Outside Circle by Jan Swan Wood: Fires and smoke, horse sales, broncs and bulls, Newell Labor Day entries, youth rodeos

There now are, apparently, somewhat different four seasons in our country. They are Winter, Spring, Fire, and Fall. Heads should roll for the lack of real forest management and letting the Sierra Club and other anti everything groups make the decisions against logging and grazing the timbered lands. These monster fires used to happen every few years. Now they start late spring and end when the snow puts them out in nearly every western state. My heart is just broken for those going through the devastation of losing grass, hay, fences, homes and livestock in the ranch country, and grazing alotments in the mountains.

The 62nd Annual Lazy JS Ranch Production Sale will be Aug. 21, 6 p.m., at Bowman, N.D. Besides the usual excellent weanlings, due to drought, they will be selling a select group of their proven producing broodmares. Along with their own horses, there are some select consignors with exceptional horses being offered. For a catalog or info, call 701-523-5606.

There will be a benefit ranch rodeo for the Garrett Nokes family Aug. 21, 4 p.m., at the fairgrounds in North Platte, Neb. It’s $400/team, 25 team limit, with $1000 added. Contact Morgan at 308-534-8191 to enter.

The Weber and Company Performance Horse Sale will be Aug. 21 at Valentine, Neb. The preview will be at 9:30, sale at 2 p.m., central time. For info or to request a catalog, go to

The Hell’s A Roarin’ Xtreme Broncs and Bulls will be Aug. 21-22, 3 p.m., at Jardine, Mont. On the 21st will be ranch broncs, $25 fee, $1500 added; bull team event and a western art and craftsman show including custom boot makers, silversmithers, artists, leather workers. On the 22nd will be the PRCA Xtreme Broncs and Bulls with $30,000 added money! For tickets, go to

The 21st Annual RQHBA Futurity and Sale will be Aug. 22, at Cadillac Ranch near Belle Fourche, S.D. The futurity will begin at 7:30 a.m., preview at 9 a.m., and sale at 1 p.m. For a catalog call 605-347-3294 or go to There’s a tremendous lineup of weanlings, young prospects and some really good, solid broke horses.

Entries for the famous Newell Labor Day Rodeo will be open on Aug. 23, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. All events must enter on this day, sheep teepeeing included. You can enter online at or call/text Cheyenne at 605-515-1137.

Lauing Milliron L Ranch, Sturgis, S.D., will be selling their performance bred weanlings and prospects on an online auction Aug. 25-29. To big you need to register at You can go look at them in person beforehand at the ranch east of Sturgis. For info, call Denny or Doris at 605-347-6193. You can look it all all over at

Interior Roping Club’s Youth Rodeo will be Aug. 29, check-in at 9 a.m., rodeo at 11 a.m. It’s open to ages 0-18 with multiple divisions. You must be pre-entered by 8 p.m. on Aug. 27. For entry form, call Dana Livermont at 605-685-8079 or email her at You can also contact her via messenger on Facebook.

The Taton Steer Roping Series has rescheduled it’s July B ropings to Aug. 28-29, 11 a.m., at Mattson Arena, Sturgis, S.D. Team tying is a three head deal, $30/man to enter, can enter three times. Steer roping is a four head roping at $400/man. It’s open to anyone who wants to rope. You need to enter by Aug. 26. Call Ora Taton at 605-484-2121.

August 26 is the Xtreme Bronc Finals at the Central States Fair, Rapid City, S.D. It will be at 7 p.m., and with $101,000, it will be the richest bronc ride in history! Tickets are on sale now at

The 5th Annual League of Legends Invitational Horse Sale will be Aug. 27-28, at Livingston, Mont. On the 27th will be the ranch horse competition, trail challenge and Superhorse award. On the 28th, 10 a.m., will be the preview, then the sale at 3 p.m. This heavily sifted offering will be outstanding. There will also be several exceptional working stock dogs offered. Go to to view the lineup and to obtain a catalog.

