The Outside Circle: Juanita Warren, Circuit Finals Steer Roping, Buck’s birthday bash and geld that colt |

The Outside Circle: Juanita Warren, Circuit Finals Steer Roping, Buck’s birthday bash and geld that colt

A day or two of sunshine here really picks up the spirits of everyone, livestock included. The grass is trying to come on between snowfalls and the birds are singing, so it must be spring eventually. We’ve started calving, so am hoping for some sunshine soon.

Got word this week that Juanita (Fredericks) Warren, 69, passed away April 17 at Stephenville, TX from cancer. Juanita grew up on the Ft. Berthold Indian Reservation in North Dakota and graduated from Killdeer High School. She attended college at Colorado State University and Minot State and college rodeoed for both, excelling in barrels and goat tying. She taught school for 32 years at Laramie County Schools, Cheyenne, WY, and coached track, volleyball and gymnastics. Married to Jim for 23 years, they had two children, Becky (Paul) Lettunich, DeLeon, TX, and John (Kristi) of Ft. Worth. Survivors also include four grandchildren, a special niece Ronda Armstrong, two brothers and one sister. My condolences to her family and many friends.

Congrats to Trent Mills, Gillette, WY, for winning the National Circuit Finals Steer Roping April 17, at Torrington, WY. He placed in four of five rounds, won third in the average, made the eight man semi-finals, won it, and the four man final round as well. He pocketed a check for a whopping $10,093! Good job, Trent!

Also at the Circuit Finals Steer Roping, Paul Tierney, Oral, SD, was third in the semi-finals, his son Jess Tierney, Hermosa, was fourth, and in the Finals, Jess placed second. Kind of a nice father/son weekend deal.

The Golliher Arena Spring Series Finals will be May 1. Held at the indoor arena south of Belle Fourche, SD, this is a fun deal to go watch. There are barrel racers of all ages, some so young they are being led around the barrels on their horse, on up to mature (though still extremely youthful) ladies. You’ll see good hands and good horseflesh and enjoy the fun atmosphere at this barrel race. For more information, call Sue Golliher at 605-642-5363.

Speaking of barrels, at the Barrel Bash in Sterling, IL on April 15-17, the winner of the Saturday Open 1D was a familiar name. The rider, Jordan Talbot, didn’t ring a bell at all, but her horse sure did. The sire of the 1999 gelding No Socks Frost, came from Geno Hunt’s breeding program. Jakki Ax was by Geno’s great old stallion PC Sunsocks and out of Sparky Axette by Sparky One. Those South Dakota bloodlines keep making the headlines in the barrel racing world.

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Coming up on the horizon are some great events. There will be a Steer Wrestling Jackpot May 30 at the Arthur County Fairgrounds, Arthur, NE. There will be Open and High School levels, plus Junior High School chute doggin’, with entries starting at 11 a.m. This is a benefit for local charities, such as Special Olympics and Arthur Co. Medical Assistance, and $10 of the entry fee, plus 15 percent of the cowboy auction funds and beef raffle go that way. There’s a cowboy auction at noon with the jackpot following that. You can bet that some of the top steer wrestlers in the country will be there to help this deal along.

If you want to stay around the area for a few days, you can take in Buck Suhn’s Branding and BBQ at his ranch on Tuesday. Help Buck celebrate his birthday in style and give back to his great community in the process. For more information, call Barb Rinehart at 308-764-2251.

Other jackpots coming up in Nebraska include: Wayne Boyer Memorial Timed Event Showdown at McCook, NE, on May 20-22. Call Garrett Nokes at 308-350-0514. Also, there’s the Melvin-Swanson Memorial Steer Wrestling at Sutherland, NE, on the evening of June 14. Call Drew Melvin for the particulars at 405-808-9015.

Folks who like to watch or participate in the top ranch rodeos have a dandy coming up, June 4-5, at the Fall River County Fairgrounds, Edgemont, SD. It’s a WRCA-sanctioned qualifying Ranch Rodeo with the great events and enforced rules of stock handling that make the WRCA ranch rodeos top of the line. On that Saturday, it will start off with a Ranch Horse competition, then the ranch rodeo at 5 p.m., and on Sunday at noon. There’s no charge at the gate and vendors are welcome. It’s a great way to spend a weekend watching good hands and good horses compete and have fun. For information on the ranch horse competition, call Tim Schaak at 605-484-9714. For Ranch Rodeo information, call Wyatt VanEaton at 605-890-2369. I took this in last year and had a blast. Talk about a beautiful area and fine facilities, this is it.

At the Red Bluff Roundup, Red Bluff, CA, April 15-16, the Steer Wrestling average winner was Jake Rinehart, Highmore, SD. He also was second in the first round, and first in the second round. The Tryan family dominated the team roping with Clay Tryan/Travis Graves (Jay, OK) winning the average and second being a tie between Travis Tryan/Rich Skelton and Brady Tryan/Jake Long (Coffeyville, KS).

The Lakeside Rodeo, CA, the same weekend, had Less Shepperson, Midwest, WY, fourth in the average in steer wrestling while barrels had Britany Fleck, Mandan, ND, in third.

At the Midwest Horse Fair and Rodeo, Madison, WI, Mr. Versatile, Kyle Whitaker won the All-Around with checks in steer wrestling, saddle broncs and tie-down roping (what, they wouldn’t let him run barrels?). He won the steer wrestling and tied for second in the saddle broncs. Tie-down roping was won by Rex Treeby, Hecla, SD.

South Dakota’s High School rodeo season kicks off with the Triple Crown Rodeos on April 29, 30 and May 1. Those are Kadoka 1 & 2 and Burke. May 7 will be Wall and Lemmon, May 6-7 in Highmore, and May 8 in Onida, Faith and New Underwood. Busy time for the rodeo families, but what great memories they’re making.

The Wyoming High School kids will be at Newcastle, WY, on May 7 and 8 as well.

It’s springtime and that’s when young stud horses’ fancies turn to the fillies. This would be an excellent time to geld those young studs since there are no flies and they can be turned out on grass to heal up. I saw a couple of yearling stud colts still running out with not only their pasture mates, but their mothers, yesterday. Don’t think for a minute that those little boogers can’t get the job done with a mare. The odds of them actually breeding a mare are in direct proportion to how bad you don’t want them to, you know. So, call the veterinarian, sharpen your knife, whatever, but get ‘er done. That would be a good time to brand them and take out their wolf teeth too, if you have them laying there in lala land.

Well, I’ll go put up my horse for this circle. That mud sure takes the sass out of one quick these days. Have a marvelous week!