The Outside Circle: Memories of Joann Founder, watch High School rodeo season |

The Outside Circle: Memories of Joann Founder, watch High School rodeo season

It’s sure been a blustery, windy spring so far. I’m hoping that by the time you’re reading this, the rain will have all the draws and creeks running and the ground too muddy to get around to do any fencing.

I was saddened to hear of the loss of a wonderful lady from the Newcastle, Wyoming country. Joann Grieves, 75, passed away on April 2, and services were held April 7, with burial to be at the ranch. Joann was one of those people who was a joy to meet and visit with no matter where you were. I don’t ever remember her being down in the dumps, even when she had reason to be, or visiting with her and not laughing. She was always fun and oh so proud of her family. Whether her family was ranching, rodeoing or what-have-you, she was their biggest fan. She especially loved rodeo at every level, from Little Britches to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (WNFR). Privileged to have shared in her life are her husband Jack; sons J.D. and Deena, Upton, WY, and Chuck, Newcastle, WY; grandchildren J.R. and Jacy, Upton, and Chase and Tyler, Belle Plaine, MN. She also leaves behind her sisters Sherry Tavegie, Sheridan, WY, and her identical twin, Jeanne Seppala, Gillette, WY. She’s survived by other extended family and many, many friends. Joann was a gem and will be missed by all who knew her. My condolences to her wonderful family.

Despite the dry weather and wind, there’s still green grass popping up here and there. Anyone with a founder prone horse should be watching out as it doesn’t take much green to tip one over the brink of founder, especially a pony or mini. Any horse, mule or burro that is over fat or has a cresty neck is also vulnerable. If your horse stands with it’s front feet out and leaning back, get them off the grass and call your vet immediately. If you have some bute on hand, administer it right away to lower the inflammation in the feet. A cold water bath is also helpful. The growth doesn’t have to be lush to bring it on, so don’t underestimate that tinge of green.

The National Circuit Finals Steer Roping will be April 20-22 at Torrington, WY. This is a great steer roping with the top ropers from every PRCA circuit competing, so would be a fine roping to go to. I just love steer roping and could watch it for days.

High School Rodeo season is looming large and has started in some of our neighboring states. The South Dakota contestants need to know that Wall’s practice rodeo was left off the schedule and will be held May 12. Entries are due May 3. Call Dawn Richter at 605-515-3489 for further info.

North Dakota contestants need to sell $50 worth of brand ads to rodeo and those ads have to be turned in by May 6. Better get on that as there’s a lot of competition selling those ads.

Montana high school rodeo members need to sell 30 raffle tickets and mail the money and stubs to Rhonda Nordahl by April 30, in order to enter the state finals. You can keep selling them after that, right up until the day of the drawing on June 6, but the 30 have to be turned in by the end of this month.

Wyoming rodeo kids have the Newcastle rodeo on May 5-6. It counts as two rodeos and entries open April 30 and close May 1. The Gillette rodeo is also a two rodeo weekend with cutting on May 11, and the rest of the rodeo May 12-13. Entries open May 7 and close May 8. The entry number is 307-332-8211 for both of those.

Nebraska has a skad of high school rodeos coming up with McCook on April 28-29, (entries are already closed on that one). Hyannis will be May 5, with entries open April 1-30. Arthur will be May 6, with entries open April 1-30.

The Lauing Ranch at Blunt, SD, was recently accepted into the Ranching Heritage Breeders program with the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA). These Lauings are Bernie and Genie, Blunt, JD and Amanda, Gillette, WY, and Tom and Laurie and family, Hot Spring, SD. Congrats to all!

Keldron, SD’s Chuck Schmidt celebrated his 24th birthday week in style by winning both Fargo, ND, and Atlantic City, NJ rodeos and a sweet $4633, moving his place in the PRCA saddle bronc standings from 48th to 23rd. He racked up some big frequent flyer miles in the process!

Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Rodeo wrote a bunch of checks to other hands from our area too. Barebacks were won by JR Vezain, Cowley, WY, while fourth place had a three way tie for Joe Gunderson, Agar, SD. Besides Chuck’s win in the saddle broncs, there was a three way split for fourth for Cort Scheer, Elsmere, NE, and Cole Elshere, Faith, SD, split seventh. Garrett Vig, Mud Butte, SD, split fourth in the bulls.

A scholarship has been established in memory of well-loved steer wrestler Levi Wisness. His folks, Milo and Julie, have set up the Levi Wisness Live Your Dream scholarship with the Watford City, ND, area Scholars For Dollars program. Levi was the 2003 College National Finals champion steer wrestler, then competed PRCA, qualifying for the 2007 WNFR. The same year, he was diagnosed with a brain tumor and treatments for it precluded competing at the finals. He died in 2008.

The Miles City Bucking Horse Sale will be May 17-20. Besides the expected bucking horses, there’s also a bucking bull sale, mutton bustin’, horse racing, concerts, and wild horse races. For more info, go to or, or call 1-800-755-5177.

There will be a Molly Powell barrel racing clinic May 12-13, at Lander, WY. It’s limited to 15 students and your deposit has to be there by May 2. For info call Christie Hebert, 307-851-7142 or e-mail her at

The BLM is planning a roundup of the Pryor Mountain wild horse herd to reduce numbers. There are 170 horses running where 120 or less would be adequate, so a thinning of the population is needed. They graze a 38,000 acre wild horse preserve in south central Montana. There’s a 30 day appeal period for all the anti’s to get their howling done. That ends May 3. The wild horse advocates say these are horses descendents of the first horses brought to America by the conquistadors. The old timers from that country claim that there were no “mustangs” there before the crash in the late ’20’s and ’30’s when homesteaders and other settlers gave up and turned their horses loose when leaving the country. Gee, I wonder who to believe?

Well, I’d better pull up and give my horse a rest. It’s been a windy circle again this week. Don’t forget to pray for rain.