Well, that’s my smoky circle for the week. Please pray for all those in the fire areas, pray for rain, and please, pray for our nation.

Summer Event Series

>ARP SUMMER SERIES, Aug. 24; Sept. 21, CamPlex, Gillette, Wyo.

>BADLANDS RANCH RODEO SERIES, Aug.15, Sept.12, Medora, N.D.

>BAKKEN BULL BASH, Aug. 22, Coonradt Ranch, Dickinson, N.D.

>BEAR RIVER PLAYDAYS Aug. 21, Sept. 18, Nov.6; Evanston, Wyo


>BUFFALO (WY)NIGHT RODEO Aug.11, Buffalo, Wyo

> CALF ROPING AND BREAKAWAY JACKPOTS, Aug. 12, 19, 24; Sept. 2, Belle Fourche, S.D.



>DOUBLE B JACKPOTS Aug.17, 31; Sept.14, 18, Kilgore, Neb.

>FLANDREAY BARRELS Aug.17, 27; Sept.10,12, Flandreau, S.D.

>FREEDOM FRIDAYS BARRELS Aug 13, 27; Sept.10, 24; Dickinson, N.D


>HAMMOND ROPING CLUB, Aug.9, 23 (finals), Broadus, Mont.

>HELL ON WHEELS RODEOS, Aug.13, 27, Sept. 3, Cheyenne, Wyo.

>HERMOSA BIT AND SPUR PLAYDAYS, Aug. 21, Sept.18; Oct.9, Hermosa, S.D.



>KAYCEE NIGHT RODEO, Aug. 13, 27; Kaycee, Wyo.

>LADIES BREAKAWAY SERIES, Aug.12, 26; Buffalo, Wyo.

>M+M BARRELS AND BREAKAWAY, Aug.9, 23, N.Underwood,S.D.

>MT. RUSHMORE/PALMER GULCH RODEOS Aug.12, 21; Sept. 5; Hill City, S.D.



> SUMMER NIGHTS BARRELS, Baker, Mont. Aug. 3, 10, 24, 31; Sept. 7, 14, 21, 28

> TATON STEER ROPING, Mattson Arena, Sturgis, S.D., Aug.10, 24, 31; Sept. 7, 14, 21, 28


>WILD WEST HART RANCH Every Wednesday, July 7-Aug. 18, Rapid City, S.D.



> Cammack Ranch Supply Range Boss Youth Rodeo, Aug. 18, 9 a.m., Union Center, S.D.

> Cammack Ranch Supply Ranch Rodeo, Aug. 18, 2:30 p.m., Union Center, S.D.

> Ride A Horse Feed a Cowboy Roughstock Rodeo/Fundraiser, Aug. 20-21, Hulett, Wyo.

> Ft. Thompson Youth Rodeo, Aug. 20, 5 p.m., Ft. Thompson, S.D.

> Rodeo On The Rez Roughstock and Wild Horse Races, Aug. 21, Ft. Thompson, S.D.

> 6th Annual Invitational Bronc Match and Stray Gathering, Aug. 20, 3 p.m., Camp Crook, S.D.

> Keya Sapa Co. Fair and Rodeo Rough Stock Challenge, Aug. 20, 7 p.m., Norden, Neb.

> Harding County Fair and 4-H Achievement Days, Aug. 20-22, Camp Crook, S.D.

> Weber and Company Performance Horse Sale, Aug. 21, Valentine, Neb.

> 62nd Annual Lazy JS Ranch Production Sale, Aug. 21, Bowman, N.D.

> Garrett Nokes Family Benefit Ranch Rodeo, Aug. 21, 4 p.m., N. Platte, Neb.

> Hell’s A Roarin’ Xtreme Broncs and Bulls, Aug. 21-22, 3 p.m., Jardine, Mont.

> 41st Annual Dakota West Barrel Futurity and Derby, Aug. 21-23, Golliher Arena, Belle Fourche, S.D.

