Outside Circle by Jan Swan Wood: Benefit Auction/BBQ, T.E.C., Shepperson Wins, California Chrome, WRCHA Ranch Horse Competition
The weather sure took a roller coaster ride this past week! From 90 degrees to having to kick on the furnace in two days takes a little adjusting! Now that we’ve had a cold spell and freeze, maybe we can have a nice, long Indian Summer spell before winter starts in December. Personally, if I didn’t see any snow for the remainder of 2014, I would be content.
There will be a benefit auction and supper to raise money for Wade Kornemann on Friday, Sept. 26, at the Branding Iron Steakhouse south of Belle Fourche, S.D. There will be a BBQ at 5 p.m. and music by Badger Horse at 5:30 p.m. Auction items can be dropped off at the Branding Iron ahead of the event. For more info, call Heather Kornemann at 406-972-4631 or Kay at 605-210-0652. If you can’t make the benefit or just want to send some money, there’s a fund set up for Wade and Jessica at First National Bank of Wyoming, P.O. Box 400, Buffalo, Wyo, 82834. Wade is a Belle Fourche native son and is battling an aggressive form of brain cancer with treatments in Houston, Texas. They will be staying there for another month, then will have to undergo more treatments after he gets his strength back. The cost of staying there and the travel is pretty overwhelming, besides the stress of the treatments.
Congrats go out to the South Dakota Timed Event Championship winners. Winning the team roping were Lane Blasius and Carson Johnston; barrels and overall champion was Taylor Engesser; goats were won by Carlee Johnston; steer wrestling by Wyatt Schuelke; and breakaway and tie down roping were won by Pearson Wientjes.
Don’t forget the Newcastle Match Bronc Ride on Sept. 20, Newcastle, Wyoming. With saddle broncs, rookie broncs and ranch broncs, the action will be fabulous on those good Tooke bred horses. The calcutta will be at 4 and the event starts at 5. There will also be a stray gathering and to enter that you call Mac at 406-975-6288. To enter the bronc riding, call 406-975-6387.
Midwest, Wyoming’s Les Shepperson broke his streak of placing but not winning when he won the steer wrestling at the Lewistown, Mont. PRCA rodeo with a smokin’ 3.8 run. I think it takes me that long to get off my horse anymore, much less lay a steer on the ground!
The National Finals Steer Roping will be moving from Guthrie, Okla., to Mulvane, Kansas, which is about 10 miles out of Wichita. The Kansas Star facility just opened in 2013 and can seat 2500. The NFSR will be held Nov. 7-8.
California Chrome took a break after his hard Triple Crown campaign, but is back in training and prepping for the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby on Sept. 20. It will be his first race back after the Belmont and his only race before the Nov. 1 Breeder’s Cup. He is fresh and working great and clocking some very impressive training times, so I am excited to see him back in the game. Naturally, I’d like to see him win the Breeder’s Cup!
The Wyoming Reined Cow Horse Association Ranch Horse competition will be held Sunday, Oct. 19 at the Camplex, Gillette, Wyo. There will be four divisions: Open, Ladies, Amateur/Beginner and Youth (Jr. and Sr.). Entry fees are $100 for adult divisions and $75 for youth. For info call 605-440-0663. You can also check it all out at the website http://www.wrcha.net.
There will be a SDRA 4D Jackpot on Sunday, Oct. 19 at the Event Center, Rapid City, S.D. during the SDRA Finals weekend. Exhibitions 7-8:30 a.m., church 8:30-9, open 4D at 9. There could also be a youth sidepot if there’s enough interest. You don’t have to be a SDRA member to be in this and you enter that day when you get there. Call Courtney Whitman at 817-773-5639 for info.
By the way, I heard that Oct. 1 is the deadline for getting hay out of the road ditches here in S.D. It’s sure coming up fast!
Now that the flies have froze their wings off, you can also geld those stud colts before you wean them. Sure easier on those little guys than it is when you do them as yearlings or older.
Have a great week and send me your event information so I can share it here.