The Outside Circle: Buck & Ball in Gillette, rodeo school, high school rodeo news and attitude |

The Outside Circle: Buck & Ball in Gillette, rodeo school, high school rodeo news and attitude

It’s kind of a blustery day with a little snow blowing close to the ground, so we’ll just hit a long trot and try to warm up a little and cover the country quick.

There are many ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve, but one of the best I’ve heard about is the New Year’s Eve Buck & Ball at the Wyoming Center at the Camplex, Gillette, WY on Dec. 31. It starts at 5:30 p.m. with an autograph session, then the introduction of the cowboys and grand entry at 7 p.m.

The cream of the crop of Pro Rodeo cowboys will be there for the three roughstock events and the top stock from Burch, Cervi and Powder River (many fresh from the WNFR) will be trying to buck them off. It’s an invitational deal with 20 guys from each event vying for $15,000 added per event. There will be a calcutta held on Dec. 30 to add a little more excitement.

Also on tap is the Rookie Wild Ride with $3,000 added. In it, the five guys ride two saddle broncs each while wearing a costume! One of the contestants rode in a banana costume last year! The action is fast paced with top pickup men, Jim Wilson, Alzada, MT, Tyler Robertson, Caputa, SD, and Chase Cervi, Roggen, CO, doing the honors in the arena. Jim Wilson stated “It’s second only to a round of the NFR for good watching.”

Tickets for the Buck & Ball are $25 and include admission to the dance afterward. Tickets have sold out in the past, so you might want to get right on this. Tickets can be bought at Wyoming Work Warehouse in Gillette or call 307-682-5053. This event is sanctioned by the Professional Rough Stock Series for the first time this year, too.

The great steer wrestling horse Willy was retired after the 10th round at the WNFR. Owned by Greg Cassidy, Donalda, Alberta, he was ridden at the Finals by Greg’s sons Curtis and Cody. Willy, (RTR Little Willy), 24, has carried four cowboys to World Titles. He’s still firing on all cylinders, but it was just time. It’s nice to see him going out at the top of his game and being retired to the easy life.

There will be a Steer Wrestling School, Jan. 8-9, at the Seven Down Arena, Spearfish, SD. Jason Miller, Lance Creek, WY, 2007 World Champion, will be the instructor. The clinic will focus on proper technique, safety and horsemanship. It’s open to all ages/levels with a Winter Rodeo Tune-up for advanced cowboys in the evenings. It’s limited to 20 participants, so you need to get going on this. A deposit is due Jan. 1. Call 307-216-0050 for information.

Sage Kohr, Gillette, WY, was selected Youth Rider of the Year by Barrel Horse News magazine. She won over $10,000 riding the diminutive Nother Time To Cash (by Dashing With Cash and out of Good Times N Cash by Dox Bueno Dinero) who was raised by Fred and Clara Wilson, Newcastle, WY, and bought as a yearling by Lynn Kohr. She’s a dandy little mare with a top young hand riding her. Congrats Sage!

The Chase Hawks Memorial Roughstock Rodeo was held Dec. 18 at Billings, MT. Winning the Barebacks for the third time was Kelly Timberman, Mills, WY. His brother Chris Timberman was fourth and Joe Gunderson, Agar, SD, was sixth. Saddle Broncs had the champ, Cody Wright, Milford, UT, winning, with Jesse Bail, Camp Crook, SD placing second, and J.J. Elshere, Quinn, SD was third. The Bulls were won by Will Farrell, Thermopolis, WY, with Tyler Willis, Wheatland, WY, third and Seth Glause, Rock Springs, WY fourth. The Chase Hawks was also Rough Stock Series sanctioned event.

Zenyetta once again was the bridesmaid in the Associated Press’ 2010 Female Athlete of the Year award. She came in second behind skier Lindsey Vonn. Voting on Horse of the Year will be happening in the next few weeks and I am sure hoping she wins that for all that she did for horse racing in her career and this year.

First Down Dash will be in the next round of inductees into the AQHA Hall of Fame. The great race horse and greatest sire recently died at age 26.

On the high school rodeo front, there are some deadlines and suchlike you need to know about. The SDHSRA members need to know the Calender Sales Quick Start prize deadline is Dec. 31. Also, that’s the deadline for redeeming your state finals photo certificates from Cowboy Images (

The 20X Showcase Rodeo will be at the Black Hills Stock Show on Sunday, Jan. 30, at the Civic Center. The top 20 South Dakota high school rodeo contestants will be competing there. It’s always an excellent rodeo and fun to watch.

The National High School Rodeo Association meeting will be in Denver in January. If you have something you want your state rep to address while there you need to get your comments in to them soon. You can find their contact info on your state’s rodeo Web site.

Montana High School Rodeo Association (MHSRA) rodeo members who sell 40 trailer raffle tickets and have them in to Michele Reiser by Feb. 1, 2011 will be eligible to receive $100 toward a rodeo school in 2011.

Also, Montana State High School Rodeo pics can be acquired from Gail Molyneaux Photographics by calling 406-322-9936 or 406-539-3536.

MHSRA Seniors of 2011 can send their Senior pictures via e-mail (jpeg file) to or call her at 406-570-4091. They’d like a bio with that, too.

A couple of New Year’s Resolutions come to mind for the horse owners out there. First one: Study long and hard before breeding a mare or keeping a stallion this year. I encourage you to ride those mares and studs for a while before deciding whether you want another one like her or not. Isn’t that what it comes down to when breeding a mare or stud? If they’re not pretty exceptional, what’s the point of raising another one that has the potential to be no better.

Second resolution: Think positively about the horse industry. Make positive comments instead of negative and encourage others to do the same. If WE don’t believe in the business, who else will? You can’t talk the market down and give doomsday reports and then expect to sell a horse for what its worth. It’s all about attitude.

So here’s to a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year.


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