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For the Dec. 5, 2009 edition of Tri-State Livestock News.

Wow! December and no snow on the ground… thermometer hasn’t been down to zero yet… but I still darned sure don’t believe in global warming! I am thankful, though, for each of these beautiful days that winter is shortened… definitely makes it easier on the livestock and on the feed-buying pocketbook.

By the time you read this, the 2009 edition of the National Finals Rodeo will be in full swing. We talked last week about the amazing privilege of viewing all the action via television… without the long trip to Las Vegas… without fighting the crowds… without listening to the blaring music and being blasted and smoked out by pyrotechnic nonsense – yet I neglected to give you the viewing schedules.

No doubt, if you can access the rodeo you also have that information; but just in case… The third round airs live Dec. 5th at 7 p.m. MT on ESPN Classic; Round 4 the next day, same time, on ESPN2; Round 5 on that same channel at 8 p.m.; Round 6 – same time, same station. Round 7 can be viewed on ESPN Classic at 8 p.m. on Dec. 10th, and you can stick with that channel and time for Rounds 8 and 9; while the Final round airs at 9 p.m. on Dec. 12 over ESPN2. If you miss any of them, there are a couple re-run times for each; the last airing of the Final round being at 3 p.m. the 13th over ESPN2. Enjoy…

As you know, our focus for December is “good news” – an’ we’re especially excited this week to tip our ol’ Tri-State Stetson to a local cowboy and his horse for capturing a very special and coveted title! The Superhorse Championships is touted as “one of the newest equestrian shows on dirt” and 3rd generation Weston County, WY rancher Tom Bruce and his horse Tivio Sakem Chile recently topped the competition for aggregate points – to be named the 2009 Senior Men’s Superhorse Champions. Congratulations!

The Superhorse Championships – invented, designed and managed by a team of six people who represent more than a century of combined experience in the American Quarter Horse Association, Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, Women’s Professional Rodeo Association, high school rodeo, and intercollegiate rodeo – will no doubt become very popular as the word spreads. Professional, amateur and Senior categories are offered, for cowboys and for cowgirls. Two superstar horsepeople, Sherry Cervi and Al Dunning, are the official endorsee’s.

Designed to showcase and promote breeders, owners and trainers who have dedicated their lives and energies to producing winning equine athletes, the events provide windows that do exactly that. A cowboy or cowgirl uses one horse for all events and throughout the entire season, and horses and riders compete in their choice of three events, chosen from Breakaway Roping on steers; Barrel Racing; Mounted Shooting; and Roping & Shooting. Everyone probably knows the rules for the first three events; the latter involves roping a steer, then turning the horse to race past a barrel and shoot out five balloons – all against the clock.

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Tom Bruce and Chile competed this year in Breakaway, Mounted Shooting and Roping & Shooting. They qualified via three preliminary events here in Tri-State Country – Spearfish, SD; Bozeman, MT; and Sheridan, WY – before going to Marana, AZ to compete in the Finals. Their title, Senior Men’s Champion, amounts to winning the “all around” of the Senior Men’s division. The talented duo compiled 321 aggregate points, to 236 for their closest competitor.

Tom says, “I love this Superhorse event for several reasons. I’ve always loved shooting pistols, roping steers, and just being in the saddle with a tremendous athlete underneath me. This event incorporates all these and really showcases the mind, athleticism and breeding of these fine athletes.”

Tom said he competed against about seven fulltime members in his Senior division, as well as other permit competitors. “These guys are all tough competitors,” he declared. “The good Lord truly blessed Chile and I… against these guys, one missed balloon or missed horn loop would take you out of placing.”

Tom declares he “fully expects numbers in the Senior division to double for the 2010 season” and concludes, “I am truly looking forward to this next year of Superhorse Championship competitions!”

Tom’s grandfather Tom Bruce was a contemporary and close neighbor of my maternal grandparents, and was known for his infallible heel shots in the branding pen… people said he could drag calves to the fire all day and rarely miss a loop. Tom’s father Willis Bruce was a contemporary of my dad and brother, rodeoing in the Northwest Ranch Cowboy’s Association a half-century and more ago. My cowboy and I have enjoyed doing ranchwork and riding some big country alongside Tom; and we salute him for carrying on the family tradition. Here’s hopin’ he has another fantastic year on the Superhorse Championship tour!

As long as we’re tippin’ our Stetson, lets include some talented youngsters. Taylor Miller of Faith, SD was named December Athlete of the Month in the National High School Rodeo Association (NHSRA) TIMES. Tyler is a senior who rides bulls and has been involved in NHSRA four years; and hopes to graduate from college and join his dad and brother ranching within five years.

The cowgirl named Wrangler Division junior high Student Athlete for December is Chesney Nagel, an 8th grader at Avon Junior High School in Springfield, SD. Her goals are to “make it to the state tournament in basketball, become Valedictorian, [and] win another 4-H State Finals saddle.” She enjoys helping raise funds for the south Dakota Junior High Rodeo Association and concludes, “It is all about communication and letting people know the positives.”

Those kids wouldn’t have the opportunities in rodeo they enjoy without the National High School Rodeo Foundation, so we want’a tip our ol’ Tri-State Stetson to that great institution before we ride out of here. This year they were able to award 231 scholarships totaling $138,000 to deserving Seniors; in response a total of 244 scholarship applications. That’s the largest percentage of scholarships ever awarded. The hardworking committees and all who contribute deserve a pat on the back!

