Rodeo attaboys, West Nile news, ranch rodeo and BLM bombs
Been building up those Ford Frequent Flyer Miles this past weekend going to a high school rodeo at Buffalo, SD and a ranch rodeo at Edgemont, SD, and the country looks great everywhere I went. Green is a good color.
The Belmont is over and a 13-1 unknown, Drosselmeyer, won it with a ¾ length victory. Ridden by Mike Smith, trained by Bill Mott and owned by WinStar Farm (also the owners of the Kentucky Derby winner, Super Saver), the chestnut son of Distorted Humor and out of the mare Golden Ballet stayed in the middle of the pack and then on the last turn went to the outside and made his move. Second was Fly Down, third First Dude and 4th Game On Dude. It was a good race and it’s always fun to see the underdog win!
Northeastern Wyoming has lost an icon with the death of Emmett Brislawn on June 1 at the age of 75. Brislawn, Oshoto, WY, was the founder of the Spanish Mustang Registry and had studied and preserved the true Spanish blooded horses for years.
Injuries plague rodeo cowboys, especially the rough stock guys, but even the ropers get hurt. Trevor Brazile, seven-time All-Around Champion, has a partially torn right elbow tendon and will be out of competition until the end of June at least. He’s undergoing treatment and resting it at his home at Decatur, TX, while catching up on his wife and kids’ activities. He currently leads the All-Around and Tie Down Roping, plus is in the top 10 in the Team Roping (heading) and the Steer Roping. Gee, I wonder why his roping elbow gives him trouble?
Speaking of All-Around, Paul David Tierney, Oelrichs, SD, won the All-Around at the Bennington, KS PRCA rodeo last weekend. He won the Team Roping heeling with his brother Jess Tierney, Hermosa, SD, and then placed fifth in the Tie Down Roping. At that same rodeo, Blake Eliason, Gregory, SD, placed 2nd in the Tie Down. Well done!
Montana’s Jesse Kruse smoked ’em at the Wild Rogue Pro Rodeo at Central Point, OR on June 3-5 with an 87 point Saddle Bronc ride on Corey and Horst Rodeo Company’s Handsome. Jesse’s from the Great Falls country.
South Dakota hands of both genders showed them how to rodeo at Cherokee Iowa’s PRCA rodeo the same weekend. Scott Montague of Rapid City won the Barebacks on Barne’s Bowtie; Kaden Deal, Dupree, SD, split first with Wade Sundell in the Saddle Broncs on MJM Rodeo’s Golden Valley, while JJ Elshere, Quinn, Jesse Bail, Camp Crook and Tate Eck had a three way split; Jake Rinehart, Highmore, SD and Allen Good, Long Valley, split 5th in the Steer Wrestling; Brett Price, Faith, SD, and Paul Griemsman, Piedmont, SD, split 3rd in the Team Roping; Belle Fourche native, Tyler Thiel placed 2nd in the Tie Down Roping; Barrels saw a 3rd place finish by Melinda Mattson, Deadwood, SD and 4th to Jessica Routier, a native Buffalo-ite; and Bull Riding was won by Gillette’s Bobby Welsh with an 87 on MJM’s Utah Fred, while Dustin Elliott, North Platte, NE placed 4th and Mandan, ND’s Cole Hermanson placed 5th. Way to go Northern Plains hands!
There’s some new info on the West Nile Virus (WNV) front. A recent study has discovered that a naturally occurring mutation of the gene OAS1 has been confirmed to increase the vulnerability to WNV in certain horses. It was also found to be true in people and lab mice (I’m so glad we’re that similar.). This mutation allows WNV to take hold in the body instead of being warded off. Knowing this, valuable horses could be screened for this mutation to better determine susceptibility to the virus.
If you have an old-timer (horse, not your spouse) who is doing poorly despite all your best efforts, it could be equine diabetes. Signs include excessive drinking and urination, and weight loss. It’s called Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) and it is treatable and manageable. Ask your vet about it if you see the signs.
There’s a Ranch Rodeo coming up on June 18 at McLaughlin, SD. Held in conjunction with the SDRA rodeo June 19 and 20, it should be a great time for the whole family. Let a great little cowboy town show you a fun weekend.
Just when I think that the government can’t do much else to amaze us, I get this information sent to me. BLM Director Bob Abbey announced that the agency is taking the Federal Wild Horse and Burro program in an unprecedented new direction. Just when I had my hopes up that they would actually start “managing” the horses and burros, I read on. The BLM will consider public input (providing you say what they and the anti-everything bunch want you to say) on the program. The “New Strategy” is that certain topics and options are OFF the table at the get-go, including euthanasia of excess animals or their sale without limitations to protect them from slaughter. Some options they ARE interested in include: expanding current areas by introducing animals into herd areas where they currently don’t exist; increased use of fertility control (now THERE’S an idea); opportunity to make more forage available for their use; establishment of a preserve to care for the unadoptables (i.e. the Uglies); designations of treasured herds; and place more into private care.
Hmmm… this looks like they are going to kick the people off the BLM land that have managed it for the benefit of, not only livestock, but wildlife, so they can expand their overgrazed, grubbed out, wildlife free zones for the feral horses. We all know it’s going to cost the taxpayers a lot of money, besides ruining the livelihood of the folks who depend on the BLM lands to ranch and raise livestock that we can eat. Some of the land they are talking of making preserves is the high dollar farm and field of the eastern part of the country. More food producing land gone. Treasured herds? Gee, do some of them have documentable heritage or something? Oh, and private care is cheap, but at least some of the taxpayers can make something off of that.
They are JUST feral horses and burros, left behind primarily during the ’30’s when the world went to machines. Horses of every type were turned loose to fend for themselves. They aren’t a native species. Keep a few, I say, but get the rest off the backs of the taxpayers.
They would do well to study how the wild horses are managed in Theodore Roosevelt National Park at Medora, North Dakota. They are actually managed and are healthy and the land is too. They live among the bison, elk, antelope, deer, and other native wildlife, and the park is beautiful.
Well, all that made my circle horse all edgy and sweaty, so I think I’ll pull up for now. Send me your rodeo, show, and other results.
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