The Outside Circle: Dakota 50/50 sale, Dept. of Labor rules, fun events & back on the soapbox |

The Outside Circle: Dakota 50/50 sale, Dept. of Labor rules, fun events & back on the soapbox

It was pretty frosty this morning, but the hard freezes at night reassure me that the bot flies and grasshoppers are probably goners. Probably be a good time to worm your horses with an ivermectin product to get rid of the bot larvae.

The Dakota 50/50 Futurity and Sale is coming up on Oct. 28-29. The two-day futurity will be paying out $19,310 this year! The 8th Annual Sale will be on Saturday, Oct. 29 with 50 percent of the price of each weanling going back into the futurity. There’s a dandy lineup of quality weanlings being offered, mostly Quarter horses, but also top bred Paints and Appaloosas. There’s a weanling from every discipline, from halter to race, cowhorse to pleasure, with well-known bloodlines to back them up. For information, call Nikki Medalen at 701-537-3486, e-mail her at, or go to the Web site at The futurity and sale will be held at the NDSU Equine Center, Fargo, ND.

If you’re still procrastinating about sending your opinion of the proposed changes to the Dept. of Labor rules regarding whether your kids or any others can work on the ranch, you’d better get off the dime and get it done. I think the comment period closes Nov. 1. The easiest route I’ve found has to be on the South Dakota Stockgrowers Web page, and look for the box right at the top with “Child Labor Laws” in it. You can read the proposed rule change (which ought to put you in a dandy mood) and also submit a comment from this page. It takes just a moment for the “Submit a Comment” page to open, then you have 20 minutes to submit your comment, so type fast. I used up all the words (not surprising), but I’m sure you can get it all said in the space allowed. Be polite, but direct. Just do it, please.

South Dakota High School Rodeo membership dues have to be in by Nov. 1! Get ‘er done! If you don’t get them in on time, you will NOT be high school rodeoing in 2012.

The Working Ranch Cowboys Association (WRCA) 16th World Championship Ranch Rodeo will be held Nov. 10-13 at the Amarillo Civic Center, Amarillo, TX. This is an absolutely wonderful place to take your family for a cowboy/ranchy vacation. Besides the great performances in the ranch rodeos, there’s also a Ranch Horse Competition, a cowboy tradeshow that is the best I’ve seen, and a chance to meet and mingle with ranch folk from all over the country. You can check out the Web site at, or call them at 806-374-9722. Tickets can be bought by calling Panhandle Tickets at 806-378-3096.

If you’re wanting a really special gift for someone or just something neat for yourself, Wyoming artist Lisa Norman is offering beautiful drawings from your favorite photos, rendered on buckskin felt or sandpaper. They are really unique and the drawings are realistic and lifelike. You can e-mail her at or check out her art and her great photography on If you want something by Christmas, you’d better be getting in touch with her right away.

The 4th Annual Roper Apparel and Footwear Barrel Futurity will be Nov. 18-20 at the Camplex, Gillette, WY. There’s $7,500 added money, so the competition will be outstanding. If you want to watch some excellent barrel racing, this would be a great time to do so.

If you’re looking for a fun event to take your family to, go to the “When The Works All Done This Fall” cowboy song and poetry shindig on Nov. 19 at Besler’s Cadillac Ranch, Belle Fourche, SD. There are two performances, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., featuring Marty Blocker, Ken Cook, Paul Larsen, and Robert Dennis. Should be a memorable and fun time for all.

The AQHA Show Council has approved a new class. It’s a Ranch Horse Pleasure Class and will begin as one combined class of Open, Amateur and Youth competitors. It’s to showcase the ranch horse and its ability to do its job while being easy on both horse and rider. The class will ask for easy traveling in all the gaits, handling and other relevant tasks that ranch horses should be able to do every day.

In a recent publication, there was an article about preparing a horse’s feet for the show ring. It was all about sanding and hoof blacking them. What I saw, though, is that they should have forgotten the sand paper and ink and gotten those shoes off that horse and had a good farrier trim him. The feet were stacked up to about four inches tall, smaller at the shoe than at the hairline, with a contracted heel that made me ache for the horse and it’s severely angled coffin bone. What is wrong with the association judges that they are allowing these unsound conformation and terribly shod horses to win? The halter horse has become a joke over the years with the big time show horses unrideable and most profoundly unsound. The posty legs, front and back, ensure a crippled horse by the time they’re mature, if not before. Piled on top of those tiny, stacked feet, is too much horse. One ad in the same publication had a famous halter stallion that was 17.2 hands and weighed in at 1,850 pounds! What are they, Shires? I’ll get down off my soapbox now and move along. Sorry if I hurt anyone’s feelings. If, however, you have a horse like this, I can sure recommend a good farrier.

Wheatland, Wyoming’s Tyler Willis has the distinction of entering the most PRCA rodeos in 2011. Bull riders can enter up to 125 rodeos per season and Tyler pushed that number pretty hard with 117 rodeos. In second place for rodeos is Seth Glause, Rock Springs, WY, with 111. Man, glad I don’t have to travel with those guys!

Congrats to Keith Zimmerman, Harrison, NE, on his 50 years of raising Quarter horses being acknowledged by the AQHA. That’s a lot of years of looking forward to the new crop, Keith. Also, Legacy Award honorees included Mrs. Marian W. Hanson, Ashland, MT, and Phipps Land and Livestock, Whitman, NE. It’s folks like you who have made the good horses we all like to ride. Hats off to you all.

I’d hate to go more than a week without nagging you to get those stud colts gelded. Flies are all about gone, so make that appointment. Also, you’d better get your colts registered if they’re AQHA spring babies as time is marching along.

Have a great week and send me your items of interest.