Jan Swan Wood: Grandson proves distracting, good-byes, EU regs and more
Well, I’ve been on quite a circle this week. I “saddled up” and headed east at a high lope last Friday to make acquaintance with our new grandson, Carson Wood. Colin and Janelle live at Miller, so I’m writing this from their house while keeping an eye on that little baby. His mom’s folks are Aron and Lisa Waldner, Miller, and his great-grandad is Bill Swan, Spearfish, SD. He’s very distracting, of course, so I might lose track of what I’m telling you at any time. You grandparents out there will understand perfectly, I’m sure.
As one life begins, others have ended. Betty Jean Tescher passed away Sept. 10 at her home at Bison, SD. She was a lovely lady who played the straight guy to her husband Irwin’s great humor. Betty Jean, 77, had struggled with health problems for years, but I never remember seeing her be anything but cheerful and positive. Her husband Irwin is well known in rodeo circles, and Betty Jean will be remembered fondly by many. She’s also survived by daughter Melody Hamilton, and son Rollie Tescher, both of Rapid City. She leaves four grandchildren, as well.
The Interior, SD country lost Jan O’Rourke, lifelong ranch woman, wife of 56 years of Lyle, and mother of two sons, Tom (Lori) O’Rourke, Interior, and Brady (Lane) of Quinn, SD; two daughters, Kathy (Boyce) Kennedy, Wall, SD, and Lisa (Brian) Fulton, Valentine, NE; five sisters and 10 grandchildren. I never knew her personally, but knew of her and know she will be sorely missed. She was 73.
Lastly, I was saddened to hear of the death on Sept. 19, of a woman I admired greatly as an artist and person, Lori Harrington, 65. She and Jon ranched in the country east of Piedmont, SD. Lori was an extremely talented artist, working in many mediums, and not pigeon-holed into one particular genre. She painted fabulous cowboy/western art, portraits of people and animals, illustrated books, calenders, and like most artists, couldn’t resist a blank surface and would paint or draw on anything that stood still. I feel honored to have known her and grieve with Jonny and her daughter Kathy (Wayne) Fortune, and her beloved grandchildren, Rolly and Elsie Fortune. Lori battled cancer for a long while with dignity and grace, living every moment to the fullest in the face of great difficulty. She was a fine woman. She leaves behind a large extended family, plus in-law, nieces and nephews, and tons of friends.
South Dakota has put its brand book on line. I wish the other states would as well. Wouldn’t that be nifty? It may be that they’re available, but I haven’t come up with a site for them. The Web site for the SD brands is http://brands.sd.gov.
The 2010 Farnum Select All Around Amateurs have been named. On that prestigious list in third place is Lori Bucholz, Waterloo, NE. She rode Larks Happy Days and they accumulated 39 points in seven classes. Good job, Lori! Your horse sounds like a great, versatile individual.
I’ve been studying on the regulations the European Union (EU) has placed on horses processed for human consumption. It’s a long and confusing process, something any governmental entity is so good at, but I have determined a few things. It appears that Bute is the only completely banned drug, not to be used in horses used for human use, ever. The rest of the list is extensive, but shows the withdrawal time for the myriad drugs and such used on horses. For example, Acepromazine (a tranquilizer), and the antihistamine, Ephedrine, have a six-month withdrawal. I saw drugs on the list that had withdrawal times from 5 days to a year.
The whole thing boils down to the integrity of the people doing the paperwork and transporting the horses to Canada. Since some horses have a drug history to rival Ozzy Osborne’s, that paper trail is quite a production. Each owner is responsible for keeping track of, and declaring, what has been used on each horse that is sold. Then that paperwork, along with photos and a drawn description, has to stay with the horse through however many owners before reaching the final destination in Canada. I know there are holding yards on both sides of the border that are for the purpose of making sure there are no drugs left in the horse’s system that are housed there. I also know humans well enough to know that there is no doubt enough bogus paperwork being turned in to make the federal tax code look skimpy. It really hasn’t affected the weigh-up horse market much because it was already pretty bad anyway.
October 8-10 there will be the Montana RCHA Futurity, Derby and Stallion Stakes in conjunction with the Montana RCHA Show. This will all be going on at Kalispell, MT. Contact Karen Victor at 406-859-3840. The Web site is http://www.montanareinedcowhorse.com.
On a similar vein, the WRCHA Cathy Coleman Legacy Futurity and Derby will be in Gillette, WY’s Camplex on October 15-17. Jerry Peter at 303-243-1703 is the guy to call. Their Web site is http://wrcha.net.
On Saturday, Oct. 23, there will be the Fall High School Showcase Extravaganza held at the Pennington Co. Event Center, Rapid City, SD. It will feature the top two competitors from each event invited from each region. If an invitee can’t attend, it’s rolled down the list until one is able. They can only compete in one event unless their name comes up on the roll down. Qualifying points are from the regional rodeos of 2010. This will be quite a lineup with those tough rodeo kids competing for a payout. It starts at 1 p.m. and sure sounds like a good show.
Pendleton was last week and the barebacks were split by Kelly Timberman, Mills, WY, with Ryan Gray. Tyler Haugen, Sturgis, SD, won the final round and ended up third in the average in the steer wrestling. Newell, SD’s Clint Humble was one of the skilled pickup men working that rodeo. Pendleton is on sod, so that makes it a little different proposition for the competitors and stock.
Clay Tryan, Billings, MT, and Travis Graves, Jay, OK, teamed up to win the team roping at Othello Washington.
Mr. Versatility, Kyle Whitaker, Chambers, NE, won the all-around at Zumbrota, MN, with money in steer wrestling, tie-down roping and the win in saddle broncs.
I think it’s time to check on that little grandson again, so I will step off and let my horse have a rest right here.
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