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Sad news, horse racing, rodeo and recent legislation

For the March 27, 2010 edition of Tri-State Livestock News.

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It’s been quite a circle since we last visited. I want to thank those of you who have reached out and let me know you cared during this time. Mom will be greatly missed, and your kindness comforts me a great deal. She was a good’un. I was richly blessed with the parents I was born to.

There’s another Mom that’s sure going to be missed too. Bobbi (Bacon) Johnson of St Onge, SD passed away March 18 and leaves behind a loving husband and an adorable little boy. Bobbi was only 36 and one of the most vibrant, energetic people I’ve ever known. Many of you know of her Broken Spur Saddle and Tack in Belle Fourche that she ran with her Dad, Dan Bacon. That had been a dream of hers for years and she just loved the people she encountered there. Bobbi also loved to barrel race and helped put on many barrel races in the area. On March 14 she had run her fastest time ever at Golliher’s arena with her young horse and she was so excited about that! She was a horse lover always. Bobbi leaves behind her husband Mitch and son Cash (6), her parents Dan and Gloria Bacon of St. Onge, sister Billi and Sam Charles, Belle Fourche; sister Desiree and Tom Tolo, Sioux Falls; brother Trent and Kathy DuBois of Everett, WA; her nieces and nephews and friends by the hundreds. My heart goes out to her family.

I also want to let you know about the death of Richard Bahm, 67, of Squaw Gap, ND. He was a PRCA Saddle Bronc rider back in the ’60’s and ’70’s. Born and raised at Carson, ND, he ranched with his sister Kathy Berzel near Squaw Gap. At his request, there were no services held and his ashes were spread at the ranch.

On a happier note, the Wyoming Horse Council reports unanimous support for the passage and adoption of Senate File 47 on Pari-mutual wagering/simulcasting. That’s great news for Wyoming horse racing, though I don’t know if it’s in time to still have racing in 2010. Also, the next meeting of the Wyoming Horse Council will be held in conjunction with the big Wyoming Horse Expo at Douglas April 24 at 1 p.m.

Speaking of horse racing, the big race between Zenyetta and Rachel Alexander that was to be held on April 9 at Oaklawn Park is off. The race is still on but Rachel has been pulled out of it. After her recent loss in a prep race, her owners/trainer decided she just wasn’t ready to run yet, especially against the powerhouse Zenyetta. There’s some speculation that she has lost her edge and isn’t up to the competition this year, but a recent timed work doesn’t support that. She clocked an easy, in hand half mile in :50.40 on Monday morning in her first clocked work since the defeat in her first race of 2010. I don’t care who you are, that’s flat hoofin’ it! It’s to be seen if Rachel is going to be back as the contender she was last year, but I’m sure hoping she is and that they didn’t use her up in 2009.

I overlooked a couple of area Champions from the INFR (Indian National Finals Rodeo) in November. Rollie Wilson won the All-Around and Dallas Louden was the champion Tie Down Roper for 2009. Congrats guys and I hope this season is as successful as last. I encourage you to send me the results of your rodeos in the future, that way I’ll be on top of the story for sure!

The Rockin The Bakken Rodeo Series rodeo at New Town, ND was rescheduled to May 8 and 9. They said it was because there was still just too much snow to be able to park trailers and suchlike. I think it was because B. Burke’s knees weren’t quite healed yet and they just didn’t want to have the Old Man’s Breakaway without him.

Rodeo Houston’s big PRCA rodeo just wound up on March 20th and a couple of local ladies did very well there. Jill Moody of Letcher, SD won $11,000 on TR Dashing Badger. She ran 3rd in the Championship Round, won the Semi-final Round 1, placed third in the Finals, and 4th overall. Rachel Myllymaki of Arlee, MT was second in the Wild Card Round, and 7th in the Finals. Rachel placed 7th overall. That should get their year going in fine style, winnings-wise. Great job ladies!

You High School rodeo kids are probably legging your horses up and getting to the practice pen regularly already, but don’t forget, you kids from Wyoming and Nebraska need to be sure and get your grade transcripts and other requirements in right away. Some of that is due by April 1. Montana is already rodeoing, and North and South Dakota will be starting along about the end of April. South Dakota’s regional entry forms need to be in by April 15th, and Ann Sundermann doesn’t mean April 16th either. Give her a break and send them in this week.

The GAO Horse Slaughter study is ongoing. The Ag hearing to present their findings could take place in April or May. State legislators in SD, OK and TN are urging Congress to oppose any legislation that is against horse processing. Illinois is working to repeal the prohibition of horsemeat and to reinstate horse processing. That would be marvelous news for the whole industry and for the poor horses that are slowly dying from neglect and starvation across the nation.

South Dakota legislators just passed, nearly unanimously (only three no votes), a strongly worded resolution calling on Congress and the federal government to reinstate inspection of horsemeat. They also urged Congress to defeat the current Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act including HR 503 and S. 727. I wonder what they mean by “strongly worded”? Probably more politically correct than how some of us would word it…

Golliher Arena will be the place to be June 19-20 for the Cowgirl Style Barrel Race. It’s a $1000 added 5D race and is NWBRA, BBR, WPRA approved. Pre-entries are due June 10. Also, Aug. 20-22 is the date for the 31st Annual Dakota West Barrel Race at the same place with the same approval. It’s a $1,500 5D and those pre-entries are due August 10. Call Jerry or Sue at 605-642-5363 or email jgoll@mato.com.

That’s about the circle for this week. All this mud sure gets the edge off of my horse. Send me anything and everything and I will sort through it and talk about it right here.


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