The Outside Circle: Burghduff family, same horse wins first and second, Leachman news and hang up those halters |

The Outside Circle: Burghduff family, same horse wins first and second, Leachman news and hang up those halters

For the April 16, 2011 edition of Tri-State Livestock News.

It’s been a typically windy, sunny, rainy, changeable week, weather-wise, so it must be April. Even with the moody weather, it’s still a wonderful time of year. Calves, lambs and foals are romping around, green grass is trying to come on, the birds are singing, and even if it snows now, it won’t be here for seven months!

First of all, I want to send out condolences to the Rex Burghduff family. There’s a complete obituary elsewhere in the paper, but I wanted to personally tell the family that they are in my thoughts and prayers. Rex was quite a character. Born and raised in hard times, he never gave in to the easy life, and his family will vouch for this. When I was in 4-H and high school, I rodeoed with his kids and they were a tough bunch of hands. The kids did timed events on tougher horses than were in the bucking chutes on the other end of the arena, and they won on those horses. They worked every event, as I recall. His grandkids carried on the tradition of being salty hands and have achieved a great deal in rodeo as well. Rex was sure proud of his family and his grandkids were the icing on the cake for him. He’s survived by his wife Cheryl, Camp Crook, SD; kids Rexene (Justin) Till, Buffalo, Debbie (Bill) Mackay, Custer, MT, Bunny Bail, Wall, Lex, Ludlow, and Alice Burghduff, Glendive, MT. He is also survived by his sister Rhoda Mae (J.O.) McDonald, Kenny (Lois), and Gerald (Becky). He has 15 grandkids and seven great-grandkids. They broke the mold when they made Rex.

At the April 9 Barrel Race Blowout at Spring Creek, Nevada, Kathy Schaffer, Broadus, MT, won the 1D Open on her good Cee Heart Tiv Sugar horse. Her daughter Taegen Schaffer ran the same horse in the open and ran second. Now that’s consistency! You probably know Kathy from the wonderful photos she takes at barrel races and rodeos. I hope someone got one of her run at Spring Creek!

You all probably read the good writeup last week about the Leachman horses being sold. Well, turns out that Jim Leachman had his son Seth buy 66 head of the horses back and Jim wrote a check for them. He swung the gate open and they are back where they started before the tribe gathered them. He has leased 800 acres of tribal land to run them on, but since it’s a huge chunk of country, mixed private, tribal and BLM, without fences, they are right back on their home turf. At least it’s only 66 head and not 800. I’d sure love to be trying to neighbor in that deal.

After writing the check for $35,000 for the horses, he appeared in court with a court appointed attorney, paid for by the tax payers of Yellowstone County, Montana. The public defender’s office initially refused the case but then the court ordered them to take it. Leachman had reapplied April 8 after being denied a public defender earlier, saying that all of his property was burdened with mortgages and liens and had no value. I have to wonder where he came up with the dough to pay for the horses if he’s in such financial straits. Kinda fishy if you ask me.

There’s a big fundraiser coming up for a very little girl. On April 30, there will be a Lily Wilson Benefit at the Cadillac Ranch near Belle Fourche, SD. They’re having a supper, auction and dance with music by Badger Horse (Troy Hight and company). You can check out the auction items on Century 21’s Facebook page. More items are needed, so see what you can come up with. Of course, cash works very nicely too. Call Larry Christopherson at 605-722-5492 or 605-645-0282.

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Lily is the toddler daughter of Pete and Mikayla Wilson, Upton, WY, and granddaughter of Glenn and Patty Tetreault, Spearfish, SD. She was diagnosed with a very aggressive cancer called rhabdomyosarcoma and has been undergoing chemo treatments in Sioux Falls, SD. That regular trip to treatments has cost a lot, especially in view of rising gas prices, so your generosity would be appreciated at the benefit. Now Lily and her family are embarking on a few weeks worth of appointments, 15 week scans, new doctors for radiation, a big chemo treatment and travels to Rochester, Minneapolis, Houston, Sioux Falls and finally home. That would be a grueling trip for anyone, but especially so for a tiny child and her parents. Prayers for safe travels and good news are also needed. There, but for the grace of God….

The Western Frontier Rodeo at Pocatello, ID, on April 7-9 had some area hands in the placings. The steer wrestling average was won by Dru Melvin, Tryon, NE. He also won the first round with a 3.3. Jason Miller, Lance Creek, WY, placed third in that round. Todd Suhn, Hermosa, SD, tied for first in the second round with a 3.6-second run. Team roping average had Brady Tryan, Huntley, MT and Jake Long, Coffeyville, KS in third place. Saddle broncs had Wade Sundell, Boxholm, IA, second, and Cody Taton, Mud Butte, SD, tying for third. Nikki Steffes, Vale, SD, won the second round in the barrels and Seth Glaus, Rock Springs, WY, tied for third in the bulls.

Since I’m living my baby horses’ life vicariously through my friends, I’ve enjoyed visiting several places where they are foaling. At one visit, I got to stroke the silky necks of several gorgeous foals, and laugh at their antics. They are just so darned cute and funny at that age, aren’t they? Sadly, the next day one of those foals hung himself in the fence by his halter just hours after having it put on him. These folks are horse people of the highest order and do things right. They had always left the light leather halter on a foal to let it become accustomed to it, certain it would break if it caught on something. They’d been working with him a little to start him leading and left him to wear it while they did other chores. Imagine the heartbreak of finding him.

I guess we just can’t ever leave a halter on any horse. I see horses out on pasture all too often with stout nylon halters buckled securely on their heads. That halter could probably pull a pickup out of a bog hole, so it won’t break if ol’ Sunny gets it hung on the fence while rubbing his winter hair off. When you are done working with your horse, just take that halter off and hang it in the shed. It’s not worth the risk.

Well, I’m going to call this circle done and wish all of you a blessed Easter. Remember, Christ died on the cross on Good Friday to take on the world’s sins. On Sunday He arose, victorious over sin and death. Through God’s grace we can have that forgiveness of sin by accepting Christ as our Savior and asking Him to come into our hearts. It really is that simple. If you still don’t understand it, we can talk via e-mail or telephone.