The Outside Circle: Comments due for wolf management, Al Dunning clinic, rodeo announcer can’t fly & Denver Stock Show |

The Outside Circle: Comments due for wolf management, Al Dunning clinic, rodeo announcer can’t fly & Denver Stock Show

This great weather we’ve been having is making some people nervous. They are just sure that it’s going to get even before winter is over. Well, I hope not. I’m still hoping for a nice spring and abundant rain to make up the moisture we haven’t received so far. My Dad always says that winter is the best time to have a drought. Let’s just enjoy it while we have it!

Time is running out quickly on the comment period for the delisting of gray wolves in Wyoming. It’s over Jan. 13, so please get your comments in before then. It’s the most logical and manageable wolf plan I’ve seen. They would be protected and hunted in a specified season in the area around Yellowstone, but the rest of the state, which isn’t considered necessary wolf habitat, would be able to manage them as any other furbearing predator. One story I read on this said that one had to write their comments in an actual letter, with a stamp, while the Web site said that one can post comments by e-mail and provides a place to do it. Either way, just do it!

The mailbox method address is: Public Comments Processing; Attn: Docket # FWS-R6-ES-2011-0039; Division of Policy and Directives Management; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; 4401 N. Fairfax Dr.; MS2042-PDM; Arlington, VA 22203. To find the proposed rule and to comment online, go to, enter the docket number into the “Keyword or ID” box. It will take you to the right page and you can find the comment thread from there.

Keep in mind, wolves just love the taste of horse, so to keep our horses off the wolf menu, we need to be able to defend our property from them and keep them leery of people and where we live.

January 21 will be the Silly Filly 4D Barrel Race at Besler’s Cadillac Ranch. There will be half second splits and could be a 5D if over 50 barrel racers show up. There will be a 3D Youth, too. Exhibitions will be 10:30 a.m. to Noon, with the barrel race at 12:30 p.m. Call Billi Charles at 605-210-2561 or Fran McCoy at 605-641-0238 for more information. Snow date is Jan. 28.

The Dreamin’ of Summer Barrel series at Bowman, ND has canceled the January and February runs, but will have a double header at the March 10 race. There will also be a double header along with the Finals on April 7.

New this year at the Black Hills Stock Show (BHSS) is the Calf Roping Futurity and Winter Classic AQHA Special Event with roping classes. Also at the BHSS will be the AQHA show; NRCHA show; Team Roping Futurity; Ranch Horse competition; Open 4D Barrels; Jackpot Team Roping; Ranch Rodeo; and Saddle Bronc Match. The horse sales are Friday, Jan. 27 with the Select Ranch Gelding sale, and Saturday, Jan. 28 with the other top horses. Stallion Row will showcase some outstanding stallions from the region and is open Jan. 27-28. One can nearly founder themselves with all the events going on! I’m sure looking forward to taking in as many as I can.

More area breeders have been added to the Ranching Heritage Breeders program. Moreau River Quarter Horses, Zeona, SD and Silha’s Lazy JS, Bowman, NE, plus several others, are adding value to their good horses with this program. You can find the list of breeders and see if your horse came from one of them at

One of the clinicians coming to the 2012 South Dakota Horse Fair in Sioux Falls will be renowned cowhorse trainer Al Dunning of Arizona. He will be doing both horsemanship and working cowhorse clinics on March 16 and the clinics are limited to 14 riders by pre-registration. For more information visit, or e-mail

Well-known ProRodeo announcer John Costello, Sundance, WY took a serious fall from a roof at his ranch near Sundance on Dec. 30. He’s been kept in the ICU but should be getting moved to a regular room soon. He has eight broken ribs, a broken clavicle, broken right forearm, broken facial bones, and a torn lung. For now he is in Rapid City Regional Hospital if you want to drop him a note or stop and see him. For heaven’s sake, be sure you’re healthy if you go to visit – he doesn’t need anything else going wrong! There will be a fundraiser for him at some point and I’ll have information on here as soon as I can.

Pete Fredericks, Bismarck, ND, was in a terrible ATV accident recently. He has 10 broken ribs, a compressed lung and back injuries. Pete was an all-around rodeo hand back in the ’50s-’70s. He qualified for the NFR several times in both barebacks and saddle broncs. He also was a steer wrestler and bull rider. You can send Pete a card at: 825 BIA Rd., Halliday, ND 56636.

The National Little Britches Finals will be held in Pueblo, CO one more year. Hopefully the upcoming meeting will determine if it will remain there longer.

The National Western Stock Show in Denver, CO has qualifying rounds of timed events and some area hands did well and will be competing at the actual rodeo when it kicks off. Steer wrestling had Chason Floyd, Ludlow, SD, first in the average with 11.5 on two head. Team roping had Paul David Tierney, Oral, SD and Quincy Opela second. Tie-down roper Justin Scofield, St. Lawrence, SD, was fifth in the average. Good job guys! Good luck at the Mile High Rodeo.

The PRCA has increased the maximum number of rodeos that a saddle bronc rider can enter from 85 to 100, same as the bareback riders. Makes me tired just thinking about the miles those guys travel to hit that many rodeos!

News from the horse processing front is that the opening of some plants is on track by early spring. Retrofitting existing plants is the key and several have been found that will work. At one, when the inspecting group came out of the closed plant, people were waiting outside to see if they could apply for jobs. For the sake of horses and out of work people alike, I hope the road stays clear for this necessary industry.

Have a wonderful week and enjoy this weather. Send me your news and upcoming events and I’ll sure share them with everyone here.