Jan Swan Wood: CNFR champs, bronc match results, Will James Roundup, barrels, feral hogs and horses | TSLN.com

Jan Swan Wood: CNFR champs, bronc match results, Will James Roundup, barrels, feral hogs and horses

The rain has let up enough that some brave souls have started cutting hay in our area. My brother-in-law has 10 acres of hay on his little place and his neighbor puts it up for him. He got 27 big rounds off of it! That's pretty amazing!

The 2014 College Finals are in the books and a couple of our South Dakota hands sure made us proud enough to bust our buttons! Winning the barrels and also the Rookie Cowgirl was Spearfish's Taylor Engesser, representing Gillette College, Gillette, Wyo. I remember when she was just a little button starting out and it's been fun watching her grow up in the rodeo arena. She can really ride and is a great competitor. Closer to home, Taygen Schuelke, Newell, S.D., won the Men's All Around. This multi-talented competitor works both ends of the arena, riding saddle broncs and bulls on one end and roping calves on the other. He represents Sheridan College, Sheridan, Wyo. Taygen is also a great competitor and just a really nice young man. I'm a little partial to him since he's my neighbor!

I got the report from the Philip Match Bronc Ride from a couple of weeks ago and it sounds like they had a great turnout, both contestants and spectators, despite a little wind and rain. That weather really makes those broncs want to fire, so it was all good. In the first round, first was split between Ryan Elshere, Elm Springs, S.D., and Travis Nelson, from Philip, S.D., I believe (let me know if I'm wrong, please). Third/fourth/fifth was split between Jeff Willert, Belvidere, S.D., Ty Thompson, Wanblee, S.D., and Jeremy Meeks, Belle Fourche, S.D. The short-go was won by Jeff Willert, second was Travis Nelson, and the third/fourth split was Ryan Elshere and Jesse Bail, Camp Crook, S.D.

The 4th Annual Will James Roundup, Hardin, Mont., will be July 11-13. It has the real working ranch horse and working ranch style events and draws some really good hands to it. There will be working ranch horses classes for all levels, a Big Loop team roping, cow doctoring, women's steer stopping, ranch bronc riding, ranch rodeo and an Indian Relay Race. If you want to know more about any of it, call Sam Redding at 406-666-2330 or email him and Shirley at wjroundup@gmail.com.

On July 19 there will be a Working Ranch Horse competition at the Sheridan County Fair and Rodeo at Gordon, Neb., Divisions are Open, Three and Four Year Old, Rancher, Ladies, Youth and Novice, plus a Ranch Pleasure class. entries need to be postmarked by July 15. Entry blanks and other info can be found on http://www.sheridancountyfairandrodeo.com.

The Marcie Locken Memorial Barrel Race will be held Aug., 2 at the Central States Fairgrounds in Rapid City, S.D. This even was rescheduled from May due to the EHV-1 outbreak and precautions thereof. All proceeds from this event go to a scholarship fund. There will be $1,000 added and is WPRA, NWBRA and UBRA sanctioned. They needs donations for the silent auction. You can call Rachel Tiedeman at 920-296-9270 or Erin Petersek at 605-840-8343 for info.

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I just read an article about the feral hogs. In the article, the feral hogs were described as being the exact same species as domestic hogs and were the result of hogs being turned loose, getting loose or in the case of the Russian Boars, imported and illegally introduced as a game animal. No difference between feral and domestic hogs, just uglier the longer they are feral.

Okay, with that in mind, what are feral horses? Why aren't they considered the exact same species as domestic horses? They are all from escaped or released domestic horses, just like the hogs. All non-native species. Most of them are darned sure uglier the longer they've bred as feral too. The "majestic mustang" is just a feral horse that isn't anything different, species-wise, than my saddle horse.

The anti-everythings have just brought a suit forth that would demand that the feral horses be put on the Endangered Species List. Friends of Animals and Cloud Foundation say that the horses are being threatened on public lands and are already extinct in six states (Missouri, Arkansas, Texas, Iowa, Oklahoma and Kansas). Seriously? They are also claiming that wild horses are a native species (not kidding) and contribute to the health of western ecosystems and aid in fire control by eating brush and dried grasses, unlike cattle and sheep that simply demolish the grass and shrubs and "rape" the ecosystem.

I just can't wrap my head around such lunacy so I won't even try. Have a great week and a safe 4th of July! We are blessed to live in the country we do!