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Sturgis H.S. smoker, calendar deadline, cowboy states reining horse news, prca stuff

By the time you read this, the Black Hills Stock Show will be in the history books. It sounds like it was a good one with big crowds and well attended events. The horse sale average was up over last year, which I'm sure reflects optomism in the cattle business.

I am plugging away with my arm in a sling. I hadn't remembered just how frustrating it can be to have only one hand to use. The basic day-to-day things are just harder and often funnier, especially with me using my non-dominant hand for everything. I am able to feed myself with my off hand, so starvation isn't imminent. Thanks to my great neighbors and friends, there have been meals brought to the house and also, it turns out that my husband can cook. Who knew? We've been married 27 years and he has never done any cooking, so imagine my surprise when he has been able to prepare breakfast for us each morning. I think the whole applecart has been upset now, much to his dismay!

The Sturgis High School rodeo team will be holding their annual fundraiser for the Southwest Regional Rodeo. It will be Feb. 20 at the Loud American Steak House in Sturgis, S.D. They will serve a steak tip dinner for two for $26 and will hold a live and silent auction. Tickets are available at the door and for more information, call Chrissy at 605-347-1068.

By the way, the South Dakota High School rodeo kids need to have their minimum five calendars sold and the money turned in by March 1 to be able to rodeo in the 2015 season. Time's sure marching on!

The Cowboy States Reining Horse Association, an affiliate of the National Reining Horse Association, have some pretty exciting events scheduled for 2015. On March 28-29, there will be a clinic conducted by NRHA pro Dave Leithead of Livingston, Montana in Cody, Wyoming. There will be a second clinic by NRHA pro Chuck Nesmith of Ft. Morgan, Colorado. on May 1-3 at Kinnear, Wyoming. Both clinics are geared for all levels of riders and are fund raisers for the CSRHA. You can get details about the clinics at http://www.cowboystatesreiners.com.

The annual Energy City Classic and Derby, put on by the Cowboy States Reining Horse Association will be on June 4-7 at Gillette, Wyo. There will be $17,000 added money doled out to the competitors from the Rocky Mountain region, from beginners to professionals.

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The year-end awards banquet and general membership meeting for the Cowboy States Reining Horse Association will be March 14 at the history Irma Hotel in Cody, Wyoming. You don't have to be a member to go, so all are welcome to attend.

There will be an Ed Wright Barrel Clinic on March 28-29 at Sterling, Colorado. It's $250/day for one day, $400 for both days. A non refundable deposit of $200 has to be there by March 1 to hold your spot. It's limited to 12 students per day. Call Chris Basler at 970-554-1101 or email her at christinamarie_88@hotmail.com.

I'm sure pleased to hear that the PRCA is finally going to be giving an award to the real top hands at any rodeo. Starting this season, they will be giving a Pickup Man of the Year award. The nominees have to have been chosen to pick up at the WNFR, then those nominees will be voted on by the PRCA bareback and saddle bronc riders. When it's narrowed down, the PRCA membership will then get to vote. A buckled and hand tooled saddled will be awarded.

The PRCA is also discussing a possible new rule for the tie down roping. The discussion involved the jerking down of the calf during the run and whether a contestant ought to be disqualified if that happens. No decision has been made yet, and I will keep you posted if one is. Most of the time, the roper doesn't want that calf to ever leave it's feet as the calf then has to be picked up from the ground, then flanked and tied. Obviously, any appearance of abuse of an animal is not wanted in any PRCA event, so they are discussing this to try to put a fire out before an animal welfare organization lights it for them. Someone is always watching, you know.

Well, that's my column for this week. Keep those news items coming and let me know of any fundraisers in your neck of the woods. Have a great week!