The Outside Circle: NRCHA Derby, great sale averages, upcoming sales & sad news |

The Outside Circle: NRCHA Derby, great sale averages, upcoming sales & sad news

This area has had some hot lightning storms recently and it has cost ranchers some haystacks, grass and outbuildings. After working so hard to get the hay put up, plus the expense, it’s sure a shame to have it go up in smoke. Insurance on those haystacks really isn’t that expensive. Hay prices are steadily going up due to so much of it being hauled to the drought stricken southwest, so insuring it so you can replace it might be a good investment.

There are still some big fires burning in the ranch country in surrounding states. I love it when the media says that nothing was damaged in these fires since no homes or businesses burned. I wonder what they think grass and fences are if not part of a rancher’s business?

We didn’t have any damage from Hurricane Irene. I knew you’d be relieved to know that. Give me a good old South Dakota blizzard any time over a hurricane. At least the snow will stay outside if you shut the door.

The NRCHA Derby has been rescheduled for Oct. 26-30 and will be held at Queen Creek, AZ. It was postponed due to the EHV-1 outbreak in May/June.

Carisa Shearer, Wall, SD, won the Bold Heart Breeders Futurity average on Rock On Rita. They also won the first round, second in the second round, won the open futurity average with a first in the first round and a second in the second round. Rita, a four-year-old palomino mare, is by Frenchmans Guy and out of Willys Rocking, so is a full sister to SX Frenchmans Vanila. She is owned by Gary and Andrea Peterson.

The Fultons had a great sale at Valentine, NE, on Aug. 26. The high seller was Lot 1, Streakin Silver Dash (A Streak Of Fling x Silver Creek Dash, Dash Ta Fame) for $46,000. The two-year-old filly’s mama had won over $50,000 running barrels, so that’s no doubt where she’s pointed to. The average on all of the Streak Of Fling two-year-olds was $13,868 and the average on the first crop of two-year-olds by CS Flashlight was $10,125. Overall average on 50 head was $11,665.

The following day was Bill and Deb Myers sale at Seven Down Arena, Spearfish, SD. Their high seller was Lot 4, Kaseys Shadow (Frenchmans Guy x Generals French Lady by Bogie General) for $40,000. The two-year-old filly is headed to Brazil. The average on their two- and three-year-olds by Frenchmans Guy, World Speed, Hot Colours and A Smooth Guy was $24,607. The overall average was $16,435. Several horses went to Brazil besides the high seller.

I hear folks talk about what a great price the folks like Fultons and Myers get for their horses and they can’t imagine how they do it. Well, have you opened a publication from the horse/rodeo world this year that didn’t have an ad in it from those breeders? They advertise a lot. It’s not cheap, but they know without that investment, no one is going to know about their sale or their horses. They also promote their horses. They have those horses in training, send them to futurities, and get them out there to be seen and they are breeding horses that can win. The worst thing you can be in the horse business is a “best kept secret.” There are a lot of good horses out there that are available, so if no one knows about yours, don’t be surprised if you don’t sell any.

Speaking of horse sales, the Hunt’s Open Box Rafter Sale will be Sept. 10, 1 p.m., at the Central States Fairgrounds in Rapid City, SD. They’ll have 110 head of outstanding performance-bred horses there. They will also be awarding six head of weanlings to youth in the inaugural AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeders Youth Incentive program during that sale. Call them at 605-538-4450 for a catalog or check out the Web site at for a peek at the sale offering.

On Sept. 24 there will be the Bad River Fall Extravaganza Horse Sale at Philip, SD. There is a mouth watering lineup of speed and performance bred horses in this sale. Call Philip Livestock for a catalog at 605-859-2577.

Scott Montague, Rapid City, SD, has decided to retire from PRCA rodeo competition and focus more on the teaching/coaching side of rodeo. Montague, 35, joined the PRCA in 1997 and was named the Bareback Rookie of the Year the same year. His career earnings added up to $733,742 and he qualified for the WNFR in ’01, ’02, ’05, and ’07. He and his wife Lynzie have two kids and he is a partner in a fencing and snow removal business in Rapid City called Outlaw Fencing. Best wishes on this new phase of your life, Scott.

A very familiar name in the pro rodeo world has made the news in a tragic way. Joe Beaver and his wife Jenna, Huntsville, TX, lost their son, Brody, on Aug. 24. Brody, 20, was an avid cattle cutter, was the NHSRA Champion in 2009 and at the time of his death was 10th in the 2011 Non Pro any age horse in the NCHA. Brody was their only child. My prayers go out to them.

My heart also goes out to my niece’s family in the loss of their friend, Shotgun, who was hit on the highway during a storm. A former cutting horse, he had become the trusted saddle horse for their six-year-old son and his three-and-a-half-year old sister. Just a few weeks ago I got to watch them ride him at Belle Jackpot and he took great care of them and did a good job for them as well. Shotgun was a pretty rare individual and a beloved member of their family. So sorry Shannon, Tadd and kids. He was a good ‘un.

I hope everyone lets me know how their events went over the weekend so I can include them in here. Should be lots of news and some horse sale results coming next week!

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