Outside Circle by Jan Swan Wood: Long Pines Livestock wins again, high school rodeo fundraiser, rodeo schools, barrels, Brannaman
This weather sure has gone from one extreme to another. From a chinook that blew the snow into water and made the creeks and draws run to bone freezing record cold, all in a couple of day’s time, leaving the ground a sheet of ice. It’s not easy living in the northern plains and people and stock have to be tough. If it was nice all the time everyone would want to live here.
Congratulations to Long Pines Livestock, Camp Crook, S.D. on having their horse Rey Cool Cat win the BHSS Versatility Ranch Horse Open competition. Justin Lawrence, Alzada, Mont., trained and showed this great horse. This is the third consecutive year that they have won this competition.
An interesting study has been done at Winfield Farm, Toronto, where the greats Northern Dancer and Nijinsky were foaled. They studied 2000 Thoroughbred foals and found that foals born in January through March are smaller at birth and maturity than foals born from April through June. The later born foals also had thicker cannon bones than the early foals. Nutritional differences (winter feed vs green grass) were not a factor as none of the mares and foals in the study were on green pasture until the end of May. It is believed that the disparity comes in the hormonal differences caused by the amount of daylight hours.
The Belle Fourche High School Rodeo Club will be having its annual fundraiser auction on March 2 at the Branding Iron Steakhouse, Belle Fourche, S.D. Dinner starts at 5 p.m. and the auction at 7 p.m.
The Sheridan Classic Breakaway Roping will be March 2, enter at 11 a.m., rope at noon. It’s $100 entry with $500 added. It will be at the Agri-park, Sheridan, Wyo. There is a guaranteed two calves with the top 10 on two going to the short round. Call Kelsey at 406-202-1312 for info.
Arrow B Spring Runs barrel races at Ponca, Neb., will be starting soon. Dates are March 9 and 30; April 13 and 27. There will be peewees, open and youth divisions. The arena opens at 10:30, exhibitions at 11:30, race at 1 p.m. Call Murdle at 605-251-7559 with questions.
There will be a western dressage clinic March 23-24 at Kluz Performance Horses, Gillette, Wyo. It’s $200/rider for two half day sessions with Jennifer Bull. Contact Ashley at 307-680-5362.
The Giddyup Open Horse Show schedule has been released. There will be a Kickoff Party on March 24 at an as yet unknown location, then these events will all be at the Buffalo Berry Arena, Sturgis, S.D.: Hairy Horse Show April 6, Dressage Show May 4, June 29 and Oct. 5. At the Rockin’ H Arena, Piedmont, will be open shows on May 18, June 15 and Sept. 7. You can get details and updates on the Facebook page Giddyup Open Horse Club.
Sandy Forbes will be hosting a Bronc Riding School on April 13-14 at the Agri-Plex, Wright, Wyo. It’s for all levels and will have good stock and good instructors. There are limited spots, so call Sandy at 307-631-6639 and leave a message.
There’s going to be a Judy Myllymaki Barrel Racing clinic April 13-14 at the Thorton Arena, Sidney, Mont. It’s limited to 15 riders at $400/each. A $200 non-refundable deposit will hold your spot and the balance must be paid by April 1. Call Tanya Candee at 701-260-1847.
The 34th Annual Korkow Ranch Rodeo School will be April 26-28 at their place near Pierre, S.D. Coaches will be Ty Breuer on barebacks, Jeff Willert and Chad Ferley on saddle broncs, Casey Gates on bulls and Cooper Waln on bullfighting. It’s $280/event, with a special junior bullriding special of $200 for kids 10-13 years of age. A $50 deposit plus sales tax has to be in by April 12. Call 605-224-5607 or go to their website http://www.korkorrodeos.com for details.
There’s to be a Buck Brannaman Clinic May 31-June 2 at the 7 Down Arena, Spearfish, S.D. It will be Foundation Horsemanship and Horsemanship 1 covered. They are taking reservations now and it’s filling fast. If you can’t get in the clinic, you can still audit. Call or text Deb at 605-515-3995 or email email@example.com.
Well, that’s my circle for another week. Be careful out there on this ice and start early for destinations. It just might take you a half hour to walk across the yard.