The Outside Circle: Grandson, BJA, bucking horse sale, cow horses and Southern Plains fires |

The Outside Circle: Grandson, BJA, bucking horse sale, cow horses and Southern Plains fires

It’s feeling more like April this week. Sunshine and showers on the same day, plus green grass coming on everywhere, can make one believe that spring has sprung. We are calving now and those calves sure look nice sleeping on green grass.

We’ve had our little seven-month-old grandson and his Mom staying with us for a couple of weeks and that’s sure been fun. My husband took the little guy out on a ride on his horse with him to check cows. That was quite a treat for both of them. The little cowboy tried to teeth on the rawhide reins, so I guess it’s time to get the old romal down from the wall and let him have it to work on. His Daddy teethed on an old romal and turned into a good hand and cowboy, so, I think early conditioning is a good idea. That horse sweat makes old romals pretty tasty.

Belle Jackpot Association’s (BJA) 2011 events are fast approaching, with the first one scheduled for May 27. At this point, there is some question as to whether it will be held at the Belle Fourche Roundup grounds. There’s work being done there to aid in the drainage of water and it may not be completed before the BJA starts. I will get an update on where the first ones will be held and share it with you here. You can also call someone on the BJA committee for information. Rumor was that it might be in Sturgis if the Belle Fourche grounds weren’t usable. I’ll let you know.

There have been two mares by A Streak Of Fling showing them how it’s done at the ProRodeos and raking in some sweet checks in the process. Blue Moon Fling and Carly Pierce placed second at the Buc Days Pro Rodeo at Corpus Christi, TX and hauled a $4,001 check home with them. A Streak Of Rita and Trula Churchill won $1,299 at the Clovis, CA rodeo the same weekend. A Streak Of Fling is the gorgeous bay roan stallion who belongs to Brian and Lisa Fulton of Valentine, NE, and stands at stud at James Ranch, Wayne, OK.

The 61st Annual Miles City Bucking Horse Sale will be May 19-22, at, you guessed it, Miles City, MT. On Friday there will be the Bucking Bull Sale, Mutton Bustin’, Wild Horse Race, and new for 2011, an Indian Relay Race. On Saturday there will be the Bucking Horse Classic and Open, Horse Racing and Wild Horse Race. Sunday will have a Horse Sale, Horse Racing and Wild Horse Race. You can go online for more information at or call 1-800-755-5177.

The most recent National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) standings have some local horses/riders/owners in the top end. In the Open Bridle, second place has Miss N Chablis, owned by Fred and Clara Wilson, Newcastle, WY and ridden by Levi Grimes, Kadoka, SD. Open Hackamore has Bettin Yer Smart first for owners Deb Brown and Larry Licking of Camp Crook, SD and trainer/rider Justin Lawrence of Alzada, MT. Second in the Open Hackamore is This Cats Sticky, owned by Robin Dangel, Colton, SD and ridden by Justin Lawrence. In the Non-Pro Hackamore, Smooth Talkin Cat is leading is for owner/rider Kelcie Lawrence, Alzada, MT.

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The First Annual Will James Roundup at Hardin, MT will be July 8-10 at the Big Horn County Fairgrounds. Events will include Working Ranch Horse (including a Youth division), Cowboy Bronc Riding and much more. Go to the Web site at for details and contact information.

Don’t forget the Kentucky Derby is May 7. It will be on NBC so watch your local listings for the time. I just love the Triple Crown Races. Must be in my blood.

Did you know that there have been more than 1.5 million acres burned in Texas, plus more in Oklahoma and New Mexico, this spring? An unknown number of cattle and other stock have been killed, and those that are alive are out of grass. They are in a tough drought and without rain, there’s no regrowth on the burned ground, so nothing to graze. Homes have burned, along with working facilities, fencelines, windmills and more. We sure don’t hear much about this on the news, though. None of those ranchers are standing around waiting for the government to do something about it and rebuild the fences, corrals and buildings for them. They’re just rolling up their charred sleeves and helping each other out, just like ranchers have always done. Good neighboring is what that is, same as here. Makes it pretty hard to complain about rain and too much water in our country. There, but for the grace of God….

In my husband’s hometown, Springville, CA, at the Sierra Rodeo on April 23-24, the steer wrestling was won by John Franzen, Riverton, WY, with a smokin’ 3.8 run. Second was won by Josh Peek of Pueblo, CO. (Josh’s mom, Nadine, was a Packer girl from Belle Fourche, SD). Seth Glause, Rock Springs, WY placed second in the Saddle Broncs.

At Clovis, CA, Todd Suhn, Hermosa, SD, placed second in the average in the steer wrestling. In the saddle broncs there was a tie for second between Chet Johnson, Gillette, WY and Jace Garrett, Alliance, NE.

At the Buc Days rodeo at Corpus Christi, TX, the barebacks had Joe Gunderson, Agar, SD, tied for fourth. In the steer wrestling, Todd Suhn tied for second and Jesse Bail tied for second in the saddle broncs.

I’m back to riding a colt again. I feel that my shelf life for colt riding has about expired, but he’s sure nice, and a good young cowboy from the Plainview country started him for me. He’d been laid off since November and rode off like a gentleman. Of course, not being as dumb as I look, I had my son step on him and take him for a little spin for me to check him out. I rode him after that and he’s going to be fun. I rode his grandmother almost 30 years ago on those first rides and she was one grand mare who died right here on the place. This colt’s good attitude and user-friendly disposition is no accident. He’s going to be a walkin’ dude when he gets it in gear and that pleases me no end. My knees just aren’t as fond of standing up on a long trot as they used to be. That running walk makes me smile on both ends.

You have a great week and enjoy that spring rain. Rain makes mud, mud makes grass, grass makes beef. It’s all good.