The Outside Circle: Saddles stolen, EHV-1 update, Dually’s running barrels, and White River Horse Show |

The Outside Circle: Saddles stolen, EHV-1 update, Dually’s running barrels, and White River Horse Show

I think the frost has gone off today. It’s 100 degrees here, and that is certainly hot, but probably feels hotter since we have been so cool. Personally, I like the cool, but then, I don’t raise corn. My black cows like it cooler too.

I took in the South Dakota High School Rodeo short-go. What a great rodeo. It’s such a wonderful family event with lots of little people watching older siblings compete. You can just see that they can’t wait to be in that arena themselves. I sure miss going to the high school rodeos with my son. Those were really special times and great memories.

Talking to the Gilgers who had their D/J Saddlery tack trailer at the Finals just reinforced my opinion of the kids there. Jan said that they are so impressed with the kids. Good manners, good attitudes and they’ve never had a thing stolen in all the years they’ve been there. Isn’t that nice to hear?

Some folks aren’t so nice though. In the wee small hours between about midnight and 9 a.m. on Sunday, June 26, neighbors of mine to the south had five saddles stolen from their place. One was a custom saddle. They know the saddles were there late Saturday night because their son had been working some horses and using them. Apparently whoever did it was pretty familiar with their routine, as they waited until they had gone to the hayfield and were away from the house and buildings to strike. My guess it’s someone they know.

In view of that, it would be wise to take some precautions and make it harder to gain access to your saddles and other tack. Personally, my dog that is generally tied up because she has a tendency to want to taste people when they come to the place is now turned loose anytime we are gone. If someone gets dog bit while snooping around, they deserve it. She’s my version of homeland security.

Brian Curtis’s surgery went well. He’s gaining slowly but is in for a long recovery. Please remember the fundraiser for him on July 9 at the Branding Iron south of Belle Fourche. Auction items are needed, so call Chanda at 307-290-0400 for more information.

On the EHV-1/EHM front, the USDA/APHIS situation report says that there have been no new cases and no new premises affected. The incident of disease spread has been contained. Wyoming has rescinded the requirement that all horses entering the state have a health certificate, including temperature, within 72 hours of entering. They’ve modified it to a 30-day with results from a negative Coggins within 12 months.

There has been a confirmed case of EHV-1/EHM in a horse from Johnson County, WY, but it was not related to the Utah-based outbreak. The premises and location are under quarantine. It does occur periodically every year, so this isn’t a cause for alarm. Just use basic preventative measures (no sharing equipment with others, no watering horses from public watering tanks, etc…).

Montana has lifted the quarantine from the horse facility in Gallatin County as well. Travel restrictions have also been dropped in Montana and it’s back to the usual health papers and Coggins required to enter the state.

Here’s a cause for celebration, and almost at the anniversary of the incident we all were so incensed by. Wendy Halweg won the barrels at the Western Fest Stampede PRCA Rodeo at Granite Falls, MN, on Dually! Two years ago, over the Fourth of July weekend, Dually was stolen and abused in a most gruesome fashion. That he would even live through the injuries was remarkable, but with the loving care of Wendy and dedicated veterinarians, he not only lived, but is back in the game running barrels. I’m so happy for her and for Dually. Congrats!

Aug. 5 is the date for the Top Gun Bronc Riding Challenge at the Isabel Centennial Celebration. Bronc riders need to contact Bryce Lindskov at 605-850-3887 for more information.

On Aug. 7, there will be the White River Open/Introductory AQHA Horse Show at the Frontier Arena, White River, SD, beginning at 9:30 a.m. CDT. There will be three age divisions (13 and under; 14-18; and Adult). The AQHA divisions will be Youth and Amateur Adult. There will be 43 classes offered with prizes in all events, plus All Arounds. All horse breeds will be accepted and there is a very reasonable entry fee. You can earn AQHA points at this show, too. For entry blanks and more information, call 605-259-3244 or the Mellette County Extension Office at 605-259-3385. The show is sponsored by the American Legion Otterman Post #94 of White River. Looks like a great way to get started showing if you aren’t already.

Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, SD, won the Sundre, Alberta PRCA barrels riding Fast An Gold, then was second in the average at Wainwright, Alberta on An Okie With Cash. Lisa is fourth in the WPRA standings, with Jill Moody, Letcher, SD, fifth, and Britany Fleck, Mandan, ND, 11th.

At High River, Alberta, there was a tie for first in the saddle broncs for Wade Sundell, Boxholm, IA. Also pulling checks in the bronc riding were Cody Taton, Newell, SD, Troy Crowser, Whitewood, SD, and Cole Elshere, Faith, SD. Lisa Lockhart and Trula Churchill, Valentine, NE, also pulled checks there.

Cody Taton also was second in the saddle broncs at Sundre, Alberta and won it at Alamosa, CO.

At Strasburg, ND, the All-Around was won by Clay Cowan. Barebacks were won by Tanner Aus, Granite Falls, MN with Jet Price, Buffalo, SD placing second. Steer wrestling was won by Clay Cowan, Highmore, SD, with Tyler Haugen, Sturgis, SD, placing third. Team roping was won by Preston Billadeau, Parshall, ND/Jared Bilby, don’t know where he’s from. Saddle broncs were won by Clay Schaffer, Dickinson, ND, with a tie for second place by Ty Manke, Rapid City, SD. Tie-down roping was won by Clay Cowan with Jay Mattson, Deadwood, SD, finishing second. Barrels were won by Lacy Cowan, Highmore, SD, with Jessica Routier, Buffalo, SD, finishing second. Tater Hins, Huron, SD, won the bull riding, with Garrett Vig, Mud Butte, SD finishing second and Charles Zoss, Forestburg, SD, placing third.

Incidentally, Clay and Lacy Cowan have been married just about a year and have been rodeoing together. With their wins at Strasburg, ND, they walked away with 12.1% of the total purse of that rodeo. Nice little anniversary win!

At Thermopolis, WY, the team roping had Jay Pixley, Sundance, WY/Coy Thompson, Whitewood, SD in second place. Saddle broncs were won by James Willert, Belvidere, SD, and the bulls by Bobby Welsh, Gillette, WY.

There will be lots of rodeos to report on from the Cowboy Christmas Fourth of July run, plus all the other great events next week. Have a great week and send information on your events so I can share them.

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