Jan Swan Wood: Sad news, AQHA Legacy Breeders, new horses, BJA banquet and Zenyetta
Well, it finally feels like November. We got pretty spoiled with such a perfect fall, so it’s a little hard to adjust. I went from getting a sunburn while fixing the roof to needing my winter coat in two days. Yep. It’s the Northern plains all right.
I first of all want to express my condolences to the family of CJ Viergets, Beulah, WY. He died as a result of a car accident near Beulah on Nov. 7. Only 34 years old, he’s survived by his wife Becky and children Cordell and Bridger, Beulah; his folks, Chris and Jason Babcock, Williams, AZ; grandparents Gerald and Jacquie McInerney, Sundance, WY; three brothers, two sisters, and a large extended family. Services were held on Nov. 10.
The flip-side of that sad news is the happy news that Todd and Wendy Suhn, Hermosa, SD, have a new baby girl born Nov. 7 and her name is Zoey Marie. She and Mommy are doing great (so’s Daddy) and she joins big brother Slate. Congrats to Todd and Wendy!
On Oct. 12, the AQHA honored several regional Quarter Horse breeders for their many years in the horse business. Legacy Breeders are those who have registered at least one foal for 50 consecutive years. Those on the list from our area were: Zoe Ann Huffman, Whitman, NE; Russ Silha, Bowman, ND; and Don and Kathy Strain, White River, SD. Congrats to all you folks and thanks for putting so many of us on horseback with your good horses over the years.
Also, congratulations to Katie Doll, Prairie City, SD, for being named KOTA TV’s Student Athlete of the Week. Katie goes to school at Harding Co. High in Buffalo, SD, and is a standout volleyball player, which is what the award actually focused on. However, she’s also a top rodeo hand and qualified for the National High School finals in several events in the past. Katie’s a nice girl and lots of fun to be around, which is the best part. She’s the daughter of the lovely Jan and ruggedly handsome Doug Doll.
There’s a good barrel racing series going on at Bowman, ND, which I had told you about a while back. I just heard from Bailee Murnion, the lady in charge of the deal, and she’d like me to share her correct phone number with you barrel racers. It’s 605-381-0390.
Speaking of barrels, the big Future Fortunes Barrel Futurity has foal nominations due Dec. 1. There’s a lot of dinero involved in this and they’ve paid out over $1 million since they started out in 2004. If you have a poppin’ good foal with the genetics and type to go to the barrel pen, this could be a good investment. For info call 405-366-2133 or check out the Web site at http://www.FutureFortunesInc.com.
There’s a new stallion in our area and he’s got some pretty exciting genetics! Bill and Deb Myers have added a Corona Cartel son to their enviable stallion lineup. Cowboys Cartel is out of Dashing Folly by First Down Dash. He earned a s.i. 93 while running for two seasons, and was a finalist in the G3 Ruidoso Derby Challenge. His half sister, Dashin Follies, just set a new broodmare price record at Heritage Place by bringing $875,000. He’s a class horse and brings a new line of horses into the area. For more info call Bill or Deb at 605-642-9789 or go to their Web site at http://www.frenchmansguy.com.
The Belle Jackpot Association will be holding their Awards Banquet on Nov. 28 at Besler’s Cadillac Ranch, southeast of Belle Fourche, SD. The social hour starts at 4:30 with dinner at 5:30, then the awards banquet and silent auction after that. They could sure use some donations for the silent auction. If you need more info call Lorrie at 605-456-2977.
The NRCA finals are Nov. 26-28. It’s a great rodeo with top hands from throughout the region. It’s at the Camplex, Gillette, WY, so the weather inside will be fine. There’s a super tradeshow that goes along with this and a dance on Saturday night.
That same weekend will be the Territorial Professional Bull Riding Finals at the Event Center at the Central States Fairgrounds, Rapid City, SD. There’s a Cowboy Christmas Tradeshow there as well.
By now you’ve all probably heard that Zenyetta didn’t win the Breeders Cup Classic. She lost by a nose or so to a really good horse named Blame. She was coming on fast and if the race would have been four strides longer, she’d have kept her perfect record and won her 20th consecutive race. It wasn’t and she didn’t, but 19-consecutive races won isn’t anything to sneeze at. She did more for Thoroughbred racing and horse racing in general than all the advertising in the world could. She was a very approachable horse, a fan favorite, and will reign as the Queen of the Thoroughbreds for years to come. Now if they’ll just name her Horse of the Year like she deserves….we’ll see in January.
The winner of that race, Blame, is being retired to Claiborne Farms, Paris, KY, where he was born and raised. Also retiring is 2009 Kentucky Derby Winner, Mine That Bird. He will be headed to Buena Suerte Ranch, Roswell, NM. He had 18 starts in his career, with five wins, four placings and winnings of over $2 million. Not too shabby.
Shawn Stroh, Dickinson, ND qualified for the Canadian National Finals in the Saddle Broncs. I will let you know next week how he did.
Casper, WY’s Tribute to Chris LeDoux Rodeo on Nov. 6 had Kelly Timberman, Mills, WY, splitting first in the Barebacks with an 86-point ride on Triple V’s Indian Summer. Kelly’s Dad used to travel with Chris when Chris was riding BB and going to the NFR, so that’s a pretty special win for Kelly. In the Saddle Broncs, Cole Elshere, Faith, SD had 82 points on Triple V’s She Bear for the win; in Steer Wrestling it was Dru Melvin, Tryon, NE, and in the Tie-down Roping it was Trevor Thiel, now of Greeley, CO, but originally from Belle Fourche, SD, splitting first with an 8.1 run.
Well, that’ our circle for this week. I’m going to get down off this windy ridge and call it a day.
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