Timed Event Challenge, upcoming clinics, barrel races, horse shows

The weather has finally started acting like March. Snow at night, warm during the day, wind, and mud everywhere. The geese are coming through our area and landing on the flood waters on the meadows. Usually the meadows aren’t flooded this early so I’ve never seen this before. It’s pretty neat. We’ve had our meadows flooded every month so far in 2014, which I’ve also never seen before. Last year we couldn’t get a heavy dew and were praying for a break in the drought. I think the drought is over for now.

At the Timed Event Challenge in Guthrie, Oklahoma’s Lazy E Arena, South Dakota’s Paul David Tierney took the win. The Oral, S.D., cowboy competed in steer wrestling, tie down roping, steer roping and team roping to win the sweet $60,000 payout. His Dad Paul won the Challenge four times in his career. The invitation event also had Paul’s other son Jess Tierney competing. Quite a family affair. Placing fourth in the Challenge was K.C. Jones of Burlington, Wyo., who took home a tidy $13,000.

If you or your kid rodeo in the Northwest region in South Dakota high school rodeo, there’s a great new way to keep track of what’s going on. Go to Facebook and find SD Northwest Regional Rodeo.

The Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo has announced the contract personnel and I was tickled to see that South Dakota’s outstanding pickup men, Brent Sutton, Onida, S.D., and Clint Humble, Newell, S.D., were chosen. The RNCFR will be in Guthrie, Okla., at the Lazy E on April 10-12.

There will be a Ken Smith 19 Second Pole Bending Clinic on April 4-6 at Cadillac Ranch near Belle Fourche, S.D. There’s $175 deposit and the first 10 deposits get a spot. Total cost is $350 for three days of instruction. Call Doug at 605-645-2965 for info.

The 1st Annual Calf/Breakaway and Goat Tying School will be held at Blunt, S.D., on April 12-13. All ages are welcome. Roping will be $200, Goats $125, and little goat tiers with no horse $50. Deposits are due April 2. Call Brent Belkham 605-222-1979, Jenny Belkham 605-222-1902 or Danielle Schubart 605-220-0968 for details.

The 29th Annual Korkow Rodeo School will be held april 25-27 with $50 deposit due April 14. There will be all three roughstock events, plus Jr. bulls and bull fighting. It’s $250, $200 for Jr bulls, plus tax. Call 605-224-5607 or email

The Rozet (Wyoming) Riders Open Horse Show series has started. The next training show will be April 5. Show dates are May 3, June 3, July 5, and Sept. 6. There’s a division and class for about anyone with both western and English. You can find them on Facebook at Rozet Riders Horse Show Club. Shows are at the MTS arena near I-90 at the Rozet exit. Call Shauna Smith for info at 307-257-0000.

The Eighth Annual Triple Turn Classic Barrel Race will be held at the All Seasons Indoor arena at Bowman, N.D., on April 25-27. Lots of great awards and money added so it’s sure a good one to go to.

A flatbed trailer loaded with bucking chutes and gates belonging to the Days of 47 Rodeo in Salt Lake City, Utah, was stolen. If someone has seen the chutes or someone has had them offered for sale or something, please contact Kathi Izatt at 801-257-7959 or 801-243-6676. The chutes and gates are red.

There are many events coming up now that spring is upon us and I like to help promote them, so if you have something coming up be sure and share it with me so I can share it here. I can’t share if I don’t know about it! Also, need it at least two weeks in advance in order to get it in my column before my deadline.

The wind is trying to firm up the gumbo at my place but it could still bog a snipe. Our horses look like warthogs and one can hardly tell a sorrel from a dun or bay. It takes longer to get a horse curried off than it does to do the job you need him for. Sure beats dirt blowing in my eyes and fencelines full of tumbleweeds though. My Dad always says that he’s waited a lot longer for it to get wet than he has for it to get dry. It’ll be dry again, believe me.

I’m going to call this muddy circle ridden. Have a great week.