The Outside Circle: NHSFR Alumni sought, Zenyatta’s first foal, Todd Suhn and Max, schools |

The Outside Circle: NHSFR Alumni sought, Zenyatta’s first foal, Todd Suhn and Max, schools

It sure is nice out today. It’s a little breezy, but that just makes those baby calves dry off faster. We won’t be calving for another month, but I sure see lots of little calves along the road when I go somewhere.

I just returned from a month spent helping my son and daughter-in-law with a new baby, a toddler, and a move to a new job. I totally get why we are supposed to have our children when we’re young! I don’t have as much endurance with a toddler on my shoulders as I did 20 or more years ago. It was sure fun having all the time with the kids and the grandkids, but, it’s also good to be home.

There’s a move afoot to organize a long-overdue NHSRF Alumni activity at the NHSRA Finals in Rock Springs, WY, this summer. A committee was formed to work on the project during the NHSRA Winter meeting, where Dixie Huxtable, Douglas, WY, a Wyoming director, was appointed Chairman. The mover-shaker of the group is Jim Dickey from Montana, and he desperately needs contact information from all former National High School Rodeo Finals participants. You can write to Jim at: 273 Shane Ridge Rd, Columbus, WY, 59019, call him at: 406-321-0187 or 406-322-1170. My laptop won’t let me share his e-mail address with you, but if you want to email me, I’ll send it on to you (technology can just make me yank my hair out at times).

If you want to take a fun road trip and look at some of the most beautiful silver work in the world, go to the Great Western Silver Exhibition at Sheridan, WY, May 18-20. The finest silversmiths in the country will be showing off their engraving skills at the show and it should be amazing. I’m sure hoping to make it there myself.

A federal appeals court on March 14 rejected a lawsuit from conservation groups that want to block wolf hunts in the northern Rockies. The ruling from the three judge panel of the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals said that Congress acted within its rights when it stripped protected status from wolves last spring. Wolves had been kept on the endangered species list for years after they had reached the recovery goal number and Congress made the giant step to remove them from the list. It’s the first time Congress had ever done that, much to the relief of everyone who actually has to deal with the wolves in their daily lives.

On a similar vein, Wyoming’s Governor Matt Mead signed the Wolf Management bill which moves Wyoming one step closer to managing the wolves there and getting them off the Endangered Species list in Wyoming. The next step is for the WY Game and Fish department to revise its wolf management and wolf hunting regulations.

From Iowa, in the mean time, Representative Tom Latham has introduced legislation to block the Department of Labor Child Labor Proposal. The legislation, Preserving Americas Family Farms Act, would bar the US. D.O.L. from implementing any regulation that would prohibit farm youth from working on the family operation. I think the D.O.L. needs to get their noses out of our business entirely. They can’t possibly care as much about our kids as we do, and we’ve done a pretty good job of taking care of them all these years. Accidents can happen, no matter what, but they can also happen anywhere, not just in agriculture.

The big news from Kentucky is that the great mare Zenyatta has foaled! The eight year old mare who was named Thoroughbred racing’s Horse of the Year in 2010, produced a healthy, brown stud colt at Lanes End Farm. The colt is by Bernardini and is a big, strapping baby. Zenyatta is a good mama and is sure liking her new role. She’s been great at everything she’s ever done, so it’s no wonder.

There will be a Brent Lewis Calf Roping school March 23-25 at Broadus, MT. Both advanced and beginners are welcome, with a limit of 10 students in the advanced clinic. Call Rod Schaffer at: 406-436-2235 for more information.

A Pole Bending clinic will be held at Seven Down Arena, Spearfish, SD April 1 and 2, with Ken Smith as instructor. The April 1 clinic will be a full day, at $300 per person and limited to eight riders. The Second day will be for two hour private sessions, two riders per session. Contact Doug or Joeni Leuders at: 605-645-2965 or e-mail at

Todd Suhn had quite a steer wrestling run at Houston! His steer veered over and crossed to the right in front of his hazer, Casey Martin, so Todd and Max ducked behind Casey and ran to the steer, used the wall for a hazer, and took the steer down. Todd and Max even pulled a check! It was amazing footage to watch and a testament to what a good hand Todd is and what a great and really broke horse Max is.

Speaking of Houston, Truly Churchill and A Streak of Rita have been doing really well in the Super Series IV. She was 4th in the first go, won the second go, 3rd in the third go, and won the average. The rodeo continues for another week.

The 2012 RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo is coming up March 29-April 1, at Oklahoma City, OK. The top pro hands from each circuit compete there and it’s quite a rodeo.

At the Arcadia (FL) All-Florida Championship rodeo, Ty Manke, Rapid City, SD, was fourth in the Saddle Broncs. Bull Riding was dominated by our region’s cowboys with Dustin Elliott, North Platte, NE winning first with an 88-point ride on Frontier Rodeo’s Silence. Second was Ardie Maier, Timber Lake, SD, third Tyler Willis, Wheatland, WY and fourth Bobby Welsh, Gillette, WY.

The Marshall (TX) Prorodeo had K.C. Jones, Burlington, WY placing 4th in the Steer Wrestling and Cort Scheer, Elsmere, NE, winning first in the Saddle Broncs.

Okeechobee (FL) Cattleman’s Spring Rodeo had Chuck Schmidt, Keldron, SD, winning the Saddle Broncs with an 88-point ride on Silver Spur Club’s Prom Queen.

That winds up my circle for the week, so I’ll go put my horse up. Have a great week!

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