The Outside Circle: 85th birthday, Dash Ta Fame died, Days of ’76 & the HSUS money trail |

The Outside Circle: 85th birthday, Dash Ta Fame died, Days of ’76 & the HSUS money trail

It’s cooler today; only 84 degrees and windy. I almost need a jacket out there after the past week of heat and humidity. I hope the cycle has broken at last. Perhaps some of the hurricanes brewing in the Gulf will relieve some of the drouth in the southwest, too. It’s sure tough in a lot of states, with drouth, dust storms and fires. On the flip side is the continuing flood-related disasters in other areas. I’m just glad to be in this area where all I have to whine about is the heat and grasshoppers.

I’m going to use this column to let you all know about a big event coming up on Saturday, July 30. My siblings and I are hosting an 85th birthday party for our Dad, Bill Swan, at his place near Spearfish. We’ll be starting at 3 p.m., eating BBQ at 5 p.m., and visiting and telling stories until 9 p.m. Dad knows practically everyone in the country, it seems, so we’re hoping for a great turnout. His involvement with 4-H, announcing rodeos and horse shows, buying cattle, ranching, and just being a great dad, grandad, and great-grandad, has allowed him to get acquainted with a broad range of folks. Please come and enjoy the day. No gifts please, but be sure to bring your own lawn chairs.

Also on July 30 will be the Larry Vroman Memorial Team Roping and BBQ at Buffalo, SD. Held at the arena in Buffalo, you can enter at noon and rope at 1 p.m. The BBQ will follow the roping. This is what Larry requested before he died, so be sure and join the Vromans for the celebration of Larry’s life doing something he loved.

Sad news on the horse front: Dash Ta Fame died July 13 at 22 years of age. He appeared to be in excellent health, had eaten part of his evening feed, then was found dead in his stall in the morning. No cause of death has been determined. Bred and owned his whole life by Bob Burt of Sandy, UT, he stood at Smart Ranches in Temeculah, CA. By First Down Dash and out of the Tiny’s Gay/Lake Erie (TB) mare Sudden Fame, he won $290,812 on the track in 13 starts (7 wins, 1 second, 3 thirds), including stakes wins, all with a chip in his knee. In 17 crops, he sired 2,204 foals of which 1,140 were race starters, 610 winners, 82 stakes winners, and earnings to date of $16,885,995. He was the 14th All-Time leading sire of race horses.

He was also a great barrel horse sire and is the All-Time leading sire of barrel horses. His barrel racing offspring have won $7.4 million to date, with over $1.2 million of that in futurities alone. He is the grandsire of many successful horses as well, and his legacy will continue for years to come.

The Days of ’76 Rodeo at Deadwood, SD, will kick off on July 26 with the steer roping at 10 a.m. Timed event slack will be at 8 a.m. on both July 27 and 28, with barrels on July 28. Regular rodeo performances will be at 7 p.m. on July 28 and 29, and at 1:30 and 7 p.m. on July 30. There’s a parade on July 29 and 30, too. Hope to see you there!

I want to remind you that the Buster McLaury Clinic is coming right up on Aug. 4-7. There are still a few slots left if you hurry. Colts are $475 and Horsemanship is $450 with a discount if you get in both. Lawn chair auditing is $30/day. They need a $200 deposit for each class. Make checks payable to Buster McLaury and send them to Brad or Beca Andrews, 18467 174th Pl, Red Owl, SD 57787. Call Brad at 605-515-0088.

Congrats go to Zack Scofield, Belle Fourche, SD, for being named to Justin Boots Salutes. Zack is the 19-year-old son of Jim and Melissa Scofield, Belle Fourche. He attends college at Sheridan College, where he’s on the Dean’s list, plus on the rodeo team in bull riding, team roping and saddle broncs. You’re going to look great in those new boots you won, Zack!

Jill Moody and TR Dashing Badger (Dolly) won the barrels at the Sheridan PRCA rodeo. They were also third in the average and the finals at the Casper Rodeo.

Also at Sheridan, Louis Brunson, Interior, SD, won the saddle broncs. Paul David Tierney, Oral, SD, won the average in the tie-down roping. The bulls must have been super tough there as Bobby Welsh, Gillette, WY, tied for second with an 87-point ride. Ora Taton, Rapid City, SD, was fourth in the average in the steer roping.

At the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo, the all-around was won by Seth Glause, Rock Springs/Cheyenne, WY with money in the saddle broncs and bulls. Todd Suhn, Hermosa, SD, was third in the average in the steer wrestling.

The Myers Performance Prospect Sale is Aug. 27 at the Seven Down Arena near Spearfish, SD. There will be yearlings, two-year-olds and three-year-olds offered. You can view them at If you want a catalog, e-mail Bill and Debbie at or call them at 605-642-9789.

The Dash and Dance Barrel Super Series will be Aug. 12-14 at the Seven Down at Spearfish. There will be a Slot Race, Futurity and Open 4D. Pre-entries are due Aug. 1. For info, e-mail, or call 605-578-3518. Entry forms can be found at

The Dreamin’ of Summer Barrel Series at the All Season Arena in Bowman, ND will kick off on Sept. 9. It will once again be NWBRA and UBRA approved. Call Bailee Murnion for more info at 605-381-0390.

Here are some interesting figures recently reported in the Wall Street Journal. In 2006, HSUS spent $3.4 million on congressional elections and ballot initiatives. They also spent $17.3 million on lobbying between 2005-2009. And we wonder why our horse industry has been jerked through a knothole? Follow the money to find the votes.

A smart judge recently ruled that the BLM will proceed with the gather of about 1,500 excess horses and burros off of the country from south of Elko to Ely, NV. It can only stand 500-700 head so it must be getting used pretty hard. The BLM has been hauling water to them for a while as it is. The Cloud Organization, headed up by a bleeding heart lawyer who wouldn’t know a BLM mustang from a Kentucky Thoroughbred, had tried to strong arm the BLM and stop the gather. Way to go Judge!

Have a great week and send me your event info and results.

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