Benefit for young horseshoer, BHSS and Golliher events, Happy New Year |

Benefit for young horseshoer, BHSS and Golliher events, Happy New Year

A brand New Year looms on the horizon. What are you going to do with it? I don’t make resolutions as they just beg to be broken, but I do look forward to a new year ahead and the coming spring.

We’ve been blessed to have our little grandboys staying with us. They sure put a fresh perspective on things as so much of life is brand new information for them. Watching them play together, process what they see each day here on the place, and their interpretation of those events makes for some great entertainment. I highly recommend a big dose of grandkids to fix whatever ails you.

There is going to be a fundraiser to benefit a young man who has been very ill and has some big medical bills to pay and is unable to get caught up on work. Laramie Opstedahl had a bout with C-DIF that very nearly cost him his life, so now he is in need of our help. The fundraiser will be held at the Union Center Community center on January 9. There will be a live auction, supper and musical entertainment. They are in need of items for the auction, more performers and of course, help. If you can provide any or all of these, contact Matt Trask at 605-985-5463. There, but for the grace of God, go I. Keep that in mind.

There will be open team roping practice on Tuesdays, from 2 to 6 p.m. at the South Campbell County Agriculture Complex in Wright, Wyo. Everyone is welcome to come and they will run until March 2016. For info, call Travis Mills at 307-257-4877.

The Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo is coming right up and runs January 29- February 6. At the civic center location on January 29-30 will be the PRCA Xtreme Bulls, January 30 and February 4-6 will be PRCA rodeo action; January 31 will be the 20X High School Rodeo Showcase; February 1 will be the ranch rodeo; February 3 PRCA Champions Challenge; February 5 KBHB Bucking Horse Sale; January 30 and February 3-6 the Rodney Yost Horsemanship clinics (free), plus all the great trade show to walk through. At the James Kjerstad Event Center at the Central States Fairgrounds there will be an AQHA Horse Show January 24-25; January 24 will be Team Roping and Tie Down Roping Futurities; January 25-27 an NRCHA Show; January 29 BHSS Stray Gathering; January 31-February1 is the Ranch Horse competition; February 3 is Broncs to Breakfast Ranch Bronc Riding; February 4 National Championship sheep shearing competition; February 4 sheep dog trials; February 6 Jackpot team roping; February 7 Open 4D barrel race; plus dances and other fun activities. There’s buses that run between the Civic Center and the Event Center, so park in one place and travel back and forth that way.

The BHSS Horse Sale will be January 30-31. Lots of good horses and a great weekend of visiting and seeing folks you haven’t seen since last year goes on, as well as the stallion alley which showcases some of the finest stallions in the region.

Gollihers Arena between Belle Fourche and Spearfish, S.D. have announced their spring schedule of barrel races. They are March 12,19; April 2, 9, 30; finals on May 7 and May 1 is the makeup date. You can learn more by calling 605-892-5363 or 605-641-2926.

The 24th Annual Hollers-Golliher Breakaway Clinics will be held March 24-26 and April 15-17 at Golliher Arena. For more information, call Carole at 605-347-4228 or 605-391-9702.

Well, that about winds up my column on this windy morning! Have a wonderful New Year celebration. Be safe and if you drink, don’t drive. Or call old girlfriends or boyfriends. Have a blessed New Year!