The Outside Circle: Money raised, Lauings relocate, 5D barrels & horse sales
I hope all of you are getting some hay put up. I don’t know of a bale in our area that got put up without being rained on first, but, I’m sure not going to complain about the nice rains. There’s a whole lot of country that would love to have some rain, so let’s just be thankful.
The folks that put on the benefit for Brian Curtis want to thank everyone who participated, donated, purchased, or whatever. There was a whopping $41,000 raised to help Brian and his family as he recovers from serious head injuries received in a bull riding wreck. It just goes to show what generous hearts there are in the northern plains. If you still want to help, as more help is needed, you can send a donation in Brian’s name to Pioneer Bank, 700 State St., Belle Fourche, SD 57717.
Also, Brian is out of the hospital and will be recovering at home with out-patient rehab on the agenda. I’m sure it’s a relief to be home. One always heals better there with the love and support of family and friends close at hand.
A big announcement came from the Lauing Mill Iron L Ranch that they have moved, lock, stock and barrel prospects, to Sturgis, SD. Formerly located at Blunt, SD, Denny and Doris Lauing have been raising top performance horses for years, so it’s pretty exciting having them in the Black Hills area. They have located east of Sturgis at 13917 Alkali Rd., and their new phone number is 605-347-6193. Their outstanding stallions, Frenchmans Hickory, Comos Cottoneye, and Colonel Frenchman, and their fine broodmares came along with them. As busy as they are getting settled in, I know they’d be happy to show you their horses if you give them a call.
They are holding their annual sale, in conjunction with Moreau River Quarter Horses, on Sept. 3, at the Event Center at the Central States Fairgrounds. The catalog will be online as soon as Doris can get it all done and posted. Their Web site is http://www.lauingmillironlranch.com.
There will be a 5D Barrel Race on Wednesday July 20 and 27 at the Besler Cadillac Ranch near Belle Fourche, SD. Exhibitions will be 5-6:15 p.m., with the 5D starting at 6:30. Call Billi at 605-210-2561.
Also at the Cadillac Ranch, there will be the Bobbi Johnson Memorial Open 5D Barrel Race on July 30 in the outdoor arena (indoor if it rains). Exhibitions will be 8-10:30 a.m. with the 5D double header starting at 11 a.m. There will be a 1.5 hour break between rounds. There are some great prizes, plus the winner of the five Ds will draw for a saddle. Contact Fran McCoy at 605-641-0238 or Billi Charles at 605-210-2561 for information.
Ty and Dee Haugen’s Corona Cartel stallion, High On Corona, has two race starters that have qualified for stakes races (Corona Like Me and Ridin High On Life). Also, Ty has been hauling “Hoc” this year in the PRCA steer wrestling and they have won over $12,000 through the Fourth of July. Ty tells me that when Hoc’s turbo kicks in and he runs by the steer that he (Ty) doesn’t have any trouble getting his feet out in front of him! Hoc has a 93 speed index, was a stakes placed winner on the track, and has won at open barrels, halter and roping as well. He’s also the go-to saddle horse at their place, no matter what the job. Icing on the cake is that he’s a pretty booger too.
I see that Keldron, SD’s Chuck Schmidt has broke into the WNFR saddle bronc standings. Congrats Chuck!
On Aug. 26-28 will be the 5th annual Ride A Horse Feed A Cowboy charity event at Hulett, WY. There will be a BBQ and auction Friday night, live music Friday and Saturday nights, an art show all three days, cowboy poker on Saturday, cowboy church on Sunday, and the Cowboys and Indians Trade Show. Topping off the weekend, though, will be the Bulls and Broncs Wear Pink Benefit Rough Stock Rodeo on Saturday.
Each year this event chooses someone to aid with the benefit money and this year’s recipients are Lily Wilson, Upton, WY, a toddler undergoing cancer treatments, and Brian Curtis. What a great cause and a wonderful weekend to go to Hulett, WY.
The Ranchers Quarter Horse Breeders Association horse sale catalog is online now. Go to http://www.rqhba.com. Also, the RQHBA futurity has been renamed the RQHBA Don Brunner Memorial Futurity.
The SDRCHA Annual Road to Reno Futurity/Derby along with the Stallion Stakes will be Friday, Sept. 2, at the Central States Fairgrounds. That working cowhorse event is great watching with a lot of action.
The Spur Creek Ranch Horse Sale has changed their date to Saturday, Sept. 3 and will follow the Ranch Rodeo at Newell, SD. The sale horses will be showcased in the ranch rodeo, so it will be a great opportunity to watch the horses in action. Call Dale at 605-892-5133 for more info.
The 9th Annual Sugar Bars Legacy sale in Sheridan has about 90 head consigned with room for 10 more saddle horses. The sale horses, except for saddle horses, must have Sugar Bars within six generations in the pedigree. The consignment deadline was actually July 15, but the catalog won’t go to print until July 25 so some sweet talking might get you in. Also, you can get on the supplement sheet and get in the sale that way too. There are some new things happening at the sale with a 2012 Yearling Futurity for weanlings bought this year, also a two- and three-year-old Ranch Horse Versatility Class for those same 2011 weanlings in 2013. You can call LeRoy at 605-347-8120 or Art at 406-477-6441 for more info. Check it out at http://www.sugarbarslegacy.com.
I wanted to let you know that the saddle bronc rider in the red bra at the Interior Rodeo over the Fourth of July was actually in the Wild Ride and it was Bodie Lytle. I’m sure he’d want everyone to know that.
Here’s a great tip for anyone rebuilding meadow flood-plain fencelines that have gotten buried in mud and trash. My dear Dad told me to use an ax to cut down through the trash along each post so you can remove the clips or staples. Makes it a lot easier to clean the trash off the wires if they aren’t still attached to the posts. Let me tell you, it saved me hours of grunt work and it will you too. I would consider my Dad to be a living expert on meadow watergaps as he ranched for over 50 years on gumbo creeks and had many opportunities to perfect his methods through trial and error. Thanks Dad!
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