Correction, barrel news, rodeos, horse sales, etc.
First of all, I had some very inaccurate information in this column last week. I rely on some excellent Web sites for some of my information and don’t usually double-check the facts. Well, I got caught on this one. I stated that Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, SD barrel racer, had competed on two horses and flew between rodeos over the July Fourth run. Well, she DID NOT. Lisa said she did five rodeos in seven days the old fashioned way: she drove it alone and ran one horse. I’m glad I’m just a feeble-minded writer, because I can’t imagine the logistics of covering all those miles and arriving at the rodeos with a horse so fresh that they won nearly $18,000. She hit Airdrie and Ponoka, Alberta, then Belle Fourche, SD; Greeley, CO; Cody, WY; and Livingston, MT. I’m quite sure I’m not tough enough to make all of those in my car, much less pulling a trailer with my partner in it.
I want to apologize to Lisa for my boo-boo. She’s a fine horsewoman and an all-around good person, and I want the record to be set straight.
Incidentally, she and Jill Moody, of Letcher, SD, were traveling together this week and will have been back to Calgary, Alberta for the $100,000 round by the time you read this. I will have an update on how they and other locals did up there next week.
Speaking of barrels, the Dash and Dance Barrel Super Series has its last competition on August 13-15 at Seven Down Arena. The open 4D pays $1,000 each day, there’s a Futurity side-pot, and the Dash and Dance Open Futurity August 14 and 15. There are cash bonuses paid on a Two Run average, too. Plus, if you are riding a horse of any age sired by one of their stallions, Dashing With Cash or Dancingrightpastya, you won’t pay an entry fee, plus there will be $1,000 and prizes given each weekend to those horses as well. Sounds like a good deal! Should be some great runs there, too, and good watching. You can find out more by calling 605-578-3518.
The Dakota West Barrel Futurity is also coming up at Golliher’s Outdoor Arena north of Spearfish, SD. That will be August 20-22. That’s a really nice arena and the Golliher’s are masters at putting on a barrel race, so call them at 605-642-5363 or e-mail email@example.com to learn more.
Belle Jackpot has been having enough open barrel entries to have a 5D, which is great for everyone. The August BJA will be August 4, 11 and 25. Exhibitions run at 5 p.m. with the regular events starting at 6 p.m. There are barrels, poles, goat tying, goat tail untying, calf roping and team roping, so head to Belle Fourche for the evening and watch a really good show.
There will be a Fall Branding Party held at the Casey Tibbs Foundation/South Dakota Rodeo Center at Ft. Pierre, SD, on September 26. If you didn’t get a chance to go to the one they had a while back and put your brand on the wall, this is your second chance. It’s a great facility and sure worth the stop to see it.
The Custer County Fair at Hermosa, SD is having an open horse show on August 13 and their usual fantastic Ranch Horse competition on August 14. Call 605-255-4145 for entry information.
You need to mark August 15 on your calender and be in Rapid City, SD at the Event Center for the Lauing’s Mill Iron L Quarter Horse Sale. Lots of top horses of every age, with a poppin’ good set of weanlings being offered. Their consignors are bringing in some top performance horses and well-started young horses as well. They moved their sale to Rapid City’s Event Center from their usual location on the ranch near Blunt, SD to make it more convenient for buyers to get there. Call 605-962-6344 or view the catalog online at http://www.lauingmillionlranch.com.
By the time you read this, the National H.S. Rodeo Finals will be underway in Gillette, WY. It runs July 18-24, so you can still make it over to see some of the action. If you go on the SDHSRA Web site you can find a list of all the Nationals contestants and when they are up at the rodeo.
I sure was impressed with the Challenge of Champions that was held at the Black Hills Roundup’s evening performance on July 3. It pitted South Dakota and Wyoming High School champs from the Saddle Broncs and Barebacks with the offspring of the greatest bucking horses working today. It was a great show with the cowboys trying to ride the green – but totally amazing – horses. The bareback riders were Kacy Townsley, Riverton, WY; Shane Stevens, Hawk Springs, WY; Sage Till, Dupree, SD; and Tate Brengle, Buffalo, SD. Saddle bronc riders were Taylor Kelly, Sheridan, WY; Ty Hiatt, Wheatland, WY; Wyatt Kammerer, Philip, SD; and Trever Thybo, Belle Fourche, SD. The young horses were just plain rank, but those young cowboys did a fine job on them. It’s plain to see that we won’t be running out of good bronc riders or bucking horses any time soon!
Newell, SD’s Jake Costello once again won the Saddle Broncs, this time at Wolf Point, MT on Brookman’s Wild Thing with an 84 point ride. Also at Wolf Point, Preston Billadeau, Parshall, ND, won the Tie-Down average with two head tied in 17.5.
Cole Elshere, Faith, SD won the Saddle Broncs at Hamel, MN with 83 points on Mossbrucker’s War Wagon. At Cushing, OK, Blake Eliason split first in the Tie-Down Roping with Brodie Poppino with a 10.0. Isanti, MN saw Kyle Whittaker, Chambers NE, take the All-Around with money won in Steer Wrestling, Tie-Down Roping and Team Roping. Cort Scheer, Elsmere, NE won the Saddle Broncs at the same rodeo with 78 points on Universal Rodeo’s Smoke. Steamboat Springs, CO was where Kyle Callaway, Gillette, WY won the Steer Wrestling with a 7.7 run. Jesse Bail, Camp Crook, SD, won the All-Around at Laramie Jubilee Days, with money won in Saddle Broncs and Bull Riding.
Ryan Jarrett, Comanche, OK, broke Calgary’s Tie-Down Roping arena record with a 6.3 second run on July 10. He sandwiched this between his runs of 6.6 and 6.9 for a 19.8 on three head. That’s smokin’ it!
Don’t forget, the first ever Badlands Circuit Steer Roping Finals will be at the Days of ’76 Arena, Deadwood, SD, on September 4. All the top steer ropers from our region will be there.
Well, that’s about the circle for this week. Send any information you want me to share and I’ll be happy to put it in my column.
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Outtagrass Cattle Co. cartoon by Jan Swan Wood for the June 19, 2021, edition of Tri-State Livestock News