Rides, hikes, schools, clinics and other stuff
It’s finally warmed up at our place. Grass is growing and the wind is blowing. As usual, we had two inches of rain followed by two feet of wind. Must be the northern plains or something.
My old friend Snickers made it to green grass one more year. The old mare is 28 and starting to show it, but she feels good and gets around well enough to be feeling a little froggy. Turned her out on pasture yesterday and she was acting pretty snorty. I watched her being born and am watching her slowly failing as a very old, very hard used horse. She was my Dad’s saddle horse for many years until she took on the job of raising our son when he was a six year old. She did a fine job with him, too. I never had to worry for a moment if he was on her. She had more sense than he did at that point and took very good care of him. When he moved on to younger horses, she changed careers and became a broodmare. Now we ride her offspring and take care of her. I guess we’re just returning the favor. It’s sure good to see her all slicked off and out on that green grass. She can be as silly and senile as she wants and I’ll still love her. What a mare.
I got some great news about the Anton Helfrich Benefit that was held at Killdeer, ND. Between the poker tournament and steer wrestling jackpot, they raised about $25,000! Anton was injured in a work related accident and was badly burned, so this money will sure be a blessing for him. Aren’t we living in a great part of the country?
If you’re a trail rider or foot backer, you ought to take in the 4th annual Ron Trithart Memorial Ride (or Hike) and BBQ. Held on Saturday, June 12 at the French Creek Ranch Bed and Breakfast, there will be chuckwagon cooking by Clayton Sanders, a raffle for a custom made saddle, hiking or riding at your own pace, and campfire entertainment. It all benefits the terrific program at Sun Catcher Therapeutic Riding Academy, so it’s for a really good cause. Early registration is before May 30 for $30 ($15 if you’re under 12), and late registration is $35. Call Sun Catcher TRA at 605-673-2935 for more info.
June 19-20 is when the Cowgirl Style Barrel Race at the Golliher Outdoor Arena will be. Contact ZeAnn at 605-641-2926 or email her at email@example.com. Their place north of Spearfish, SD is a pretty location and they run a great barrel race every time.
At the Seven Down Arena east of Spearfish, SD there will be a Walt Woodard Team Roping School on July 16-18. It’s only open to 11 headers and eight heelers, so don’t wait around too long to get your name on the list. Walt has forgotten more about team roping than most will ever learn, and reputedly is an awesome teacher. Contact Jamie Olsen at Dupree, SD at 605-365-5666 for more info. It’s only $450 for the three days, with a $200 deposit. Sure cheaper than entry fees and learning it the hard way.
Also coming up and sure worth saving your dollars for is the Buster McLaury Clinic being held at Brad and Becca Andrews place near Red Owl, SD on Sept. 16-19. It’s a beautiful place to go and the clinic is always excellent. Buster is a real cowboy and horseman and is there for the horses and to get them ready to go do a day’s work. You won’t see any big rubber balls or magic whips at this one. It’s just horses and people learning what they need to know without all the nonsense. Call Brad at 605-515-0088 or 605-985-5493 for more info.
Rodeo folks will remember Bud Burkhart, a (former) PRCA hand, rodeo judge, and rancher from Bozeman, MT. Bud, 82, passed away at his ranch earlier this month. His wife of 58 years, May, survives him, along with two sons and a daughter. His son Bob is also a rodeo judge. My condolences to the family.
Speaking of rodeo, our northern plains cowboys have kept us on the map at some of the big PRCA rodeos recently. Steve Dent from Mullen, NE won the big Redding, CA “Silver Tour” Rodeo Barebacks with an 84 point ride on Growney Brothers Moulin Rouge over the May 13-15 run. Cody Taton of Newell, SD won the Saddle Broncs at Payson, AZ’s May 14-15 rodeo on JK Rodeo Company’s Black Berry. Las Vegas’s Helldorado Days Rodeo on May 14-16 had Jesse Bail, Camp Crook, SD winning the Saddle Broncs on Marla’s Rose of Diamond G Rodeos with an 86 point ride. Good job guys!
The Preakness was run last weekend and Lookin At Lucky finally got a good post position and ran a flawless race under the guidance of Martin Garcia to win it. Second was First Dude and third was Jackson Bend. Lookin At Lucky’s trainer, Bob Baffert said he won’t be running him at Belmont. He had a couple of tough races before the Preakness and he didn’t want to bring him back for the grueling Belmont in three weeks. He’s already back in California taking a little rest before resuming his season.
Super Saver, the Derby winner, ran a game race, but the Derby run caught up to him at about a mile and an eighth and he just didn’t have the closing burst of speed to overtake the leaders. He’s sound and will be running again after some rest. I doubt we’ve heard the last of him, as he is a class horse.
The Quarter Racing world is familiar with the premier breeding facility at Royal Vista Ranches near Purcell, OK, home of the stallions Wave Carver (s.i. 104), Ivory James (s.i.103), and Coronas Fast Dash (s.i.102). The tornado that swept through that region on May 11 hit them hard, destroying a mare barn, partially wrecking an indoor arena and wiping out houses and fences. Fortunately, no people were hurt, though at least 10 horses were killed. Other area breeding farms sustained some damage, but nothing serious.
If you have a horse with a definite difference in his feet, it might pay to have him checked out for skeletal or joint problems. A recent study found that many horses with a dramatic difference between their front or hind feet had problems in the spine, shoulders or hips. A developing club foot also indicates problems. Have him checked out by a good equine chiropractor and/or vet before you blame your farrier for his feet not matching. Fixing the root of the problem will help the farrier fix his feet.
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A pasture or lot with plenty of grass or bedding and windbreak is important when calving in the cold.