> RQHBA Futurity and Horse Sale, Aug. 22, Cadillac Ranch, Belle Fourche, S.D.

> Northern Breakaway Championships Roping, Aug. 26, Central States Fairgrounds, Rapid City, S.D.

> Xtreme Broncs Finals, Aug. 26, 7 p.m., Central States Fairgrounds, Rapid City, S.D.

> 5th Ann. League of Legends Invitational Show and Horse Sale, Aug. 27-28, Livingston, Mont.

> 1st Annual Coy Hepper Memorial Invivtational, Aug. 28, Watford City, N.D.

> Grand River Ranch Horse Sale, Aug. 28, 7 p.m., Timber Lake, S.D.

> Get The Green 4D Barrel Race, Aug. 28-29, Groundup Grounds, Belle Fourche, S.D.

> West Coast Traditions Hackamore/2 Rein/BridleHorse Clinic, Aug. 28-29, Terry, Mont.

> Nat’l Versatility Ranch Horse Assoc./Wyo. Show, Aug. 28-29, Cheyenne, Wyo.

> Interior Roping Club Youth Rodeo, Aug. 29, 9 a.m., Interior, S.D.

> BHSS Summer Horse Sale, Aug. 29, Central States Fairgrounds, Rapid City, S.D.

> SDRCHA Stallion Stakes and Bridle Spectacular, Sept. 2-5, Kjerstad Event Center, Rapid City, S.D

> Dillon Ranch Rodeo, Sept. 3, 7 p.m., Dillon, Mont.

> Northern Premier Invitational Horse Sale, Sept. 3, Roundup Grounds, Belle Fourche, S.D.

> Slope Circuit Rodeo and Superhorse Challenge, Sept. 3-5, Roundup Grounds, Belle Fourche, S.D.

> S.D. Timed Event Championship, Sept. 3-4, S.D. State Fairgrounds, Huron, S.D.

> Sgt. Colton Levi Derr Foundation Timed Event Jackpot, Sept. 4, New Underwood, S.D.

> Sheridan Vaquero Ranch Roping, Sept. 4-5, 10 a.m., Mefford Arena, Sheridan, Wyo.

> 4th Annual Invitational Bronc Match, Sept. 5, 6 p.m., New Underwood, S.D.

>5th Annual Thunder Hawk Youth Rodeo, Sept. 5, noon, Thunder Hawk, S.D.

> 33rd Annual Don King Days, Sept. 5-6, Big Horn Equestrian Center, Big Horn, Wyo.

> 25th Annual Breeders Classic Bucking Horse Sale, Sept. 7-8, Kling Ranch, Grassy Butte, N.D.

> Nat’l Versatility Ranch Horse Assoc./Wyo. Show, Sept. 11-12, Cheyenne, Wyo.

> Raymond Sutton Ranch 70th Production Sale, Sept. 12, Gettysburg, S.D.

> Prairie To Pines S.D. to Mont. Wagon Train, Sept. 12-18, starts near Camp Crook, S.D.

> Bucking Battle in Bismarck, Sept. 17-18, Bismarck, N.D.

> Sugar Bars Legacy Futurity and Horse Sale, Sept. 17-18, Sheridan, Wyo.

> Hermanson-Kist All Breed Fall Horse Sale, Sept. 17-19, Kist Lvst, Mandan, N.D.

> Indian Relay Races, Sept. 18-19, Gillette, Wyo.

> Lee Smith Horsemanship and Cow Working Clinic, Sept. 23-25, Edgemont, S.D.

> Championship of Champions Indian Relay Races, Sept. 24-26, Casper, Wyo.

> Horse Racing, Oct. 2-3, Ft. Pierre, S.D.

> Sundance Youth Rodeo Awards Banquet, Oct. 17, Sundance, Wyo.

> NHSRA Badlands Challenge , Oct. 8-10, Bowman Co. Fairgrounds, Bowman, N.D.


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