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Youth and open rodeo series, cowgirl camp, ranch ropings, calf roping, rodeo

We’re still praying for some good rains here on Dry Creek. The surface and a couple of inches on the top are sure dry, but some recent fencing activity showed me that at least there is good subsoil moisture underneath. Day after day of wind sure starts sucking that up though. There have been some really good rains not too far off, so perhaps it’s moving closer and we’ll get some while the grass is still growing.

The Preakness Stakes was run last weekend and the favored Nyquist was beat out at the end by the fast closing Exaggerator. I’m not trying to take anything away from the winner, because he made a spectacular closing drive to win, but Nyquist was found to have a fever the next day or two after the race, so maybe he wasn’t quite at the top of his game in that race. They’re both really nice horses and I was happy for the winner. Nyquist has been pulled from the Belmont due to his being sick. So now, I guess I’m rooting for Exaggerator.

The Buffalo (SD) Youth Rodeo Series for ages 0-18, has set the dates: June 1, 8, 29; July 13 and 20. They all start at 5:30 p.m., except for the July 20 one, which starts at 4. You can enter the day of the rodeo up to a half hour before it starts. Pre-entry forms can be found at For more information, call Robyn Floyd at 605-645-1410. You can also find it on Facebook.

The O’Brien Creek Summer Series at Franzen Arena, Sidney, Mont., has started. The dates are June 2, 14, 28; July 12, 28; August 9, 30 and makeup date is Sept. 13. There is Youth 3D, PeeWees, Open, exhibitions and is NWBRA approved. For more information, call Jerrian Franzen at 406-478-3773.

You SDHSR kids, don’t forget to have your year end report cards with you when you go to the first regional rodeo. It will not matter who you are or think you are, if you don’t have that, you will not be competing.

The Morrill County Gymkhana, Bridgeport, Neb., will be June 4. Registration is at 8:15 a.m., then the event starts at 9 a.m. There are lots of the usual events, including tailspin, twister, clown’s hat, flag race and showmanship. The patterns for some of those fun events can be found on the Morrill County Gymkhana Facebook page, by the way. For more information, call 308-279-0000 (yes, 0000 really is the number).

June 6-9 are the dates for the wonderful Cowgirl Heaven Ministries Camp for young barrel racers. There are two age groups and the 8-13 group is on June 6 and 7 while the 14-18 group is June 8 and 9. I’ve heard what a neat camp this is for the girls as I have a little great-niece who has attended. It will be at Timberlake, S.D. and you can call 605-865-3758 or 605-848-1165 for information.

The Cow Camp Supply Ranch Roping will be June 25, 11 a.m. near Choteau, Mont. Entries close June 15. There will be three man pick, three man draw, and two man pic, with $150 cash entry fee. By man, I mean biped, as it’s open to men and women and kids alike. Call Sparky Wallace for info at 406-590-9255.

The 2016 Teton Basin Pro-Am Ranch Roping Series will be June 25 and 26 and July 23 and 24 at the fairgrounds in Driggs, Idaho. You can enter the Wednesday before each roping by calling 208-399-8155 before 7 p.m. The ropings will start at 10 a.m. You can get more info from the website at

The Interior Frontier Days rodeo will be July 3-4, at Interior, S.D. in the beautiful Badlands. Slack will be at 10 a.m. on July 3, with 7 p.m. performances on the 3rd and 4th. It’s a SDRA, NRCA, Mid States and open rodeo with $10,000 added money. Besides the rodeo events, there are usually some pretty neat patriotic tributes plus some zany bronc riding at this one, so sure worth the trip to some beautiful country. For entry info, call TK Sampson at 605-685-8825.

There will be a Perfect Calf Roping on July 15 at the Southern Campbell County Ag Complex, Wright, Wyo. You enter at 9 a.m., rope at 11 a.m. It’s an open American qualifier with $2500 added. There’s also a ladies breakaway that day with $500 added. On July 16, before the NHSFR in Gillette, Wyo., there will be a Flint Memorial Junior Calf Roping with $1000 added and scholarships. You enter that at 8 a.m and rope at 10. For information on either or both, call Bill Reynolds at 307-299-1521.

Well, that’s it for my circle this week. Please send me the info for your events and I’ll share them here. Have a great week and pray for some rain!

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