The Outside Circle: WJHSR Champ, injured reserve list, driving contest, water warning |

The Outside Circle: WJHSR Champ, injured reserve list, driving contest, water warning

I hope by the time you read this it has rained. the fires are out and the grass is growing. Obviously, with the 4th of July holiday, we had an early deadline here at the paper, so, as I write this, it’s still hot, dry, on fire, and the grass is brown.

I’ve heard reports of livestock hurt and killed in the fire near Ashland, MT, as I’m sure there have been in the other fires in the region. Even without livestock losses, the loss of grass is devastating for all those in the path of the fires. Fences will be on the ground and in the hottest fires, the wire damaged beyond use. None of that is mentioned when the news folks talk about no structure damage. I guess they live in a whole different world than us and it’s hard to tell what’s going on from the road.

On a brighter note, congrats to Rickie Engessor, Spearfish, SD, on being the national champion Wrangler Jr. High School Rodeo barrel racer. She won the short round and the average at the Finals in Gallup, NM. She also won the second round and second in the average in the pole bending. You GO, girl!

I went to the ranch rodeo at the Black Hills Roundup, Belle Fourche, SD, and was very impressed with the whole thing. They follow strict rules and take good care of the stock as a result. What a great bunch of hands and good horses. It’s always a pleasure to watch. During the ranch bronc riding, Belle Fourche’s own Robby Henwood got kicked by the bronc on his way off and was transported out of the arena in the ambulance. His sister Tami updated his condition and said that he has six broken ribs. Four are on one side near his spine and two on the other, plus a bruised lung. He probably has a pretty horse track on his back too. Thank God he’s going to be fine. Take it easy, Robby. You’ll be relieved to know that the horse’s foot was not injured.

Sundance, WY, is the place to be on the evening of July 25. The Crook County Fairgrounds will be the site of the Third Annual Driving Contest and Slow Tractor Rodeo. The categories for horses are Single and Double hitches, two and four wheel carts, wagons, and buggies. All breeds of horses and most two and four wheeled wagons or buggies are eligible. A timed course will be set up in the outdoor arena. The Slow Tractor Rodeo will honor Pete Harper, an enthusiastic participant in the tractor rodeo. There will be three categories for the tractors: Antique (pre-1960), Modern Tractor, and Lawn Tractor. The entry fee is $10 per event and the money will be jackpotted back to the contestants. Entries will be taken that night at 6-7:15 p.m., and it’s open to the world. Youth entering must have an adult to sign a release when they enter. For further info call Peggy Symonds at 307-283-2598 or 307-290-0390 or Wayne Garman at 307-283-2076 or 307-290-2076.

The opportunity to learn from one of the finest horsemen in the world is coming up August 9-12. There will be a Buster McLaury colt starting and horsemanship clinic at Brad and Beca Andrews place north of Red Owl, SD. The colt clinic will be $475 and the horsemanship $450. Auditing will be $25 per day.

Buster is known for his thorough, straight-forward methods, good communication, and humor. He’s one of the few clinicians that isn’t plagued with an over-developed ego, so is very easy to talk to and genuinely cares about what you get done at his clinic. For more information, contact Brad or Beca at 605-985-5493, Brad’s cell at 605-515-0088 or Beca’s cell at 605-515-0027. They need commitments (aka: deposits) as soon as possible, so call today. I’d love to have a colt in this myself, as I have in the past. I’ll probably at least go to watch.

Folks with horses usually have cattle, so I’m going to give you a heads up on the symptoms of cattle rabies. The signs are usually pretty subtle as most cattle show the “dumb” or paralytic type. They are weak, lack coordination, beller persistently (not your normal bawling), and may appear to be in heat constantly. A rabid cow I had dealings with, was the more agitated type and was quite aggressive, ran at shadows and butted the fence, bellered constantly as though in pain, couldn’t drink or swallow, and slobbered constantly. Her own calf was leary of her and I remember being quite on edge myself while getting her to the corrals. Once it was determined that she had rabies, we shot her to end her suffering, then buried the carcass. Her calf never got rabies, but it was quarantined for three months as I recall. So, don’t go pawing around in the mouth of a slobbering bovine, okay? It could be rabies.

I’ve recently heard about some horses getting sick, and one dying, from bad water in a dam. Keep an eye on those dams as many are getting pretty low and the concentrates of toxins get higher as they do. The hot windy days really take a toll on the water supply, besides promoting the blue algae that is so dangerous.

Well, I hope you had a great 4th of July and that the National Anthem and the flag brought a tear to your eye like it always does mine. This is still a mighty fine country and I feel blessed to live here.

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