Grandma’s horse, adios Big Bad, winning folks |

Grandma’s horse, adios Big Bad, winning folks

It’s finally cooled off. Of course, this reminds me that I haven’t gotten my fall work done from last year. Or is that the year before?

We had our youngest son and his wife and family here over the Labor Day weekend. Those grandkids are sure a lot of fun. The oldest one, who is almost two, got to ride solo on my big gelding for the first time. He’s pretty confident. His Daddy put him in the saddle and we stuck his little boots in the stirrups, then he held out his hand and asked me to give him the reins. He shared the saddle for a little bit with his six-month-old brother, too. I got such a good feeling seeing another generation starting out. His Daddy got to ride my horse’s good mother Lily when he was about the same size. She was a queen of mares and apparently it’s a family trait, as her son Rush gets this soft look in his eyes when the little guy is around, and he idles down to a slow walk. I’m so blessed to have the family I do, plus the family of horses for them to ride.

Good news for Wyoming! Wolves will be officially de-listed as an endangered species, as of Oct. 1. They will be placed under state management and except for an area in the northwest corner of the state, they will be designated as predators, just like coyotes. Anyone wanting to learn more can go to Might want to get some details before you shoot one!

Congratulations to my friend and neighbor, Kelly Gully, Newell, SD, for being named Reserve World Champion in Boxing at the Adequan Select World Show. Boxing is a new cow horse event on the AQHA roster. Kelly and Sailors Luv Freckles scored 431.5 points in the event. Kelly and Speck also made the top 10 in the Reining with 208.5 points. Good job!

Hats off to Coy Thompson, Whitewood, SD, for winning the year end title in the Badlands Circuit Steer Roping.

Will LaDuke, formerly of Belle Fourche, SD, but now of Gillette, WY, won the Badlands Circuit Finals Steer Roping event at Deadwood, SD, on Sept. 1. With checks won in four of five rounds, he edged Ora Taton, Rapid City, SD, out by a mere 4.3 seconds on a total of 61.3 for four runs.

The All American Futurity was run at Ruidoso, NM, on Sept. 3. Winning the $1.2 million check for 1st in the race for two year old Quarter Horses was One Dashing Eagle. The sorrel colt led the race wire to wire and had a three quarters’ length lead at the finish. One Dashing Eagle is by One Famous Eagle (sired by Mr. Jess Perry) and out of One Sweet Dash (by First Down Dash), the colt was bred by AQHA Racing Hall of Famers, the Allred Brothers of Arizona. Bought for a modest $43,000 at the Ruidoso Select Sale as a yearling, the colt has certainly paid his bills nicely.

Placing second in the All American was Sudden Thoughts, with Aha Moment coming in third and Native Tea Rose in fourth.

The Labor Day weekend had a ton of rodeos on the run for the WNFR. Steven Dent, Mullen, NE, won the All Around at the Walla Walla, WA rodeo with a second place in barebacks and a tie for third in saddle broncs with Chuck Schmidt, Keldron, SD.

Tyler Thiel, Belle Fourche, SD, won the tie-down roping at Evanston, WY, with a sweet, 8.6 second run.

At Ellensburg, WA, the steer wrestling average was won by Jason Miller, Lance Creek, WY, with 12.0 seconds on three steers. Dean Gorsuch, Gering, NE, was second. The saddle broncs had Chad Ferley, Oelrichs, SD, in third and Whitewood, SD’s Troy Crowser in fourth. Barrels had Nikki Steffes, Vale, SD, winning round one and placing third in the average.

The Golliher Indoor Barrel Series starts off on Sept. 30, then Oct. 6, 20, and 28, (Oct. 27 a makeup date) and the finals on Nov. 11. For more info call 605-642-5363, email ZeAnn at, or check out their website at

Also at Gollihers, on Sept. 20-21, there will be the Roper Rally Futurity with $5,000 added. The Rodeorigs Turn Around Slot Race will be on Friday, Sept. 21, with $18,500 total payout. That busy weekend at Gollihers will also be the Z Productions Open 5D on Sept. 22-23, and will feature Stroschein Angus Battle of the Ages barrel race. All this will be on the Golliher website.

It’s getting to the time of year to be making the appointment to get your stud colts gelded before weaning. Brand them while they are in “lala land” and they never remember a thing. We’ve done this for years and they really get along great. Doing it several weeks before weaning means they’re healed up before you have them in a dusty corral to wean, too.

That’s our circle, so I’m going to go put up my horse for the week. Have a good’un.