Two families lose homes in fires, fundraisers, scholarships, rodeo wins |

Two families lose homes in fires, fundraisers, scholarships, rodeo wins

The weather finally broke, just as it usually does the moment the Black Hills Stock Show is over. I have always been fascinated by the phenomenon. I didn’t get to take in much of the stock show due to having very important visitors at our place. Our little grandsons and their Dad got to be here for a week and we sure enjoyed them.

We took them to the Friday night performance of the rodeo at the stock show and they loved it. I kept forgetting to watch the rodeo because I was watching those little faces. At three and two years of age, the whole world is a fresh new place and every rodeo is the best ever. They cheered and clapped for every contestant, no matter the event, and the little one even managed to flirt with two pretty young women until they forgot to watch the rodeo too. Good times.

During all the cold weather of last week, two fires occurred where the families lost everything. First, Clay and Chas Crago from north of Belle Fourche, S.D., lost their home. The young ranch couple and their three kids were away when the fire ignited and they lost everything. There is a fund set up at Pioneer Bank, 700 State Street, Belle Fourche, S.D., 57717 if you would like to bless them with a donation. I would imagine there will be a fundraiser for them at some time and I’ll tell you about that as soon as I can.

Another great ranch couple lost their home near Hermosa, S.D. Marvin and Mae Maude have been active in youth, 4-H and high school rodeo and events and have been goat stock contractors at rodeos for years. There is going to be a Soup and Pie Social on Thursday, Feb. 20 at the Fine Arts Building at the Central States Fairgrounds in Rapid City, S.D. This neat fundraiser will begin at 6 p.m.

The fundraiser I promised to tell you about for the movie about Casey Tibbs “Floating Horses: The Life of Casey Tibbs” has kicked off on the online Kickstarter site. You can go to I know that’s a long booger to type in, but I managed it so I’m sure you can.

There is a Pete Burns Memorial Scholarship being set up at the University of Wyoming The rodeo scholarhsip will be established at the College of Agriculture to honor Pete’s long time involvement with all phases of rodeo. He was a long time rodeo coach at U.W. too, so it’s absolutely fitting. Contributions are being accepted in his memory for the scholarship. for more information, contact Bill Laycock at 307-742-2240 or email him at

There will be a bareback and saddle bronc school on March 6-8 at the J & A Arena, Glendive, Mont. Barebacks will be coached by Bobby Mote and the saddle broncs by Shaun Stroh. Tuition is $350 with a $200 deposit due by Feb. 24. Call Ben Wrzesinski at 406-431-6824.

The Double J All Breeds consignment horse sale will be Saturday, May 10, at Dickinson, N.D. Select consignments will be taken and the catalog deadline is March 17. You can get consignment forms at the website www., on Facebook, or call Joe Hickel at 701-230-3044 or John Bearman at 701-720-6674 or email

At the Ft. Worth PRCA rodeo, Jake Rinehart, Highmore, S.D, placed fourth in the finals and sixth in the average in steer wrestling; Chet Johnson was fifth in the average in the saddle broncs; Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, S.D was third in the average in barrels and Garrett Vig, Newell, S.D., was third in the average in bull riding. Garrett also placed well at the Xtreme Bulls in Bismarck, N.D., so he’s sure on a roll.

Well, that’s my circle for this week. I’m sure glad to finally be out of the icy clutches of the below zero weather. I really feel for those folks that are calving and lambing in this. It’s tough to get those little babies going and I have heard about some people having weak lambs and ewes that aren’t giving any milk. I suspect the stress of spending a blizzard in a snowbank might be catching up to them now, and though they survived, it took a lot out of them. I haven’t heard of anyone having trouble with calves, but not many people are calving yet. Hopefully they won’t have trouble.

Send me your events and suchlike, I’d love to share them here.


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