Regionals, WRCA Ranch Rodeo, horse sale and long ears |

Regionals, WRCA Ranch Rodeo, horse sale and long ears

We’ve sure been getting a lot of rain in our neck of the woods. Had a gully washer a couple of days ago that could have drowned a trout! Not complaining, just commenting. After that last drouth, I refuse to complain about rain.

Belle Jackpot has started, though the first one got called off because of rain. Next one is June 9, so mark your calendars. Great place to season young horses or hands, and a lot of fun to watch too. BJA is held at the Roundup grounds in Belle Fourche, SD and it’s just beautiful down there along the river. The exhibition runs start at 5 p.m. and the rest at 6 p.m.

Also at the Roundup grounds is a 4D Barrel Race on Friday, June 4. Call Lorita at 605-642-1940 for info.

June 4-6 will be the weekend for the first of each SD regional high school rodeo. Rodeos will be at Buffalo, Wall, Winner and Huron. You contestants be sure to have your final year end report card along or you won’t be rodeoing, no matter who you are or think you are.

Don’t forget the Cheyenne River Roundup at Edgemont, SD June 5 and 6. Ranch Horse competition on Saturday at 10 a.m., then the WRCA Ranch Rodeo at 5 p.m. On Sunday there is another ranch rodeo performance at 12 p.m. Lots of great vendors and craftsman scheduled to be there too. Maybe I’ll see you there!

June 11-13 is the second weekend of regional rodeo action, with rodeos at Dupree, Sturgis, Ft. Pierre and Watertown. Best of luck to all of the contestants at all of the rodeos. Be careful, be good sports, and have fun. Also, just as a reminder: the rulebook says no alcohol or tobacco and they aren’t kidding. I know of some kids that lost their trip to the state finals because of testing that rule. Don’t be one of them.

Coming up on June 12 is the Full House Elite Performance Stock Horse Sale at Newcastle, WY. There’s a Jackpot Ranch Horse Competition for the sale horses at the Fairgrounds on Friday, June 11, 1 p.m. Following that is a free BBQ, sponsored by Pinnacle Bank. (I’d sure go get my front feet in the trough for that if possible – always good to have a banker “buying” your supper!) On Saturday, the preview is held at 9 a.m. with the sale at 1 p.m. There are 66 head of truly outstanding ranch and rodeo horses in this sale, from kid horses on up to ready-to-haul pro level. Call Craig Devereaux at 307-746-2317 or Jill Pishke at 307-746-9477.

This next is for my readers from way out of state! June 11-13, there will be an intensive three-day horsemanship clinic at Fischer, TX. It will have AQHA Professional Horseman Larry Hannon heading it up, and he will cover any aspect of horsemanship you desire. It’s a small clinic meant to have plenty of one on one time with participants. There are full facilities and lots of entertainment and fun to be had while there, so call 512-633-8242 for info, and look at for more about Larry.

If you’re into or interested in Ranch Horse Versatility, there’s one coming up on June 16-20 at Torrington, WY. For info about that call 307-532-9902.

If PRCA rodeo, including Steer Roping, is your thing, be at Sturgis, SD on June 19-20 for the Wild West Days Rodeo. Support something in Sturgis besides the motorcycle rally and maybe they’ll remember who helped them keep the lights on before the rally took it over. Sounds like it should be a great rodeo and should have some top hands there as it runs in the same date slot as the Crazy Horse Stampede at Crazy Horse north of Custer, SD and the Rosebud Casino Rodeo at Rosebud, SD. Gosh, just go to all of them and be known as a rodeo groupie!

Great news in regard to the Clancy Goebel Benefit at the Seven Down Arena on May 22: a friend tells me that the auction raised right at $3,000. There were lots of donated items and lots of bidders, so it was just wonderful. Little Clancy is growing and doing well.

For a change of pace, head for Ralston, WY June 16-20, for Jake Clark’s Mule Days all mule rodeo, mule races, mule parade, and mule sale. You’ll see mules there that will out-run, out-cow, out-rein, and out-ride many top horses, and be pretty to boot. (There are some ugly ones too, but they usually have a winning personality to make up for it!) It’s a great time over Father’s Day weekend, and Ralston is a grand little town over on the west side of the Big Horns, between Powell and Cody. Go early and stay late, you won’t be sorry. I’ve been there several times and had a blast. Call Jake at 307-272-6635, or TJ at 307-272-4563 about the mules. There’s also a Brad Cameron Mulemanship clinic June 12-14 leading up to it. For info on that call Kay Clark at 307-754-4320, or

There are some great celebrations coming up this summer in our northern plains communities. Several towns, including my own, are having their centennials, and beautiful Chadron, NE is having its 125th birthday! Don Huls tells me that on July 9th there will be a cattle drive of Longhorns, an All Horse Parade with teams and wagons, plus a big gathering of vendors, craftsmen, equipment, music, cowboy poetry, mounted shooting, horse soccer, and a bull whackers contest. On top of that, there will be entertainment at the grandstand that night. Talk about getting more bang for your travel buck! If you want more information, email Don at, or call him at 308-432-3841.

I may be accused of repeating myself, but my farrier tells me that he’s still seeing too many horses with recent grass founder, so I’m going to remind you again to get those over-fat horses, ponies, and burros off that lush grass. It doesn’t take long to do permanent and sometimes fatal damage, so please, watch them closely. If you see ol’ Tubby standing rocked back on his hind feet (or laying down a lot), he’s telling you he’s in trouble. He will have his front feet out in front of him and his feet will feel hot to the touch around the hairline. Get him in and cool those feet off. A water hole or a hose will work for that. Your vet will give you instructions on medication and care. Believe me, it’s easier to prevent founder than it is to treat it, and it’s agonizing for the horse.

This circles about ridden out, so I’ll pull up. Send me your events and news!

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