Fundraiser, rodeos and racing of all sorts
I’ve got a fresh horse and a big circle, so let’s hit a lope.
First of all, long time Paint breeders and just all around fine folks, Bill and Carol Crockford of Vale, SD, lost their home in a fire last week. They were fortunate to get out and get their pets out, though Bill did suffer some burns in the effort. It burned to the ground and little was salvageable, so, the community is stepping in with a Pancake Supper that will be over by the time you read this, but there is also a fund set up for them at the First National Bank, PO Box 227, Newell, SD 57760. They are able to stay with their son and daughter-in-law and family on the farm, so taking care of their horses hasn’t been a problem. I can’t imagine losing everything like that, so hope that many will step up to donate money to help them. There but for the grace of God…
I hear also that the Crockfords are going to retire from the breeding business (that was the plan even before the fire) and have some good Paint mares and a popping good black and white three year old stallion for sale. He is likely to be homozygous and he is a wild colored dude besides. Sure might be worth checking on. The number is 605-456-1590 if you are interested.
On the pro rodeo trail, regional hands showed them that the northern plains had showed up at Rodeo Austin’s big show. In the Barebacks, Steven Dent of Mullen, NE won the average, with Joe Gunderson of Agar, SD coming in third. Steer Wrestler Todd Suhn of Hermosa, SD was fifth in the average; Saddle Bronc average was third to Jeff Willert of Belvidere, SD, sixth to Chad Ferley of Oelrichs, SD, and eight to Cody Taton, a native South Dakota cowboy who now lives in New Mexico, though we still proudly claim him. Barrels were won by Lisa Lockhart of Oelrichs, who moved to fifth in the world standings.
Laughlin, NV’s big rodeo had Jill Moody of Letcher, SD winning the average in the Barrels (moving her to eighth in the world standings), with Rachel Myllymaki of Arlee, MT splitting fourth. Bull Riding had Cody Buller of Glendive, MT splitting third and Will Farrell of Thermopolis, WY splitting fifth.
Moving northward to Fargo, ND’s pro show, Steer Wrestler Kyle Whitaker of Chambers, NE won it; Saddle Broncs had Ty Manke of Hermosa, SD and Kaden Deal of Dupree, SD splitting second, with Jesse Bail of Camp Crook, SD winning fourth. Team Roping had Bart Ness and Elliott Gourneau of Kennebec, SD placing second. The ladies placed in the Barrels with Jana Greimsman of Rapid City placing third and Jessica Routier of Buffalo, SD placing eighth.
More rodeo, but on the college level, congrats to Gillette College, as both the Men’s and Women’s teams are leading the Central Rocky Mountain Region in NIRA action.
The Jackrabbit Stampede college rodeo at Brookings, SD is April 9 and 10; then University of Nebraska/Lincoln’s is April 16 and 17; Black Hills State University’s Yellowjacket Stampede, Spearfish, SD, (@Seven Down Arena), is April 23 and 24; and Dickinson State University’s is April 30 and May 1, at Dickinson, ND. Those are all Great Plains Region rodeos, so the standing could sure shift in that region after this big run. They would all be great to be able to go watch as the competition is tough with these great young hands fighting for their trip to the college finals in Casper, WY in June.
On the Ranch Rodeo front, the ranch rodeo at Edgemont, SD on June 5-6 is WRCA (Working Ranch Cowboys Association) approved. They will need at least 10 teams to get is sanctioned, which would, I believe, make it a qualifying rodeo for the WRCA Finals in Amarillo in November. If you think you can put a team together from your crew, call Wyatt VanEaton at 605-890-2369. It’s my understanding that a team can be combined from two different outfits, so give it a whirl. This one would probably be a little “ranchier” than some ranch rodeos, as they would be working with the WRCA events. Heck, most brandings will be over and haying won’t be starting yet, so, looks like a good time to go show folks how you do it on your side of the creek.
The largest Barrel Race in North Dakota is coming up at Bowman, ND on April 23-24. The 4th Annual Triple Turn Classic is WPRA, NWBRA, NBHA-03 and UBRA approved, with $1,200 added and a saddle for high point. Pre-entries are due by April 12, and you can get the forms at http://www.millerranch.net or call Chad or Ali Miller at 701-574-3100.
Horse Racing will be the main event at Ft. Pierre, SD with a six day meet running April 24 to May 9. Aberdeen’s Brown County Meet follows that with a seven day meet May 15 to May 31. Get out and support South Dakota racing if you can.
There is racing in Montana coming up too, with a four-day meet at Miles City, MT May 9 through 16. It coincides with the famous Miles City Bucking Horse Sale, so it would be a great place to be that weekend. No word yet on whether there will be racing at Evanston, WY this year. I’ll let you know as soon as I hear anything.
The National High School Finals is in Gillette, WY this year! Right in our own backyards, so to speak. But, many contestants can’t bring horses all that distance, so there is a program set up to provide horses for those contestants who need them, and it’s called Rodeo Rides. Rodeo Rides was created to help those contestants hook up with local people who have good horses for lease. Throughout April, they will be sending out applications to any interested horse owner who would like to submit their horse or horses for the program. Call the Cam-Plex office at 307-682-0552, or online at http://www.cam-plex.com and click on “National High School Finals Rodeo” under the “National Events” banner. The apps must be received at the Cam-plex office no later than May 14th. The applications will be compiled into a catalog and made available to each National Director, State Secretary, and any NHSFR contestant who requests it. If you are a contestant needing a horse, email Charlene Camblin at email@example.com. All the rest of the arrangement is up to the parties involved.
This warm weather and deep gumbo have my horse needing a breather, so until next week, take care. Send me your info!
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