The Outside Circle: Rodeo entries, fundraiser for Dave Brence, fast horses & Ranch Rodeo
Summer has sure gone by fast. I feel like it goes faster all the time, too. School is going to be starting right away for many kids. For ranchers and farmers, that means a lot of their working crew is unavailable except on weekends. I remember my Dad scheduling very busy Saturdays of working cattle or sheep. I would have been thrilled to be taken out of school during the week for that, but it never happened. At the time, I thought that was nearly criminal, but he and Mom thought that school was really important and what I thought didn’t hold much water. They were probably right.
They are still seeking more entries for the roughstock at the Hulett, WY Ride A Horse/Feed A Cowboy benefit on Saturday, Aug. 27 at 1 p.m. If you want to enter, you have until Aug. 23 and it’s a $50 entry with $500 added money. You can call to enter at 307-283-1692.
Entries for the Newell Labor Day Rodeo will be taken on Aug. 29 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Call Danelle at 605-456-1425. Just a reminder on calling to enter this rodeo or any other – be polite. Being the entry secretary is a very thankless job (at best), very stressful and a commitment of a full day for someone who is already busy. I have heard horror stories of the rudeness of callers who thought they could bully the secretary into letting them in or whose language was not family appropriate when they didn’t get into the event they wanted. So start calling early, as you might not get through the first try, and be persistent. The entries fill fast at Newell in all the age divisions and events.
The Michael Glynn Memorial Coalition Saddle Bronc Chute-Out and Youth Bull Riding will be Sept. 3 at 1 p.m., with a Calcutta at 12:30 p.m., at White River, SD. There’s a $5,000 added purse and entries close Aug. 26. The saddle bronc riding is open to the world, but the youth Bull Riding is for NHSRA members only and they need to be able to show their card. Call 605-344-2533 for information.
There will be a Benefit BBQ and Dance Sept. 10 for Dave Brence at Tetreault’s Ranch, St. Onge, SD. The food will be served at 6-8 p.m. and the dance will be at 8:30 p.m. with Badger Horse playing. There will be a free will offering. Dave has been fighting cancer and the treatments and travel are such a financial hardship, so please go and support Dave and kick in all you can. Dave has been a long-time employee of St. Onge Livestock and is a fine man and well respected by all who know him. I will find out by next week who to contact to make a donation, just in case you can’t make it to the fundraiser.
The Saddle Up For St. Jude Trail Ride in the Black Hills will be Sept. 17 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. It starts at the French Creek Horse Camp in Custer State Park and will be about 10 miles of riding through that beautiful country amidst lots of wildlife. Lunch is provided midway for the riders. A special event pass is paid so you just need to tell them at the gate that you are there with the St. Jude trail ride. Riders can either donate a minimum of $20 or can collect money from sponsors (donors should make checks out to St. Jude Research Hospital). Last year there were 44 riders and $5,416 was raised. Call Sally Anne Rall at 605-833-2225 for more information.
The Dash N Dance Futurity which was held at Seven Down Arena, Spearfish, SD, on Aug. 12-14 had a local horse in the winner’s circle. Guys Champagne Girl, by Frenchmans Guy and out of Hot Brnadi N Wine by Hot Colours, won the $5,000 added Futurity and Open 4D. Bred and owned by Bill and Deb Myer, the mare was ridden by Sabra O’Quinn, Ocala, FL, to win over $4,000 over the weekend. Sabra comes north to escape the Florida heat and helps the Myers get the sale horses ready. Incidentally, the two-year-old full-sister to this great mare is selling in the Myers’ sale on Aug. 27.
Bill and Deb were also pretty proud of the reserve champion in the futurity, A Special Color by Hot Colours and out of a Frenchmans Guy mare. The gelding was also second in the Avenue and second in the Slot Race for owner/rider Jordan Briggs.
A reminder for the SDHSRA Cinch Team members that they have to have their NHSRA memberships paid by Sept. 1 instead of Nov. 1 like all other members. Also, the SDHSRA Annual Meeting will be at the Casey Tibbs Rodeo Center, Ft. Pierre, SD, on Sept. 24 at 10 a.m. (CST).
JR Vezain, NIRA Bareback champion at the 2011 Finals, has transferred to Casper College from Vernon (TX) College. He rodeos pretty hard on the PRCA circuit, too. Wouldn’t it be something if he qualified for the college finals and the WNFR in the same year?
The 100th Annual Fall River Co. Fair at Edgemont, SD, had quite a ranch rodeo, I hear. They held it in two arenas simultaneously with team sorting, team branding, wild cow milking, team tie down, steer riding, ranch bronc riding, team roping, barrel racing, calf roping and ladies breakaway going on all at the same time (probably not all at once though). There was also mutton busting and a calf scramble for the younger hands. The stock was provided by Bolden Ranch and Twiss Rodeo Company.
Winning the Ranch Rodeo was Crossfire Cowboy Team, consisting of Wyatt VanEaton, Cory Borton, Hardy White and Jess Harris. Ranch Bronc Riding was won by Braden Garwood; Team Roping was Ty Thompsen and Scott Klind; Calf Roping was Treg Schaack; Barrels won by Blue Borton; Breakaway by Dianna Grill, and Jr. Bull Riding was Miles Englebert. That must have been some county fair!
Well, my circle is done and it’s time to put up my horse for another week. Send me your results and upcoming events. Always glad to talk about both here.
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Many students around the state of North Dakota will soon have the chance to try beef produced in their own backyard.