The Outside Circle: Branding, Belmont, Ranch Rodeos, Missouri plant, and St. Jude ride
It’s been a cooler week, thankfully, with a few showers that settled the dust. It was just right for branding, as the corrals weren’t dusty and the temperature was perfect. We had a fun crew and got our little bunch all branded and back out to pasture. Now it can set in and rain and tear out some water gaps.
The first chance there had been for a Triple Crown winner went by the wayside when I’ll Have Another, was diagnosed with tendonitis just before the Belmont. The risk was too high that he could break down in the race, so the decision was made to pull him from the race and retire him. It would have been so neat to have a Triple Crown run, but, his well-being was put before money, and that is good.
The Belmont was another on-the-feet-screaming race with a hard drive at the finish for the winner. Union Rags, won by a neck when he was finally able to break from the pack and challenge Paynter for the wire. Paynter had run a game race and placed second with Atigun coming in third. The Belmont is one of the toughest races with the mile and a half distance and a harder running track. It’s a challenge for both horses and jockeys and really tests the three-year-olds at that distance. It was a great race, even without I’ll Have Another.
The Eastern Wyoming Ranch Rodeo at Lusk, WY, was a good one by all accounts. Winning the WRCA sanctioned event, and thereby qualifying for the WRCA Finals in Amarillo, TX, was the Four Three Land and Cattle and FX Bar Ranch team from Wyoming. They’re from right in the Lusk country I believe. Second place went to Myers Cattle and Mimms Cattle, TX. The top hand and top horse award went to Ryan Olson from the Bismarck Ranch, Vale, SD. Ryan grew up in that St. Onge, SD country, so I’ve known him, well, since his folks were kids in 4-H. I hope his dear mother Robin didn’t see that first ranch bronc ride that he made. Ryan’s bronc launched himself toward the sky and fell straight over backwards, narrowly missing Ryan in the process. Everyone lived through it, so they gave him a re-ride horse, and that went a lot better. Winning that top hand and top horse award is a great honor, so congratulations Ryan.
The ProRodeo Stock Black Hills Classic in Belle Fourche, SD, on June 8, was an outstanding event, what with the top rough stock and rough stock competitors in the nation competing. Winning the saddle broncs was Ryan Elshere, Elm Springs, SD, second was Cole Elshere, Faith, SD, third was Chuck Schmidt, Keldron, SD, and fourth was Kaden Deal, Dupree, SD. Barebacks were won by Mac Erickson, Sundance, WY, second Kaycee Field, Spanish Fork, UT, third, Chase Erickson, Helena, MT, and fourth Don Miller, Raleigh, ND. Bull riding was won by McKennon Wimberly, Cool, TX, and second was Joey Markiss, Missoula, MT. They were the only two to ride both bulls.
It’s official! There will be a processing plant open by the end of the summer. The plant is located near Rockville, MO, in the western part of the state. It’s a recently closed plant that cost that small community about 50 jobs, so this is a welcome opportunity for those laid off workers. This plant will have the highest standards in the equine processing industry, way above and beyond the federal regulations. It’s going to take a while to balance the industry again, but at least there will be a start this year.
One of the last original Cowboys’ Turtle Association members has passed away. Joe Barr, 95, died June 1. He grew up in California, rode bucking horses in early professional rodeo, and managed ranches in California for the rest of his life. He was born right here in my home town, Newell, SD, though, so I thought I would mention that here.
There will be an emergency gather of the BLM horses north of Winnemucca, NV, due to the drought there. They will gather 630 of the estimated 930 horses in that area. They’ve been hauling water to them but I guess they decided the taxpayers shouldn’t probably pay to haul hay to them too, so, they have to gather. The anti-everything people will pitch a howling fit over it due to it being foaling season, but the BLM thinks it’s better to risk gathering them than let them starve to death naturally. Just a shame we have to feed them at all. Our tax dollars at work.
The 5th Annual Saddle Up For St. Jude Ride will be September 15. A fundraiser for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, the ride is about 10 miles long and bases out of French Creek Horse Camp in Custer State Park. Each ride makes either a minimum donation of $20 or they can collect donations. The donations all go to St. Jude’s. Last year the 104 riders raised $9548! Call Sally Ann Rall at 605-833-2225 or e-mail her at email@example.com for more information.
The South Dakota State High School Finals rodeo contestants need to get their qualifier packet and bio sheet off of the Web site as they won’t be mailing them out. The draw order for the finals will be on the Web site as soon as possible too. The SDHSRA Finals are June 20-24 at Belle Fourche, SD.
Corey Maier, Timber Lake, SD, won the first round of the Sisters, Oregon Xtreme Bulls Tour Division 2, on June 6, with an 86-point ride on Corey and Lange’s number 804. He also won the average. This win moved him up to the nineteenth spot in the WNFR standings. His brother Ardie is in the eighth slot. Garrett Vig, Mud Butte, SD, was the only guy to make the whistle in the final round on those tough bulls and scored 82 points on Corey and Lange’s King of Hearts.
Jess Tierney, Hermosa, SD, smoked ’em at the pro-rodeo at Union, OR, when he won the All Around with checks in team roping and steer roping. He also swept the steer roping by winning round one, tying for first in the second round and winning the average. He also won second in the average at Garden City, KS. Way to go, Jess!
Well, it’s time to put my horse up so I’ll talk to you next week. Send me your upcoming events, items of interest and results and I’ll sure try to share them here. Pray for rain.