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Stolen horse, show clinic, rodeo folks, grass founder

For the April 17, 2010 edition of Tri-State Livestock News.

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It’s sure greening up quick. It’s incredible how fast it can go from white to green in the spring. Well, let’s hit a long trot and go make our circle.

First off, Bill and Ceci Steen of Scenic, SD are looking for their good mare that was stolen out of their pasture. The mare is 18, black with white hind socks, and a rather unique star, strip and snip on her face. The strip part is wider than the snip and the top is just a thin line between her eyes, so is pretty distinctive. She also has a scar on her right front foot. This is an outstanding mare that runs barrels and poles, and is an all around show horse. If you have info as to her whereabouts, please call the Steens at 605-993-6192, or contact the South Dakota Stockgrowers. Let’s get this great mare back to her worried owners.

I think this emphasizes the need to keep an eye on those good horses. Maybe keep them up a little closer than you usually do. There seems to be quite a lot of this sort of thing happening all over the country. They steal the good ones that are performers and are solid, as there is a ready market for those ready-to-haul horses. It sure helps to have a brand on them too.

Got a nice email from Patty Brunner telling me about a clinic that is coming up at the Event Center in Rapid City. On May 21-23, Doug and Stacy Huls from Arizona will be giving an all around show clinic for all ages. The Huls have successfully coached horses and riders to wins at the American Quarter Horse Congress and the AQHA World Show, so they certainly have great credentials. It will start off with a potluck supper on May 21, 6 pm, with a question/answer session. On Sat., the 22nd, youth can attend for free and get some valuable coaching, while adults will ride with the Hulls on the 23rd for a $50 fee. Private lessons are available on request. Call Patty at 605-393-2577 or email her at bqh@enetis.net. This is a great opportunity to learn from the best at a very reasonable rate. Check out the Huls at http://www.hulsperformancehorses.com.

Did our Badlands Circuit hands ever make their mark at the Dodge National Circuit Finals in Idaho! Congrats to all, but I want to name a few names here. First off, winning the Steer Wrestling was Clay Cowan of Highmore, SD, riding his great Deuce horse with his Dad hazing on full brother Newly. Both are homegrown and trained horses, so that makes it extra special for the Cowans. Next, Brett Price and Paul Griemsman won the Team Roping. Paul was riding CM Sunfrost “Vegas” for the win, and son of PC Bronsin of Chuck and Mary Crago’s operation. Paul hauled home a bunch of money in a brand new Dodge pickup in the deal, too.

Also making a splash at the DNCFR was Jake Costello of Newell, SD, placing second in the Saddle Broncs. This good paycheck sure went along nicely with the one he got from the Oakdale, CA PRCA rodeo, April 10-11, where he won the SB’s with an 83 point ride on Flying 5 Rodeo’s Wind Chimes. I’ve known Jake since he was a little shaver, so, feel extra good about a fine young man like that doing so well.

The DNCFR also had one of the unsung heroes of rodeo from Newell as Clint Humble was once again working as a Pickup Man there. Clint does a great job, is always well mounted and sure knows his business. His brother Casey is also a great pickup man, so I’m sure their folks are pretty proud of those boys, and rightly so. Good hands. Take a little bow, Ed and Connie.

On a different rodeo note, I hear tell that the chute gates at Cheyenne Frontier Days will no longer be emblazoned with tobacco company logos. In a daring move, the gates have been changed to discourage tobacco use and promote kicking the habit. I agree with the change and admire them for making the move, though it carries some risk as the tobacco companies have been huge supporters of rodeo over the years. It takes guts to make a stand.

College rodeo is in full swing and the Jackrabbit Stampede at SDSU, Brookings, SD just wrapped up last weekend. Men’s All Around was won by Paul Jay Painter, BHSU, and the Women’s All Around was won by Hally Mae Treeby, DSU. In the team standings for the Great Plains Region, the men’s division is led by SDSU, with DSU (Dickinson State U.) 2nd, Iowa Central Comm. College 3rd, and BHSU 4th. Women’s division is 1st DSU, 2nd SDSU, 3rd BHSU, and 4th Iowa Central.

Dawson Community College of Glendive, MT has their big rodeo weekend coming up on April 23-25. BHSU, Spearfish, SD, has their Yellow Jacket Stampede at 7 Down Arena April 23-24. Then on April 30-May 1, Dickinson State U. has their big rodeo. The college rodeos are tremendous to watch, and the contestants are really pushing to make the points to get the National College finals in Casper, so, if you’re close, go watch a great rodeo.

On the Barrel Racing front, Barrel Daze Futurity/Maturity at Walla Walla, WA was April 9-11. Some area barrel racers were there, and placing 6th in the average was Lynn Kohr of Gillette, WY, riding Dashing Misty Isle, owned by Paula Fowler of Gillette. Sired by the great stallion Dashing With Cash that Wardells had (and now Lantis’s, in SD), and out of Cashin Mito, this horse is all about homegrown! Other regional sires represented were Dashing With Cash several more times, plus Frenchmans Guy, South Dakota, several times; Dox Bueno Dinero, Wyoming; Profit Increase, MT, several times; A Streak Of Fling, Nebraska; Sadies Frosty Drift, SD; and Hot Colours, SD. This could be the area to come to with a mare if you’re wanting to raise barrel horses! Congrats to all.

This is the time of year to be watching for laminitus (grass founder) in horses on pasture. It seems strange to limit green grass, but in horses that are prone to founder, are too fat already, have Cushings Disease, and other predispositions to founder (such as being a pony, especially minis), the new green grass is dangerous. The high sucrose content in the spring grass is the culprit, so, put ol’ Tubby on a “see-food” diet and keep pitching that hay, just letting a little hand grazing or an hour or so, mid-day, of grazing, happen. Seems mean, but, for your horse, you need to do it. Laminitus is potentially fatal.

Talk to you next week on my circle!


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