. and the second at the NILE, Billings, Mont. October 19. You can get more information on the shows at http://www.aqha.com.
It's a ways off, but there will be a Peter Campbell horsemanship and cow working clinic September 22-25 at the Lancaster Event Center, Lincoln, Neb. Classes are Foundation Horsemanship, Horsemanship 1, and Cow Working. It's $600 per four day class, $30/audit. For more information call 402-427-5244. Peter Campbell doesn't often get into this region, so this is a great opportunity to go to his clinic a "little" closer to home.
Be sure and send me your upcoming events and information! I'm always glad to share it here. Now I'm going to get off this windy ridge before it blows my scotch cap off and call this circle finished! Have a great week. If you have a moment, pray for some rain for our rancher friends far and near.