Outside Circle by Jan Swan Wood: Coy Price Memorial Roping, Routier Ranch Super Horse Challenge, clinic, Stephanie Williams Memorial Rodeo, BLM comment address
The cooler temps and area rains have sure been welcome. We could use more rain ourselves, but are grateful for what we’ve had. It’s amazing how green it still is in our area, though it’s getting the golden look of late summer in spots. I saw some goldenrod blooming last week, so first frosts are on the horizon and right on time for mid-September.
Labor Day festivities will be taking place all over the country this coming weekend. Our little hometown Labor Day rodeo is one of many, plus there are other events going on all over town that weekend too. The Coy Price Memorial Roping will be in Newell, S.D. Sunday, Aug. 31. You enter at the rodeo grounds at 10 a.m., then the high school and open breakaway starts at 11. At noon, the high school and open team roping will start. This nice roping is sponsored by the Newell High School Rodeo Club and the Newell Community Club.
On Aug. 29-30 in Buffalo, S.D., will be the Routier Ranch Super Horse Challenge. It will start at noon on the 29th and at 9 a.m. on the 30th and ought to be a lot of fun to watch. There are five events for each horse to compete in, but the kicker is that the horse has to be ridden by the same rider in all five too. A calcutta will be held Friday evening as well.
There are great incentives for non-pro and amateur riders to compete at the Road To Reno show at Rapid City’s Central States Fairgrounds Aug. 29-31. The payout at the 2014 show could be as high as $90,000. They’ve added to the purses as follows: Non-pro Futurity $3,000; Amateur Futurity $1,000; Non-pro Derby $2,500 and Amateur Derby $1,000. With the confirmed $46,800 added money, this will be the show to haul to. Call Mike Sigman at 605-381-6528 for details.
There will be a Kirk Hall Horsemanship Clinic Sept. 13-14 at the ranch at Edgemont, S.D. He will be putting emphasis on horsemanship and body control at this clinic. It starts at 9 a.m. and costs $300 to be in it, or a small fee to audit. Call 605-431-3607 for info.
The Stephanie Williams Memorial rodeo will be Sept. 14 at Wall, S.D. It will have barrels, poles, flag race, breakaway and goat tying with pee wee to grown up lady divisions. Entries are due by Sept. 3 and an entry form can be found at http://www.smwmemorial.com/rodeo.
At the Newcastle Match Bronc Ride on Saturday, Sept. 20, there will be matched broncs, rookie broncs and ranch broncs, plus a stray gathering with eight two-person teams and a double elimination. A calcutta will take place at 4 p.m. with the event to start at 5 p.m. To enter the stray gathering, call Mac at 406-975-6288. For info on anything else, call 406-975-6387.
The state of Wyoming has decided to intervene in a lawsuit brought against the BLM by wild horse advocates who are challenging the BLM’s decision to remove wild horses from private lands in southwest Wyoming. The BLM is in compliance with an agreement between BLM and local ranchers who run on the checkerboarded private, state and federal lands. In the motion to intervene, the state points out that it leases lands to the ranchers and that the livestock they run on said lands are managed and are only there for a few months of the year or as long as there is ample forage. The wild horses are there year-round and prohibit the state from being able to lease the land to its full value due to damage that the horses do to the land and forage, decreasing funding for schools.
Personally, I’m very glad that the state is stepping in. The BLM is actually trying to do the right thing and cooperate with local ranchers, so let’s step up and be heard in this matter. If you would please write a letter or email as an advocate for management of the feral horses in the Rock Springs area, you can send that letter stating your opinion and facts/figures that you can confirm (if you have some), to: National Wild Horse and Burro PRogram, WO-260, Attention: Ramona DeLorme, 1340 Financial Blvd, Reno, NV 89502-7147 or email email@example.com. Please include Advisory Board Commend in the subject line of the email.
You know all the horse huggers will be writing bleeding heart letters and emails, so we need to match them for volume and actually present real reasons for management/reduction of the horses. The sooner you can do this, the better.