Jan Swan Wood: Equine movie star, circuit finals tidbits, Linderman and other awards
More marvelous fall weather, plus we had a little rain. Life is good, isn’t it?
More news notes from the Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo. Brian Fulton, Valentine, NE, won the Levi Wisness Award that is given each year to someone who has overcome adversity with honor. Brian is the very epitome of that, and that the award is in memory of someone who Brian and Lisa held dear is even better. Congrats Brian.
Also at the Badlands Circuit Finals, Ty Manke, Rapid City, SD, broke his collarbone and may need surgery to repair it. He was in the saddle broncs at Minot. Bull Rider Dane Maher, Eagle Butte, SD, broke both bones (fibula and tibia) in his leg at the rodeo. Pretty memorable rodeo for those guys.
I was tickled to see that Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, SD, won the average in the barrels at Minot. Second was Nikki Steffes, Vale, SD; third Rachel Tiedeman, Brookings, SD; and fourth Tamra Musick, Virgil, SD.
The good pickup men at the circuit finals in Minot were Brent Sutton, Onida, SD and Tyler Robertson, Caputa, SD (I believe). Good hands and always enjoyable to watch them at work.
I’m excited about a movie that is at all the regional theatres (I checked) right now. “Secretariat” is about a horse I admired greatly, and its “star” is a locally raised horse from just over west of Newell. His name is Cyclone Larry and he was raised at Horse Creek Thoroughbreds, Newell, SD and is sired by their good Thoroughbred stallion Finn McCool. Dale Simanton and Dorothy Snowden are pretty proud of their homebred movie star, and rightly so. We are planning on going to the movie with them in the near future. I’ll let you know what we think of it.
The NWBRA finals were held Oct. 8-10 at Gillette, WY at the Camplex. A huge turnout of barrel racers and good weather combined to make it a fabulous time for all. Winning the divisions were: 1D Carla Olson; 2D Cami Bauer; 3D Roxie Hamill; 4D Deanna Steele; and 5D Bobbi Jo Williams. They all won a saddle and a nice check. Congrats girls!
Trell Etbauer, Goodwell, OK, won the Linderman Award for the third consecutive year. The 25-year-old son of South Dakota native, Robert Etbauer, had PRCA earnings in saddle broncs, steer wrestling and tie-down roping. He had quite a year, even though he was plagued by injuries most of the season. Right behind him in the run for the award was Kyle Whitaker, Chambers, NE, in the same three events. They are amazing athletes with a lot of talent. The Linderman Award is given to the PRCA hand with the most money won on both ends of the arena (rough stock and timed events).
Great news from the Castle Rock, SD country! Marlene Wendt’s wonderful mare, Classy, came through her surgery with flying colors and is home recovering and doing great. Around Labor Day, it was nip and tuck as to whether Classy would live long enough to undergo surgery, but that mare’s strong will and the prayers of many friends brought her through. I suppose good surgeons helped too, but I have to think that prayer sure helped.
Justin Boots honored Sturgis, SD’s Kaitlin Peterson this months for achievement in the rodeo arena and academically. Kaitlin is the 16-year-old daughter of Ross and Chrissy Peterson. She’s been on the A honor roll all through her school career and is in the gifted program. Kaitlin qualified for the National Little Britches Finals in five events this summer. Her horse won the Professional Choice Equine Athlete of the Year as well. Furthermore, Kaitlin is just a nice girl and always fun to be around. She’s wearing a new pair of Justin Boots that came with the award. Way to go Kaitlin!
The World Equestrian Games (WEG) have wound up and the only western event, reining, sure drew a lot of attention. There was an amazing eight-and-a-half hours of coverage of the WEG on NBC Sports, with two-and-a-half hours of it reining. Nearly six million people watched both the team reining on Sept. 26, and the individual reining on Oct. 3.
The 2010 Resistol saddle bronc riding Rookie of the Year is Troy Crowser, Whitewood, SD. I’ll bet his folks are all really proud of him! I’ve known him since he was a twerp and just can’t think of a bad thing about him. He’s a fine young man.
The bareback riding Rookie was Ty Breuer, Mandan, ND. It’s nice to see these young guns of rodeo from our region doing so well.
The rodeo world is short a good one with the death Oct. 10 of Bud Kerby. Bud, 70, had a very aggressive form of leukemia which was diagnosed the end of September, after he fell ill at a rodeo Sept. 18. A top PRCA stock contractor for over 30 years, Kerby’s Bar T Rodeo, Inc., was based out of Salt Lake City, and Chester, UT. They specialized in breeding bucking horses with a number of WNFR qualifiers, including Deception, High and Mighty, and Reception. He and his wife Evelyn purchased the great bucking horse and sire, War Paint, in 2002. His Dad, Swanny Kerby, had started the family business over 50 years ago. Bud rode saddle broncs and then worked as a pickup man for many years. He’s survived by his wife and several children and their families.
On Oct. 3 at Whoop Up Downs, Lethbridge, Alberta, the three-year-old Paint stallion, Dressed In Brown, came from behind to beat a field of stakes winners in the Whoop Up Downs Derby. It was the first stakes win for the Judys Lineage (APHA) x Romancing Diamonds (AQHA) speedster. He’s owned by sisters Betty and Cheryl Uphaus of Heritage Stables, Glasgow, MT, and is trained by Betty.
At last week’s Tulsa (OK) State Fair PRCA rodeo, the all-around was won by eighteen-year-old JR Vezain, Cowley, WY. He placed in the barebacks and saddle broncs, and won the bull riding.
At the Pasadena, TX PRCA rodeo the steer wrestling was won by Jake Rinehart, Highmore, SD, with 8.1 on two head. The saddle broncs were won by Jace Garrett, Alliance, NE, with 86 points on Frontier Rodeo’s War Eagle. Of course, the rodeos now count toward the 2011 season. Glad to see them getting a good start.
Hope the fall work’s going well and you’re getting caught up. Don’t get so busy that you forget to take in the SDRA finals at Rapid City’s Event Center on Oct. 22-24. I’ll probably see you there!