The Outside Circle: Team South Dakota, rodeo schools, Circuit Finals Steer Roping |

The Outside Circle: Team South Dakota, rodeo schools, Circuit Finals Steer Roping

It’s another week closer to warm days and sunshine. I hope. Been kind of a dreary winter overall. If the sun would shine for more than six hours at a time, it might put the bounce back in everyone’s step. I’ve talked to some folks that are just plain worn out from winter. It’s been a long, cold, snowy one for many people. I just keep thinking that each day is one day closer to real springtime. The songs of the meadowlarks and redwings are sure helping. When I start hearing the frogs from down at the dam I’ll know it’s really spring.

I have a correction to make on a past column. I commented that a win at Rodeo Houston would ensure a trip to the finals. Turns out, it doesn’t anymore. It’s still a really nice win and puts a lot of money in the pocket, but it doesn’t count toward the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. If I understand it correctly, that’s a recent development with the PRCA. If someone can explain it to me, please do so.

Attention ProRodeo Team South Dakota supporters: if you have any of the sheets with supporter’s signatures on it, they need to have them back right away. They are meeting with the South Dakota Department of Tourism on April 8 and need those sheets to show that there is large support for the team idea in South Dakota. They need many more signatures, too. You can follow the progress on the blog at They need lots of followers on it too, so sign up ASAP. For more info on Team South Dakota, call Sharon or Kelsey Baker at 605-415-7460. Mail your signature sheets to Paul Tierney, 14076 East. Howl Rd, Oral, SD 57766, or to Team South Dakota at 24681 Outback Trail, Hermosa, SD 57744.

Don’t forget the Korkow Rodeo School April 29-May 1. They’ll have barebacks, saddle broncs, bull riding and bull fighting. You’ll need to have your deposit in by April 11. Call Jim Korkow at 605-224-5607 or e-mail:, for more info.

The Triple Turn Classic at Bowman, ND, will be April 16-17 with an Open 4D each day. It’s at the All Seasons Indoor Arena. Pre-entries are due April 6. Contact Chad or Ali Miller at 701-523-1361. Rules, entry forms and draw can be found on

At the Camplex in Gillette, WY, on April 22-23 will be the 5th Annual Race For The Dreams barrel race. Proceeds benefit Dreams Therapeutic Horseback Riding for People with Disabilities. It’s an Open 4D and is NWBRA sanctioned. Pre-entries have to be postmarked by April 12. Late entries cost $10 more. Entry information can be found at under “Race Info,” or call Tanya at 307-660-8075.

The National Circuit Finals Steer Roping will be on April 15-17 at the Goshen County Fairgrounds at Torrington, WY. This would be a great one to go watch I’m sure. Nice facilities and the top steer ropers from the circuits will be there. Wish I could make it down, but we’ll finally be calving. Rats. For more information call Stephanie at 307-532-2525 or Harold at 307-630-2413.

The Sugar Bars Legacy Sale is Sept. 18, 2011 at Sheridan, WY. This is a good sale, well run and with good quality horses. There might be room for a few broodmares and weanlings, but you need to act quickly if you want to get in that sale. They are especially looking for some more well-broke horses. The top-selling broke horse last year brought $13,500. Call LeRoy at 605-347-8120 for more information.

Well, like good mares everywhere, Zenyatta didn’t stay pregnant. (As opposed to a sorry one: you couldn’t knock a colt out of one of them with a Kenworth.) A check at 35 days showed that she had absorbed the foal. This is very common and not a big shakeup for her owners or management. She will be bred again with hopefully a better outcome.

At the PRCA rodeo at Fargo, ND, on March 25-26, the All-Around was won by Seth Jack Murphy, South Heart, ND. He had money won in steer wrestling, team roping and tie-down Roping. Barebacks were won by Joe Gunderson, Agar, SD, with a tie for third for Ty Breuer, Mandan, ND. Steer wrestling had Kyle Whitaker, Chambers, NE at third; team roping had a tie for second place with Preston Billadeau, Parshall, ND/Seth Jack Murphy and Tyrell Moody, Letcher, SD/Blake Baade, Artesian, SD. Cole Elshere, Faith, SD tied for third place in the saddle broncs with Clay Schaeffer, Dickinson, ND. Seth Jack Murphy won the tie-down roping with Preston Billadeau, Parshall, ND, placing third and Cole Fulton, Miller, SD, fourth. Barrels were won by Cami Bauer of the Belle Fourche, SD area with second place going to Lacy Cowan, Highmore, SD. Bulls had Garrett Vig, Mud Butte, SD, winning second place.

At Rodeo Austin, Bobby Welsh, Gillette, WY, won the average and finals.

College rodeo season has kicked off here in the northern plains. High School rodeo has too, with rodeos in Wyoming. I’ll try to round up some results by next week.

If you haven’t been using your horses for calving, they are probably standing around eating hay and all out of shape. Before you start legging them up for riding season, it would be wise to get your farrier out to get their feet in shape first. It’s pretty easy to injure a horse that isn’t in shape, especially if their feet are long. That puts undue stress on knees and tendons, amongst other things, and could set back your riding time if they come up sore. Even if you don’t shoe them, getting their feet under them right is very important.

This was a pretty short circle this week, so I’ll go unsaddle. I sure need you to send me your information if you want it in this column. I’m a fairly gifted mind reader at times, but not THAT gifted! Have a great week.

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