The Outside Circle: Horse processing news, benefit for Marcie, rodeo results |

The Outside Circle: Horse processing news, benefit for Marcie, rodeo results

I just had to open my big mouth a while back about the great winter we were having, didn’t I? Sorry about that, folks. I guess we had to have some of that white stuff at some point in time. Better now than later on when more people are calving. I’d rather have a whole bunch of white stuff, though, than have the storms that went through Missouri, Kansas and Illinois and did so much damage with tornadoes and suchlike. Nasty things just won’t stay outside like our snow will.

There is good news from Missouri, though. A two year feasibility study has culminated in a site being named for a horse processing plant at Mt. Grove, MO. They will be able to process 200 head per day with one shift, and 400 per day with two shifts. There will be 40-55 jobs to begin with, with over 100 when the plant is in full operation.

Of course there is the selected individual who makes the news complaining about the horrendous slaughter of horses, but, that lady probably never got out of her lovely retirement home and saw what happens to horses that have no feed, are unwanted, and would otherwise be shipped to Mexico. The news program I watched did give a balanced report, in that they interviewed a guy who actually knew something about the horse industry and livestock in general, and had nothing but good to say about the plant opening in his area.

I didn’t hear that a date for the opening of the plant was set, but, I hear from other sources that it will be soon. My hat is off to those who have fought valiantly to restore the horse industry by restoring horse processing in the U.S., most particularly Sue Wallis and Dave Duquette. Thank you.

This is for the S.Dak. high school rodeo folks: the practice rodeo at Flandreau, SD, will be May 13. The newsletter had the date wrong.

In the President’s proposed budget, which cut $700 million from the USDA, they did do one thing right. The USDA cuts shut down, for the time being, the construction of the $650 million bio-security lab the government, in all their wisdom, wants to build at Manhattan, KS. It currently resides in as safe a place as is possible at Plum Island, NY. This facility studies highly contagious animal diseases and most people with functioning brain matter know it is a bad idea to move it to the heart of our nation, in proximity to the huge feedlot complexes of the central and southern plains states, and ranches and farms of the same area. One of the dreaded diseases they study at Plum Island is Foot and Mouth disease, and a scientific study found it highly likely that moving the facility would lead to an outbreak of the industry destroying disease. For once, a USDA budget cut did some good. Even an ol’ blind sow finds an acorn once in a while.

There will be a Tie Down Roping Clinic at the Louden Barn on April 21-22, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Hosted by the Bennett County High School Rodeo Club, it will feature Dallas Louden as the instructor. Dallas is a USTRC Finals qualifier, WNFR qualifier, and many time qualifier for SDRA, GPIRA, and 9 times INFR qualifier. You can get more information by contacting Mary Kay Sell at: 605-685-1383 or 605-441-0844 or e-mail

Don’t forget the benefit Barrel Race and Team Roping being held to help Marcie Locken with the expenses related to her treatment for cancer. On March 17 there will be an Open 4D at 11 a.m. and Team Roping (enter at 1, rope at 2). A silent auction will follow, which includes stallion services to horses like A Smooth Guy or Cowboy Cartel, plus apparel, tack, and other gear. This event will happen at the Fairgrounds at Huron, SD. To learn more or to find out how to send something for the auction, contact Rachel at: 920-296-9270 or Sarah at: 605-864-1459.

At the Dixie National PRCA rodeo, Jackson, MS, Lisa Lockhart and her great horse Louie, placed third in the barrels. Barebacks had a three way tie for 4th that included Steven Dent, Mullen, NE. Saddle Broncs had a three way tie for 2nd with Troy Crowser, Whitewood, SD and Josh Reynolds, Ekalala, MT in the running.

Brighton Field Days Festival and Rodeo, Okeechobee, FL, Saddle Broncs were won by Chad Ferley, Oelrichs, SD.

At the 128th Annual Silver Spurs rodeo, Kissimmee, FL, Barebacks had a two way tie for 5th with Ty English, Spearfish, SD, getting a piece of the dough. Ty Manke, Rapid City, SD, and Jeff Willert, Belvidere, SD, tied for 5th in the Saddle Broncs.

San Antonio is about the biggest rodeo next to the WNFR and to win there nearly ensures a trip to Las Vegas. It goes on for weeks with a whole lot of results, so I am going to boil it down to the basics here. In the Barrels, Nikki Steffes, Vale, SD, was 4th in the Final round, 2nd in the second and third rounds, 1st in the Semi Final III and in a four way tie for 3rd in the Semi Final IV. Jess Tierney, Hermosa, SD, won the three head average in the Steer Roping. The Bareback champion was Steven Dent, Mullen, NE. Chet Johnson, Sheridan, WY, was first in the Final round and champion Saddle Bronc rider, with Jeff Willert, Belvidere, SD, 2nd, and J.J. Elshere, Quinn, SD, tied for 3rd. Ardie Maier, Timber Lake, SD, was 2nd in the Final round of Bull Riding. Incidentally, Tyler Robertson, Caputa, SD, was one of the great pickup men at that rodeo.

Also at San Antonio, the Cinch Shootout on February 25 had Lisa Lockhart and Louie placing 3rd.

The San Antonio Xtreme Bulls was the highest payout in the event’s history ($100,000) and Kanin Asay, Powell, WY, took home $28,704 of it. He won both rounds and the championship to do it. He started back to riding bulls on New Year’s Eve after being sidelined in June 2011 by hip surgery. Sure glad to see him back.

At San Angelo, the Steer Wrestling average had Kody Woodward, Dupree, SD in 2nd place. Saddle Broncs had Wade Sundell totally dominating it with a 1st in the Final round and the average win. Wade has called Boxholm, IA home all this time, but is now getting his mail at Bonie, TX, (nice winters, I suppose). Also in the Saddle Broncs, Troy Crowser pulled a check for 3rd in the first round, and the Final round had J.J. Elshere, Quinn, SD, in 3rd and Cole Elshere, Faith, SD, in 4th, plus they were 4th and 5th in the average, respectively. The Tie Down Roping Final round was won by Justin Scofield, St. Lawrence, SD and he also placed 6th in the average. Corey Maier, Timber Lake, SD was in a three-way tie for 4th in the Bulls.

At the Fiesta do los Vaqueros, Tuscon, AZ, J.R. Vezain was 4th in the average in the Barebacks, Jake Rinehart, Highmore, SD was 7th in the average in Steer Wrestling, Wade Sundell, Bonie, TX and Chad Ferley, Oelrichs, SD were 1st and 2nd in the Saddle Broncs. Ardie Maier, Timber Lake, SD split 5th in the Bull Riding.

Ty Manke, Rapid City, SD, tied for 1st in the Saddle Broncs at the Georgia National Jr. Livestock Show and Rodeo in Perry, GA.

Well, that about winds up my circle this week. I think I’d better take a moment and pick the snow balls out of my horse’s feet and go put him up. Have a great week!

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