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High School rodeos among many events

For the June 6, 2009 edition of Tri-State Livestock News.

High school rodeo cowboys and cowgirls are getting excited as their state finals rodeos approach, offering the opportunity to earn a berth in the National High School Rodeo in Farmington, NM, July 19-25. The more than 320 members of the Montana High School Rodeo Association (NHSRA) will head for their State Finals at the Gallatin County Fairgrounds at Bozeman, June 10th through 14th. They will compete in two full go-around’s and a short championship round; as well as shooting sports competition if they choose. There’ll also be a trade fair and alumni reunion. You can get details by going to http://www.hsfinalsrodeo.org or calling (406) 475-3675.

Colorado High School Rodeo contestants will be nervous that same weekend, competing at the Prowers County Fairgrounds in Lamar, June 10th through 14th with special events including a golf tournament, concerts, dances and memorial goat ropings.

Wyoming’s Finals take place at the Wyoming State Fairgrounds in Douglas, June 12-14. North Dakota Finals will be in Bowman, June 18-21. Details can be seen at http://www.ndhsra.org/. Nebraska State High School Finals are scheduled for June 23-27 at Hastings. The South Dakota High School Finals will be held at the Black Hills Round-Up Grounds in Belle Fourche a week later, June 26-28.

Horse show season is also upon us, and there are plenty to choose from. The Colorful Colorado Circuit of Quarter Horse Shows including AQHA, Open All Breed, IBHA and PHBA takes place at THE RANCH, Loveland, CO, June 10th through 14th. The AQHA shows will be Double Judged Thursday through Sunday. Full information is available at http://www.excelshows.com or by calling (303) 828-3822.

The South Dakota Quarter Horse Association has a heck’uva layout of shows coming up June 16th through 20th at Swiftel Center in Brookings. That’s the “Summer Shootout” – kicking off with an All Novice Show and Special Event Roping the 16th. The rest of the weekend will offer two complete shows with different judges and a full complement of classes. The action kicks off at 8 a.m. each day, and you can get info at (605) 359-1475 or at http://www.sdqha.com/.

We haven’t talked about cutting for a while. The family-based jackpot cutting group, Western Nebraska Cutters (WNC), are holding a couple events right away. The Jesse Ranch Cutting will be at Alliance on June 20th with practice at 8 a.m. and the event beginning around 10 a.m. The following day, June 21, they’ll hold the Roberts Ranch Cutting at McGrew, with practice at 9 and the event starting around 10.

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This group has been around more than 15 years and I think it’s a great way to encourage people to train their home-raised horses for cow work; then get together and cut cattle in small, friendly competitions not requiring they spend a fortune on expensive trainers and equipment. It provides entertainment, camaraderie, and a purpose for horses that are bred to work cows. Bob Jesse is the President and can be reached at (308) 762-4916; or contact Secretatry Roxy Jordet at Sterling, CO, (970) 380-5878 or rjordet@hotmail.com.

The Minnesota Cutting Horse Association has an Amateur/Non-Pro Extravaganza scheduled at Red Horse Ranch Arena near Fergus Falls on June 27th and 28th. Information for that event is available through Dava Scribner at (651)462-1803.

That’s the same weekend the Montana Cutting Horse Association will hold the Double D Creek Ranch Cutting at Columbus, MT. That event features separate shows June 26th, 27th and 28th. You can enter by June 23rd through the website http://www.montanacha.com or by phoning (406)780-1030, to avoid late fees the day of the event. Practice cattle will be available each day.

I am very excited about the Belmont Stakes and what Mine That Bird can accomplish there. The dust will be settled and we’ll know the outcome by the time you read this, but I still want to interject an interesting piece of Mine That Bird trivia forwarded to me by a friend. According to a recent Denver Post article by Mike Chambers, Mine That Bird’s co-owner – Yuma, CO native Dr. Leonard Blach (who graduated from vet school at Colorado State University) – is a former Hollywood actor. Dr. Blach commented that the Kentucky Derby run and win by his horse is an ironic comparison to his role in the movie Casey’s Shadow, where he plays a New Mexico veterinarian opposite Walter Matthau’s portrayal of a poor Louisiana horse trainer with three kids and a home-raised horse. That horse, “Casey’s Shadow,” manages to win the All American Futurity in Ruidoso in spite of the vet’s recommendation that the horse shouldn’t be run. Maybe you’ve seen the movie… maybe you had not made the connection with one of Mine That Bird’s owners.

