Things to do, really fast horses and sad tidings again |

Things to do, really fast horses and sad tidings again

Lots of activities coming up in our area, so I’ll hit a trot and we’ll take a look.

One of the things looming right close is the Buster McLaury clinic at Red Owl, SD. I’m sure if you talk to Brad (605-985-5493) you can still sweet talk him into letting you in to ride. Just watching is great if you can’t take a horse, so don’t be thinking you won’t learn anything unless you’re in it. It’s Sept. 16-19. You horses will thank you.

On Sept. 18 there will be an old-fashioned, family-oriented Playday at Oelrichs, SD. There will be four age groups and many events. Load up the horses of all sizes and the kids that match them and head on down to that nice community for a fun day. Call Marla Peters at 605-535-2601 or 605-891-9666 for more info.

Also, don’t forget the benefit roping Sept. 19 at H & M Arena, Marcus, SD, for Danny Wicks. If you need more info, call Glenn King at 605-985-5014. Danny’s fighting ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) and we all want to help him win the fight.

On Sept. 25 the annual Performance Quarter Horse Breeders of South Dakota Sale will be taking place at the Yellow Rose Arena, Platte, SD. Top quality horses and super nice folks will be there and they’ll have them looking and working the best. You can have a really good steak supper afterwards at the Yellow Rose. Got to support John Dean’s night job, in case his roping isn’t paying the bills.

There were a couple of trailers stolen at Ft. Morgan, CO Labor Day weekend. One is a new 2009 Bloomer with living quarters and 13-ft. sidewall slide out, four-horse slant, with a rear-load ramp. It has black and gold flames painted on the chrome on the sides and back. The upper part of the trailer is white. Also stolen was a new Merhow two-horse, which will show up in our region because there just aren’t many of them around. The same pickup was used to steal them both: a white crewcab Ford with a flatbed and an over-the-cab type headache rack. If you see either of them or have any info, call Josh at 970-381-5014, or the Sheriff at 970-542-3445.

The fastest two-year-old Quarter Horses in the country ran for the $2,050,000 purse at Ruidoso Downs, Ruidoso, NM on Labor Day. The All American Futurity is in its 52nd year and the winner pockets $1 million! Winning it this year was a 22-1 longshot that broke well, then veered wide right before lining out to run down the outside rail. The horse, Mr Piloto, won by a nose over JLS Mr Big Time, who had a neck over Dominyun, who had a neck over Make Me Fly. It was a photo finish, and the second closest race in the history of the All American Futurity.

Mr Piloto, ridden by Esgar Ramirez and trained by Felipe Quintero, is owned by Jose Trevino. The Louisiana-bred colt is by Mr Jess Perry (s.i. 113) and out of the Splash Bac mare, Ms Pilot Point (s.i. 105). The colt had the slowest qualifying time for the Futurity, but ran the 440-yard race in 21.55 seconds. That figures out to over $46,400 per second!

Incidentally, the fourth place horse is from Iowa. Just wanted to throw that in for those who think fast horses can only come from the south.

Some of you watch Craig Cameron’s Extreme Cowboy Race on TV, and now you can go watch it in person, or better yet, be in it. Hosted by SunCatcher Therapeutic Riding Academy, it will be Saturday, Oct. 9 at Rapid City. It’s a timed event with obstacles designed to push the horse and rider out of their comfort zone with a challenging course over various types of terrain. The judges score on Horsemanship, Cadence, Control, Horse’s Attitude and Overall Execution. For more info, call SunCatcher at 605-673-2935, or check out these Web sites:, or

The AQHA has extended the reduced fee for registering horses three and older until Dec. 31, 2011. Normally the fee is $550 with horses four and older being $1,000. If your paperwork is otherwise in order (example: you have the registration application that came from AQHA the year your horse was foaled and everything is correct on it), and there isn’t a complex paper trail involved, it will only cost you $300. That’s a pretty good investment if you have a nice horse that’s riding well and you want to show or sell it. So, dig through that pile of stuff on your desk and find the paperwork you need and get your horse registered while you can do it at this price.

Our regional young folks sure did us proud at the annual Elks Youth Rodeo at Sheridan, WY. There are complete results elsewhere in the paper, so be sure and look them over. Good job and congrats! It’s sure fun watching the young cowboys and cowgirls growing up and getting tougher and tougher in the arena.

My neighborhood lost another fine man last week. Bill Crockford, 68, Vale, SD, passed away at his home near the Belle Fourche River. Bill and Carol raised Paint horses for many years. He was a 4-H leader for over 20 years and was always involved in something that helped kids and the community. I remember him helping me at the fair when I was a high school kid with a snorty feeder calf. I had her mugged and Bill was trying to brush the hair out on her hindquarters when she kicked the brush out of his hand and it arced way up over the trees and disappeared into the underbrush along the river. His hand stung, I’m sure, but he just grinned and said “I guess we’re done with that.” I never found the brush.

Bill is survived by his wife Carol, and son Joe and his wife Anna. His pride and joy were his granddaughters, Colleena, Deana and Kila. He’s also survived by a stepdaughter and her family, as well as five brothers and sisters, including my friend Hazel (Danny) Adams, Spearfish. He was a giant of a man, in stature and character, and he will be deeply missed by the community.

I’ve ridden out this circle and can close the gate behind me one more time. Send me your events and items of interest, and any results you have from your activities. I love to hear from you.

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