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Horse fairs, shows and sales

One of the biggest and finest of horse fairs is coming up in Madison, WI, April 17-19. Held in the Alliant Energy Center, the Midwest Horse Fair, celebrating its 30th Anniversary this year, is a great tool in promoting the horse industry in the Midwest. Along with many fine clinicians and a huge trade fair, the event will host the Nutrena Reined Cow Horse $10,000 Shootout.

Out of the nine top riders in the nation who’ve been selected to compete in that event, four riders and eight horses hail from Tri-State Country. Those select competitors, each exhibiting two horses in a quest for part of the $10,000 prize money, include Justin Lawrence of Alzada, MT; Jamie Olson of Bloomfield, NE; Frank Kenzy of Iona, SD; and Cathy Coleman of Gillette, WY. We tip our ol’ Tri-State Stetson to the lot of ’em and wish them good draws on ground and cattle, and the best runs they’ve ever had. Other riders in this event are from Iowa, Missouri, and Oklahoma.

World Champion Blacksmiths competition will be another highlight of the Midwest Horse Fair, with competitors from our part of the country including Jim Quick, Longmont, CO, Josh Ramsey, Anoka, MN and Earl Craig, Livingston, MT. A total of 48 blacksmiths from across the US and Canada will show their skills and compete in the first-ever series of qualifying horseshoeing competitions that lead up to a National Championship. Ten stations, complete with all equipment, will be provided for the competitors. With 48 competitors for the first rounds, the blacksmiths will make horseshoes from a stock piece of metal to the judge’s specification, within time parameters of approximately 60 minutes. In the 70-minute Sunday round, the competitors will be shoeing a horse. They will be judged on hoof preparation, the actual shoe (which they again make from a length of stock metal), the fit of the shoe on the horse’s foot and they make a specimen. Only the top 40 competitors get to compete in the live shoeing; each on one hoof of the 10 horses provided.

Forty different breed and discipline groups will be demonstrating during the Horse Fair. Some of the clinicians and entertainers will be Bob Stifter, Wild West Cossack; Michael Richardson, Horsemanship with a different perspective; Bob Jeffreys and Suzanne Sheppard, Two as One Horsemanship; Scot Hansen, Trail Riding and Self Defense; Tommy Garland, 2009 Road to the Horse Competitor; Craig Cameron, Extreme Cowboy; Charmayne James, Million Dollar Cowgirl; Asia Voight, Animal Communicator; Derrick Dupler with Rhia the Painting Horse, and much, much more. To learn more or get tickets, go to http://www.midwesthorsefair.com.

If you exhibit American Quarter Horses it’s time to get them tuned up and spit polished for the big three-day Wyoming Quarter Horse Association show coming to the CamPlex in Gillette, WY, May 8-10. For those of you who enjoy Working Cow Horse events, this show has added junior, senior, amateur and youth working cow horse events to the Saturday show. Jim Heird and Marvin and Susan Kapushion will be judging. To learn more, go to http://www.wqha.org/2082.

Since we’re talking Quarter Horses, don’t forget the 3rd Annual Legends of Ranching Performance Horse Sale coming to the B.W. Pickett Equine Center at Colorado State University in Fort Collins on April 25th. Consignments from 19 prominent ranches will provide some 55 head to fill the catalog there.

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For the first time, the Sale will be hosted at the B.W. Pickett Equine Center, home to the Equine Sciences undergraduate program at Colorado State University. In addition to the sale, there will be an educational day on April 25, 2008. During the educational day, several members of the Equine Sciences Advisory Committee and a number of the Legends of Ranching Performance Horse Sale consignors with present seminars and clinics on a variety of topics. Possible topics include training and preparation of the halter horse, starting young ranch horses, what to look for at a horse sale, and potential career paths and expectations of those looking to enter the equine industry. Learn more by going to http://www.csuequine.com or call (970) 491-8373.

“Our goal in starting the sale was to build an event that gave our students the chance to practice skills we think are vital to their success in the equine industry,” said Jim Heird, Director of Teaching and Outreach for the Equine Sciences program. “After three years it is quite clear that student involvement with the faculty and advisory committee is what has made this event so successful.”

This year, 32 students in the Horse Training Laboratory are working with 34 young horses consigned by some of the most legendary ranches in the western United States. These students not only start these young horses under saddle, they also learn about marketing horses based on pedigrees and training. The sale will be the culmination of two semesters of hard work. Prior to the sale on April 18, 2009, students will have the chance to demonstrate what they have learned in the Wagonhound Land & Livestock Student Competition. Scholarships for the student competition are sponsored by Wagonhound Land & Livestock in Douglas, WY.

While the training class students are preparing the horses, the Equine Sales Management students will be hard at work building the framework for the sale. These students will create the sale catalog, manage sale marketing and advertising, communicate with consignors and sponsors, hire and manage employees, and oversee the events surrounding the sale. This year, these events will include a VIP Reception & Preview, an Educational Day, a Consignor Recognition Dinner, and the preview and sale.

Working with the sales class will be students from the Equine Event Management class. These students will help to organize the Wagonhound Student Competition, the Educational Day on April 24, and will provide much-needed support to the sales class on the day of the sale. In total, approximately 25 percent of the 400 undergraduate Equine Sciences students at CSU will be directly involved in managing the events surrounding the sale.

Speaking of college kids and horses – the Casey Tibbs South Dakota Rodeo Center in Ft. Pierre , whichwill be opening this summer, is searching for information about college rodeo in the state. If you are a college rodeo alumni and know when your school started holding college rodeos or have other information or memorabilia to enhance the Center’s archives and exhibit, please contact Kate Cravens at 952-445-2404, or email Craven5@mindspring.com.