Before the Preakness Blach commented that the Derby win was, “…good enough for a movie, a couple of rednecks from New Mexico driving cross-country to race in the Derby.” Maybe it will become a movie… I’d sure go watch it!

Speaking of watching things… I was privileged to watch Les Vogt demonstrate the training of a bridle horse at the California Horse Symposium in Fresno sometime in the 1970’s… when he was already one of the most accomplished and distinguished trainers in the field. That would indicate he’s gettin’ a little long in the tooth by now; yet I see the 15-time World Champion and National Reined Cow Horse Association Hall of Famer is holding a two-day clinic on his “Cowhorse Program” and introduction to cattle at the Anipro Arena in Absarokee, MT on June 27th and 28th. I’m sure he’s only gotten more knowledgable with time, and his presentation 30-some years ago was amazing. This would be a great clinic to attend – you can learn more at (406) 321-0734 or by emailing bigskyph@aol.com.

On the subject of horse trainers, one of this nation’s all time great’s in that field passed on in April at Newhall, CA. Buford “Corky” Randall was reared in Gering, NE by his horse guru father Glenn Randall, Sr. – who had him riding horses daily by the time he was 10 even though he was a polio victim. Like his father before him, Corky trained horses for a lot of Hollywood films. He also worked in some TV shows; and was a PRCA Gold Card member.

Another popular rodeo personality who just passed away is Una Beutler, mother of rodeo producer Bennie Beutler of Elk City, OK. Una started secretarying rodeos way back, working big ones like the 54-performance Madison Square Garden, Boston Gardens, and even the National Finals Rodeo. Her services were June 4th in Elk City.

Looks like that brings us to the end of our ol’ lariat rope for another week…

High school rodeo cowboys and cowgirls are getting excited as their state finals rodeos approach, offering the opportunity to earn a berth in the National High School Rodeo in Farmington, NM, July 19-25. The more than 320 members of the Montana High School Rodeo Association (NHSRA) will head for their State Finals at the Gallatin County Fairgrounds at Bozeman, June 10th through 14th. They will compete in two full go-around’s and a short championship round; as well as shooting sports competition if they choose. There’ll also be a trade fair and alumni reunion. You can get details by going to http://www.hsfinalsrodeo.org or calling (406) 475-3675.

Colorado High School Rodeo contestants will be nervous that same weekend, competing at the Prowers County Fairgrounds in Lamar, June 10th through 14th with special events including a golf tournament, concerts, dances and memorial goat ropings.

Wyoming’s Finals take place at the Wyoming State Fairgrounds in Douglas, June 12-14. North Dakota Finals will be in Bowman, June 18-21. Details can be seen at http://www.ndhsra.org/. Nebraska State High School Finals are scheduled for June 23-27 at Hastings. The South Dakota High School Finals will be held at the Black Hills Round-Up Grounds in Belle Fourche a week later, June 26-28.

Horse show season is also upon us, and there are plenty to choose from. The Colorful Colorado Circuit of Quarter Horse Shows including AQHA, Open All Breed, IBHA and PHBA takes place at THE RANCH, Loveland, CO, June 10th through 14th. The AQHA shows will be Double Judged Thursday through Sunday. Full information is available at http://www.excelshows.com or by calling (303) 828-3822.

The South Dakota Quarter Horse Association has a heck’uva layout of shows coming up June 16th through 20th at Swiftel Center in Brookings. That’s the “Summer Shootout” – kicking off with an All Novice Show and Special Event Roping the 16th. The rest of the weekend will offer two complete shows with different judges and a full complement of classes. The action kicks off at 8 a.m. each day, and you can get info at (605) 359-1475 or at http://www.sdqha.com/.

