The Outside Circle: Black Hills Stock Show, congrats, NIRA alumni search and looking forward to spring
The New Year is progressing right on schedule with a cold snap preceding the Black Hills Stock Show (BHSS). Hopefully the weather will warm and the sun will shine in time for all the great events happening at the Civic Center and the Event Center at the Stock Show in Rapid City. It’s always a good time to catch up with old friends, too.
Here’s a heads up on some events that will be happening at the BHSS. There will be a SDHSRA Mid-winter Directors Meeting Jan. 29, 10 a.m., in the Red Room at the Civic Center.
An excellent Queen clinic will be held on Feb. 5, 9 a.m. to noon, during the Stock Show. Along with the clinic, there will also be a Queen clothing/hat/boot exchange, which is a huge help to the ladies who put so much into competing for the Queen titles. You’ll need to be registered for the clinic by Jan. 28 and the cost is $70. Contact Vanessa Ternes at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 605-641-9760 for more information.
There will be a 4D Jackpot Barrel Race during the BHSS, too. It will be on Feb. 2 at the Event Center. Enter at 8:30 a.m., Exhibitions 10 a.m. to noon, with the 4D jackpot to follow. If there are enough youth entries, there will also be a Youth 3D. Fees for the open are $45 with $500 added, and the Youth 3D will be $20. Call 605-891-9604 for info.
At the National Senior Pro Rodeo Association finals the end of October, a South Dakota cowboy did us all proud by winning the Team Roping in the 60s division. Bob Shedeed, 67, Hermosa, SD, partnered with Dale Woodard, Canon City, CO, to win not only the championship but the average at the finals in Winnemucca, NV. He’s an all-around hand, having won the Calf Roping, All Around, and Ribbon Roping (with his wife Donna, whose also an All-Around champ) in years past. Just in case you think this is just a bunch of older guys rodeoing for fun (and it is fun), you have to realize that the toughs from 20-30 years ago are still toughs and this is where many of them are rodeoing. Congrats Bob!
I’m sure Brian and Lisa Fulton are proud of DM Streak Aboo, 2007 sorrel gelding by their stallion A Streak Of Fling. He placed second in the 1D average in the Southern Rebel Futurity, North Augusta, GA, Dec. 31-Jan.1. He was ridden by Louis Fincher.
A Streak Of Fling is currently standing the 2011 season at James Ranch, Wayne, OK for $1,500. Call 405-449-3728 for breeding info. The Fultons will still be standing their other fine stallion, CS Flashlight at home this year.
This is down the road a ways, but, it’s not too soon to be making plans and contacting those in charge of the NIRA Alumni Reunion at the CNFR in Casper, WY, June 17-18. All of the NIRA national event champions for 1949-2010, will be honored and the event documented with photos. The event coordinators are having trouble finding some of them, so would sure appreciate a call or e-mail if you have ever qualified for the NIRA finals and/or won an event. Call Sharon Adams at 602-268-5874 or e-mail her at email@example.com. I wonder if there are any three-generation champions out there. Wouldn’t that be something?
There are some great rodeo schools coming up in the near future. The 2011 Dickinson State University (DSU) Bareback and Saddle Bronc Schools will be Feb. 25-27 at the DSU indoor arena, Dickinson, ND. Tuition is $375 and due by Feb. 4. Barebacks will be taught by Wayne Herman and the Saddle Broncs by Brad Gjermundson. More info can be found with Eudell Larson at 605-515-0765.
I know that Korkows will be having a great school at the ranch near Ft. Pierre in April, but don’t have the exact dates and details yet. I’m sure Jim will send me the info soon so I can share it with all of you.
Quite a lineup of horses in the BHSS horse sale. Talk about great genetics and some really fine trainers and hands presenting them. It’s always fun to see all those good horses all slicked up in their goin’-to-town clothes (i.e. no long winter hair) and tuned up to perform at their best.
I just got a young horse back from getting his education and I’m looking forward to some warmer, less icy weather to put some riding on him. It may not happen until calving starts in April with all the snow and ice we have, but I can wait. I’m positively allergic to having a horse fall on the ice with me if I can help it. The young cowboy that started him and put all the riding on him did a fine job and I’m feeling pretty confident that this gelding is ready to go do any job I have for him. He’s the fourth generation of this line of horses that I’ve been associated with, so won’t be surprised if he’s a good one. It’s amazing what good genetics and a good education can do for a horse. Thanks Eric, for the wet saddle blankets and good ranch riding you put on my Archie horse.
Had a funny thing happen here the other evening. My husband had been plowing snow in the corrals with the tractor and left a gate open out onto the road for a little bit. The old Queen saddle horse mare, who is almost 29, discovered that open gate and got out on the county road. When my somewhat stove-up husband tried to catch the old mare, she felt froggy enough to take off (walking briskly while slinging her head) and go out into the pasture across the road. My husband was pretty disgusted with her by the time he caught her, but it tickled me. It did her a lot of good to feel like she’d gotten into mischief and has been pretty frisky ever since. I think a little adventure is good for all of us, even an old pet mare. I’m just glad that she feels good enough to be naughty. She’s earned it. I wish I had another one just like her at 10 years old.
Well, I’m going to pull up and rest my horse now. Stay upright and stay warm. Both are a challenge right now! Send me your events you want to share.
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