The Outside Circle: BHSU Rodeo Hall of Fame inductees, high school rodeo notes, new horse sale and grass founder |

The Outside Circle: BHSU Rodeo Hall of Fame inductees, high school rodeo notes, new horse sale and grass founder

I think spring has sprung! Two days in a row with sunshine have convinced me at last.

We’re going to start calving next week, so, hope the nice weather is finally here to stay.

Congrats to the 2011 inductees into the Black Hills State University (Spearfish, SD) Rodeo Hall of Fame. Long-time rodeo coach Dick Cummings was inducted, along with two rodeo standouts. Tom Miller, Red Owl, SD, was the 1970 and 1971 Men’s All-Around Champion at the College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR). Tom specialized in saddle broncs when he went pro, with multiple qualifications to the WNFR. He conducts rodeo schools and is a judge at many pro rodeos these days, besides ranching. The third inductee was the lovely Shari Simmons Johnson, Gillette, WY. Shari was the 1981 and 1984 Goat Tying Champion at the CNFR. She later married another well-known rodeo hand, Steve Johnson, and they lived in Texas for many years raising her family before moving back to the northern plains a few years ago. I remember her as being an awesome breakaway roper as well as all-around hand at rodeos of my era. She and I are the same age, so I’ve known and admired her for years. They are all certainly worthy of the honor.

There are a couple of spots left in the April 21-23 Hollers/Golliher Breakaway Roping clinic. Call right away to get in before someone else does. Call Carole at 605-347-4228 or Jerry at 605-642-5363. That clinic will be at Golliher’s arena south of Belle Fourche, SD.

There will also be a horsemanship clinic May 13-15 at the Event Center at the Central States Fairgrounds, Rapid City, SD. Successful judges, competitors, trainers and coaches Pam Scott and Bonnie Miller will be the clinicians. If you’re showing in any event, any discipline, they can help you. They can also help you understand what judges are looking for at a show, which is a big help when trying to fine tune a performance. Call Patty Brunner at 605-393-2577, Anne Marie Johnson at 605-787-5798, or Alan Van Bochove at 605-342-4042. There’s a short article about this clinic elsewhere in this issue if you want to know more about the clinicians.

The United Organizations of the Horse has been fighting for all of us in the horse business and rodeo world, both in court and on the battle front, against multi-million dollar organizations such as HSUS and PETA. Well, they are doing a terrific job at it and have done more to help the horse business recover than any other organization I can think of. However, this battle has been costly. If we want to prevail in the war with the anti-everything folks who would very much like to shut down rodeo, horse racing, trailriding, and anything else horse-oriented, we need to support this organization monetarily. They use every dollar that people send them for the cause as they are all volunteers who do a lot of this out of their own pockets. The address to send donations to is: United Organizations of the Horse, PO Box 454, Hermiston, OR 97838. If you’re still not sure, check them out online at Or just Google it. You’ll find ’em.

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There’s a new sale to mark on your calender. It’s been a long time coming, but the Price Family Ranch and Friends Production Horse Sale will be held May 22 at the Cadillac Ranch east of Belle Fourche, SD. Denny and Claudia Price ranch out in the Buffalo, SD country and have been raising good horses for decades for their own use on the ranch and in the arena. They are stout, handy, good legged, using horses with ranch experience aplenty. There will be 70 head of mostly working ranch broke mares and geldings with a few yearlings and two-year-olds being offered. You can look over their program online at The online catalog will be out April 25 at Call the ranch at 605-375-3481 or on their cell at 605-641-5585 to talk to the Prices about their good horses.

South Dakota High School rodeo kids from the northwest region need to send their regional entry forms to Karen Brown, 13001 Harding Rd., Buffalo, SD 57720. The address on the entry form is wrong. That needs to be in her mailbox by April 15 or you won’t be rodeoing.

North Dakota High School rodeo kids, the deadline for entering Fargo 1 & 2 are April 16 and 17 respectively. The Williston rodeo has an April 23 deadline; Killdeer is April 24.

Nebraska High School rodeo kids, entries close for both Hyannis and Arthur on April 22. Hyannis rodeo will be May 7 with Arthur on the May 8.

Wyoming High School Rodeo is in full swing. Standings for state have kids from our area doing very well. In saddle broncs, Colton Miller of Lance Creek, WY, is first with Ryan Ellenson, Gillette, second, and Ace Thurston of Lance Creek, third. Barebacks show Ace Thurston in second and Trey Gladson, Gillette, in third. Tie-down roping has second place filled by JW Thrush, Gillette, and Cole Robinson, Moorcroft, in fourth. Steer wrestling has Jack Greer, Gillette, in fourth. Boys cutting has Trapper Rieniets, Gillette, in first, and Colby Thurston, Lance Creek, second. Ace Thurston, Lance Creek, leads the Boys All-Around. Team roping has Trever Nelson, Moorcroft, at 3-4, and Trent Johnson and Taite Johnson, Gillette at 5-6. In the girls, Emily Faver of Rozet leads the goat tying, with Laramie Jackson of Rozet in fourth. Poles has Mattie Hepp of Gillette, in third and Cassidy Kruse, Gillette, in fourth. Girls cutting has Taylor Rieniets, Gillette at a tie for second.

In the N.I.R.A. standings, a couple of area young men are pretty high up in their events. Tie-down roping has Dane Kissack from Spearfish, SD, who is rodeoing for Gillette College, in fifth, and Dupree’s Kody Woodward fourth in steer wrestling. Kody rodeos for NWOKSU.

Here’s a reminder, and I will continually nag about this because I think it’s very important, so you might as well listen. Grass founder season is upon us. If you have a horse that is already overfat, cresty necked, has already foundered for any reason, you need to watch closely for green grass to make an appearance. It doesn’t take much to be too much for a horse who is already prone to founder. Any breed of horse can founder, but ponies, drafters, and mustangs are particularly susceptible to it. If you see your horse standing in an odd position, with his feet out in front of him, or laying down when he shouldn’t be, get him in off the grass and call your veterinarian. Early treatment can help a lot, so get right on it. I see two morbidly obese horses that live along the road I take to town and they are perfect candidates. They are out grazing a field that is planted to alfalfa and grass and it is rapidly greening. That early grass with the cold night temps make it grass founder a very high risk. Keep an eye on them, please.

Well, I’ve got fence to go fix, so I’d better unsaddle and get at it. Have a great week!