Outside Circle by Jan Swan Wood: Let’s help Wade, ranch rodeos, clinics galore, lion kills horse
We have the grandboys here for a visit. We’re having a big time of it both inside and out. They have been putting some riding on the little horse I got for them. He’s sure a gem and they’re loving on him a lot. He sure likes them too. Inside they’re putting miles on their stick horses. As a matter of fact, one of the stickhorses whacked me in the shin about three times this morning. The boogers kick harder than I remembered. We’ll be branding when their Daddy gets here, so that will be more good memories made.
Our cowboy and ranching world has some pretty big hearts and generous ways. One of our own is on track for a battle for his life this month, many of you know him and I’m asking you to step up and help if you can. Wade Kornemann, Belle Fourche native, has been diagnosed with a brain tumor and will be undergoing a very delicate surgery in San Francisco on July 24. He and his wife Jessica will be traveling there ahead of that so the neurosurgeon can run tests and map the procedure. The tumor is believed to be benign. Wade will be awake through the surgery so that they can determine if they are affecting critical parts of his brain during the removal of the tumor. Fortunately, he has good insurance and a great employer who is sticking by them through this ordeal, but it’s the traveling and staying in San Francisco that has them treed. After the surgery, it will be quite some time before Wade can travel home, then there will be therapy to restore any damaged speech and motor skills and that also takes travel money. If you have it on your heart to help this young couple, please send what you can to them at: Wade Kornemann, 3259 W. Echeta Rd, Gillette, WY 82716. Your prayers for his surgery and complete recovery would also be much appreciated.
There’s going to be a Ranch Rodeo held at Murdo, S.D., on July 19 at 5 p.m. Entries can be called in to Kelly Green at 605-669-3310 or Sharon Connot at 605-516-0080. I’m sure they can give you all the details as well.
A Tom Curtin Colt Starting and Ranch Roping Clinic is going to be July 18-20 at Kluz Performance horses Arena at Gillette, WY. The colt clinic will be at 9 a.m. each day and the ranch roping at 1:30. There’s limited space to be in both and auditors are welcome for $35/day. Call Claudia Martinson at 307-660-8469.
The Routier Ranch Superhorse Challenge entry deadline is August 1! The event has expanded in several ways, including having a Youth 18 and under buckle and a futurity sidepot for horses five and under. Contact Jessica Routier at 605-375-3989 for info.
The Dakota Riders are sponsoring a Les Vogt Clinic August 11-12 at the Sully County Fairgrounds, Onida, S.D. It will start at 9 a.m. with check-in at 8:30. The clinic is limited to 15 riders and there are a few spots still open. The be in it with your horse is $400 ($150 deposit) with full balance of $250 due at check-in. Auditors can sit in and watch for $35/day. Mail your deposit of $150, check made out to Dakota Riders, to: Dakota riders, 30616 183rd St, Onida, SD 57564.
The Hunter Memorial Rodeo at Kyle, S.D., Aug. 16, will have events for the whole family. It will be at the Hunter Arena two miles north on North Route Rd and will start at 2 pm. Entries will be open on August 1, 6-9 pm. There will be Jr. events like barebacks, bulls and barrels, Jr. Jr. bulls and barrels, Peewee barrels and bulls; Senior events of barebacks, saddle broncs, bulls, barrels, team roping and Sr. breakaway (45 and up). Special events are a Top Four ride off in broncs, plus ranch bronc riding and cow riding. You can call Tonya at 605-454-9520 or Myles at 605-454-2173 for info.
August 30th is the date for another WRRA (Womens Ranch Rodeo Association) approved rodeo. The Platte River Roundup will be held at the Lazy K Arena, Grand Island, Neb. Entries are open on August 8 at $400/team. There’s also Open Stray Gathering for $120/team. To enter call Billie at 620-326-1083. For other info call Sarah Kucera at 308-520-5084.
I heard that there was a horse killed by a mountain lion east of Rapid City, S.D., and north of Caputa just recently. Contrary to the anti’s assertion that they only kill the old, very young or sickly, this horse was none of those things and was also with a bunch of other horses. I hadn’t heard a word about this on the news, nor had I heard that this area has had other lion kills of horses in the past year. I hope they get the hounds out and find this lion before it starts hunting little kids and joggers in that fairly populated area.
Have a good week and send me your events and news!