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Another crossing, Newell Labor Day, suncatchers, 5-state

Jan Swan Wood
for Tri-State Livestock News

I just got home from attending the funeral for Andy Ridley. It’s the biggest crowd I think I’ve ever seen at a funeral, which is a testament to the person he was and the family he was part of. Andy was a cowboy’s cowboy. A rancher, horseman, teamster, and rodeo hand, he was the genuine article. He was also a gentleman and a gentle man. I can’t recall ever walking away from a visit with Andy that he hadn’t said something to make my day brighter. He had that quality about him to make you think that talking to you was the most important thing he could possibly do that day.

He ranched in a beautiful place, alongside his family, and I believe enjoyed ever aspect of the lifestyle. He liked to do things traditionally, with saddle horses, teams, and handshake contracts. Andy and his wife Kim enjoyed working together and loved to dance. They were best friends who were blessed to be married to one another. He was proud of his nephews Clint and Tee, and always had something good to say about them.

Andy is survived by his wife Kim; Mom Roselyn; sister Wanda Ridley (Russ Roberts);

and nephews Clint and Tee, all of St. Onge, SD. He’ll be sorely missed, but, we’ll meet again up yonder.

At the White River, SD Ranch Rodeo, the Homewreckers team once again did their thing and won it. This formidable foursome are Frank Carlson, Lex Grooms, Michael Jones, and Tyler Jones. Congrats guys! Don’t be getting the big head now.

Winner of the Dash and Dance Barrel Futurity Aug. 10-12 at the Seven Down Arena, Spearfish, SD has a multitude of local ties. “Whats A Guy To Do”, aka “My Guy”, a 2007 sorrel gelding, is by Frenchmans Guy and out of a Dr. Kirk mare. He was bred by John G. Johnson, Lemmon, SD, owned by Mick and Anita Stroschein, Newell, SD/Wright, WY, and ridden by Hallie Melvin, Hermosa, SD. The Dash and Dance was only the fifth competition run for this good gelding. I see big things for him on the horizon! Congrats to all involved.

With the dry weather and feed being shipped in from other areas, it would probably be a good idea to test for nitrates and selenium before buying or feeding it. Remember, it can have different test results from different ends of the field too, so, one single test might not tell the whole story.

Jeff Willert, Belvidere, SD saddle bronc rider, had the misfortune to break his right collarbone at the Caldwell PRCA rodeo. He will be sidelined for six weeks, which doesn’t make his hard drive to make the WNFR look likely to succeed. I’m sure sorry about that, Jeff.

The Newell (SD) Labor Day Celebration is going to be jam packed with activities, as usual. It will include a ranch rodeo, tractor pull, quilt show, lots of activities at the park, a Labor Day morning parade and the usual fantastic rodeo. The rodeo is Labor Day, Sept. 3, with morning timed event slack, then the regular rodeo performance kicks off at 1 p.m., and will include all the events, tough Schmidt stock, and the World Championship Sheep Teepeeing contest. If you haven’t been to Newell Labor Day, you’ve missed one of the great small town, open to the world, rodeos and celebrations. See you there!

Suncatchers Therapeutic Riding academy is gearing up for the Annual Sunshine and Freedom Trail Ride and Silent Auction Sept. 8. The trail ride is hosted by the Hay Creek Ranch, Nemo, SD, and starts at 1 p.m. For more information on the event and the excellent program at Suncatchers, go to or call 605-673-2935. They work on a donation system and all who need the program are welcome, whether they can pay or not, so, it would be a great organization to help out.

The 15th Annual 5-State Breeders Futurity will be held Sept. 7-9 at the Central States Fairgrounds, Rapid City, SD. On Sept. 8 the exhibitions go from 1-5 p.m., then the $1000 added Open 4-D starts at 5:30 p.m. Pre-entries must be in by Aug. 29, for that. On Sunday, Sept. 9, there will be Kids Buckle Dummy Roping and Youth Barrel Race. For entry blanks and further info, go to or call Lana at 605-431-9480.

The Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame is seeking nominations for the class of 2013 inductees. They honor living and historical figures that have made contributions to Montana’s western and cowboy heritage. Nominations must be in by Feb. 13, 2013. Go to or call 406-653-3800.

Well, that’s my circle for the week. Send me your news and events and I’ll be happy to share them here. Also accepting hay in any form.