The Outside Circle: Wedding, EHV-1 news, fundraiser and rodeo highlights
We had a very busy time the beginning of the month with preparing for the wedding of our son and his lovely bride on June 4. We were blessed with perfect weather for the outdoor ceremony at my Dad’s place near Spearfish, SD, and also blessed with family and friends to celebrate the day with.
I’ve been so busy getting ready for all the festivities that I’m way behind on spring work. Watergaps and meadow fencelines are still flat or worse so the cows can’t be moved, calves aren’t branded, and my garden hasn’t even been tilled, much less planted. Two old mares are working on getting the lawn mowed, so at least that’s being addressed!
The waters receded and Belle Jackpot is back on schedule. June 15 will be the next one. Weather can still be a problem, so call before hauling. Lorita can tell you if it’s on if you call her at 605-642-1940, or Jen at 605-210-0319. This is a fun deal to watch, too, so take advantage of the outstanding Belle Fourche Roundup Grounds facilities and beautiful evening weather and join us there.
Great news! Kristi Noem has been assigned to the House of Representatives Ag Committee. A cool head and rancher-friendly thinking will be welcome there! Perhaps she can have some impact on the warped logic concerning the horse industry and horse processing.
As of June 8, it has been confirmed that all of the verified cases of EHV-1 can be traced to the NCHA cutting at Ogden. Check with your veterinarian for updates on requirements for entering other states if you’re traveling with your horses. Also, many rodeos, shows and barrel races have implemented policies to ensure that they are doing all they can to keep horses safe. Therefore, check to see what you need to do to comply with the rules at each event. Be proactive and help to end this outbreak in every way you can.
The South Dakota High School Rodeo Association state finals contestants need to know that the Host Site committee will require a health certificate within five days of check-in for every horse you take to the Finals. That includes turn-back, herd holder and backup horses.
Last fall there was a fundraiser to help defray medical expenses for Earl Thompson, well-known roper, good person and nice fellow from the eastern Meade County country. Sadly, he passed away from cancer shortly afterward, leaving his wife and family to deal with that shock. Now his son Max, 21, has been diagnosed with lymphoma. There’s been a fund set up for his treatments at Dakota Plains Federal Credit Union, Box 549, Faith, SD 57626; make checks to Max Thompson fund. Besides your financial help, I also ask that you be lifting Max, his mom and family up in prayer as well. I can’t even imagine what this is like for them.
On July 2 there’s the He Paid Your Fees Roping at the Horse Haven Arena, Hartford, SD. There will be breakaway (senior men’s, ladies and youth) and an open tie-down roping. There’s no entry fees, but, they ask that you attend the cowboy church service at 10 a.m. With a $4,600 payout and a possible jackpot afterwards, this is a nice event. Sponsored by the Cowboy Way Church, get more information by calling 605-351-1453, or go to http://www.cowboywaychurchsd.com.
The Buster McLaury Clinic will be held at Brad and Beca Andrews place north of Red Owl, SD, Aug. 4-7. The colt starting part will cost $475 and the horsemanship $450, with a discount those entered in both events. Auditors (that’s folks that sit in lawnchairs and learn all they can from there) will pay $30/day. The clinic is filling up, so get your deposits in right away. Send a check payable to Buster McLaury, to Brad Andrews, 18467 174th Place, Red Owl, SD 57787. Call Brad at 605-515-0088 or Beca at 605-515-0027 or their home at 605-985-5493. This is the best clinic you can imagine, with great information that is easily understood and clearly demonstrated, with a genuine, working cowboy/horseman doing it. Buster is one of the few clinicians that doesn’t have to bring along an extra trailer just for his ego, so he’s a lot of fun to listen to and visit with.
Northern plains hands sure did well at the PRCA rodeos the first weekend in June. At the Wild Wild West Prorodeo at Silver City, NM, the steer wrestling was won by Seth Brockman, Wheatland, WY, and Cody Taton, Newell, SD, tied for first in the saddle broncs.
At the Deseret Peak Stampede, Tooele, UT, the barebacks saw a tie for second place for Chase Erickson, Helena, MT, and a three-way tie for fourth with Ty English, Belle Fourche, SD. Ty also tied for second at the Canyonlands rodeo at Moab, UT.
It’s sure good to see Ty back on the barebacks again. He has a lot of talent but had quit riding barebacks a few years ago. A visit with him today found him really focused and excited about being back on the rodeo trail. His wife and kids are behind him 100 percent, too. He and his traveling partners, Sonny Taylor, Thayne, WY, and Chet Smith, Rapid City, SD, are driving a VW Jetta. He says it’s a little snug, but it sure gets them down the road cheap. They can be glad they’re not steer wrestlers, size-wise!
The Licking, Missouri Rodeo had Tanner Aus, Granite Falls, MN, winning the barebacks, with Ty Breuer, Mandan, ND, in a tie for second place. Brian Curtis, Belle Fourche, SD, was second in the bull riding.
At the Flint Hills rodeo, KS, Allen Auer, Whitewood, SD, won the bull riding.
At the Elizabeth, CO Stampede and Rodeo, the barebacks had a tie for second for Ty Breuer, Mandan, ND, with Tanner Aus, Granite Falls, MN placing fourth. The steer wrestling has Seth Brockman, Wheatland, WY second, John Franzek, Riverton, WY, third, and Dean Gorsuch, Gering, NE, fifth. Seth Glause, Rock Springs, WY, was fourth in the saddle broncs.
Santa Maria, CA was the place to be for Joe Gunderson, Agar, SD, who won second in the average with a first-place finish in the first go-around and fourth in the second. Rachel Myllymaki, Arlee, MT, was second in the average in the barrels.
At the Hand Hills Lake Stampede, Hand Hills, Alberta, Chet Johnson was third in the saddle broncs.
Bennington, KS rodeo had Dean Gorsuch, Gering, NE, in a three-way tie to win the steer wrestling, while Dawson Jandreau, Kennebec, SD, tied for third in the saddle broncs.
Lots of area hands pulled checks at the Cherokee (IA) Chamber Rodeo. Tanner Aus, Granite Falls, MN, won the barebacks; Clay Cowan, Highmore, SD, was first in the steer wrestling; Brad Johnson, Reva, SD, was second and Jeff Johnston, Seneca, NE was fourth. Team roping had a tie for first for the team of Scott White, Oelrichs, SD and Rory Brown, Edgemont, SD; and a third place finish for Brett Price, Faith, SD and Paul Griemsman, Piedmont, SD. Saddle broncs had “Mr. Versatile/Works Every Event but Barrels” Kyle Whitaker, Chambers, NE in first; Clay Schaeffer, Dickinson, ND ended up in a three-way tie for second. Tie-down roping had Rex Treeby, Hecla, SD, in second place; and Riley Pruitt, Gering, NE, and Bo Brown, Harrold, SD, were in a three-way tie for third place.
At Pioneer Days, Clovis, NM, the steer wrestling ended with a tie for second for Jason Miller, Lance Creek, WY. Saddle broncs were won by Jesse Kruse, Great Falls, MT, with Wade Sundell, Boxholm, IA, in a tie for second. Jess Tierney, Hermosa, SD, was fifth in the steer wrestling.
Well, that’s about it for the circle this week. Send me your events well in advance so I can help you let people know about them.
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