Looks like the end of our ol’ lariat rope is swingin’ on by here… I better grab on…

Wow! December and no snow on the ground… thermometer hasn’t been down to zero yet… but I still darned sure don’t believe in global warming! I am thankful, though, for each of these beautiful days that winter is shortened… definitely makes it easier on the livestock and on the feed-buying pocketbook.

By the time you read this, the 2009 edition of the National Finals Rodeo will be in full swing. We talked last week about the amazing privilege of viewing all the action via television… without the long trip to Las Vegas… without fighting the crowds… without listening to the blaring music and being blasted and smoked out by pyrotechnic nonsense – yet I neglected to give you the viewing schedules.

No doubt, if you can access the rodeo you also have that information; but just in case… The third round airs live Dec. 5th at 7 p.m. MT on ESPN Classic; Round 4 the next day, same time, on ESPN2; Round 5 on that same channel at 8 p.m.; Round 6 – same time, same station. Round 7 can be viewed on ESPN Classic at 8 p.m. on Dec. 10th, and you can stick with that channel and time for Rounds 8 and 9; while the Final round airs at 9 p.m. on Dec. 12 over ESPN2. If you miss any of them, there are a couple re-run times for each; the last airing of the Final round being at 3 p.m. the 13th over ESPN2. Enjoy…

As you know, our focus for December is “good news” – an’ we’re especially excited this week to tip our ol’ Tri-State Stetson to a local cowboy and his horse for capturing a very special and coveted title! The Superhorse Championships is touted as “one of the newest equestrian shows on dirt” and 3rd generation Weston County, WY rancher Tom Bruce and his horse Tivio Sakem Chile recently topped the competition for aggregate points – to be named the 2009 Senior Men’s Superhorse Champions. Congratulations!

The Superhorse Championships – invented, designed and managed by a team of six people who represent more than a century of combined experience in the American Quarter Horse Association, Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, Women’s Professional Rodeo Association, high school rodeo, and intercollegiate rodeo – will no doubt become very popular as the word spreads. Professional, amateur and Senior categories are offered, for cowboys and for cowgirls. Two superstar horsepeople, Sherry Cervi and Al Dunning, are the official endorsee’s.

Designed to showcase and promote breeders, owners and trainers who have dedicated their lives and energies to producing winning equine athletes, the events provide windows that do exactly that. A cowboy or cowgirl uses one horse for all events and throughout the entire season, and horses and riders compete in their choice of three events, chosen from Breakaway Roping on steers; Barrel Racing; Mounted Shooting; and Roping & Shooting. Everyone probably knows the rules for the first three events; the latter involves roping a steer, then turning the horse to race past a barrel and shoot out five balloons – all against the clock.

Tom Bruce and Chile competed this year in Breakaway, Mounted Shooting and Roping & Shooting. They qualified via three preliminary events here in Tri-State Country – Spearfish, SD; Bozeman, MT; and Sheridan, WY – before going to Marana, AZ to compete in the Finals. Their title, Senior Men’s Champion, amounts to winning the “all around” of the Senior Men’s division. The talented duo compiled 321 aggregate points, to 236 for their closest competitor.

Tom says, “I love this Superhorse event for several reasons. I’ve always loved shooting pistols, roping steers, and just being in the saddle with a tremendous athlete underneath me. This event incorporates all these and really showcases the mind, athleticism and breeding of these fine athletes.”

Tom said he competed against about seven fulltime members in his Senior division, as well as other permit competitors. “These guys are all tough competitors,” he declared. “The good Lord truly blessed Chile and I… against these guys, one missed balloon or missed horn loop would take you out of placing.”

Tom declares he “fully expects numbers in the Senior division to double for the 2010 season” and concludes, “I am truly looking forward to this next year of Superhorse Championship competitions!”

Tom’s grandfather Tom Bruce was a contemporary and close neighbor of my maternal grandparents, and was known for his infallible heel shots in the branding pen… people said he could drag calves to the fire all day and rarely miss a loop. Tom’s father Willis Bruce was a contemporary of my dad and brother, rodeoing in the Northwest Ranch Cowboy’s Association a half-century and more ago. My cowboy and I have enjoyed doing ranchwork and riding some big country alongside Tom; and we salute him for carrying on the family tradition. Here’s hopin’ he has another fantastic year on the Superhorse Championship tour!

As long as we’re tippin’ our Stetson, lets include some talented youngsters. Taylor Miller of Faith, SD was named December Athlete of the Month in the National High School Rodeo Association (NHSRA) TIMES. Tyler is a senior who rides bulls and has been involved in NHSRA four years; and hopes to graduate from college and join his dad and brother ranching within five years.

The cowgirl named Wrangler Division junior high Student Athlete for December is Chesney Nagel, an 8th grader at Avon Junior High School in Springfield, SD. Her goals are to “make it to the state tournament in basketball, become Valedictorian, [and] win another 4-H State Finals saddle.” She enjoys helping raise funds for the south Dakota Junior High Rodeo Association and concludes, “It is all about communication and letting people know the positives.”

Those kids wouldn’t have the opportunities in rodeo they enjoy without the National High School Rodeo Foundation, so we want’a tip our ol’ Tri-State Stetson to that great institution before we ride out of here. This year they were able to award 231 scholarships totaling $138,000 to deserving Seniors; in response a total of 244 scholarship applications. That’s the largest percentage of scholarships ever awarded. The hardworking committees and all who contribute deserve a pat on the back!

Looks like the end of our ol’ lariat rope is swingin’ on by here… I better grab on…