The Outside Circle: Gelding weanlings, pretty palominos, horse sales & Papa Smurf |

The Outside Circle: Gelding weanlings, pretty palominos, horse sales & Papa Smurf

The golden rod has been blooming for a couple of weeks now, so it must be crowding up on fall again. Folks are starting to precondition calves and many foals have been weaned and have been or will be sold through a sale soon. Those that are being kept are probably still following the mares around.

In early September we usually geld our weanling stud colts while they’re still on the mares. We wait until a frost, have the veterinarian come out and give them the lala-land drugs and geld them. While we have them on the ground, we brand them, give a tetanus shot and check to see if they have their wolf teeth in. If they do, we have the vet take them out too. When the new little gelding wakes up, he gets up and wobbles back into a pen or stall with Mom to recover. The next morning, out to pasture they go. Most flag their tails and run ahead of the mare as they go out, so obviously they aren’t hurting too bad. We’ve never had any swelling, stiffness or bleeding problems and they don’t remember anything happening to them. In a couple of weeks, they’re ready to wean. It’s worked for us very well. Might be worth considering.

At the Palomino World Show in Tulsa, OK, trainer Randy Guggisberg, Custer, SD, had great success with the two horses he showed. Shiney Darlin won the Jr. Reining and he placed third in the Sr. Cow Horse with Nu N Shiney. Both horses are sired by the great Shining Spark and owned by Bud Fay, Gillette, WY. Congrats Randy and Bud!

Congrats also to breeders Greg and Lori Shearer, Wall, SD, on SX Dr Peacharita’s great runs at the Mega 5D Barrel race in Jackson, MS, Aug. 18-20. The 2004 palomino mare by Dr Nick Bar and out of SX Frenchmans Peach (by Frenchmans Guy) won over $10,200 under the guidance of 15-year-old Brian Wheeler, Hattiesburg, MS. The mare is co-owned by his Mom, Stephanie Wheeler and Carissa Shearer. This great mare has won over $150,000 in her career.

Pierre, SD’s Tom Maher is probably poppin’ some buttons over Corona Dude Dancer winning the big Summer Shootout on Aug. 19-21 at Oklahoma City. Tom bred the 2006 sorrel gelding and he’s by his great stud Cartel Dancer (speed index 94) and out of This Chicks For You. The gelding is now owned and ridden by Casi Conrad.

One of the all time great bucking horses recently passed away. Papa Smurf of the Calgary Stampede string was 28 years old. Retired in 2005, this great saddle bronc was the money horse for PRCA cowboys for many years, with over $466,000 earned on him. He had lived out his retirement babysitting the youngsters on the Calgary Stampede ranch in Alberta and living the good life.

Don’t forget the Central South Dakota Ranchers and Breeders Sale on Sept. 3 in Rapid City at the Central States Fairgrounds. Preview will be at 1 p.m. and the sale at 4 p.m. Check out the online catalog at or call Doris or Denny at 605-347-6193.

Get The Green Barrel Race will be Sept. 2-4 at the Belle Fourche Roundup Grounds. There’s a Slot Race and Open 4D and should be great watching. Call Lorita at 605-645-7592 or 605-642-1940 for more information.

The Coy Price/Jack Smeenk Memorial Roping will be Sept. 4 at 9 a.m. There’s open breakaway, high school and under breakaway, high school and under team roping and draw pot team roping. This is a fundraiser for the Newell High School Rodeo club scholarship fund. It will be held at the Newell Arena, Newell, SD.

The Hunt’s Open Box Rafter Horse Sale will be Saturday, Sept. 10 at 1 p.m. at the Central States Fairgrounds, Rapid City, SD. They’ll be selling 110 head of weanlings, yearlings, performance and stallion prospects, broodmares and geldings. Go to, or call Jim or Joni at 605-538-4450.

The Fizz Bomb Classic Horse Sale will be held Sept. 17 at 5 p.m. at the Camplex, Gillette, WY. There are 50 head of outstanding speed/barrel bred horses in the sale. You can view the catalog online at or call 605-374-3684 or 605-430-7980 for info. The Fizz Bomb Barrel Futurity will run Sept. 14-18 at Gillette.

Corey Maier, Timber Lake, SD, made a 90-point ride on D & H Cattle Co.’s Marmaduke at the Caldwell, ID pro rodeo on Aug. 17. He also won the average there.

Also at Caldwell, Jason Miller, Lance Creek, WY, was third in the average in steer wrestling, with Les Shepperson, Midwest, WY, placing fourth. Chad Ferley, Oelrichs, SD, tied for second in the average in the saddle broncs.

At the Wyoming State Fair and Rodeo in Douglas, All-Around was won by Bobby Harris, Highmore, SD, with money won in team roping and steer roping. Barebacks had Kelly Timberman, Mills, WY, in fourth; steer wrestling had Tait Kvistad, Sheridan, WY, in fourth; saddle broncs had a tie for first place with Wace Snook, Hulett, WY, and a third by Clay Schaeffer, Dickinson, ND; tie-down roping had Dane Kissack in third; barrels had Amanda Welsh finishing first.

At the Yellowstone Stampede, Billings, MT, the barebacks had JR Vezain, Cowley, WY, in second and a three-way tie for fourth for Kelly Timberman. Tyler Haugen, Sturgis, SD, was fourth in the steer wrestling. Tie-down roping had a tie for third with Justin Scofield, St. Lawrence, SD, and Jade Lyon (don’t know where in SD). Nikki Steffes, Vale, SD was fourth in the barrels.

The Moses Lake Roundup in Washington had little Jake Rinehart, Highmore, SD, tied for first in the steer wrestling. At Circle, MT, the steer wrestling had Tyler Haugen third and Clay Cowan, Highmore, SD, fourth. The team roping had Brett Price, Faith, SD and Doug Kroeplin in fourth; saddle broncs had Kaleb Asay in first; Ty Manke, Rapid City, SD, in second, and Dillon Schroth, Buffalo Gap, SD, in fourth. The tie-down roping had a three-way tie for second place for Beau Franzen, Sidney, MT; Paul David Tierney, Oral, SD, and Ryan Siemsen, Worden, MT. Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, SD, won the barrels. Thunder Boomer, Interior, SD, was second in the bull riding.

Have a great week and a safe and fun Labor Day weekend! Send me your results and comments!

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