Outside Circle by Jan Swan Wood: Lockwood 8 for 8, SDHSRA and SDJHRA info, Battle for the Scholars, two fundraisers
January has been pretty nice around my country. It melted most of the snow off and some of the ice. There’s still enough snow for the sheep producers but lots of grass showing for the cattle producers. I’ll take a January drought any time, though by the time you read this it may be all white again.
Congrats again to Volberg, Montana’s Jess Lockwood. He’s definitely on a winning streak and at the top of his game this season. He just won his second consecutive Unleash The Beast event in Chicago. He rode three for three bulls and he’s at eight for eight for the season. On those rank PBR bulls, that’s quite a record. He continues to lead the PBR standings.
For you SDHSRA members, you have to rodeo in the region you go to school in. The only way to change regions is to team rope with someone from another region, but even that has some requirements. You’ll need approval from a director in your region and one that you want to rodeo in and approval from the directors to switch. The directors make that decision at the meeting during the BHSS, so if you want to change, you’d better get on this and get the necessary paperwork done in time. Go to http://www.sdhsra.com for further info.
The SDJHRA Winter meeting will be Saturday, Jan. 26, 4 p.m., in the Redd Room at the Civic Center during the BHSS.
The fourth annual Battle of the Scholars will be Feb. 2-3, 9 a.m., at Chadron State College campus. The bareback and saddle bronc practice is free and for all levels, from high school to pro. It’s put on by Powder River Rodeo so you know the stock will be good and suitable for all levels. There won’t be a pickup man school this year but they’re hoping to resume that in the future. You have to sign up for the free rough stock school and they need your name by Jan. 30. There are scholarships and prizes besides lots of good practice and help. Call John Franzen at 307-689-2879 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org to get your name on the list or for further details.
The first of four White Earth Frigid Fundays will be at the Mountrail County Fair Building, Stanley, N.D., on Jan. 26. It’s free and open to anyone who wants to come and ride. Doors will open at 10 a.m., lunch starts at 11, and the Funday events at noon. Events for January are Panty Hose Race, Bubble Gum Challenge, Sit-A-Buck, London Bridge and Simon Says.
Hot Springs, S.D. high school rodeo roper Clay Schnose has been through a rough ordeal and has a long road back to recovery. In September he was diagnosed with what they called an inflammation of his central nervous system. His body started fighting itself with this brain infection, and it really took a toll. He’s been life flighted repeatedly, hospitalized over and over, and has had procedures that just make me cringe. His Mom, Kim, is his caregiver as his only sister is away at college and they lost their Dad/husband to cancer five years ago. Naturally, this has not only taken a physical toll on this family but a financial one as well. The Southern Hills Rowdies high school rodeo team has decided to do an online benefit auction to raise money for the family. The items are on their Facebook page, along with the rules to bid, at Southern Hills Rowdies benefit auction. The time frame to bid is Feb. 1 to Feb. 10, 7 p.m. to 7 p.m. They are still accepting donations and what they already have is pretty amazing. Please check it out and see if there’s something there that you’d like to bid on and also, if you have something to donate, contact them right away. Prayers for this young man and his family would also be greatly appreciated.
There’s a fundraiser coming up for well known and well loved photographer Jodie Baxendale who was just diagnosed with an aggressive form of ovarian cancer. The fundraiser will be held Friday, Feb. 22, at the Branding Iron Steakhouse, with a dinner, silent and live auction. If you want to mail items for the auction, send them to Chanda Snook, 3709 Collins Rd. E., Gillette, WY 82718. If you can drop them off at the Branding Iron, that works too. Please have the auction items to Chanda or the Branding Iron before Feb. 15. The social starts at 5 p.m., dinner ($5 donation), and auction at 6:30. Call Chanda at 307-290-0400 or Betty Jo Hoffman at 605-569-2376.
Well, that’s my long circle for the week. Have a good week and be safe out there.
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