Etbauer inducted, clinics, rodeo schools, Wyo. Wild Ride and Ranch Rodeo, Pryor Mountain gather
It’s sure been a windy month so far. I think the shingles I’m picking up now may have come from several miles away. I’ve been afraid to look too closely at our roof as there may not be any left.
Congrats go out to Billy Etbauer who grew up at Ree Heights, South Dakota. On April 11 he was inducted into the South Dakota Sports Hall of Fame, along with 19 other athletes. Billy, 52, has always been known as the “nice guy” of professional rodeo and a great role model for our young athletes.
The northwest region high school rodeo kids from South Dakota need to know that their fabulous regional rodeo secretary, Karen Stevenson, has a new email address. It’s firstname.lastname@example.org.
South Dakota brand renewals are due May 1. Don’t let that good brand slip through your fingers by forgetting to renew it.
The documentary film “Floating Horses: The Life of Casey Tibbs” is progressing along nicely and more funding is needed to continue the project. If you would like to help with that, go to the Kickstarter fund at http://kck.st/1z5B9Kz. The young man doing this documentary has done others that are simply beautiful and very educational.
A great barrel racing clinic will be held on Thursday and Friday, April 30-May 1, at New Underwood, South Dakota. Jackie Witcher will be the instructor. For more information and where to send your deposit, call Kelly Anders at 605-210-2474.
The 3rd Annual Marcie Locken Memorial 4D barrel race will be May 2 at the Event Center, Rapid City, South Dakota. Pre-entries are due by April 22 or a $10 late fee will be added. Exhibitions will be from 7-11:30 a.m., Peewees at noon, Open at 12:30. Call Ashley worth at 605-769-0578 for more information.
Gordon Livestock, Gordon, Nebraska, will be having their annual Spring Catalog Horse Sale on May 2. Preview of horses will be at 1 p.m. with the sale starting at 3 p.m.
The 3MC Youth Rodeo and School will be May 8-10 at Three Mile Creek Arena, near Kyle and Sharps Corner, South Dakota. There will be all the rodeo events offered with an age level for all. The timed event school will be May 8 with the rough stock on May 9. Check-in is 8:30-9:30 a.m. The youth rodeo will be May 10 at 10:00 a.m. Instructors for the school will be top NFR and INFR qualifiers and world champions. There’s a one time $20 registration fee for students. Contact 3MC for info at 605-455-2797 or 605-441-1019.
There will be a Shane Hanchey and Nate Baldwin calf roping and breakaway clinic at the Bar T Arena, Hartford, South Dakota on May 8-10. There are a few spots still open and it’s $450 for the clinic. Call Tami at 605-929-3792 for details.
Mark your calendars for the Wyo Wild Ride & Ranch Rodeo on May 22, 10 a.m., at the Camplex Morningside Park Arena, Gillette, Wyoming. There will be 15 men’s teams, 11 women’s, 25 women’s steer stoppers, 25 ranch bronc riders, and 15 mutton busters! Entries are due May 1. Call Tiffany Schwenke at 307-670-7037.
The BLM in Billings, Montana is seeking public input on a proposal to gather the Pryor Mountain wild horses. It would be the first in three years. Horse numbers are exceeding the target of 90-120 head with a current population of around 170 head. They will be damaging the rangeland they run on and threatening the well bring of the whole herd if they aren’t cut back to the target number. The agency would be removing 30 head of horses, ages yearlings through three, and the horses placed for adoption. To send a letter to them, write to: Jim Sparks, Field Manager, BLM Billings Field Office, 5001 Southgate Drive, Billings, MT 59101 or fax it to 406-896-5281. They need to hear from people who actually know something about range management, like ranchers, as you and I both know there will be lots of howling from the anti’s about any gather of the wild horses. The roundup will be a low stress water trap gather, so the anti’s really don’t have much to holler about. But they will anyway.
Well, that’s my circle for the week. Be sure and send me any items you’d like to see in this column, whether it’s an event, fundraiser, or just a new item. I need any items at least 10 days prior to the event or it won’t run in the paper in time.