The Outside Circle: Good news for horse processing, Trula and Worm triumph at CNFR, Genuine Doc is gone & be careful out there |

The Outside Circle: Good news for horse processing, Trula and Worm triumph at CNFR, Genuine Doc is gone & be careful out there

Cold and windy today. No measurable snow yet, but, it feels like it’s coming soon. I’m not looking forward to winter at all.

There’s some good news on the horse front! A new bill clears the way for horse processing in the U.S. The conference committee on HR 2112 consolidated appropriations for agriculture and signed a conference report resolving differences between House and Senate versions of the bill that, for the first time since 2005, does not contain riders that prohibit the USDA from providing necessary inspectors for horse processing facilities. The next hurdle is to get the Senate to vote in our favor.

When this is accomplished, it will take a while to get the plants up and running again, but, with the push from all of us, it can be done. Contact your U.S. Senators and all others that you can think of. Let them know how the lack of horse processing has affected your bottom line in the horse business and in related areas.

Something we can also do right now is to support the organization that has been at the forefront of this battle and also pushed to get the GAO study done in the first place. That is United Horsemen, with Sue Wallis, a state senator and rancher from Wyoming, being the driving force. Besides thanking Sue and all the others for their hard work and tireless devotion to the horse business, it’s time to pony up some cash to help with all the expenses. Please chip in to this great organization’s efforts by sending a check to: United Horsemen, P.O. Box 71, Recluse, WY 82725. Your money will never be better spent.

Also, a reminder that the comment period on the Child Labor Law proposal that would keep our kids from learning the business at our sides, has been extended to Dec. 1, which is fast approaching. You can call them at 888-232-2626 and comment on proposal RIN 1235-AA06. Have that number to use when you call. You can get details on the proposal on the South Dakota Stockgrowers Web site, too.

A big hats off to Trula Churchill for winning the Canadian National Finals Rodeo Barrel Racing Championship. She and her great blue roan gelding Worm (A Streak Of Rita) fought hard for the win against another beloved contestant, Lisa Lockhart. It all came down to the final run at the Finals and 0.05 seconds. Lisa ended up second overall and first in the average at the CNFR. Trula and Lisa pocketed a nice chunk of change at the Finals and their year end earnings were $76,184.86 and $74,682.29 respectively. What a great Finals for two very fine ladies!

By the way, horses will be included in the livestock traceability rule from the USDA, so you’d better familiarize yourself with it and make any comments you want to by the deadline of Dec. 9. More on this can be found on the South Dakota Stockgrowers Web site.

The USDA must be on the payroll of the animal rights people. They invited the HSUS to the table to set the agenda for a proposed animal welfare scientific forum. No animal agriculture organizations or animal scientists were asked, however. NCBA is even having a cow about it, as they well should. I’m guessing the heat is going to be on the feet of the USDA over this foolishness. HSUS has no business in our business. This might also be a good thing to mention to your Senator and Representative in Washington, DC. USDA needs to be reminded who they actually work for and that HSUS is not science based.

There will be four days of horse racing held at Rock Springs, WY in 2012! That’s great news for Wyoming racing. I’ll let you know the dates when they’ve been established.

There will be a Jackpot Barrel Race Nov. 27 at the Event Center in Rapid City, SD, in conjunction with the NRCA Finals. Exhibitions will be 8-9 a.m. with the Jackpot right after that. Exhibition runs cost $5 and the entry fee for the jackpot is $35; enter there. Call Barb Williams at 605-210-0379 for more information.

A legend in the horse world was put down on Nov. 14. Genuine Doc, a 1977 sorrel stallion by Doc Bar and out of Gay Bar Gen by Gay Bar King, was 34 years old. Though still bright and happy, he was getting very thin despite the best efforts of the people who loved him, so the decision was made to put him down before winter. A great cutting horse himself, he went on to be a tremendous sire. His offspring earned 14,315 points in various AQHA events, and he had money earners across the board in performance events. His NCHA offspring earned $1.24 million; NRHA offspring $98,225; NRCHA offspring $13,955. His total offspring earnings exceed $2.2 million. His most famous offspring was undeniably Shining Spark. Carol Rose, Gainesville, TX, had owned and loved Genuine Doc all of his life and he was buried on a river bank on her farm.

A friend of mine went out to feed her horses the other evening and they got to messing around and she got run over. She’s a petite little thing and they aren’t, so she ended up with a broken jaw out of the deal. I’m telling you about this because we all get too casual around our horses. No matter how gentle they are, things can happen. They’re big, we’re little, and we need to remember that.

Several years ago, my husband’s old, pensioned, Thoroughbred gelding was in the corral for the winter. He was being fed very well so was higher than a kite all the time. He never needed much encouragement to jump in the air and shout, so when feeding time came around, he was bouncing around having a grand ol’ time. He would walk alongside of me and then jump straight in the air, kick and squeal. Well, his hind foot went by my head more times than I liked, so I took to carrying a flag with me to keep him back. Mind you, I loved this old horse and he was a fine gentleman to be around, but he was just so full of himself that he had to play a little with me. He wasn’t bad-mannered, he was just high-lifed and a gifted athlete. If he would have kicked me in the head I would have been just as dead as if he would have done it on purpose.

What I’m saying is, be aware of your horses and all the jockeying for status in the bunch. One bite on another’s rump can set off a chain reaction that can knock you flat. Don’t take chances. Personally, we have two horses I keep right at my elbow when I’m working amongst the hordes: not a horse on our place will crowd Dizzy or Elsie, so they are my best buds when I’m out there.

Well, I’m going to get off this ridge and go put my horse away for the week. Kind of chilly to be making a longer circle, anyway.

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