The Outside Circle: Hot Shot’s gone, dues due, Summit of the Horse & 20X Showcase |

The Outside Circle: Hot Shot’s gone, dues due, Summit of the Horse & 20X Showcase

The weather has just been amazing, hasn’t it? I hope it holds like this and then turns off warm and wet in April.

One of the greatest barrel horses of all time, Hot Shot, died Dec. 28, 2011, of natural causes. Nate Shilabar, a 1987 buckskin gelding, had amassed well over one million dollars in earnings running barrels and was still at it. A true iron horse, he absolutely loved his job and hunted the barrels every time he ran into the arena. In 1997, Rookie of the Year Peyton Raney, rode him to numerous victories. He changed ownership in 2001, and Janet Stover rode him to a WPRA World Championship and a record for NFR earnings. Hot Shot was then sold to the Steinhoffs of Vinita, OK, and became the beloved partner of girls Tanya and Tyrney Steinhoff. He carried them to wins in every level of barrel racing, short of the WNFR, and was a treasured member of their family. Breyer even made a model horse of Hot Shot. Hot Shot was cloned and has a duplicate of himself named Wild Shot. A horse like Hot Shot only comes along very rarely and he will be remembered by barrel racers for years. Rest in peace, old campaigner.

Don’t forget the Dreamin’ of Summer barrel series that continues on Jan. 14, 2012 at Bowman, ND. Call Bailee Murnion 605-381-0390 or Barb Williams 605-210-0379 for more information.

Membership renewals are due for United Horsemen members. I encourage you, if you aren’t already a member, to join and help support the organization that has worked so hard to get the horse processing issue resolved in Washington, DC. You can also give a tax-deductible donation to the organization as well. Basic membership starts at $50. You can go online and use your card or PayPal at or send your dues and any extra to United Horsemen, Box 454, Hermiston, OR 97838. This is a great organization that has fought tirelessly for our personal property rights and the welfare of horses nationwide. For more information, direct questions to:

Get your new calender out and scribble on some dates, such as March 16-18, when the South Dakota Horse Fair and Ranch Rodeo is held at the W.H. Lyons Fairgrounds in Sioux Falls, SD. There will be clinicians, youth activities, equine trade show and more. Check it out at

The 2nd International Summit of the Horse will be in Oklahoma City, OK, during April 2-5. There will be two full days of information- and resource-packed sessions that will focus on the mission of the United Horsemen, which is to 1) restore humane and regulated horse processing to the U.S., and 2) the responsible control and management of wild and feral horses. This year’s focus will be on tribal, state and private lands that have horses and burros running at large. I’ll keep you updated with any new information as the time gets closer.

Speaking of which, in southwest Wyoming there’s a roughly two million acre area that borders checkerboarded private and BLM lands. The private landowners (ranchers who run sheep and cattle) in that region have been trying to force the BLM to removed the wild horses from the private land, as per a 30-year-old agreement with the BLM to limit those horse numbers, which has never been honored. Now U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl, who presides over the Rock Springs Grazing Association’s lawsuit, has allowed the International Society for the Protection of Mustangs and Burros, the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign, and the Cloud Foundation to intervene. He denied a similar request from the Wyoming Stockgrowers and other groups this month. I’d have to say he’s been bought and paid for. Where in the world do they get these judges, anyway?

Congratulations to all the South Dakota High School rodeo 20X Showcase contestants who were chosen to compete at the 20X Extreme Showcase during the Black Hills Stock Show in Rapid City, SD, on Jan. 29, 2012. What an exciting opportunity to get to compete in the same arena as the pros! Now it’s time to get your horses legged up, their feet trimmed and get some practice in. You roughstock riders can hit the gym and hopefully get on some practice stock before then too. This is a great rodeo to go watch and I enjoy it every year.

Well, that’s my circle for this week. My horse hardly turned a hair on this one so make sure you get your information to me so I can really make a big circle next week!

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