Fall Festival of cuttings
The Minnesota Cutting Horse Association (MCHA) has some great events coming up at Red Horse Ranch Arena of Fergus Falls. October 10th through 12th they hold their “Fall Festival” of cuttings with a full gamut of classes plus the MCHA Incentive Program Futurity/Derby/5-6-Year-Old Classic. More than $10,000 is added in the 3-year-old Futurity; $2,500 is added to the 4-year-old Derby; and the same amount is added to the 5/6-year-old Classic. Entries for those incentive program events close October 1st. To learn more about any of the MCHA cutting, call Dava Scribner, Show Secretary, at (651) 462-1803. For information on the MCHA Incentive Program, call Mary Jo Lehman at (715) 235-4418.
Mary Jo, who’s a member of the MCHA Board, says “In the past few years this has been a great show with a large number of entries. The MCHA also holds their year end banquet on Saturday night.”
MCHA Incentive Program enrolled stallions include, from South Dakota – Big Cat Daddy and Playboy Parton from the Gary and Karen Olson ranch at Volga; Annie’s Little Pepper from the Iona operation of Frank and Jerri Lynn Kenzy; Gilbert Lutter’s Dox Outside Chance from Redfield; Jae Bar Flinn owned by Forrest and Cynthia Steward of Tuthill; Little Loi Lena and Playin Royalty from the Jeff and Margaret McCoy outfit at Burke; Red Hot Quixote owned by Jim and Ethel Whitcher of Scenic; and Smokin Manzana off the Jim and Barb Halligan ranch of Draper. Jay Gunnick’s Howy from Crookston, NE is on the list, along with Iowa horses Fuego Del Corazon owned by James and Linda Randall at Modamin; Little Lido from Jerry and Virginia Williams at East Corydon; Smart Lil Comanche from the string of Ricci Plendt at Kingsley; and Little Diksco Tucker owned by Jim Kropf at Wall Lake. Minnesota stallions include Splat Nic, Kelly Mattson/Tony Kellerhuis from Duluth; Mark Blackwell’s Smart Chicaway from Delano; Quixote Mac and Smart Badger Lano off the Strait Rail Ranch at Nevis; Glenn Benson’s Peppytime Cinco from Long Prairie and Okies Turnover owned by Ricky and Nanci Filcek at Ft. Ripley. The single Illinois representative is Smart Like Juice from Smart Like Juice, Inc. at Chicago.
The Western States Cutting Horse Association (WSCHA) has a Beef Empire show at Garden City, KS approved October 4th and 5th; then will be holdin’ their Year-End Show at the Douglas County Fairgrounds in beautiful Castle Rock, CO, October 18th and 19th. This hardworking group will hold their Year-End Banquet on November 15th, and they have an exciting fundraiser in place. For a $100 donation to WSCHA, you get a chance to draw the winning entry for a $45,000-value General Steel Building – that’s a 40 x 30 x 12 building, with footers and erection included. They’re also awarding three youth scholarships valued at $500 each during the award banquet. To learn more about any of this, call secretary Pam Shaeffer at (970) 328-3060; or for specifics on the steel building drawing call Nikki Clark at (719) 332-4437.
Although their season is over, we haft’a tip our ol’ Tri-State Stetson to the Master’s qualifiers for 2008 in the Wyoming Cutting Horse Association. Open Masters are Justin and Jamis Johnson, Jerry McMackin, Todd Adolf, Joe Arculeta, Traci Hatten, Mark Bernhardt and Mel Dahl. Non-Pro Masters include John Strain, Hank True, Linda Souders, Betsy Talermo, Joe Parzielli, Kathy Stallcup, Nathan McAdams, Jim Spell, Kristen York, and Kristen Omvig. Novice Masters are Carmen Faris, Karen True, Jerry Rankin, Sandra Azinger, Stacy Warren, Jake James, Judy Hayes, John Canady, Bob Tregemba, Jack Enright and Colton Strain. Congratulations riders, and your horses – way to go!
As Will Rogers so aptly stated years ago, “The outside of a horse is good for the inside of a man.” The Wyoming Department of Corrections has been using the truth of that adage to great advantage for two decades now, pairing inmates at their Riverton Honor Farm with wild horses from Wyoming bands. A horsemanship clinic and Wild Horse Adoption celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the program and its success are taking place there September 19th and 20th, even as we go to press with this issue. We tip our ol’ Tri-State Stetson to Warden Joe Steele and his entire staff for a job well done, and ongoing.
The Rodeo Historical Society (RHS) has announced the 2008 Class of Rodeo Hall of Fame Inductees for the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum’s “Rodeo Weekend” October 24th through 26th in Oklahoma City. Deceased legends bullrider Lane Frost, rodeo producer C.E. “Feek” Tooke, rodeo announcer Chuck Parkinson and women’s bronc riding standout Claire Belcher Thompson will be honored. Joining them will be all-time great bronc rider Marty Wood of Oregon, champion bullrider and television sport commentator Don Gay of Texas and his fellow bullriding icon, African-American Charles Sampson of Colorado. Rodeo pioneer and one of the brightest businessmen to contribute to the success of prorodeo from its birth, George Williams of Arizona will receive long-overdue accolades; as well as one of my all time-favorite rodeo announcers Hadley Barrett of Colorado. The 2008 Tad Lucas Memorial Award goes to Shirley Lucas Jauregui, and Billy Minick will receive the 2008 Ben Johnson Memorial Award.
The World Film Premiere of “The Challenge of Champions: The Story of Lane Frost and Red Rock” by Lighthouse Productions and award-winning film maker David Wittkower will take place the evening of October 24th. This is the only authorized biography about these two bullriding stars. The RHS will hold its annual meeting the 25th, followed by Hadley’s special presentation Beyond Rodeo and a booksigning by Wyoming’s own Bill Smith for the biography written about him – Horses That Buck, The Story of Champion Bronc Rider Bill Smith. A panel of world champion bull riders, past and present, will discuss Tales and Rerides prior to the benefit auction and awards dinner, where the Lucas and Johnson Memorial Awards will be presented.
Pam Minick and Larry Mahan will co-emcee the induction ceremony on Sunday morning, October 26th. Sounds like a fun-filled weekend… you can learn more and make online event reservations at http://www.nationalcowboymuseum.org/rhs, or by calling (405 )478-2250, extension 219. Those reservations are requested by October 17th.
Finally, if you favor team roping, get on up to Metra Park Coliseum in Billings, MT to take in the Wrangler Team Roping National Championships September 30th through October 5th. Twenty-two trophy saddles and buckles and Western Horseman prints will be awarded there, along with a lot of prize money – $30,000 is added to the Wrangler/Team Equine Open Roping on October 1st alone! The office phone for all this action is (406) 348-2460.
In closing, if you’re a Professional Rodeo Cowboy’s Association member, I urge you to get practiced up for the privilege and responsibility American’s have facing them in a couple months – and do that by voting in the September 27th PRCA membership meeting. As always, there are many conflicting claims and lots of promises, but the one sure fact is – time is short to submit your proxies to either Cowboys, Inc. or the PRCA. Check out these websites, http://www.cowboysinc.org/faq.html and http://www.supporttheprca.org. Digest what you learn there, pray for wisdom, and then submit your proxy to one or the other.
Looks like that’s the end of our ol’ lariat rope for this week…
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