Ranch broncs, match bronc rides, rodeos, youth rodeo, Ride a Horse Feed a Cowboy fundraiser, barrels
I can’t believe it’s August already. Where did the spring and summer go? Winter lasted so long that we thought it would never end, so I guess the sprinting by of spring and summer shouldn’t surprise us. Folks are still working long hours getting the hay put up. There’s been some beautiful second cutting alfalfa put up in my area and it didn’t even get rained on so it’s premium hay. Our grass hay is all baled but I haven’t started stacking it yet. My dad always says that you’re not done haying until it’s in the hay corrals, so I guess I’m not done yet.
Just an update on the vesicular stomititis found in Texas and Colorado. There have been 21 horses confirmed in Colorado’s Boulder, Broomfield, El Paso, Larimer, and Weld counties. Take precautions folks, both in the exposure of your horses if you go through that area and in the fly control. It’s generally spread by biting insects and they can travel quite a ways. Better to be safe than sorry.
The Ranch Bronc Ride at Valentine, Neb. will be Sunday, Aug. 10. Entriess are open and the fee is $50 with $500 added. Call John Lemmon at 402-376-2858 to enter or for details.
The Badlands Match Bronc Ride will be on Wednesday, Aug. 13 at 7 p.m. at Kadoka, S.D. The lineup of bronc riders is very impressive, so it should be a great show. You can sponsor a bronc rider for $200 and possibly win back $1000 too. There’s also the Ranch Bronc Wild Ride with a $500 winner-take-all purse. For more info on any of it, call 605-515-4313.
The Legendary Hart Ranch Rodeo will be Aug. 14-16 at the Hart Ranch near Rapid City, S.D. All three performances will be at 7 p.m. Thursday night is family night, Friday is military night and Saturday is Heroes night. For entries or information, call 406-498-9249.
The Butte-Lawrence County Fair, Nisland, S.D., will have a youth rodeo on Aug. 15. You can enter there or by mail ahead of time. Enter at 8 a.m. and the rodeo is at 9 a.m. There will be five age divisions, starting with the littles on their stickhorses. For info or to enter, call Meg Manke at 605-210-1003 or Abby Olson at 605-881-9206.
The Ride A Horse Feed A Cowboy Benefit Rodeo will be Aug. 23 at beautiful Hulett, Wyo. There will be barebacks, saddle broncs, bulls with $200 added, plus a ranch bronc ride with $400 added. Entry fees are $50/event. All the money raised at this great event will go to Wade Kornemann, Arvada, Wyo to help with expenses associated with his brain tumor surgery and following treatments and expense. The whole weekend is dedicated to having fun and raising funs, so Hulett is definitely the place to be. Call 307-290-2273 to enter.
The Central States Fair 4D Barrel Jackpot will be Aug. 23 at the Event Center, Rapid City, S.D. There will also be a Youth 3D for 16 and under. Call Wanda Brown for info at 605-891-9604.
A Joe Heim Cutting and Horsemanship clinic will be held Sept. 13-14 at Valentine, Neb. Heim is an NCHA Triple Crown Champion from Oklahoma. Saturday the Sept. 13 will be the cutting clinic with horsemanship on Sunday. It’s open to all levels and disciplines. Deposit is due Aug. 30. Call 940-768-8525 for information.
Cheyenne Frontier Days had some of our regional hands taking home some sweet checks. In barebacks, Ty Breuer, Mandan, N.D. split fourth in the average; steer wrestling had Dru Melvin, Hebron, Neb. placed second; Chad Ferley, Oelrichs, S.D. won the saddle broncs while Cort Scheer of Eslmere, Neb.,split fourth; Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, S.D. was third in the average; and Jess Tierney, Hermosa, S.D. split second in the steer roping. Chad Ferley’s win at the rodeos that week moved him from tenth to fifth in the standings.
The big motorcycle rally is on in Sturgis, S.D. I’m told they’re expecting a half million people this year. I will not be one of them. The traffic and crowd is mind boggling for me as I’m just not a crowd person. I couldn’t handle that many cowboys or Angus breeders either, so nothing personal against motorcycles. I will stay out here on the gravel until it’s over, as I usually do. Have a great week and send me your event info.
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