The Outside Circle: Another passing, calendar sales, horse processing hope and rodeo news |

The Outside Circle: Another passing, calendar sales, horse processing hope and rodeo news

I have a correction from last week’s column. In regard to the Tim Haugen Benefit, the contact person is Cary Tines (I dumbed up and said Terry), but at least I had his phone number right! It’s still 605-798-2111. Lonnie Arneson is doing the auction at the benefit, and he can be contacted at 605-798-2525. The benefit will be at the Wall Community Center with supper starting at 5 p.m. and the auction to follow. I will keep updating you right here.

I didn’t hear of this in time to go to the services, but lovely Vicki Perino, 89, was laid to rest at Newcastle on Valentine’s Day. Vicki was the beloved wife of Leo Perino who was known for raising good cattle and horses north of Newcastle, WY. Vicki was born in Pennsylvania and grew up there in a big family. She became a nurse, then met a Wyoming cowboy who was based in Philadelphia in the Navy. She married Leo in 1946 and became a Wyoming ranch wife. Leo often remarked about how he admired her sheer guts in leaving all she’d known for the absolute unknown, and how she adapted. She continued with her nursing through the years, which came in handy with raising their three boys on the ranch. She was a funny, lovely lady and a gracious hostess to all the people Leo invited to the ranch to look at horses, cattle and the beautiful country. She was preceded in death by Leo and her son Tom. She’s survived by sons Matt and Donna Perino, and Leo Jr., plus seven grandkids and seven great-grandkids.

You South Dakota kids need to get those calender sales wrapped up right away! The deadline for turning in the money is March 1. Believe me, it doesn’t matter who you are or how important you think you are to High School rodeo in general, if you don’t have those things turned in, you WILL NOT be rodeoing this season.

I have this from a reliable source, so am pretty excited about this news. The powers that be in Washington, D.C. say that the pressure is on to once again authorize USDA inspectors to resume working in horse processing plants. This same source said that whoever is putting the pressure on the reps in Washington should keep it up, as it’s working. If you haven’t called, written, or e-mailed your U.S. Senator or Congressman on this issue yet, do so. Even if you know they are on our side in this, they still need to hear from as many people as possible to have the weight behind their words. So let’s keep up the pressure and push. We really need processing back as an option.

At the Cowboy Capital 5D Barrel Race at Stephenville, TX, Vale, SD’s Nikki Steffes piloted Dash Ta Vanilla (Dash Ta Fame x SX Frenchmans Vanilla by Frenchmans Guy) to win the big check in the 1D. Nikki also placed 4th in the 1D on her old standby and personal horse, Captain Mitos Legacy. Good job, Nikki!

Also down south, at the Lance Graves Pro Classic on Feb. 8-13 at Kinder, LA, a 2007 daughter of Frenchmans Guy won $105,000! Guys Famous Girl, ridden by Angela Guillliam and owned by Macy Quinanilla, won the Slot Race Finals for $100,000, plus the trials for $5,000. This little dynamo, at 14 hands and 850 lbs., was bought at Myer’s sale in ’09 as the high seller (that buyer had a pretty good eye, I’d say!). Incidentally, there’s a full brother selling in Myer’s 2011 Prospect Sale in August. Suppose he’ll draw any interest?

Lynn Kohr, Gillette, WY, won the 1D of the Open 4D at the Roper Rage Barrel Race in Gillette on Feb. 12. She was riding Lil Dashing Blitz. I’m taking a wild guess here, but I suspect that horse came from Ray Wardell with a name like that! (He had Lil Easy Cash, Dashing With Cash, and Whizz Blitz over the years.)

At this time, it looks as if the National High School Finals, 2012-2013, won’t be held in Springfield, IL as scheduled. Due to a 30 percent cut in the Illinois Department of Agriculture budget, they have had to bow out of their turn to host the finals. The Finals rotates among three sites every two years with Gillette, WY and Gallup, NM being the other two sites. Unless the Illinois legislature can find a solution, the Finals will be up in the air until a replacement host can be found. Boy, I’d love to be on that committee, wouldn’t you? What a headache.

Dan Mortenson has agreed to be the interim rodeo coach at Northwest College, Powell, WY, for the spring rodeo season. Mortenson was World Champion Saddle Bronc rider six times in his career. He would know the ins and outs of rodeoing, from both sides of the arena fence. He’ll know his way around Powell, too, since he rodeoed there in his early college years.

At the Bismarck, ND, PRCA rodeo Feb. 11-12, the barebacks were won by Joe Gunderson, Agar, SD, with an 85-point ride on Mosbrucker’s Teardrop. Steer wrestling was won by Allen Good, Long Valley, SD, with a 3.6-second run. Team roping saw Brady Williams, Hammond, MT and Ryan Zurcher, Hawk Springs, WY winning the big check. Saddle broncs were won by Ty Manke, Rapid City, SD on Mosbrucker’s War and Peace with an 83-point ride. Troy Wilcox, White Owl, SD, won the tie-down roping with an 8.4-second run. Carole Hollers, Sturgis, SD, won the barrels with a smoking 13.11-second run.

That same weekend the Gillette, WY Coors ProRodeo was on. The All-Around was won by Preston Billadeau, Parshall, ND with money won in team roping and tie-down roping. Steer wrestling was won by JB Lord, Piedmont, SD; Team roping was won by Brett Price, Faith, SD and Paul Griemsman, Piedmont, SD; Saddle broncs by Jim Willert, no address available but imagine he’s from SD; barrels by Jessica Routier, Rapid City, SD and bulls by Bobby Welsh, Gillette, WY.

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