VS back in N.M., Miles City Bucking Horse Sale, 4D barrel and pole jackpot, BJA | TSLN.com

VS back in N.M., Miles City Bucking Horse Sale, 4D barrel and pole jackpot, BJA

We've been blessed with some more rain and the country is putting on its Sunday best. That dry, windy April had me a little concerned, as I'm sure others were too. We're over half done calving and the cows are giving lots of milk and making for some fat calves already.

Vesicular stomatitis virus has been confirmed in New Mexico's Grant county. Grant County is in the southwestern part of the state and borders Arizona. The VS was diagnosed in a horse, but can afflict other livestock and also humans. VS is an infectious viral disease that causes painful blister-like lesions on the lips, nostrils, tongue, teats and coronary band. It's not generally fatal unless an animal simply refuses to eat and drink due to the pain of the lesions. Humans can become infected when handling the sick animals, touching contaminated materials or equipment, and tissue, blood or viral cultures. This is nasty stuff and can lead to quarantines for shipment from state to state. If you're going to be traveling through that region, it would be a good idea to find out if there are any restrictions or recommendations about it.

The 65th Annual Miles City Bucking Horse Sale is May 14-17. There's more than just a bucking horse sale though, as there's also matched bronc riding with some of the best saddle bronc riders in the country entered, plus bucking horse futurity, bull riding, wild horse racing, horse races, a big parade and a trade show. Miles City throws the doors wide open and welcomes everyone with a big smile, so it's sure worth going to. It will probably rain, but that's part of the celebration too. If you want more info, go to http://www.buckinghorsesale.com.

The Spearfish High School 4D Pole Bending and Barrel Racing jackpot will be Friday, May 22, at the Roundup Grounds in Belle Fourche, S.D. Barrel exhibitions will be from 3-5 p.m. ($5/run), pole bending exhibitions 5-5:45 p.m., ($5/run). At 6 p.m. the pole bending jackpot starts with barrels to follow. There's a youth sidepot for 15 and under for $15. Barrels and poles are $30. Call Kim Eymer at 605-641-1535.

Belle Jackpot Association has announced its schedule. Held at the Roundup Ground in Belle Fourche on select Wednesday nights, the dates are: May 27, June 3, 10 and 17, July 8 and 29, and August 5 and 12. Makeup date is August 19. The west arena will have the barrels and goats, east arena pole bending and roping. Signup opens at 4:30, exhibition barrels run from 4-5:45, $5/run, cash only, pay at the gate, which is a new system. Exhibitions will be done at 5:45 sharp. Both arenas will start their events at 6 p.m. For information, call Lorita Crofford at 605-645-7592, Shorty Engesser at 307-660-1000, or Sharlet Teigen at 605-390-8320. If it's rainy, you need to call ahead. All of the BJA info can also be found on the BJA facebook page under Belle Jackpot.

There will be a Black Hills Open Horse Show at Besler's Cadillac Ranch near Belle Fourche, S.D. on June 6. I wasn't able to find any more information on that, but I'll try to come up with some by next week.

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If anyone knows more, please email me.

The Giddyup Open Horse Club Show will be June 20-21 at Besler's Cadillac Ranch. English will be on Saturday at 9, western on Sunday at 8. There will be another show at Bray Arena, Central States Fairgrounds, Rapid City, S.D. on August 29-30. Pre-registration is required for the shows and you can get the information and entry form at http://www.giddyuphorseclub.com.

Don't forget the great Hulett Rodeo, Hulett, Wyo. on June 13-14. The rodeo starts at 1 p.m., but with everything else going on that weekend, you need to get there lots earlier. This is a great rodeo in one of the prettiest locations in the country. Great fun for the whole family.

Also, here's a reminder about the Kirk Hall Cow Horse clinic on June 12-14. It will be at their ranch near Edgemont, S.D. and will cover horsemanship, fundamentals, and work both mechanical and live cattle. Call Kirk and Shelly at 605-431-3607 or email them at 14cowhorse@gmail.com. You can also check out their website at http://www.hallperformancehorses.com.

Have a great week and I hope you did something special for the Mom or Moms in your life. They are pretty special ladies. Mine's been gone for five years and I still miss her. I hope I'm half the mom that she was.