The Outside Circle: Tim’s fundraiser, upcoming rodeos and barrels, big wins for area horses and what’s a trillion? |

The Outside Circle: Tim’s fundraiser, upcoming rodeos and barrels, big wins for area horses and what’s a trillion?

For the February 26, 2011 edition of Tri-State Livestock News.

More snow all across the Northern Plains. I don’t think I’m alone in being tired of winter. I just never hear anyone say they wish it would last longer. Well, let’s hit a trot.

First of all, I want to remind you again about the benefit for Tim Haugen on March 5 at the Wall Community Center, Wall, SD. In December, Tim was diagnosed with an aggressive form of pancreatic cancer and was fortunate to get into Mayo clinic right away. He underwent radiation and chemotherapy while there, then went home to the ranch for a bit while the treatments took hold. He’s scheduled to go back on March 9 to see what the next course of action will be, whether more treatment or surgery this time. The traveling back and forth and staying there for treatment really adds up, so his good neighbors and friends from the Elm Springs country decided to have this benefit fundraiser. It starts with a supper at 5 p.m., then an auction at 7 p.m. If you want to donate something for the auction or leave a bid for an item, call Cary Tines at 605-798-2111 or Shirrise Linn at 605-798-2413. Money can be donated in Tim’s name at any First Interstate Bank, too. Hope to see you all there! In the mean time, let’s keep Tim and Linda in our prayers, too.

The Tri-State Rodeo Series is coming up at Newcastle, WY on March 11-13. You need to enter that March 7-8 from noon to 8 p.m. Call 307-283-3616.

The Timed Event Series at Sundance, WY will be March 5-6 and you can enter it on March 1 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The number is 307-283-3616. The one at Baker, MT is March 12-13. Entries are closed for that one.

By the way, anyone who was in or had someone in the 20X High School Rodeo at the Stock Show, I might have a picture for you. I took a lot of pictures and it seems a shame to just store them in my laptop where no one can enjoy them. E-mail me if you’re interested.

The Dreamin’ of Summer Series Finals will be on March 12 at Bowman’s All Seasons Indoor Arena, Bowman, ND. Open to members and non members, it’s also NWBRA- and UBRA-sanctioned, with the Open 4D to start at 12:30. Following the Open, there was be a 3D Prize Round. Call Bailee Murnion at 605-381-0390. If it’s stormy, be sure to check with her before you head out.

Belton, TX Bell County PRCA Rodeo Feb. 10-12 had John Franzen, Riverton, WY placing second in the steer wrestling while Jake Rinehart, Highmore, SD placing sixth. Jake’s staying up in the standings consistently now that his good horse, Eightball, is all healed up. Nothin’ quite like riding your own horse.

At the Dixie National Rodeo, Jackson, MS, Feb. 10-16, the saddle broncs had Wade Sundell, Boxholm, IA, with an 87-point ride on Three Hills Rodeos East Coast Otis to tie for first. Also pulling checks in rounds at the Dixie were Cort Scheer, Jesse Kruse and Kane Gjermundson. In the barrels, Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, SD, tied for fourth.

Also at the Dixie, Lindsay Sears won the average in barrels on Ima Guy of Honor, a gelding bred by Bill and Deb Myers and sired by their Frenchmans Guy out of a Jet of Honor mare. Lindsay’s usual mount, Martha, was injured at the WNFR and is still healing up, so she’s running Moe. Lindsay and Moe also made the finals at San Antonio.

Another Myers-bred standout, Guys Famous Girl, won the Slot Race and $11,000 at Southeastern Arena Super Open Show and BFA 2D Futurity Feb. 18-20 at Undilla, GA. She’s getting quite a bank roll with winnings of well over $100,000 in two weeks.

At the huge San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo Feb. 4-19, the barrels had Britany Fleck, Mandan, ND in first and Jill Moody, Letcher, SD and her great gray mare Dolly placing second. Jill’s also second in the WPRA standings. The first/second placings were what you’d call close at San Anton! Britany won $14,519.17 and Jill won $14,519.16. I’ll bet that was figured and re-figured before the checks were cut! Incidentally, Britany and her mare, Dasher Dude, also known as Rootie, are both Glendive college alumni. Another interesting thing (at least to me) is that Rootie is by Texas High Dasher and Dolly is out of a Texas High Dasher mare. Isn’t it nice that those mares are keeping it in the family.

In a whole different event and place, Chuck and Mary Crago, Belle Fourche, SD, are sure proud of CM Flit Bar Frost (CM Dynamite Frost x Jodie Nick Bar, Dr. Nick Bar) for winning the Panama Quarter Horse Association Best Horse of the Year at the National Calf Roping Association 2011. This event is to Panama what the WNFR is here in the states. To win this event against more than 200 other horses, CM Flit Bar Frost had to make 20 runs over five days, then the top 20 made two more runs. This must be on the order of breakaway roping due to the times. The average time for the Crago-bred horse was 2.84 seconds. That’s getting right with it, and then to make 22 runs to win is just amazing. To top it all off, the horse won’t be three-years-old until early summer! His rider, Jose Delgado won Best NCR Calf Roper for the year, too. Congrats Chuck and Mary!

All the talking heads in Washington, DC spend our money so casually. They act like a billion dollars is cookie jar cash. Here’s something I found interesting, though it’s along the lines of knowing there’s a rattlesnake under the bed is interesting. Anyway, did you know that a “trillion” is one million million? Me neither. It is a one with 12 zeroes after it and looks like this: 1,000,000,000,000. I can’t even get my brain to wrap around that amount. So, those employees of the people talk that number around all the time like it’s pretty manageable, like it’s plumb easy to pay off. At my age, which is quite young of course, if I spent a million dollars a day, every day, until I died of old age (or some terrible malady related to spending a million dollars a day), I couldn’t spend a trillion dollars. I could sure as heck ranch in style, but I couldn’t spend a trillion dollars. Isn’t that comforting? Sorry, didn’t mean to give you a headache trying to wrap your head around this number, but it puts the government spending into an amount of zeroes we can comprehend at least.

That makes me think, the government regs haves made all the feedlots and large holding areas for livestock put in lagoons and suchlike to catch all the runoff and waste “byproducts” that are produced by the stock. I wonder how big the one is down hill from Washington, DC?

Have a great week, let me know about your events and stuff, and I’ll be thinking of all of you folks that are calving while I’m snug in my bed, dreaming of springtime and late April calves.

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