Jan Swan Wood: Rodeo club fundraiser, roping school, barrel races, Meier on injured list | TSLN.com

Jan Swan Wood: Rodeo club fundraiser, roping school, barrel races, Meier on injured list

I have said it before and I'll keep saying it: I'm sure glad we're not calving. What a nasty patch of weather we've had. It's so strange to have the creeks running full, ice floes on the meadows, and below zero temps all at the same time. It's a rather dangerous combination for folks who are wintering cows along the creeks, or worse yet, calving there.

I saw an ad in the paper for some livestock that might be easier to run. It was for honey bees and for so many dollars you got three pounds of live bees as well as a queen. Interesting gift idea I'd say. I like bees a lot and realize that without bees, we'd all starve, but I don't care to be a bee keeper. Of course, the tiny working corrals and barns wouldn't take up as much room and feed costs would be much less. I could be working on the corrals in the winter time right on my kitchen table. Maybe I ought to rethink this.

On March 8, 5:30 p.m., there will be the Belle Fourche High School Rodeo Club fundraiser at the Branding Iron Steakhouse south of Belle Fourche, S.D. Great food at a great price and for a great cause. Nice combination!

There will be a Brent Lewis calf roping/breakaway school at Broadus, MT on March 27-30. It's limited to the number of students, so call right away to get your spot reserved. Rod Schaeffer is the guy to call and his number is 406-436-2235.

The annual Race for the Dreams barrel race will be April 25-27 at Gillette, Wyo.'s Camplex East Pavillion. Entries are due April 17. It's NWBRA, NBHA, and WPRA approved with over $1,500 added. There's also a slot race besides the 4D, 3D, and peewee runs. There will be a fundraiser after the Saturday 4D on the 26th. Call Tanya Jolovich at 307-660-8075 for entry info.

Pro bull rider Ardie Meier of Timberlake, S.D. is going to be out of the action for a while. He broke his jaw in two places, his chin and nose in the bull riding at Lufkin, Texas. He underwent surgery in Dallas and they put a place and screw in his chin and plates in both jaws. I'm guessing that T-bone steaks and gumballs will be out of the question for a while, besides riding bulls. Here's hoping he has a speedy recovery. There was no word on whether the bull's head was injured in the incident. I'm guessing not.

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On a brighter rodeo note, at the finals round of the big San Antonio PRCA rodeo, Wade Sundell won the saddle broncs with an incredible 90 point ride on Carr Prorodeo's Big Tex. Cort Scheer, Elsmere, Neb., and Troy Crowser, Whitewood, S.D., tied for third with 87 point rides. Britany Fleck Diaz, Mandan, N.D., had a third place finish in the barrels. As a side note, there was only one qualified ride in the finals round of the bull riding. I'm thinking those bulls were pretty rank!

At Tuscon, Jake Rinehart, Highmore, S.D., was fourth in the average in the steer wrestling, while saddle broncs had Chad Ferley, Oelrichs, S.D., first and Jeff Willert, Belvidere, S.D., fourth.

Jesse Bail won the saddle broncs at Kissimmee, Fla.

An internal BLM memo was released to the press this past week that stated the $70 million program that is holding over 49,000 feral horses and burros in long term care is on the verge of financial collapse. The holding costs exceeded $46 million in the last fiscal year and are skyrocketing annually.

The US BLM Wild Horse and Burro division chief Joan Guilfoyle recommends suspending all roundups until thousands of the held horses are sold or adopted. She is also recommending sterilization of feral horses and also recommended for the first time euthanizing horses on the range as an act of mercy in view of the lack of feed and water that is causing the starvation of thousands of the horses and irrepairable damage to the environment. Guilfoyle's statement echoed the 2008 GAO report to congress that said the current management of the horses is unsustainable.

Naturally, the anti's refuse to let the horses be gathered or put out of their misery. The Colorado based Cloud Foundation says that it would be "unconscionable to even consider any of these strategies" and that doing any of it would violate the 1971 Wild Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act. I think it's time to toss that whole ridiculous 1971 legislation and start over with real and sustainable management of the feral horses and burros. Can I get an "amen" to that?

It's danged windy and cold out here on this circle, so I think I'll call it ridden and talk to you again next week. My sympathies if you're calving or lambing in this weather.