Looks like that’s about the end of this ol’ lariat rope for this week…

One of the biggest and finest of horse fairs is coming up in Madison, WI, April 17-19. Held in the Alliant Energy Center, the Midwest Horse Fair, celebrating its 30th Anniversary this year, is a great tool in promoting the horse industry in the Midwest. Along with many fine clinicians and a huge trade fair, the event will host the Nutrena Reined Cow Horse $10,000 Shootout.

Out of the nine top riders in the nation who’ve been selected to compete in that event, four riders and eight horses hail from Tri-State Country. Those select competitors, each exhibiting two horses in a quest for part of the $10,000 prize money, include Justin Lawrence of Alzada, MT; Jamie Olson of Bloomfield, NE; Frank Kenzy of Iona, SD; and Cathy Coleman of Gillette, WY. We tip our ol’ Tri-State Stetson to the lot of ’em and wish them good draws on ground and cattle, and the best runs they’ve ever had. Other riders in this event are from Iowa, Missouri, and Oklahoma.

World Champion Blacksmiths competition will be another highlight of the Midwest Horse Fair, with competitors from our part of the country including Jim Quick, Longmont, CO, Josh Ramsey, Anoka, MN and Earl Craig, Livingston, MT. A total of 48 blacksmiths from across the US and Canada will show their skills and compete in the first-ever series of qualifying horseshoeing competitions that lead up to a National Championship. Ten stations, complete with all equipment, will be provided for the competitors. With 48 competitors for the first rounds, the blacksmiths will make horseshoes from a stock piece of metal to the judge’s specification, within time parameters of approximately 60 minutes. In the 70-minute Sunday round, the competitors will be shoeing a horse. They will be judged on hoof preparation, the actual shoe (which they again make from a length of stock metal), the fit of the shoe on the horse’s foot and they make a specimen. Only the top 40 competitors get to compete in the live shoeing; each on one hoof of the 10 horses provided.

Forty different breed and discipline groups will be demonstrating during the Horse Fair. Some of the clinicians and entertainers will be Bob Stifter, Wild West Cossack; Michael Richardson, Horsemanship with a different perspective; Bob Jeffreys and Suzanne Sheppard, Two as One Horsemanship; Scot Hansen, Trail Riding and Self Defense; Tommy Garland, 2009 Road to the Horse Competitor; Craig Cameron, Extreme Cowboy; Charmayne James, Million Dollar Cowgirl; Asia Voight, Animal Communicator; Derrick Dupler with Rhia the Painting Horse, and much, much more. To learn more or get tickets, go to http://www.midwesthorsefair.com.

If you exhibit American Quarter Horses it’s time to get them tuned up and spit polished for the big three-day Wyoming Quarter Horse Association show coming to the CamPlex in Gillette, WY, May 8-10. For those of you who enjoy Working Cow Horse events, this show has added junior, senior, amateur and youth working cow horse events to the Saturday show. Jim Heird and Marvin and Susan Kapushion will be judging. To learn more, go to http://www.wqha.org/2082.

Since we’re talking Quarter Horses, don’t forget the 3rd Annual Legends of Ranching Performance Horse Sale coming to the B.W. Pickett Equine Center at Colorado State University in Fort Collins on April 25th. Consignments from 19 prominent ranches will provide some 55 head to fill the catalog there.

For the first time, the Sale will be hosted at the B.W. Pickett Equine Center, home to the Equine Sciences undergraduate program at Colorado State University. In addition to the sale, there will be an educational day on April 25, 2008. During the educational day, several members of the Equine Sciences Advisory Committee and a number of the Legends of Ranching Performance Horse Sale consignors with present seminars and clinics on a variety of topics. Possible topics include training and preparation of the halter horse, starting young ranch horses, what to look for at a horse sale, and potential career paths and expectations of those looking to enter the equine industry. Learn more by going to http://www.csuequine.com or call (970) 491-8373.

“Our goal in starting the sale was to build an event that gave our students the chance to practice skills we think are vital to their success in the equine industry,” said Jim Heird, Director of Teaching and Outreach for the Equine Sciences program. “After three years it is quite clear that student involvement with the faculty and advisory committee is what has made this event so successful.”

This year, 32 students in the Horse Training Laboratory are working with 34 young horses consigned by some of the most legendary ranches in the western United States. These students not only start these young horses under saddle, they also learn about marketing horses based on pedigrees and training. The sale will be the culmination of two semesters of hard work. Prior to the sale on April 18, 2009, students will have the chance to demonstrate what they have learned in the Wagonhound Land & Livestock Student Competition. Scholarships for the student competition are sponsored by Wagonhound Land & Livestock in Douglas, WY.

While the training class students are preparing the horses, the Equine Sales Management students will be hard at work building the framework for the sale. These students will create the sale catalog, manage sale marketing and advertising, communicate with consignors and sponsors, hire and manage employees, and oversee the events surrounding the sale. This year, these events will include a VIP Reception & Preview, an Educational Day, a Consignor Recognition Dinner, and the preview and sale.

Working with the sales class will be students from the Equine Event Management class. These students will help to organize the Wagonhound Student Competition, the Educational Day on April 24, and will provide much-needed support to the sales class on the day of the sale. In total, approximately 25 percent of the 400 undergraduate Equine Sciences students at CSU will be directly involved in managing the events surrounding the sale.

Speaking of college kids and horses – the Casey Tibbs South Dakota Rodeo Center in Ft. Pierre , whichwill be opening this summer, is searching for information about college rodeo in the state. If you are a college rodeo alumni and know when your school started holding college rodeos or have other information or memorabilia to enhance the Center’s archives and exhibit, please contact Kate Cravens at 952-445-2404, or email Craven5@mindspring.com.

Looks like that’s about the end of this ol’ lariat rope for this week…