The Outside Circle: Benefit dinner, Miss Rodeo USA, sale average up & schools |

The Outside Circle: Benefit dinner, Miss Rodeo USA, sale average up & schools

For the February 4, 2012 edition of Tri-State Livestock News.
Jan Swan Wood |
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Well, another Black Hills Stock Show is over. It’s always a busy, hectic time, but it’s sure fun to see everyone and have those good visits. I got to see some wonderful folks, exciting events, good horses and cattle, and some just funny things. I saw a very tall man dressed up as Mrs. Doubtfire on the first Saturday. I don’t know what the occasion was, or if he’d lost a bet, but he was quite a sight. I’m pretty sure it wasn’t anyone I know.

There will be a benefit dinner and auction for Marcie Locken on March 3 at the Isabel Community Center, Isabel, SD. Marcie is a young woman from the Isabel country who is battling acute lymphoblastic leukemia. The benefit will begin with a dinner (that’s lunch to you folks from closer to the city limits) at 11 a.m. with a free-will offering. The dinner will feature beef, beans and salads. A live auction will follow at 1 p.m. Items for the live auction and dinner can be given to: AJ Lindskov, 605-848-1818; Butch Webb, 605-865-3516; David or Kristi Alley, 605-466-2311; Brent Thiel, 605-848-1840, and many others. Donations can also be made to Marcie at Isabel Rodeo Association, Attn: Karma Nash, Western Dakota Bank, Box 76, Isabel, SD 57633. Prayers are also being accepted.

A belated congratulations to Trisha Smeenk on being crowned Miss Rodeo USA 2012 at the 42nd International Rodeo Association Finals in Oklahoma City, OK. I’ve known this smart, talented, lovely, young woman, well, since before she was born. Originally from Newell, SD, she now calls Belle Fourche home while she attends college at South Dakota State University and serves as a staff sergeant in the South Dakota Air National Guard. She’ll do a wonderful job representing rodeo in the year to come.

I heard that John Costello, Sundance, WY, is finally getting to go home after recovering at Rapid City Regional Hospital and Rehab since his Dec. 30 accident. He’ll continue his rehab at home from here on out. I’ll bet it feels good to be back in his own favorite chair again.

There’s some good news on the horse sale front. The Black Hills Stock Show sale average was up. On Friday the average was $5,387; Saturday $5,639; Ranch Horse Select Gelding $8,750; and overall $,5522. The overall average in 2011 was $4,948. I hope the trend carries on. It’s apparent that those well-broke horses with a good resume and background are very popular and can garner the higher bids. Young, green horses, and horses without a resume, aren’t doing as well. It sure pays to invest the time in expanding a horse’s useability.

If you have your heart set on attending the 2012 Larry Larson Photography School, you’re going to be disappointed to learn that the slots are all filled. His school filled up very fast this year, which is wonderful for Larson. You can put your name on the waiting list, thus ensuring your place in the 2013 school, and just in case someone can’t make it and there’s an opening for 2012.

The AQHA has made a new ruling, which has proven very popular at the shows with speed events. The speed event competitors are now able to roll their times at shows. If they are using the same horse in several different divisions on the same day, they have the option to carry, or roll, their time. That way they only have to run the horse once in a day. It’s good for horses and saves time at the shows too. Barrel racers are very familiar with the practice and it’s been met with rave reviews at the AQHA shows that have implemented it thus far.

The 27th Annual Korkow Ranch Rodeo School will be April 27-29 at the ranch at Ft. Pierre, SD. Barebacks will have Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (WNFR) qualifier Scott Montague; saddle broncs will have World Champions Jeff Willert and Chad Ferley; bull riding will have Fred Boettcher, four-time WNFR qualifier and Dodge National Circuit Finals Rodeo (DNCFR); bull fighting will have Chris “Hodgie” Aman. The events have a $280 fee, though there’s a special $200 rate for the Jr. Bull Riding. A $50 deposit is due by April 11. Call Jim Korkow at 605-224-5607, e-mail them at or check out their Web site at

The Dreamin’ of Summer Barrel series will have a double header on March 10 at the All Seasons Arena, Bowman, ND. Call Bailee Murnion at 605-381-0390 for info.

The Ty Tuff Goat tying clinic schedule is out. Clinics will be at Glendive, MT on March 10-11; Buffalo, WY on March 24-25; Bismarck, ND on April 6-7; Valentine, NE on April 14-15; and Huron, SD on April 28-29. There are more clinics May through August, with a schedule available at, or call Kayla Nelson at 605-641-3618 or 605-375-3116. You can also e-mail her at

February is going to zip by quickly and Little Britches Rodeo (LBR) season will be upon us. The #7 and #8 LBR at the Central States Fairgrounds, Rapid City, SD, will be March 17-18. Entries need to be paid by March 3. Contact Dee Matthew, 24883 SD Hwy 79, Hermosa, SD 57744. Membership information can be found on

I ran into a saddle maker friend at the Stock Show and had a good visit with him about lots of things. I sure got a chuckle out of his story about his Mom, though. It seems that she is just worrying him half to death with her activities. Her latest favorite thing is skydiving. Of course, she does the kind where you’re strapped to another person who is an experienced skydiver. I don’t know what he’s worried about. She’s only 92. I’d say the girl is old enough to decide what’s fun and what isn’t. Isn’t it funny how the role of worrier is reversed at some point in time?

I am pretty certain my son will not have to worry about me skydiving like that. The person I was strapped to would have to pound my fingers loose with a hammer to get me out of the plane and then my heart would probably just stop beating. I sure do admire Mrs. A. though. You go, girl!

Well, my horse is still pretty footsore from all that traveling at the Stock Show, so I think I’ll wind this circle up and take a rest. I sure enjoy hearing from you folks and always like to share your news and events. Have a great week!

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