We haven’t talked about cutting for a while. The family-based jackpot cutting group, Western Nebraska Cutters (WNC), are holding a couple events right away. The Jesse Ranch Cutting will be at Alliance on June 20th with practice at 8 a.m. and the event beginning around 10 a.m. The following day, June 21, they’ll hold the Roberts Ranch Cutting at McGrew, with practice at 9 and the event starting around 10.

This group has been around more than 15 years and I think it’s a great way to encourage people to train their home-raised horses for cow work; then get together and cut cattle in small, friendly competitions not requiring they spend a fortune on expensive trainers and equipment. It provides entertainment, camaraderie, and a purpose for horses that are bred to work cows. Bob Jesse is the President and can be reached at (308) 762-4916; or contact Secretatry Roxy Jordet at Sterling, CO, (970) 380-5878 or rjordet@hotmail.com.

The Minnesota Cutting Horse Association has an Amateur/Non-Pro Extravaganza scheduled at Red Horse Ranch Arena near Fergus Falls on June 27th and 28th. Information for that event is available through Dava Scribner at (651)462-1803.

That’s the same weekend the Montana Cutting Horse Association will hold the Double D Creek Ranch Cutting at Columbus, MT. That event features separate shows June 26th, 27th and 28th. You can enter by June 23rd through the website http://www.montanacha.com or by phoning (406)780-1030, to avoid late fees the day of the event. Practice cattle will be available each day.

I am very excited about the Belmont Stakes and what Mine That Bird can accomplish there. The dust will be settled and we’ll know the outcome by the time you read this, but I still want to interject an interesting piece of Mine That Bird trivia forwarded to me by a friend. According to a recent Denver Post article by Mike Chambers, Mine That Bird’s co-owner – Yuma, CO native Dr. Leonard Blach (who graduated from vet school at Colorado State University) – is a former Hollywood actor. Dr. Blach commented that the Kentucky Derby run and win by his horse is an ironic comparison to his role in the movie Casey’s Shadow, where he plays a New Mexico veterinarian opposite Walter Matthau’s portrayal of a poor Louisiana horse trainer with three kids and a home-raised horse. That horse, “Casey’s Shadow,” manages to win the All American Futurity in Ruidoso in spite of the vet’s recommendation that the horse shouldn’t be run. Maybe you’ve seen the movie… maybe you had not made the connection with one of Mine That Bird’s owners.

Before the Preakness Blach commented that the Derby win was, “…good enough for a movie, a couple of rednecks from New Mexico driving cross-country to race in the Derby.” Maybe it will become a movie… I’d sure go watch it!

Speaking of watching things… I was privileged to watch Les Vogt demonstrate the training of a bridle horse at the California Horse Symposium in Fresno sometime in the 1970’s… when he was already one of the most accomplished and distinguished trainers in the field. That would indicate he’s gettin’ a little long in the tooth by now; yet I see the 15-time World Champion and National Reined Cow Horse Association Hall of Famer is holding a two-day clinic on his “Cowhorse Program” and introduction to cattle at the Anipro Arena in Absarokee, MT on June 27th and 28th. I’m sure he’s only gotten more knowledgable with time, and his presentation 30-some years ago was amazing. This would be a great clinic to attend – you can learn more at (406) 321-0734 or by emailing bigskyph@aol.com.

On the subject of horse trainers, one of this nation’s all time great’s in that field passed on in April at Newhall, CA. Buford “Corky” Randall was reared in Gering, NE by his horse guru father Glenn Randall, Sr. – who had him riding horses daily by the time he was 10 even though he was a polio victim. Like his father before him, Corky trained horses for a lot of Hollywood films. He also worked in some TV shows; and was a PRCA Gold Card member.

Another popular rodeo personality who just passed away is Una Beutler, mother of rodeo producer Bennie Beutler of Elk City, OK. Una started secretarying rodeos way back, working big ones like the 54-performance Madison Square Garden, Boston Gardens, and even the National Finals Rodeo. Her services were June 4th in Elk City.

Looks like that brings us to the end of our ol’ lariat rope for another week…